Shinzo Fujimaki is one of the most respected and sought after shiatsu masters in the world today, not only for his deep knowledge of this ancient art, but also for his intuitive ability as a healer. Through decades of clinical practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shinzo developed the modern modalities of Shiatsu Yoga™ Clinical Ai Chi, E.A.S.Y.™, and Fire & Water which he teaches to professionals at the top wellness centers and fitness spas in Europe and North America. As a nationally certified continuing education provider, wherever he teaches, there is also great demand for his lectures on The 5 Elements and how individuals can channel energy to increase vitality.
In addition to being a teacher, author and innovator, Shinzo has had regular clinical practice in Maui, Hawaii, Santa Cruz, California and currently maintains practice in Naples, Florida. It was after dozens of years of applied healing that Shinzo began conceptualizing the fusion of Shiatsu and Yoga based in the Chinese philosophy of the 5 elements. He developed the practice of Shiatsu Yoga™ to enable individuals to activate key acupressure points while moving through specific postures in a meditative manner.
When it comes to the art and science of shiatsu, Shinzo is quite simply a guru among gurus. He is the number one instructor at Harbin Hot Springs School of Shiatsu and Massage in Northern California, and for several weeks each year he teaches professional master classes at Lavey Les Bains in Switzerland. Early in his career, Shinzo studied closely with his lifelong friend Jun Konno, the inventor of Ai Chi. This experience led him to create a practical form which he calls Clinical Ai Chi.
In the early 1990s, Shinzo’s unique abilities were tapped by Harold Dull in the development of Watsu™, an aquatic-based practice of Shiatsu massage. Later, Shinzo invited his dear friend Minakshi, the grand dame of Watsu, to experiment with Shiatsu Yoga techniques in the water and help him develop a new application which they deemed Energetic Aquatic Shiatsu Yoga™ or E.A.S.Y. It is because of the extra therapeutic benefits of working in a warm pool that E.A.S.Y. is quickly becoming a staple at physical rehabilitation and therapy centers as well as fitness resorts around the world. That is why Shinzo spends much of the year training professionals in this new, popular practice.
Born in the Olympic city of Nagano, Japan, Shinzo showed an early aptitude for the healing arts. He was an avid student of acupressure massage and the meditative art of Japanese calligraphy, for which he won many awards. After achieving a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Kanagawa University, Shinzo immigrated to the United States to pursue additional education. While enrolled in college in California (where he achieved an additional Bachelors degree in Business), Shinzo gravitated to the top massage therapy schools in the nation. He also mastered the martial arts, achieving a black belt in Aikido, and he began a journey as a marathon runnner, yet another physical discipline in which he became quite accomplished having finished more than a dozen races. From 1981 to 2005, Shinzo achieved mastery in Shiatsu Massage, Cranio-Sacral Massage, and Macrobiotics as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine and the philosophy of the 5 Elements.