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Shiatsu Therapy Diploma

44.5 Credit Hours – 900 Clock Hours Full time: 12 Months  Part time: 20 Months


Shiatsu Therapy

Have you been drawn to the beauty and philosophies of Japan and China? Do you practice a martial art? Are you intrigued by a system of natural healing that is more than 2500 years old? Then Shiatsu may be right for you!

Shiatsu is therapeutic bodywork from Japan based on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with modern anatomy and physiology. Shiatsu is non-invasive, performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing, and uses soothing, kneading, pressing, tapping and stretching techniques. Shiatsu stimulates and harmonizes the flow of “Qi” (vital energy) throughout the body and has both preventative and therapeutic effects. It is beneficial for a wide range of internal and musculoskeletal conditions. Shiatsu therapy may be stimulating or calming, reduces stress and contributes to overall well being.

CenterPoint is the only school in the United States that teaches two full-body styles of shiatsu. Students initially train in Namikoshi Shiatsu, and progress to Shiatsu Anma and Shiatsu Applications. Namikoshi Shiatsu is grounded in western science while Shiatsu Anma is based on the theories and techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Included in the training are many additional techniques and applications adopted by founder Cari Johnson Pelava during her studies in Japan. Emphasis is placed on career longevity through practitioner self-care and proper body mechanics.

Students study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the foundation of Asian medicine. Through the unique lens of TCM, students adopt a new view of the body: assessing and balancing the energetic system with shiatsu. Each shiatsu session is specifically designed according to client indications. Many clients appreciate the depth and vitality of shiatsu. Choose the Shiatsu Therapy Diploma program and expand your ideas of health and wellness.


Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program Outcomes

By completing CenterPoint’s Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program the student will:

1. Acquire proficiency and competence in shiatsu forms and techniques, including Namikoshi Shiatsu and Shiatsu Anma.

2. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the human body.

3. Obtain a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology as it pertains to the practice of Shiatsu Therapy.

4. Obtain a working knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medical theory (TCM) as it relates to assessment and session planning in Shiatsu Therapy.

5. Be able to describe and explain the effects of shiatsu on the human body, including benefits and contraindications.

6. Be able to summarize the psychological and emotional aspects of shiatsu therapy, and be able to communicate these to a client.

7. Develop competency in providing effective and beneficial shiatsu therapy to a varied client population.

8. Develop an appreciation of one’s own body and the importance of self-care, including use of correct body mechanics to promote safety and prevent injury while practicing shiatsu on a floor mat or low treatment table.

9. Cultivate the professional skills necessary to develop and operate a shiatsu therapy practice, or gain employment in an establishment offering shiatsu therapy.

General Education Courses

  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Communication & Ethics
  • Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Shiatsu Therapy Courses

  • Shiatsu Foundations* or (Introduction to Shiatsu** & Shiatsu Anma**)
  • Advanced Shiatsu Techniques & Applications
  • Patterns & Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Special Populations
  • Successful Career Development
  • Shiatsu Clinic Training & Summary Session**
  • Shiatsu Therapy Student Clinic

Electives (Choose One)

*Daytime courses       **Evening courses

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