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The Practice of Shiatsu

8 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.

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Contents: Text shipped to you. online multiple-choice test.


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Develop the skills you'll need to become a successful practitioner. Through video and text you'll discover the differences between shiatsu and massage in both philosophy and technique, identify different styles of shiatsu, review meridians, various shiatsu treatments, and proper body mechanics. The video portion of this program reinforces the treatments described in the textbook so that you can see specific applications and techniques being performed as well as review a sample pre-treatment interview.

This program provides comprehensive coverage of all shiatsu essentials along with nearly 2 hours of video showing specific applications and techniques for you to practice along.

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This course was full of interesting information, easily understood, but so informative! The video was integral and explained clearly what was expressed in the manual. Such new information will take time to fully understand, but one can continue to review the information. The workbook at the end of each chapter added to the learning. This was an excellent course!

Amanda Goff

Excellent book and course. Included a DVD which is of great value. This course was very interesting. I have previously taken a Shiatsu class back over 10 years ago and this was a wonderful refresher. I can't wait to practice shiatsu again.

Rachel Adams

This subject matter is very deep and takes more time to study in depth

Brenda McPherson

I have really appreciated the staff at the Institute for their support, and helping with questions any time I call. Their timeliness in answering the phone is amazing. My only concern with this class is the second wrong question by the author of the questions that I found, #87, and I will be calling to allow them to remedy the structure of that question also. (#84 & 87 total) I teach my clients about the body, so my being able to proofread and communicate verges on OCD! As for the number of hours it took for this particular class, I stopped counting. I was so intrigued with the parts that I had not learned all those years ago when I first took a hands on class in Shiatsu, that I would go back & forth to the different sections to put the pieces together for the people in my practice. 30+/- hours is not the actual number. Amazingly well written and presented in book form ~ thank you!

Deborah A. Schick, BS

I really enjoyed this course. I thought the book and DVD were very helpful tools which I will use for reference often in the years ahead. Thank you.

Twyla Wallace

exhilarating course on The Practice of Shiatsu! Very informative! Great DVD, and book! I will add this modality to my menu.Thank You! Kathy R. LMT

Kathy Anne Resasco

Always impressed by the quality of the material, and especially the availability of Asian bodywork courses.

Wendy Child

Excellent text. I will use it again and again.

Jennifer Myers, LMT

Oh my goodness, what a lot of material!! So fascinating, I have some knowledge of meridians but the Chinese/Japanese medicine aspect was so interesting to me. It would take many more hours to really understand all of this, but the book will be an excellent reference source and I will go back to it often to increase my knowledge

Linda Martinek Delande, LMT, BCTMB

Very good course. I really love having the DVD to refer back to.

Kimberlea Riley, LMT

Excellent course!!! I have practiced massage therapy for 31 1/2 years- my experience in deep tissue, acupressure, Tai-Chi and Qi-gong really helped!!!

Carole Buehler, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain differences between shiatsu and massage to include philosophy and technique.
  • Trace the historic development of shiatsu.
  • Identify the different types/styles of shiatsu.
  • Explain the role of written texts in the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
  • Explain the concepts and interrelations of the Tao, Qi, and Yin and Yang.
  • Describe the nature and role of the vital substances.
  • Explain the causes of disease according to TCM.
  • Discuss the differences between the Creation and Control Cycles.
  • List acupuncture points contraindicated for pregnancy prior to the delivery date.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the meridians or channels by recognizing their location, element, important points, and functions.
  • Identify signs of a meditative state that increases focus and connection in a shiatsu treatment.
  • Describe the role of the Mother and Son-hands in a Zen shiatsu treatment.
  • Define kyo and jitsu and give an example of each.
  • Demonstrate body mechanics, stance and movements, and self-care exercises.
  • Explain the purpose of the dan tien, energetic vessels, and basic Qigong exercises.
  • Observe basic shiatsu techniques.
  • List questions to ask when doing a self check-in before beginning a Basic Kata.
  • Observe steps in a Basic Kata.
  • Observe techniques and hand positions used in a shiatsu assessment of the client, their channels, and hara.
  • Explain the characteristics, questions to ask, location, symptoms of imbalances, and the shiatsu routine for each element.
  • Demonstrate understanding of additional shiatsu techniques for the hara, anterior/posterior legs, anterior arms, neck, face and back.
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