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Shiatsu Anma Therapy

22 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

DVD, Manual and Chart Shipped; Test Online

Contents: Video (DVD), text and manual shipped to you. online multiple-choice test.


Chart Shipped; Video, Manual and Test Online

Contents: Chart Shipped and video, manual and multiple-choice test online.


DVD, Manual, Chart and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Video (DVD), text, manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.


Already own the Clinical Shiatsu DVD or The Book of Shiatus text? Call us at 1-800-364-5722, 9am to 5pm, to discuss your enrollment options.


In this home study course, you will learn the art and practice of a specific style of clinical Shiatsu called Shiatsu Anma. Based on both the theory of acupressure energetics originating from Chinese medicine and massage techniques of Japanese origin, Shiatsu Anma Therapy addresses illnesses and painful conditions in the body stemming from blockages in the flow of energy, or chi, within the acupuncture meridian (channel) system.

You will learn how to assess the body's energy channel system with regard to deficiency and excessive states and apply appropriate techniques that restore the balance of chi within the body. As the flow of chi is re-established in the channel system, pain is relieved and the healing process of the body begins.

The manual that accompanies the DVD presentation in this instructional program contains pertinent information with regard to the theory, application, and specific treatment techniques and sequences for several painful conditions. A review of Yin/Yang theory and Meridians is included both in the video and the manual to help familiarize you with the fundamentals of this practice. A laminated Acupuncture Chart that depicts the meridians as well as specific points on the channels is included as a useful reference when working with the various channels and points.

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This is the best home study course I have done, and the first from this company. It has encouraged me to do more home study. I was familiar with the meridian system, and use it in some energy work, but this was more advanced and in depth and I feel I needed the enhanced study. I think my clients will enjoy the shiatsu experience. I am very pleased overall with this class.

P. Buck, LMT

A wealth of information to absorb.

N. Turner, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course. It will certainly compliment my practice. I took some basic shiatsu in massage school 12 years ago and a lot of the things came back. Then, additionally, I learned some great techniques for working the points and the sequences. The video was clear, and Instructor Hickey did a great job in a concise and clear way. The video, the charts, the reference book and the course book were all great. I used all of them and will keep the chart handy until it becomes second nature. I treated a mild stomach upset on myself during the course and it worked like a charm! Thanks - I really enjoyed this course.

S. Buonaguro, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

Wow, this course was amazing! Very complex, though, and I'm sure it will take much review of the course materials and practice with family and friends before I'd feel comfortable performing shiatsu sessions with clients. Most valuable, fascinating and inspirational - I can't wait to incorporate this into my practice. Thank you!

C. Monahan, LMT

This is a great course for anyone interested in shiatsu or Chinese philosophy. The demonstrations were wonderful and done so that this therapy can very easily be incorporated into a massage treatment.

M. Green, LMT

There are no trick questions. All the answers are clearly found in the text. Both the books and the DVD are excellent sources and will refer to them as I continue to learn and practice each technique. I know this course is just the beginning, and that it will take many more hours of continuous practice to get the feel of deficient and excessive Qi in the meridians. I do believe this course is worth every bit I paid and would recommend it to others.

M. Howard, NCTMB, ABMP

I love this course and I really learned a lot about Shiatsu. Now I can incorporate this technique when doing massage. This is really very helpful and the video is excellent.

J. H. Bansil, CMT

I have studied Chinese medicine in respect to bodywork for a few years now. This course exceeded my expectations of what a home study course could provide. Thank you!

C. Kaull, LMT, NCTMB

I did more studying from other sources to find another way of explaining....when I did not think I was getting the concepts mostly to do with the Five Elememt Theory or to separate the meridians. I studied the workbook twice and I think I understand enough to continue my practice to include Shiatsu Anma in my life long learning of "The Body Extrodinaire." I am very satisfied with the course and testing and I will be back for more.

Caroline Scott, LMP

I liked the fact that the test was available for viewing before I took it. It helped me focus on what was being tested, and I got to learn more things. I like the two different books, as well. It's nice having a lot of references. The chart was also helpful, and the DVD gave me a visual.

Jessica Rayfield, LMBT, NCTMB

It helped me understand the material to a point that I want to learn more and my interest in the subject was enhanced.

Steve Reedy, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the DVD. I found it very easy to follow. The course book was also extremely helpful. I appreciate how it follows the DVD. It is a great tool while trying to learn all the meridian points and connections.

Amy McLaughlin, LMT, NCTMB

interesting conscise thorough enjoyable thanks

Lisa Ivens, LMT

Enjoyed the DVD and watching the techniques. Will definitely use this therapy in my practice.

Laua Packer, CMT, NCTMB

This is a great course, I really enjoyed the new knowledge I gained of Eastern Bodywork

Michael McKinlay, LMT, NCTMB

I learned a lot in this course! Great info!

