Suikodo is an innovative form of manual medicine developed by Shiatsu Master Mitsuki Kikkawa. It includes precise palpatory and observation-based assessment techniques, as well as treatment techniques such as meridian stretches, direct pressure Shiatsu-style techniques, Neuromeridian Stimulation (NMS) techniques, and energy-based techniques. Suikodo posits that the body's innate wisdom can be interpreted through direct feedback from the body. Using the information, the therapist can determine the appropriate type and amount of stimulus to be applied to obtain healing.
Suikodo Therapy is exclusive to ICT Schools. Anyone wishing to train in this modality must attend Suikodo courses that are provided by ICT Schools. Unless you have successfully completed an ICT course in Suikodo, you are not able to hold yourself out as a provider of Suikodo Therapy. Undergraduates in the Massage Therapy Program at ICT Schools are offered the basic level Suikodo course as part of the Electives 200 Series.
Suikodo was developed by the late Mitsuki Kikkawa as an extension of his many years of experience as a therapist, educator and treatment innovator. Educated in Japan at the Japan Shiatsu College in Tokyo under the mentorship of Shiatsu Master Tokujiro Namikoshi, Mr. Kikkawa came to Canada in 1972 to practice Shiatsu Therapy in Toronto Ontario. In 1981 he co-founded Kikkawa College and developed the first two-year professional Shiatsu Training Program in Ontario.
Mr. Kikkawa was a founding member and on the interim board of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario and has been made an honorary life-time member in tribute to his contribution in establishing Shiatsu Therapy in Canada.
For Articles on Suikodo
Massage Therapy Canada Magazine
Issues: Spring, 2003 and Fall, 2003