Dans un article précédent, je séparais ces 3 entités, Sei (Jing en chinois), ki (Qi) et Shin (Shen), nommés les 3 trésors dans la littérature, pour expliciter lors différents rôles.

J’utiliserai les mots japonais Sei, Ki et Shin au lieu des mots chinois, jing, qi et shen. Le shiatsu étant et restant un art japonais.

Sans doute l’avez-vous perçu: cette triple notion n’est qu’une, nous la décomposons pour tenter de l’appréhender.


3 in 1!  

We are a spirit (shin) come to experience matter (sei). Our matter is the body. This is what I put into practice during classes at Odo shiatsu or during my workshops about the extraordinary meridians. Returning to the triple notion. Thanks to the abilities received by our parents, our living environments, our experiences, this jing is invited to “engram” experiences to inform shin, the spirit. I like this word “engrammer”, it really lets us perceive our body as our life memory (if you have any doubts, just look around you and note the deformations marking certain bodies). The link between this memory digestion and our mind is a necessary movement: the ki.


Yes, the notion of the 3 treasures is far from the headaches and foams of neurons that we sometimes read about, but these purely intellectual developments are sometimes necessary to get to the bottom of the understanding. This 3 is the obvious thing that the great traditions talk about (Buddhism, Catholicism, Shintoism, Tantrism, etc): the body is your temple, it is through it that you inform the spirit. The body and the life it houses is THE real thing. Your thoughts remain fleeting and ethereal, he is there. When the body-mind fusion is total, communication is established in both directions: the body informs the mind, the mind invites the body. It is a bit different in our societies where it is the mind that directs and often forces the body-mind.

I like this quote from Daniel Odier in “The great sleep of the awakened”:

“The whole game is precisely to replace the one who believes himself to be “other” in the space of non-difference. This is to present the real nature of the body-mind. There is no distance. Distance is a fantasy, it’s just distraction.”

In our shiatsu practice

A concept is not useful if it cannot be applied in our practice. It doesn’t have to be nice words to just shine in society 🙂 In our practice, feeling this unity is essential. We touch life. We don’t touch a body, we touch a person, a shin, through their body. As soon as the person who receives perceives the right touch, the movement of ki is done. So, before you wring your brains out and dive into your pathological charts, put your hands down. Touch the person and practice shiatsu, the one that, with ki, accompanies the movement of life.