Doreen Miller, NCTMB

Everything was very helpful and I got a better understanding of concepts that I did not fully grasp in school. I also learned new techniques that will help clients in my practice and myself!

Shiona Duskin, CMT

I've been interested in Shiatsu since I was in massage training. The acupuncture point card, textbook, DVD, and supplemental booklet all come together rather well for independent study. I feel prepared to start integrating this modality into my massage practice.

Fred Isom, LMT, NCTMB

I am actually a certified shiatsu therapist and thought the quality of information was very well put together and even approached things in a different way then normally presented.

Darrick Hill, LMT

I enjoyed this course very much! It gave me more clarity on shiatsu facts than I previously new. I actually had fun reading the manual and taking the exam! It is a very organized and relatable course. As I only administer Deep-tissue techniques I felt that the channels and their associated Ashi points were invaluable towards my treatments. The extra DVD and text book included in the package was a bonus! I would highly recommend this course to anyone seeking to meet their requirements, as well as anyone seeking additional research in the magnificent field of massage therapy and body reprieve!

Panagiota Chelios, LMT, NCTMB

I really like the instructor on the DVD.

Tracy Ross, LMT

Excellent course...very informative written material in addition to a fantastic DVD. I really enjoyed it!

Lisa Black, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed learning how to better use Shiatsu techniques. I can see myself incorporating these into my practice.

Margo Schaffer, CMT

This course was so interesting to me. I loved the more technical/medical aspects of the subject matter. It has inspired me to look into more courses and modalities closely related.

Pamela LaScola, LMT, NCTMB

I found the course book, DVD and additional material very helpful. I found this to be a detailed refresher course and I gained new knowledge as well. I liked that I was able to watch the DVD and follow along in the workbook. The course really tailored to all different learning styles.

Kate Bogdanoff, LMT

I had been waiting for license renewal time to pass so I could dig into this course, looking forward to it since I first found it on the site over a year ago. Loved the subject and material made a rather complex system of study very easy to grasp. With the caveat that one is already familiar with TCM, of course. Thanks! My favorite course from you folks yet!

Joyce Inderkum, LMT

A lot of information was given for this course. This is not something I would incorporate into my practice immediately. I will definitely have to practice various treatment approaches before actually working on clients. But I loved the learning material provided.

Erica Vinson, LMT, NCTMB

Great course. Can't wait to take another.

Mary E. Palculict, LMT, NCTMB

Great review of Chinese anatomy. I learned new concepts and point pairing. Enjoyed this class very much.

Sandy Edwards, LMT

The course material is well-done. I enjoyed the course very much. An excellent presentation by John Hickey! Looking forward to incorporating information into my practice.

Katherine Groeschl, LMT, NCTMB

Can feel the meridians intuitively in my work. Had almost no education in this massage theory in school and it is so important. Appreciate the information. Thank you.

Jane Pulford, LMT

Loved this course! Very great information and clear! DVD is so helpful to explain and show you how to practice Shiatsu Anma!

Clare Loveless

I enjoyed learning from the instructor, John Hickey. He was thorough and easy to follow along with using the video and the text book. His years of studying Chinese Medicine is abundant and makes me want to learn more from him and continue my studies in this category.

Lucy Marcello, LMT, BCTMB

I think this course was excellent and would like an advance course maybe in the future. All the courses I have taken were excellent.

Gary P Laird, BCTMB

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Learning Objectives

  • Discover history of Shiatsu: differentiate between the cultural backgrounds responsible in the formation of Shiatsu Anma; define the term Shiatsu Anma; discuss the nature of chi and the channel system; identify the cause of pain and disease based on the theory of Chinese medicine.
  • Determining and responding to excessive or deficiency conditions: describe the characteristics of pain associated with deficiency and excessive conditions; explain the differences in treating locally and distally.
  • Identify Meridian Pairings: define and give examples of yin/yang pairs and the six great channel pairs.
  • Acknowledge pain associated with different conditions: recognize states due to chi stagnation and blood stagnation.
  • Differentiate between Yin/Yang qualities and symptom imbalances; identify the location of 12 meridians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform basic shiatsu techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform the general shiatsu sequence: delineate the corresponding sections along the bladder meridian (upper – sacrum); identify and locate organ transport points along the bladder meridian.
  • Observe shiatsu treatment for neck and shoulder pain; treatment on the stomach, large intestine, small intestine, gallbladder, bladder, and sanjiao meridians on the head, neck and arm.
  • Identify appropriate pairings of meridians in the treatment of excessive and deficiency conditions in the neck and shoulder areas
  • Observe shiatsu treatment for back pain; demonstrate application on the bladder, stomach and gallbladder meridians.
  • Apply the use of appropriate pairings of meridians in the treatment of excessive and deficiency conditions in the low back area.
  • Review shiatsu treatment on the kidney, liver, heart, lung and spleen meridians.
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