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En bok om Shiatsu & Livet

av Chris McAlister, Jeremy Halpin

& Jan Nevelius

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Touching the Invisible - Att Beröra det Osynliga
av Chris McAlister, Jeremy Halpin och Jan Nevelius


Efter tolvårs slit, skratt och tårar kommer äntligen vårt lilla mästerverk ut och möter den stora världen.


Det är en samling iakttagelser kring livet som terapeut av tre kollegor som lärt känna varandra genom sin vandring längs den bana som innebär att stå till tjänst för andra och således växa som människa.


Vår intention var att skapa en bok som dels är en vacker upplevelse men även en utforskning över tid som leder gradvis in i processtänkande.


Vi använder oss av österländska metaforer, bilder och förklaringsmodeller och syftar då till att i enkla termer förklara den enorma komplexiteten som människan består av i sitt inre och visar genom sina yttre manifestationer.


Vi hoppas och tror att du kan ha nytta av den vare sig du är en patient, en terapeut eller en betraktare av livet i stort.


Boken är skriven på engelska men den är relativt lättläst. Den finns att köpa här på AlternativAkademin, The English Bookshop i Uppsala och Adlibris

Nedan återger vi recensioner på boken av några läsare, elever och kollegor.

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Tack snälla!


Boken är min morgonöppnare
och min godnattsaga


Nina L.

Started reading your book yesterday - it’s epic!


What I like the most so far is that it describes the noble path that leads to and from shiatsuRegarding your book, I find myself nodding and underlining every third sentence. There are so many sentences "of gold", where I think - Oh that's so well said!


It's funny, in a way it makes me think of the Never Ending story, do you know that book? I was addicted to it as a child, so much wanting to live a similar adventure. And now, reading this book, it really brings back this noble adventure part, in the sense, I find it really honors the life journey of shiatsu practitioners and who we become in the process, all the magical training and "becoming" that is part of it.


Irene N.

For all those who are not sure about purchasing, I'll big the book up for a moment.

Firstly it looks beautiful and would be a graceful addition to anyone's coffee table. And a great talking point once we're allowed to have visitors to our homes again.

Secondly the writing flows well and is non-technical, so you won't be flummoxed by big words.

And thirdly it's really an exploration of the 3 practitioners philosophy of Shiatsu which kinda makes it a philosophy of their lives. And I can confirm that this philosophy lies behind many other practices too. For example, I'm a talking therapist working with trauma and just from the few sections of the book I've read so far, it matches perfectly to how I use mindbody work with my clients. So there's something for everyone.

I read a few of your passages to our mother this evening, which prompted some memories of your treatments for her. I explained the style of the book and she said she'd like to read it.


Fiona McAlister

Wow, the book is out. Big congratulations to you all!


Thanks for all your kind words Chris. It was truely a great joy and very special and meaningful experience for me to join the three of you in those conversations. You all have such important knowledge, wisdom and experience and I’m so glad you are now also sharing it in this book. Can’t wait to read it...


Johanna Hök

Got it! It is beautiful! A Masterpiece. Thank you and congratulations

to the team.


Eva Solonia

I am so grateful for all that you are and all that you do Master Chris McAlister


Shler Sukur

I’m finding it hard to come up with the right words. You have no idea how precious and heartwarming it was to read this.... Something I really needed right now.

I will always treasure the short time I had the opportunity to work with you. Unfortunately the timing was off, too much going on in my life back then. But it was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my shiatsu education and short career I’d also like to take this opportunity to salute all three of you for being three of the most awesome teachers I’ve ever met. What you taught me still continues to shape and fill my world with colour.

Marie Schröder

Is there distance healing involved in the reading of this book?

It is so good! I don't want to stop reading. The design... I'm lost for a day or two reading...

It is even more compelling to have your book, when knowing that it's a product of such a beautiful synergy.


Snezhana S.

I think this project brought those qualities out for me to see actually. Not something I thought I had, always running onwards. Staying power. It was the ride of a lifetime and I feel honoured and privileged to have been part of it. Working with three so different and in many ways complementary Spirits as Chris, Janne and Jeremy left no room for dull moments and polished my ability to not just see and read but feel the difference in written voices and try my best to let them all shine each in their own way without taking away their unique tones and flows. I loved that - shiatsu with words!

