A bit of history behind the name "Zenshin"
Zenshin as we know it now didn't lend itself to becoming a clear method right away. First we had to experience the deeper teachings of each Zenshin Element ourselves, before we could share this framework with others. For nearly a decade, we came face to face with varying degrees of our own physical breakdown, emotional meltdown, mental exhaustion, and spiritual crisis.
Facing our own journey was the only way for us to learn what it means to guide others on their own path with ZM. In other words, ZM is the ongoing culmination of our personal work and clinical experience, made possible through expanding our scientific understanding of our physiology, exploring awareness, and practicing deep listening.
The name Zenshin came to us one evening in 2005, after meditating on how to describe what was then Masami's multifaceted work—a one-on-one therapeutic modality comprised of personalized yoga movements, hands-on adjustments, and body-heart-mind connecting practices.
The word "Zenshin" originates from a group of 7 Japanese words that have the same pronunciation, but use different writings and meanings (like sea and see). The sound "zen" is common in many Japanese word compounds, and even though they share a "zen" syllable, Zenshin is NOT derived from Zen Buddhism.
In ZM, the 7 meanings reflect the multi-layered and multi-dimensional nature of our interconnected lives (more below).
ZM guides you through 4 basic life Qualities
The 7 meanings of Zenshin are grouped into 4 Qualities: Wholeness, Movement, Goodness, Essence.
Wholeness is the root of "health" and "healing". Wholeness helps you to recognize the interconnectedness of everything and that this is the source of balance. This means that the structures and functions of your body, what's on your plate, your encounters with the physical world, your daily schedule, your relationships with others, what your heart feels, how your mind perceives situations, what you think, etc., all impact and influence the whole of you.
Movement is about appropriate action in relation to what is happening in your life right now. It is being open to the unknown future, having the willingness to change yourself, and leaping into what is before you to do. It is also about how you grow and evolve—setting goals, having daily practices, making commitments, remaining curious, and taking risks—but also having the flexibility, persistence, resilience, and grit to stay with your journey.
Goodness is about opening your heart to the power of compassion towards yourself and others. It is also about creating sacred space within you for silence, contemplation, and inner exploration. Goodness is the ageless wisdom, the Truth that is bigger than you, and yet is innately yours. It is what nurtures self-love, builds supportive community, and ultimately connects us with divine love.
Essence is what exists before words, before thoughts, beyond time and space—it was there before your birth and continues after your death. In the relaxed stillness and silence behind all of your busyness, you touch this field of Essence, which continues to illuminate you. Essence is your natural state, in which your pure creative potential can move through you, and from this your highest soul expression comes to life.