Body & Mind



Introduction to Zentherapy®

What is Zentherapy?
How does it work?

What is Zentherapy®?
Zentherapy® is a synthesis of various teachings and techniques from Eastern and Western cultures; it integrates Raymond Nimmo, Lauren Berry, Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais techniques with the teachings of Wilhelm Reich and Zen Master Tanouye Rotaishi.

Zentherapy® recognizes that from birth to death, life is flow of energy. This energy takes shape by our attitudes, our emotions, and our bodies. Zentherapy® releases the natural form of the body from the aberrations caused by physical, chemical, psychological and spiritual traumas. These aberrations misalign the body and block the free flow of energy within the body and between the person and the universe. The blocks and misalignment prevent a person from realizing the full potential and experiencing the oneness of all life. Once blocks are removed and the structure is aligned, the body, mind and spirit will move to a higher level.

Consciously experiencing and using universal energy is what makes Zentherapy® unique. The Zazen training is basic to this work.

From the very first day and throughout the Zentherapy® trainings, special emphasis is placed upon the self development of the practitioner and the development of the client.

It is the goal of Zentherapy® for both the practitioner and the client to become as a child: free of fear, hate, greed and pain. Fully living each moment by moment.


How does it work?
Zentherapy® has a recipe for processing the body. Many different methods and techniques are used to achieve the desired results: Raymond Nimmo's trigger points work, Lauren Berry Work, Ida Rolf's Structural Integration, Moshe Feldenkrais's Functional Integration and Energy Work of Tanouye Rotaishi.

There are 10 Bodytherapy sessions of 45 minutes each. Each session follows a structure for unwrapping, aligning and balancing the human structure.

Each session is a continuation of the work done in the previous session. For most people one session per week seems to work out best. There are 10 custom exercises that match the ten sessions. The goal of this work is to reverse the aging process and rejuvenate the client's body, mind and spirit.

These powerful techniques are used to totally re-align the body. Throughout a series of treatments, the connective tissue is released and much of the misalignment caused by gravity, injury and age is reversed.

In the process, Chronic Postural problems are often significantly relieved and the body is noticeably rejuvenated. After a course of treatments, posture, appearance and the figure improve, sometimes dramatically.


William S. "Dub" Leigh, the founder of Zentherapy® , is now eighty-seven. Thirty some-odd years ago he was a successful Utah business man. However, he felt a certain emptiness in his life. Through a series of fortuitous circumstances, he found himself being invited to become a member of the Esalen Residency Training Program in Big Sur, California, where he was introduced to Ida Rolf and Rolfing®. Eventually, he developed into one of Ida's proteges and shared a close personal relationship with her throughout her life.

From Ida, Dub learned of an Israeli named Moshe Feldenkrais. He provided one-third of the financial resources needed to bring Moshe to the U.S. to teach. After years of study with Moshe, Dub was certified by him.

By the early 1980's, after working countless bodies, Dub was burned out and in fragile health. Again, fortuitous circumstances led him to Hawaii where he met Tanouye Tenshin Rotaishi, a Zen Master, martial artist and healer adept at the use of ki (vital energy).

Tanouye Rotaishi became Dub's third major teacher. "After my training in structure from Ida and in function by Moshe Feldenkrais, the work with Tanouye Rotaishi at Chozen-ji was like a post-graduate course in reality and the meaning of life and death."

Through him, Dub gained insight into how a body could be worked using ki. In the course of this process, Dub's own health and enthusiasm for his work was rekindled.

Dub is the only person ever to be so extensively trained and certified in the Rotaishi's approach to working with ki and the human body.

Their seven year collaboration resulted in the evolution of Zentherapy®, which in Dub's words: "integrates my training and experiences with Ida, Moshe, and others, with the Eastern 'metaphysiology' of vital energy." It contains aspects of the deep tissue work of Rolf, the neuro-muscular re-education of Feldenkrais and the ki training of Tanouye Rotaishi.

Zentherapy®, Zen Triggerpoint Anatomy®, Zen Bodytherapy®, Rolfing® and Feldenkrais® are registered trademarks.

For more Information, contact:
International Zentherapy® Institute
1188 Bishop Street, Suite 1507
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-3306
Ph: (808) 533-2000
Fax: (808) 533-2010




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