So grateful for the many lessons learned and all the fun meetings with dumplings to boot. It was thrilling to bring out my shining sword (once I dared!) and carefully prune what already often felt like perfection just to make the flow a little more free or frame something with a full stop!


Thank you guys for all of it and may this baby now reach many, many beings as it brings with it so much love and care for Shiatsu as a path of the Heart.


Filippa Freed

I have just received my copy directly from Sweden! I feel very honored to have been invited to be one of the first people to be touched by this work.

I'll give you my impressions as things progress. Currently, I share the first ones with you:

1. The title: "Touching the Invisible. Exploring the Way of Shiatsu".

We therapists having chosen the way of touching, we had, at one point in our practice, this impression of touching beyond what we see or what we feel. When I read the title, I immediately felt identified and curious to explore this Way from the hands of these three experienced authors.

2. The copy is a square book, of a comfortable size in the hand and of a reassuring texture and weight. In addition, the photo on the cover page is spectacular: the tree, the light and the wood in the background... an invitation to anyone with an exploratory spirit to discover what lies in the center of the wood and up to where this extends.


Martha Lopez-Fonseca

So here it is! A unique book recommended by co-writer Chris McAlister. It arrived late yesterday and I am now taking a look at it. It directly, as suspected and hoped for, gives me a sense of connection. Or recognition because the topics are honest and experience driven. The interview style is very cleverly done so it reads like something you just pick up like a magazine. I'll carry on reading now....


Chris is an amazing colleague with enormous experience and a long personal learning curve among many masters in East Asia - an inspiration to me personally and the upcoming generation of Shiatsu students and therapists.


Frans Annergarn

It arrived safely, yesterday. And wow, it is truly wonderful!

Thank you Chris.  I'm savouring it slowly, like a box of chocolates I am reading it from page 1, but I also keep on jumping here and there all the time, enjoying whatever surprise I come across.

It truly is brilliantly done, very deep but easy to read and never heavy. Very practical and certainly useful, but at the same time very poetic.

All the love that was put into making it by the whole team really shines through.


Bravo everybody


Marcella M.

Your beautiful book arrived today, am very excited about reading it.


Just flipping through it exudes a calm sense of experience and hope for the future.


Rose Brown

A new friend arrived at my home. Will be well treated. I shall find the time next week to sit under the sun and InJoy the journey of the ivisible being touched.

Ahlam B.

I am taking on a new and exciting task here, that of writing my first review of a brand new book published in the language of Shakespeare. This book, entitled "Touching the Invisible" is not about the way of God like the best-seller written by Norman Grubb but about the way of Shiatsu. Thus, the 3 authors: Chris McAlister, Jeremy Halpin and Jan Nevelius, experienced practitioners in the practice and teaching of Shiatsu, had the rich idea of combining their knowledge, experience and reflections in a single book.


Their objective:

To invite us for a philosophical exploration of Shiatsu and Oriental medicine, without forgetting multiple practical tips on the professional practice of Shiatsu.

The focus is on "awareness", "intuition" and "intention" in Shiatsu practice and "how this mind-body perspective can influence the broader health debate". The great Taoist concepts, Chi, Yin - Yang polarity, the dynamics of the 5 elements and classical meridians are discussed as well as the Japanese principle of Hara.

The notions of the invisible touching the emotional, the spiritual, the psychic - even if it is not explicitly named - characterize the framework of reflection of what is Shiatsu therapy. 


In summary:

The blended perspective of three international actors with a fluid and original reading.

An aesthetic and pleasant reading, in the form of questions/answers, very didactic between experience sharing, technical explanations, case studies and informal anecdotes.

Rather than images of practice or Shiatsu positions, the authors have chosen to illustrate their words and chapters with famous quotes and the highlighting of important points to remember in the margin, which are a real plus.

The use of English is not a hindrance. An average technical level of English should be sufficient for the reader to understand this book.

Antoine Di Novi


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