Statement of intent of the International Shiatsu Day
This manifesto is an invitation to take part as a key player to a collective event that aims to reach a wide audience: a symbolic day to feel united and say Shiatsu in all languages of the world.
This initiative has been taken by a large number of people who want to create an event free from any affiliation to political parties or economic gain, an event inviting all Shiatsu practitioners to go beyond barriers and labels.
We dream of a moment where various branches of the practice will come together to act not as a single member but as part of one great heart, the Heart of Shiatsu.
That is how we imagine this day: beyond styles, trends and logos. A vital wave of energy involving all those (schools, associations, groups, individuals) who have discovered Shiatsu and practice it, teach it, receive it and love it!
It is no coincidence that this initiative has found its biggest momentum in such exceptional circumstances that the whole world is going through due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Together we can bring a sign of hope and trust to a fearful and distressed society: thanks to everyone’s commitment this ISD will resonate around the world.
We can all see how important our constant work is in making sure that people and society can live well together in a balanced and harmonious way.
We shiatsu practitioners firmly believe that Shiatsu can help! Everyone of us, whatever role or context, can do his part to promote the event in his community, group and workplace.
We cannot do all this as individuals. An old japanese proverb says that “ Once a fly is stuck to a horse’s tail she can ride tens of miles”. We can do the same as we have a magnificent horse called Shiatsu: let’s start riding!