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SHIZUTO MASUNAGA was born in 1925. After graduating from the Psychology Department of the University of Kyoto, he began working in the field of shiatsu. For ten years, he was an instructor at the Japan Shiatsu Institute. At present he is a member of the Japan Psychology Association and the Japan Oriental Medicine Association and the chairman of the Iokai Association for Shiatsu Therapy. The first person to establish a theoretical basis for shiatsu therapy, Masunaga has evolved his own practical method of shiatsu treatment based on his many years of clinical experience and, through his important and widely recognized contributions, has established himself firmly as the leading authority in the field. Some of his numerous written works are WATARU OHASHI grew up in war-torn Hiroshima Prefecture and was saved from near death at the age of two through moxibustion treatment. His familys accounts of this experience created an early interest in oriental healing, and he sought shiatsu instruction after graduating from Chuo University. He began teaching early in his career, and in 1974 he founded the Shiatsu Education Center of America in New York City, where he and his associates conduct classes.