On Campus Program

Shiatsu, Meditation, and Mindful Movement


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork rooted in East Asian medical philosophy. Where acupuncture uses needles to target acupressure points in the meridian system, shiatsu balances the flow of vital energy (or ki) through touch, stretching, and guided movement.

Join respected Shiatsu Grand Master​ Kumiko Kanayama as she guides you to explore five elements theory, meridians, stretches, and fundamental techniques. Through experiential learning, minimal lecture, meridian exercises, and more, you will:

  • Locate the twelve meridians in your body.
  • Loosen your body to promote the flow of ki.
  • Learn acupressure techniques you can use to release stress.
  • Be able to give a full body shiatsu session to family and friends. 

Return home with various techniques and shiatsu exercises you can implement at home as a foundation of general health. 

Included in Your Stay

Daily Yoga Classes

3 All-Natural Meals Access to the Kripalu Grounds

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
Complementary Health


December 15–17, 2023
April 5–7, 2024

Kumiko Kanayama is a shiatsu grandmaster and the founder of the Five Lights Center of Shiatsu, the longest-running shiatsu practice in the United States.

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