Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy – Practitioner Level

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.


  • introductory weekend course

to attain the graduation certificate, participants must:

  • attend all 10 weekend courses / modules
  • gain 30+ hours practical experience with shiatsu sessions
  • complete 100+ hours of Basic Anatomy and Physiology (external – distance learning or through a local provider)
  • complete a NZ registered level 2 First Aid Certificate
  • complete 150-200 hours self-directed learning, reading and assignments, including self-reflective practice

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.


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.


  • Introductory Shiatsu Weekend Course
  • Foundation Level Shiatsu Certificate

to attain the diploma, participants must:

  • attend all 14 compulsory weekend courses (over 2 years)
  • complete a minimum of 6 elective courses (over 2 years)
  • attend regular tutorials and independent study groups
  • gain 200+ hours of practical experience with shiatsu sessions and supervised student clinic
  • complete 200-400 hours self-directed learning, reading and assignments
  • 100+ hours self-reflective daily practice
  • hold a current NZ level 2 First Aid Certificate

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