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The Energetic Development Institute is the USA home-base supporting the development of Samurai-Shiatsu® a German Non-Profit organization 

What is the Samurai Shiatsu Project? 

The Samurai Project is a school programs for children aged 5 to 12 years:

  • Taught by specially trained and certified instructors in schools and community projects
  • The exercise sequence takes 8 - 10 minutes, and is taught in 4 classroom sessions
  • The program uses movement exercises, safe and respectful shiatsu-touch sequences, and introduces Japanese culture
  • CONTACT US: to book your School Program or for Parent-Child Samurai groups


The school program aims to:

  1. build safety, self-respect, boundary awareness and self-empowerment
  2. promote health and well-being
  3. improve concentration and reduce performance anxiety
  4. support health posture 
  5. improve class team spirit
  6. introduce Japanese culture and language 


To meet these aims the Samurai-Shiatsu project includes the following components:


Aim 1: Safety, self respect, boundary awareness and self-empowerment

Children in the Samurai Program learn safety, self-respect and respect for others. These are important "Samurai traits".

Children learn that they have the right to 'speak-up' and that their needs, their personal space and boundaries will be respected. All children learn that they must first ask permission, before treating or touching any other child. Although most children are eager to join in, children learn that they have the right to say "No" at any time, if they do not want to be treated.

Building children's self-respect, sense of self,  and strength to assert their rights is empowering. These are important capacities for daily life.

Children also learn a number of solo, self-help treatments that they can use to energize themselves, increase concentration, and manage stress or anxiety. This further builds their confidence and resilience. 


Aims 2,3 & 4: Improved health and well-being, concentration and posture

Read this research article on the effectiveness of Samurai-Shiatsu

Read this research article on the effectiveness of Samurai-Shiatsu

Children learn special exercises and shiatsu-touch techniques that help to improve attention and reduce stress and performance anxiety, such as pre-exam nerves. These movements increase body awareness and help relax back tension. This clears the mind and mental tension so that students can concentrate better in class.

Aim 5: Improved class team spirit

Respect and mindfulness are important in the Samurai Program, and this can flow-on into classroom activities. For example children practice bowing respectfully like Samurai, they always ask permission to touch, and ask what their partner needs as they practice. This leads to noticeable improvements in class atmosphere, team spirit and shared feelings of working together.

Aim 6: Introduction to Japanese culture and language

The Samurai Program is accompanied by a story book and poster that introduces two Japanese Samurai children who demonstrate the exercises and provide a delightful introduction to Japanese language and culture.


The Samurai-Shiatsu program is clearly structured so that children quickly learn to carry out the exercises and safe, shiatsu-touch techniques, independently and effectively.

Children soon feel the benefits, so they are willing to practice regularly



Why the term Samurai?

It was important that both boys and girls can relate to the term "Samurai" in the same way. Many children already know about Samurai through comics, cartoons and manga animations.

The early Samurai, both men and women, were great warriors, physically strong, well-educated, culturally and spiritually developed and humane. But first and foremost they represented noble human virtues such as respect for others, and protection for the weak and disadvantaged.

This structured Samurai-Shiatsu touch sequence and easy movements are playfully introduced through the story of two Japanese students, a boy Kooko and a girl Hanako. This makes it easier for children to relate to the role of a Samurai student. 

Why the Japanese cultural program?

Exploring different cultures and ways of thinking can engage children's interest and curiosity. Children can become dedicated 'Samurai", performing the formal greetings and ritual bowing correctly, greeting each other in Japanese, and saying thank-you and goodbye. In this way they learn respect for another culture in a playful way.

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Here are 4 sample Shiatsu moves you can try

REMEMBER before you start, ALWAYS ask your partner first: 

"May I touch you please?"

Samurai meets Bear and Tiger

Imagine your hands are giant bear paws. Use them to walk down your partner's back, from top to bottom on the right and left sides of the back.

And now comes the tiger. He creeps silently and gently on his soft paws, right in the center of the back up the spine, one foot in front of the other.

The tiger creeps up the spine from the bottom to the top.

The the bear lumbers down, from the shoulders down each side of the back.

Do this 3 times. 



Samurai pricks up ears  

(You can also do this exercise by yourself - without a partner!) 

Please - before you start - make sure you have asked permission to touch your partner's ears.

If that is OK with them, then very carefully take your partners ears between your thumb and forefinger.

Start at the top of the ear and rub them all the way down to the earlobes. Start again at the top.

If your partner likes it you can gently pull down on their ear lobes. Please ask them first.



Samurai Coat of Arms

Draw a circle on your partners lower back, their coat of arms, and make the circle grow bigger until you have a beautiful large sun.

Trace over the sun a few times.

From here the sun-rays shine out all over the back. 


Here's a self-help tip - to prepare yourself for a big event or exam

Do you have to solve a Math problem, learn some spelling or prepare for an exam.

Here's the ultimate secret tip, so that you can concentrate really well.

Press your fingertips together with just light pressure. Your thumbs and fingertips point upward. Your elbows point down and out to the right and left.

Close you eyes and breathe deeply in and out in this position.