Welcome to Shiatsu Bodywork Academy!

You’ve found the place in New Zealand to study all things Shiatsu, whether it be a short course you are after or the full Shiatsu Diploma, you are right here.

Introductory Shiatsu Courses – Weekends

The introductory weekend course is for anyone interested in bodywork, personal growth and development. The course teaches the basic principles and techniques of Shiatsu Bodywork and enables participants to practice and experience what Shiatsu feels like as a giver and receiver. Furthermore, each course has a theoretical focus on a particular Chinese element, depending on the time of year.

Participation in one Introductory Weekend Course is a pre-requisite for the Foundation Level Shiatsu Certificate and the Shiatsu Practitioner Training (Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy)

More info from Autumn: 027 2931430 or shiatsubodyworkacademy@gmail.com

Find out about Shiatsu Diploma

Upcoming Introductory Courses:

Introduction to Shiatsu – Weekend Workshop in Katikati – 6th & 7th February 2021

Introduction to Shiatsu – Weekend Workshop in Auckland – 27th & 28th March 2021

Introduction to Shiatsu – Weekend Workshop in Hamilton – 25th & 26th April 2021

Further Shiatsu Study

The full Shiatsu Practitioner Training is divided into two parts:


The certificate course will enable participants to use basic Shiatsu techniques on friends and family, for relaxation, wellness and fun. Participants will practice in depth self-shiatsu techniques for own wellbeing and understand the principles of Shiatsu and oriental health as applied in their own life. Bodywork practitioners and therapist can integrate Shiatsu therapy principles into their established modalities.

This certificate (500 hours) makes up the 1st year of the Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy / Practitioner Level Course and must be completed prior to enrolment in the diploma level.

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This two year practitioner level diploma builds on the foundation level certificate of Shiatsu. Participants will learn in depth the philosophies behind Shiatsu treatments, TCM theory and oriental practices. The course covers detailed methodology and techniques for treating a wide range of ailments and diagnoses with Shiatsu, as well as oriental diagnoses and developing treatment plans. Participants are guided in their journey to become professional practitioners as they complete case studies and student clinics, study ethics and business skills, find their own style within shiatsu and work towards making bodywork their livelihood.

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