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Tom Banasiak has been practicing Shiatsu & Energetic Bodywork since 1986.
He is a Diplomat of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) and a Certified Shiatsu Instructor (AOBTA), and has studied the energetic and physical properties of Shiatsu, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, QiGong, Zero Balancing, the Chakras and energetic layers of the body since 1978.
Tom is licensed by the NYS Board of Massage Therapy and has also studied Tui Na, the martial art Aikido, and Clinical Nutrition at New York University. He graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1993. Beginning in January 1994, Tom has taught every level of Shiatsu, plus CranioSacral Therapy, and Clinical Strategies.
Tom began his Shiatsu training in 1977 in New York City at the Ohashi Institute. He did this while working as a professional classical ballet dancer, touring the country with Stars of American Ballet, American Festival Ballet, and other companies.
While living in Europe and working at the State Opera Ballet Theatre in Hannover for seven years, he also studied Reiki, along with Shiatsu from Japanese and German teachers, notably Akinobu Kishi, a longtime student of Masunaga. In Germany, Tom taught Shiatsu classes to physical therapists and gave private sessions. In 1986 when he returned to NYC, he began his work as a Shiatsu Therapist at the Ohashi Institute and also began studying privately with Ohashi.
In 1989 Tom began studying CranioSacralTherapy through the Upledger Institute, and also Zero Balancing with Fritz Smith, MD. Tom is now also a Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner.
In 1991 Tom began his studies with Pauline Sasaki, who worked with Masunaga for ten years and translated his book “Zen Shiatsu” into English. Pauline was Tom’s most influential teacher and he continued studying with her for the next 20 years.
Since 2004, he has also studied Qigong self-healing and treatment methods with Qigong master, Robert Peng.
Tom lives in Manhattan with his lovely wife Alix Keast (also an energy therapist and an instructor at the Swedish Institute), furthering his study of Shiatsu, the Meridians, the energetic fields of the body, LED Light Therapy and the Chakras, while maintaining his private Asian Bodywork Therapy practice, helping his clients, through his work, to fill their lives with ease, grace, and joy.
Tom is presently the Chair of the Asian Bodywork Therapy Department at the Swedish Institute College for Health Sciences, and is working toward a degree in Human Energy Fields at Empire State College.