Course Information

This course is based on the material from the Ampuku Classics. Those Classics are the Ampuku Zukai and the Anma Tebiki both books are from the late Edo period and have laid the basis for what would later became Shiatsu and Anma.

In this course you can learn at your own pace a whole Ampuku treatment. This course will provide you with a series of videos showing all the techniques in detail. You will also have access to  detailed text content that can be downloaded as PDF’s and there are audio files that can be downloaded to your computer, telephone or tablet to study at your leisure.

This course is divided into nine chapters containing multiple lessons

(inside there are  78 lessons - 36 videos):

- In the first chapter we learn Self-Ampuku. A successful practitioner of Ampuku must first learn to treat themselves before treating others. 

Later we can teach our patients Self Ampuku so they can take care of themselves between sessions in that way empowering them to contribute to their own health .

- The second chapter is about the three categories of Ampuku techniques

- In the third chapter we will look at whole-body protocols or katas. Contrary to what is often said, in Ampuku we treat the whole body. Yes, there is a special emphasis (or focus) on the abdominal work, however we learn first a whole body treatment in different positions.

- In the fourth chapter we learn the thirteen techniques from the Ampuku Zukai

- And in Chapter five we see the seventeen Ampuku techniques from the Anma Tebiki

- In Chapter six we have a look at all the acupressure points as mentioned in the Ampuku Classics

- Then in Chapter seven we have a look at the Fukusihin (or Hara) evaluation or diagnosis taught in the Ampuku Zukai and Anma Tebiki

- in Chapter eight, we have a look at the origins of bodywork in Japan

- in Chapter nine You will be provided with an introduction on how to  integrate the traditional techniques that we have learned in modern practice.

Students who enrol receive 365 days access to all video, text and audio content. This allows you plenty of time to learn Ampuku and to get acquainted with the techniques therein. 

Price: 220 Euro
Cancellation Policy: Please note that we do not offer refunds for our online courses/webinars.
Note: This course is available in an online format only; you will not receive a DVD or physical copy of the recording.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Welcome video

    • Welcome Text

    • Shiatsu Society Journal UK with Ampuku Article

    • The classical material we translated to make this course

  • 2

    1. Self-Ampuku

    • Self-Ampuku Video

    • Self-Ampuku audio mp3

    • Self-Ampuku audio mp3 (Short version)

    • Self-Ampuku from the Ampuku Zukai

    • Self Ampuku PDF

    • Kaibara Ekiken on Massage from his book on cultivating Ki

    • Cultivating Ki Kaibara Ekiken PDF

  • 3

    2. The Ampuku Techniques

    • The 3 categories of Ampuku Techniques Video

    • The 3 categories Of Ampuku Techniques Demonstration Video

    • The 3 categories of Ampuku Techniques

    • The 3 categories of Ampuku Techniques PDF

  • 4

    3. Ampuku Zukai: whole body protocols

    • Ampuku Zukai Prone Position Video and Text

    • Prone position overview

    • Illustrated Techniques for the Supine Position

    • Illustrated Techniques for the Lateral Recumbent Position

    • Ampuku Zukai: Whole body protocols

  • 5

    4. Ampuku Zukai: 13 Ampuku Techniques

    • An Illustrated Guide to Thirteen Traditional Ampuku Techniques

    • Ampuku Zukai Notes

    • Technique 1) Bunpai 分排

    • Technique 2) Bunroku 分肋

    • Technique 3) Kōchō 鈎腸

    • Technique 4) Kōki 降氣

    • Technique 5) Rotō 櫓盪

    • Technique 6) Chinki 鎭悸

    • Technique 7) Chōi 調胃

    • Technique 8) Tasshin 逹神

    • Technique 9) Shinshi 参差

    • Technique 10) Shōkō 升降

    • Technique 11) Risui 利水

    • Technique 12) Shūren 収斂

    • Technique 13) Anshin 安神

    • Ampuku Zukai Kata (all 13 Techniques)

