Shiatsu-Anma Therapy

Shiatsu therapy has reserved its powerful therapeutic value along with acupuncture in the US massage field since 1970. This eastern origin energetic medicine has gained an important role in holistic medicine for issues such as sports injuries and every day common complaints.

I will be teaching Shiatsu Anma Therapy Intro at IPSB in May and July. This will be a first great step to also master the KATA Sequence of DoAnn’s Long form (Anma) and Short form (Shiatsu). Shiatsu-Anma therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage every day increasing stress. Your clients will love all the techniques. Join our class to get started learning pressure points and how to apply them for all kinds of pains and aches.


Upcoming Classes!

Shiatsu-Anma Massage Therapy Intro

I am so very excited to be teaching at the IPSB in Culver City!
Here is the current class schedule:

May 17, 18, 19, 2019
9:30 AM – 05:10 PM
3 day course – $353

July 14, 21, 28, 2019
9:30 AM – 05:10 PM
3 day course – $353

IPSB – School of Massage – at Life Energy Institute
5817 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA 90230

You will focus on understanding the basic skills, theory, techniques to support your clients. Then learn and practice various techniques on massage tables that can be integrated into other modalities or be practiced on their own. Emphasis will be given on self practice, sensing body conditions, correct bodywork and simplicity in understanding the body. If students prefer to pay the total in smaller increments, they can contact IPSB and set this up. They would just need to have their final payment made by the first day of class.

To register:
or call (310) 342 7130


Community Classes starting in July!

Sign up for our Summer 6-week community class series in Santa Monica!

Qigong & Daoyin

Mondays, July 15 – August 19 (6 weeks)
Two Qigong styles will be taught: Baduanjin with 8 silk movements that stretch the extremities, spine, and meridians, and Tree Qigong stances, which are gentle but transformational with vigorous abdominal breathing.

Daoyin is a form of exercise to generate the chi energy and blood flow to vital organs. Daoyin stimulates the vital points and meridians in order to clean the stagnation of the various systems, vitalize the tissues and improve the circulation on a cellular level. Dr. Kaneko also incoporates a focus on building a strong faith in the body’s own healing process. For Daoyin, 15 movements that utilize the pressure points and abdominal breath will be taught.

Handouts will be supplied, and additional teaching material is available upon request. Yoga mat, or something to comfortably sit or lie on required. Students must pre-register online for the series. For Santa Monica residents, summer registration opens April 24-30(online only). Non-residents registration opens May 1. To register go to: smgov.net/reserve

Ages 16-80
Mondays, July 15 – August 19 (6 weeks)
6:30pm – 7:30pm
SM resident: $108/series
Non-res: $124/series

Location: Joslyn Park/Auditorium
633 Kensington Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Meditation & Breathing

Mondays, July 15 – August 19 (6 weeks)

Students will learn 6 meditations from the very basic to the advanced. Dr. Kaneko’s meditation style is based on a traditional Taoist style that he customized for an easier and more practical approach.

It involves lying on the back or sitting, and even some standing or walking. He teaches the concept of the Qi and Blood moving into the cellular level through the meridians and channels, with the help of powerful abdominal breathing. Students will be able to apply this method for stress management and relaxation.

Yoga mat, or something to comfortably sit or lie on required. Students must pre-register online for the series. For Santa Monica residents, summer registration opens April 24-30(online only). Non-residents registration opens May 1. To register go to: smgov.net/reserve

Ages 16-80
Mondays, July 15 – August 19 (6 weeks)
7:30pm – 8:00pm
SM resident fee: $108/series
Non-res. fee $124/series

Location: Joslyn Park/Auditorium
633 Kensington Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Music Hands & Monkey Business

Saturdays, July 20 – August 24 (6 weeks)

These are child-parent activities. For Music Hands, children will learn a different tapping technique on their parents for each day of the week, that will be practiced with song. This activity, based on a Japanese tradition, is a practical and hands-on method to cultivate empathy, kindness and humility in children.

Music Hands is also a great family bonding exercise. Then with Monkey Business, children and parents will also learn 5 monkey mimicking exercises, each with a different laugh, that include jumping and rolling on the ground. Laughter, which causes the release of natural hormones, such as endorphins and oxytocin, help children and adults relax, feel happy and create positive relationships with those around them.

Yoga mat or towel needed for one activity. Students must pre-register online for the series. For Santa Monica residents, summer registration opens April 24-30(online only). Non-residents registration opens May 1. To register go to: smgov.net/reserve

Ages 5-15 years old
Every Saturday, July 20 – August 24 (6 weeks)
8:00am – 9:00am
SM resident fee:
Non-res: $90/series

Marine Park/Auditorium
1406 Marine St, Santa Monica, CA 90405


Today’s Pressure Point

Spleen 6
(3 Yin Meridians Crossing)

You don’t want to overlook this amazing pressure point! This point is one of the most commonly used pressure points for female issues. Since this is a meeting point of the three Yin Channels of the foot, this point offers multiple benefits such as the following:

*Strengthens the spleen
*Resolves Dampness
*Promotes the smooth flow of Liver Qi
*Nourishes, invigorates, removes and cools the Blood
*Strengthens the Kidneys
*Regulates urination and menstruation
*Stops uro – genital pains
*Helps reproductive functions

It is amazingly powerful and covers a wide area. Remember it and use it in your everyday needs. Other TCM textbooks also mention it covers insomnia, dizziness, headaches, pain and weakness of the lower extremities.

How to Use It
There are a couple techniques:
1. Apply 3 – 5 second, 90 degree pressure, 3 – 5 times to release tension and stagnation
2. Apply 5 – 7 seconds using friction, 3 – 5 times to promote more circulation and strengthen it. You may want to apply warm fingers or hands, or use moxibustion, an infrared lamp or hair dryer.
3. For complex and chronic issues, apply # 2 then # 1.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the our excellent Shiatsu-Anma Therapy book!

One of the best-detailed textbooks for Japanese style Anma & Shiatsu practice for beginners. This is a well designed and beautiful book with color anatomy, meridian charts and actual practice diagrams in a highly effective sequence. Here you have complete instruction for the entire body utilizing three postures, and incorporating dozens of techniques.

This textbook is based on powerful traditional Chinese medicine & Japanese style application as well as modern science. The book has detailed instructions for safe & effective practice. It is easy to learn for beginners at home, families, friends, couples and clients. This book also presents informed guidance for all and is a great resource for instructors/teachers. Dr. Kaneko’s techniques are designed to achieve amazing results for the body and mind as a whole, centered on treating the source of the imbalance.

An abundance of information will assist common pain complaints such as sports injuries as well as emotional imbalances and environmentally related issues. These techniques have been practiced through the Shiatsu Massage School Of California for over 25 years and have demonstrated reliable results.

To purchase this product click here. 









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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.