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June 27, 2014

Visually Impaired Shiatsu Practitioners, Trained by JICA, Open a Successful Clinic in Kenya

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A group of visually impaired people in Kenya, trained in shiatsu by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, have opened the Nairobi Shiatsu Center.

The clinic has attracted a following that includes senior government officials and business executives.

Some of those trained in shiatsu by JICA in Kenya have become self-employed and self-sufficient and no longer have to rely on their families for support. Most of the shiatsu practitioners were trained at the Machakos Technical Institute. The training was introduced and supported by JICA in 2006, and a number of volunteers from Japan have participated in training the therapists.

Shiatsu is a Japanese traditional massage therapy that has been practiced by visually impaired people with their sensitive fingers. It is effective for backaches, pulled muscles, stiff shoulders, fatigue, headache, constipation, insomnia and more. No ointments, water or medicine are required. Therapists use just a piece of cloth and their hands.

*This is a summary of a story included in JICA’s Kenya Newsletter. For the original, follow this link:

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