Steven was first introduced to Shiatsu as a high school student in 1979 under the tutelage of Nabui Fumoto. Mrs. Fumoto was a kind-hearted woman who learned Shiatsu as a child in the Japanese internment camps in California. She spent her life using this knowledge to care for those whom she loved and shared her teachings with Steven upon learning of his interest in Japanese martial arts.
In 1982 Steven was introduced to Hakkoryu Jujutsu (a traditional Japanese martial art) and Koho Shiatsu by Brian W. Workman (Kaiden Shihan Sandiakichu). The unique combination of martial skill paired with healing capability has fostered a deep sense of internal body knowledge that Steven applies within his therapeutic treatments and teachings.
In 1986, Steven was certified in Koho Shiatsu Igaku (Imperial Finger pressure Therapy) by the headmaster of the system Nidai Soke, Ryuho Okuyama and in 1992 he received the first of three mastery ranks in Hakkoryu from Nidai Soke. Steven is currently one of the most senior practitioners of Hakkoryu and Koho Shiatsu in the U.S.
In 2010 Steven moved to Ashland where he attended the Ashland Institute of Massage. In 2015 Steven and Jaye Marolla combined their practices to form the Ashland Center of Asian Bodywork.
Steven’s work focuses directly on the body’s meridians treating both structural alignment as well as energetic issues relating to the organs. His approach has been successful in working with a wide range of conditions including frozen shoulders, S.I. and coccyx dysfunctions, neuropathies, TMJ syndrome, migraines, Lyme disease, and other chronic issues.
Steven’s hope is to establish the Center not only as a place where people can receive therapeutic bodywork, but also as an entry point for accessing deeper value found within lineage systems and traditional medicine.