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Blind & Visually Impaired Individuals Get Massage Training

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As part of a revenue generating initiative by the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA), a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV), Mr. Akira Tsunakawa is teaching shiatsu, (a Japanese massage technique) to blind and visually impaired students.

Mr. Tsunakawa, who is totally blind, is a teacher of oriental medicine and has worked with the Yokohama School for the Blind for over 25 years. He is now sharing his vast experience and expertise in shiatsu techniques from his hands to those of his students.

His mission is to provide the students with shiatsu training to become professional shiatsu therapists. The classes are four times a week from Monday to Thursday and will last for one year. Students are also learning anatomy and physiology as part of the training.

The class includes five blind and partially sighted students who have had to wait approximately two years for this valuable opportunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SOURCE: Japan International Cooperation Agency

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  1. Very informative and interesting. It would be nice to extend such training to the administration of the department of nursing administration at SALCC. In my opinion such training would assist the administration of the Nursing Department at SALCC to get some experience in being humane.

  2. This is great – inclusivity for all members of our society. There should be more of these sorts of programs. Well done to those concerned.


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