DoAnn T. Kaneko is a doctor of oriental medicine, acupuncturist, lecturer and author. A graduate of Saint Paul Rikkyo University, Toyo Acupuncture College, and SAMRA University & Health Sciences, he is a second generation practitioner of his family’s traditional healing art: Anma Massage (Meridian Anma) and acupuncture.

Recent Projects

He is dedicated to educating children and families on the healing arts and recently completed his third DVD “Monkey Business and the Music Hands Man” (2016) . This DVD implements his idea of family education which promotes living in an artistic, compassionate and organic environment, in contrast to the materialistic and high-tech environment we live in. The fun, healing practice that he demonstrates was also introduced in his last book, “The Bamboo Princess and the Music Hands Man”. The Princess Bamboo tells a magical story about healing, faith, and compassion suitable for young children as well as readers of all ages.


Dr. Kaneko has lectured throughout his career and continues to lecture at advanced workshops, most recently at the CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic in Minneapolis, successfully founded by one of his most skilled graduates, Cary Johnson. His former school, Shiatsu Massage School of California, founded in 1982, for which he was an academic director until 2014, has trained a couple thousands in the Shiatsu-Anma form.

In the past his lectures have taken him to centers such as the Ido Clinic (1976-79), Meridian Shiatsu School in Philadelphia (1990), Shiatsu School of Canada (2006), and Ryoki Shiatsu Kenkyu Sho in Colombia (2007) CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic (1999-present). The renowned Yoga master, Larry Payne of the Samata International Yoga & Holistic Institute has frequently invited Dr. Kaneko to the Institute to lecture.

Community Service

The City of Santa Monica has received many benefits from the generosity of Dr. Kaneko and the staff of the Shiatsu Massage School of California. Dr. Kaneko has offered his time to serve on the Health Committee of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. He has offered free services for senior citizens in order to promote their health and wellbeing, such as Shiatsu treatments with the school and his Doin (Daoyin in Chinese)  practice for special events such as the L.A. City Recreation and Parks/50 + Fitness Jamboree Expo. He has also participated at other expos such as  the Japan Expo in LA, Through Doin and Qigong community classes offered each week, countless people have been helped to enjoy greater physical and emotional health and to live better lives. According to Dr. Kaneko, healthier, happier people become better citizens and create a more peaceful community.

Dr. Kaneko has given freely of his time and knowledge in order to be of service to the community. He also worked to assist Ironman world champion Bob Wieland during his amazing cross-country journey by wheelchair.

Schools & Clinic

He has practiced and taught the healing arts in Japan and the U.S. since 1970. Some of the centers he has worked are at the Shiatsu Dojo & Yoga Ananda Ashram (1975-76), Tao Healing Arts Center in Soho, N.Y. (1979-81), Santa Barbara College of Acupuncture (1982), California Acupuncture College(1984) and the Boulder Massage School in the 1980’s and the Boston Shiatsu Center.

He also founded the Tao Healing Arts Center in 1982 and ran it until 2007 where he treated many patients and continues to help people find better health today.   Dr. Kaneko developed, introduced, and established the “Short Form” of Shiatsu treatment technique based on Dr. Serizawa’s definition and the “Long Form” of popular Anma massage therapy in Japan. This was the main style taught at the Shiatsu Massage School of California.

Other accomplishments

* Assistant instructor for the Medical Acupuncture for Physicians (1997)
* President of the Japanese Acupuncture Association of California (1992)
* Served as a translator in the Acupuncture Examination Committee (1985-90)
* Co-founder of the American Shiatsu Association; vice president; (1984)


Dr. Kaneko and his work are well known and respected within the alternative health community. His work is often mentioned and praised in local Santa Monica newspapers as well as in magazines such as Japan Times, Whole Life Times, and Santa Monica Monthly. Through his writing and his lectures, his teachings are known and admired far beyond the local community. in 1992, Dr. Kaneko was presented with the Institute’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Other Books & DVD’s

He published “Shiatsu and Anma Therapy – DoAnn’s Short & Long Form” (2004) demonstrating his own forms. He also created the DVD’s, “DoAnn’s ChiGong / Healing Ourselves through Baduanjin: Eight Silk Movements & Tree ChiGong” (2014) and most recently “Music Hands & Money Business” (2016).


Taoism is an important part of Dr. Kaneko’s philosophy and his approach to a balanced daily life. He also has a strong belief in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism (SGI). Since 1979, he has found growing wisdom and compassion in Buddhism. Through his teaching and through his writing, Dr Kaneko extends his knowledge to promote a better world: peace, happiness and good health in daily life. All of his work demonstrates his goal to share unconditional happiness through faith, study and spiritual practice.


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Have you always been interested in learning about pressure points and meridian lines or do you want to brush up on your Shiatsu-Anma? Join us for this uniqe opportunity to learn from a Grandmaster and second generation Shiatsu-Anma therapist, shiatsu pioneer in the U.S. and in the field for more than 50 years!

Kaneko Shiatsu Anma therapy is an effective combination of kneading and pressure therapy using meridian lines and acupuncture points. Shiatsu, which means  finger pressure, came from Japan over 100 years ago. Anma, which is “pressure soothing” and in practice includes kneading, came from China a few thousand years ago. Meridian lines are energy channels that circulate qi and blood throughout the body. Pressure points, or tsubo, in Japanese are line tuning points that assess energy flow, and will tell you whether energy is flowing or blocked, as well as in excess or deficiency. When there is a blockage of energy flow it can lead to health imbalances. In releasing blockages you regulate the body’s metabolism and homeostasis which benefit the tissue and cells. The benefit of Kaneko Shiatsu Anma is that it treats the person as a whole, integrating body, mind and spirit. It provides therapy for chronic, degenerative, and constitutional conditions, as well as stress management, anti-aging and immune boosting purposes. Treatments also are provided at the local areas for pain conditions. 

We are offering a 7 class series that will be held on the every other Saturday starting on July 23, 2022. Kaneko Shiatsu Anma is beneficial for professionals and laymen alike. This series of classes will cover Dr. Kaneko’s DoAnn Long Form, a way to balance the whole body in a one hour treatment session. Each class will cover different parts of the body in order. There will be a review from the previous classes as each area is covered and at the end participants will understand the entire form.  

Grandmaster Dr. DoAnn Kaneko and Alan Saruwatari, a former graduate Dr. Kaneko’s Shiatsu Massage School of California will be teaching these classes. Dr. Kaneko has taught thousands of students since the founding of his former school and healed a variety of ailments with this powerful therapy.

Join us and learn from his expertise these unique healing methods to benefit you clients, family, friends and yourself. Kaneko Shiatsu Anma  has proven to be a powerful therapy that can compliment and enhance many other healing modalities.

Hybrid Class: In-person and through Zoom.
Students will receive a Zoom link 1 week before class when we confirm everyone’s attendance.
DATE: July 23, Aug 6, Aug 20, Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 15– Oct 9, (every other Saturday).
TIME: 9am-5pm, (Lunch 12-1pm), Pacific Standard Time
PLACE: Kaizen Dojo Martial Arts & Self Defense, 1824 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
EARLY BIRD: Until July 11, $435 ($15 off)
COST: Package $450, Individual classes $80
REGISTRATION: Go here to register.