I first experienced shiatsu in 1999 shortly after taking up the martial art of aikido.Some of my aikido friends were also shiatsu practitioners and I wondered whether having shiatsu could help me better appreciate some of the principles common to both.
Although I primarily made the choice to try shiatsu to improve my aikido, I now see this motivation from another angle:
What I first remember about shiatsu was feeling really looked after. Gradually, I also came to appreciate how the shiatsu practitioner applied 'not doing'; stillness, quietness and listening, just as much as 'doing'.
In shiatsu, as with many other practices influenced by Japanese and Chinese culture, an appreciation of these principles is actively encouraged. The dynamic relationship between doing and not-doing is expressed particularly succinctly by the theory of yinyang (yin and yang).
My growing interest in the principles of yinyang has helped me to cast new light on my own journey to pursue a career in shiatsu.
According to the theory of yinyang, our conscious intentions and the choices we actively pursue are an expression of our yang nature. Conversely, the place we actually find ourselves some years down the line, reveals the action of yin, which will have been smoothing off the sharper edges of our original plans in the background of our lives.