  • 6

    5. Anma Tebiki: 17 Ampuku Techniques

    • Anma Tebiki 按摩手引 Ampuku

    • Ampuku Techniques Anma Tebiki overview

    • Technique No. 1 – Kori no Te - Technique of Apical Beat 巨里の手

    • Technique No. 2 – Migi Kyokotsu - Technique of Right Ribs 右の胸骨の手 

    • Technique No. 3 – Hidari Rokkotsu - Technique of Left Ribs 左の肋骨の手

    • Technique No. 4 – Ikei no Te - Technique of Stomach Meridian 胃経の手

    • Technique No. 5 – Bunpai no Te - Technique of Drainage 分排の手

    • Technique No. 6 – Kyubi no Te - Technique of Solar Plexus 鳩尾の手

    • Technique No. 7 – Fuyō no Te - Technique of the “Not Contained” acupressure points 不容の手

    • Technique No. 8 – Koukyu no Te - Technique of Easing Tension 抅急の手

    • Technique No. 9 - Tsume-soroe no Te - Technique of Aligned Nails爪揃えの手

    • Technique No. 10 – Kakiage no Te - Technique of Squeeze-Up 掻上の手

    • Technique No. 11 – Hirate no Te - Technique of Flat Palm 平手の手

    • Technique No. 12 – Shōman no Te - Technique of the “Assuming Fullness” Acupressure Points 𣴎満の手

    • Technique No. 13 – Kōki no Te - Technique of Bringing Down the Ki 降気の手

    • Technique No. 14 – Shōmon no Te - Technique of the “Champhorwood Gate” Acupressure Points 章門の手

    • Technique No. 15 – Rotō no Te - Technique of Boat Rowing 櫓盪の手

    • Technique No. 16 – Saijyo no Te - Technique of Above the Belly Button 臍上の手

    • Technique No. 17 - Saijyo no Te - Technique Towards the Belly Button 臍上の手

    • Anma Tebiki Kata (all 17 Techniques)

  • 7

    6. Acupressure points

    • Acupressure points

    • Large Intestine Channel

    • Stomach Channel

    • Spleen Channel

    • Bladder Channel

    • Kidney Channel

    • Triple Heater

    • Gall Bladder Channel

    • Liver Channel

    • Governing and Conception Vessels

    • Hikon and Yogan Acupressure points

  • 8

    7. Fukushin

    • Fukushin AMPUKU ZUKAI

    • Fukushin ANMA TEBIKI

    • Anma Tebiki Chapter on Fukushin

    • Fukushin Resources

    • 難經 Nanjing 五十五難曰 55th Difficulty

  • 9

    8. Origins

    • The ancient masters

    • The Origins of Bodywork in Japan

    • I Ching

    • A Samurai Physician's Teachings on the Way of Health

    • A Samurai Physician's Teachings

    • The Ampuku Classics

    • The Ampuku Zukai

    • The Anma Tebiki

  • 10

    9. Ampuku Visceral Therapy

    • AMPUKU VISCERAL THERAPY presentation 25 April 2021

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Instructor for this Course

Senior Teacher

Philippe Vandenabeele

From an early age, I have been fascinated by Eastern culture, lifestyles and bodywork. I first travelled through Asia in my early twenties where I came in contact with Shiatsu. Fascinated by the positive effects on my health and my overall well-being, I started to study both Western and Eastern approaches to bodywork. With 30 years of clinical, and teaching practice and continued study I developed my own approach to manual therapy: the Shinzui Bodywork Method. With the aim to deepen my understanding I spend 5 years investigating and translating the Ampuku Zukai and the Anma Tebiki. Two classics that are at the core of Japanese bodywork. This culminated in my book that was published in November 2020. My home is in Fukuoka in southern Japan, it is where I give treatments in my practice that I share with my wife Hiroko. It is also in Fukuoka that we have our school and that we welcome students from Japan and abroad. We love to share our lifelong passion for bodywork both in our treatments and courses.