Shiatsu+Bars~~An unexpected journey

As of November 2014, a new energy has become part of my work with Shiatsu. The process by which this energy is contacted is called ‘Bars’ and is being made known through an organization called ‘Access Consciousness’. Though I had heard of Bars two+ years ago, my skepticism was (unfortunately) stronger than my curiosity. Below is a beginning to describing this unexpected journey after 20+ years of practicing Shiatsu(!).

Weaving a new tool called the ‘Bars’ ( into my Shiatsu Work has been an unexpected and joyous adventure. My Shiatsu Work has ALWAYS been a source of fascination, amazement, interest and joy for me—all of which has been amplified by weaving in the Bars. It feels that the Bars takes the practice of Shiatsu to another level of accessing and empowering the bodies’ energies in ways that I never imagined possible. Even if I only “do” only a small amount of the Bars, the effects on the session are palpable to me as a practitioner from an energetic standpoint but, more importantly they are appearing as noticeable by my ‘Shiatsu-ees’ who have said things like, “that was the best session you ever gave me” (after 10+ years of Shiatsu). As it is often said in the Access Consciousness world—how does it get any better than that?! Another beautiful evolution since adding Bars to my work, is that my experience of the energy as I work has completely transformed into something almost magical. It feels sometimes as if I am moving through a guided meditation that has taken me into a trance-like experience of energy that is not accessible through normal everyday awareness or consciousness. Yet, there I am having a conversation with my Shiatsu-ee AND experience explosions and openings in the flow of their energy. After all these years of practicing Shiatsu (my first class was in 1987), this is something I never expected even as my work has always evolved and changed in ways that were exciting and interesting to me. Please stay tuned for more about Shiatsu, Bars and Shiatsu + Bars! Love, Annemarie

Mantra with Spinners



About HaraHarmony

Who am I? My name is Annemarie Marti and I have been practicing Shiatsu Therapy since 1987. During that time, my work has been enriched by meeting and working with many, many wonderful people. This work has allowed me many insights and perspectives on Shiatsu, healing, growing, self-expression and our relationship to our body and our planet which I now will begin to share in the Hara Harmony blog. The notion of being a healer came to me while I was in college and reading books about indigenous healing practices. In the mid-1970s I did not have a vision for how to pursue such a path and turned my desire to heal to our planet. It was not until the late 1980s that I found a way back, through Shiatsu, to my original desire to heal our bodies. As my journey with Shiatsu evolved, I began to see that there was a connection between healing our planet and creating vibrant health for our own bodies. The style of bodywork that I practice is called Shiatsu. Shiatsu is an Asian style of bodywork that evolved from the perspectives and teachings of Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture brings to the process of healing, the concept of balancing, smoothing and rejuvenating the energies in our living, Human body. Shiatsu uses touch, no needles, to contact and move these energies called ‘chi’. In moving the chi, a Shiatsu therapist is able to help muscles to relax, the mind to quiet and well-being to return. My touch is firm to gentle~~you choose! We work together to create a great session for you where you feel refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. If you would like more information about Shiatsu or my practice of Shiatsu, please email me at:
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