Nicole Superits

Class of 2018

What are your reflections looking back on your time at Zen Shiatsu Chicago?

"When I first chose to study Zen Shiatsu, I was told it would be a journey of self discovery as much as it would be learning bodywork. Reflecting back, this statement resonates so deeply. My time at Zen Shiatsu was a turning point in my understanding of this world, who I am in it, and how I connect with others. Cultivating this offering of touch therapy to share with those in need is a blessing. It’s truly an honor to practice Zen Shiatsu."

What would you say to someone considering enrolling in the program?

"I would say absolutely pursue it! I believe that Shiatsu finds you at the perfect time, when one is ready to align with their truth and step into their power. If you’re interested in deeply exploring nature, the body, and oneself through an ancient form of bodywork, Zen Shiatsu is the place.

Nicole first applied to study shiatsu because of her experiences using Asian Bodywork to help with her chronic back pain.  Here was her entrance essay when she first began:

I​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​I​ ​discovered​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​at​ ​the​ ​most​ ​divine​ ​timing​ ​on​ ​my​ ​healing​ ​arts​ ​journey. My​ ​healing​ ​arts​ ​journey​ ​started​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​after​ ​I​ ​received​ ​my​ ​first​ ​energy​ ​work​ ​treatment.​ I​ ​turned to​ ​alternative​ ​healing​ ​when​ ​western​ ​medicine​ ​had​ ​no​ ​solutions​ ​to​ ​my​ ​chronic​ ​back​ ​pain.​ ​As​ ​soon as​ ​I​ ​experienced​ ​firsthand​ ​the​ ​healing​ ​power​ ​of​ ​Reiki,​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​it​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​callings.​ ​

I​ ​began studying​ ​energy​ ​work​ ​and​ ​became​ ​a​ ​Reiki​ ​Master​ ​Teacher​ ​by​ ​2016.​ ​In​ ​late​ ​2016,​ ​I​ ​expanded my​ ​energy​ ​healing​ ​modalities​ ​to​ ​include​ ​New​ ​Paradigm​ ​MDT​ ​Healing.​ ​Over​ ​my​ ​time​ ​practicing energy​ ​work,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​incorporated​ ​sound​ ​healing,​ ​aromatherapy,​ ​and​ ​crystal​ ​healing.​ ​In​ ​addition to​ ​energy​ ​work​ ​sessions,​ ​I​ ​enjoy​ ​facilitating​ ​guided​ ​meditation​ ​groups,​ ​mindfulness​ ​workshops, and​ ​conscious​ ​gatherings.

Earlier​ ​this​ ​year,​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​called​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​my​ ​offerings.​ ​I​ ​began researching​ ​for​ ​different​ ​alternative​ ​healing​ ​therapies​ ​and​ ​treatments​ ​that​ ​resonated​ ​with​ ​me.​ ​I came​ ​across​ ​Yin​ ​Yoga,​ ​which​ ​combines​ ​Indian​ ​Hatha​ ​Yoga​ ​with​ ​Traditional​ ​Chinese​ ​Medicine and​ ​Tibetan​ ​Buddhism.​ ​I​ ​immediately​ ​felt​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​pull​ ​to​ ​study​ ​this​ ​specific​ ​style​ ​of​ ​yoga because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​body-mind​ ​connection,​ ​mindfulness,​ ​and​ ​chi​ ​flow​ ​through​ ​the​ ​energetic pathways,​ ​or​ ​meridians.​ ​

It​ ​was​ ​not​ ​too​ ​long​ ​after​ ​I​ ​registered​ ​to​ ​study​ ​Yin​ ​Yoga​ ​and​ ​become​ ​a Registered​ ​Yoga​ ​Teacher​ ​that​ ​I​ ​discovered​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​Chicago.​ ​After​ ​little​ ​research,​ ​I​ ​realized Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​was​ ​a​ ​style​ ​of​ ​bodywork​ ​that​ ​I​ ​felt​ ​truly​ ​aligned​ ​with​ ​my​ ​offerings.​ ​Both​ ​alternative healing​ ​therapies​ ​Yin​ ​Yoga​ ​and​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​are​ ​based​ ​upon​ ​the​ ​wisdom​ ​of​ ​Traditional​ ​Chinese Medicine​ ​and​ ​highlight​ ​the​ ​Meridian​ ​Theory.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​the​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​chi​ ​flow​ ​in​ ​these​ ​healing therapies​ ​emphasizes​ ​and​ ​compliments​ ​my​ ​background​ ​in​ ​energy​ ​work.​ ​

I​ ​quickly​ ​registered​ ​for Beginning​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​after​ ​a​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​combining​ ​energy​ ​work​ ​modalities,​ ​Yin​ ​Yoga​ ​asanas, and​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​bodywork.​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​utilize​ ​my​ ​education​ ​of​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​to​ ​offer​ ​personalized holistic​ ​healing​ ​sessions​ ​which​ ​will​ ​interweave​ ​yoga,​ ​bodywork,​ ​and​ ​energy​ ​work.​ ​I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​work with​ ​my​ ​clients​ ​on​ ​a​ ​multidimensional​ ​level,​ ​with​ ​both​ ​the​ ​physical​ ​and​ ​energetic​ ​bodies​ ​to influence​ ​the​ ​natural​ ​healing​ ​abilities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​body,​ ​mind,​ ​and​ ​spirit.​ ​

I​ ​feel​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​necessity within​ ​current​ ​health​ ​care​ ​and​ ​traditional​ ​healing​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​awareness​ ​to​ ​the​ ​body-mind connection​ ​so​ ​this​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​main​ ​focus​ ​for​ ​my​ ​practice.​ ​Mindfulness​ ​meditation​ ​practices​ ​will play​ ​a​ ​large​ ​role​ ​in​ ​my​ ​implementation​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​strive​ ​to​ ​convey​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of awareness​ ​of​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​and​ ​inhabiting​ ​the​ ​body.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​encourage​ ​embodied​ ​presence​ ​within​ ​my clients​ ​during​ ​the​ ​treatment,​ ​on​ ​the​ ​mat,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​their​ ​daily​ ​lives​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​possible.​ ​

In​ ​addition, I​ ​plan​ ​to​ ​create​ ​workshops​ ​that​ ​draw​ ​from​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​and​ ​Yin​ ​Yoga.​ ​These​ ​workshops​ ​will focus​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Five​ ​Element​ ​Theory​ ​of​ ​Traditional​ ​Chinese​ ​Medicine.​ ​I​ ​will​ ​teach​ ​clients​ ​the utilization​ ​of​ ​bodywork​ ​and​ ​asana​ ​to​ ​activate​ ​certain​ ​meridians​ ​which​ ​correlate​ ​with​ ​each element.​ ​Clients​ ​will​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​felt-sense​ ​of​ ​the​ ​elements​ ​within​ ​and​ ​grow​ ​a​ ​connection​ ​with​ ​these energies.​ ​My​ ​mission​ ​as​ ​a​ ​healing​ ​art​ ​practitioner​ ​is​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​others​ ​in​ ​self​ ​inquiry​ ​and​ ​overall well-being.​ ​My​ ​vision​ ​will​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​with​ ​me​ ​and​ ​Zen​ ​Shiatsu​ ​will​ ​only​ ​support​ ​my growth.


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