Shiatsu Certificate Program 2024

Become a Qualified Shiatsu Practitioner

The Shiatsu Certificate, which makes up the first year of the Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy, is the first step of your pathway to becoming a qualified Shiatsu practitioner.

Your Shiatsu Journey

This course is also a personal journey… A journey on which you learn new ways of thinking, explore who you are, and how you connect with others and your surroundings.

A journey of learning

You will gain an understanding of the cycles in nature and life, as seen through the lens of Shiatsu and its underlying foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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If you’ve dreamed of a career in massage, Shiatsu could be the modality you are dreaming of!

The perfect combination of ancient wisdom paired with a modern understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psychology.


February – November 2024


Katikati, Bay of Plenty


Autumn Falk

Elevate your healing practice with our transformative Shiatsu Massage Certificate Program. 

Join us today and unlock your potential!

Open to complete beginners to Shiatsu and bodywork.

Train towards becoming a professional Shiatsu Practitioner.

Part-time, weekend study for 1 year, and self-paced online components.

Pre-requisite: completion of an introductory weekend Shiatsu Retreat.

What you will learn

This certificate course in Shiatsu aims to equip participants with the foundational knowledge and practical skills required to apply basic Shiatsu techniques on friends and family, for relaxation, wellness, and enjoyment.

You will also learn in-depth self-Shiatsu techniques for your own wellbeing, and understand the principles of Shiatsu and oriental health as applied in your own life. Additionally, if you are a bodywork practitioner or therapist, you can integrate Shiatsu therapy principles into your established modalities.

Over the course of one year, you will engage in a range of activities, including:

      • Learning the anatomy and physiology of the human body
      • Studying the basic elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as it relates to Shiatsu in theory and practice, including the five elements, meridians, and yin/yang
      • Discovering the 12 meridians, their location on the body, and their treatment options
      • Becoming familiar with contra-indications and cautions of Shiatsu therapy
      • Experiencing various self-Shiatsu exercises and techniques
      • Learning techniques for mobilizing, stretching, and transitioning clients during Shiatsu treatments
      • Learning and practicing self-care as a practitioner, including positioning as a giver and developing their own wellness plan
      • Gaining an understanding of a more holistic and integrated way of thinking
      • Developing a deeper understanding of oriental practices, discovering meditation techniques, and embarking on a journey of self-exploration
      • Being guided in their own hands-on Shiatsu practice


The regular price is $4790 for the year. This price includes:

Students who enrol in our Shiatsu Certificate Training and pay a deposit before the 1st January will recieve an earlybird discount of $140.

Payment plans are available for students who wish to pay monthly or weekly. A deposit is payable at time of enrolment with the weekly and monthly payments starting before course commencement. Please see payment plan details by choosing a plan below.



Regular Price


EarlyBird Price


EarlyBird price is available until 31st December 2023

To redeem, please use the code: EARLYBIRD at checkout

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Students must complete at least one Weekend Shiatsu Retreat with Shiatsu Bodywork Academy prior to registering for the Shiatsu Certificate Training.


To be eligible for the graduation certificate, participants must complete the following requirements:

      • Attend all 10 weekend courses/modules
      • Gain 30+ hours of practical experience with Shiatsu sessions
      • Complete 100+ hours of basic anatomy and physiology (through external distance learning or a local provider)
      • Obtain a NZ registered level 2 First Aid Certificate
      • Complete 150-200 hours of self-directed learning, reading, and assignments, including self-reflective practice
Study Pathway

The Certificate Program is the first year of our 3-year Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy. In the first year, you will learn the principles of shiatsu, in-depth shiatsu techniques and the application of shiatsu for wellness.

After completion of the Certificate Program, students can choose to continue their Diploma Training, to learn more advanced Shiatsu techniques, oriental diagnosis, therapeutic applications for Shiatsu, as well as the deeper knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine underlying Shiatsu. The Diploma also equips students to find their own Shiatsu style and their own pathway into a healing career using Shiatsu Therapy.

"This course helped me both personally and professionally, for understanding myself and where I want to take my working life"

"I would recommend the course to people interested in shiatsu"

"Self care and self learning all rolled into one."

"What a great practice and learning to ground into the body and learn about facilitating balance"

" I loved the mix of Oriental and Western wisdom, and both the simplicity and complexity of it all."

"It was accessibly delivered, with attention to detail, and within a beautiful environment."

Course Module Dates

Modules dates

  • Module 1: Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th February 2024
  • Module 2: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March 2024
  • Module 3: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th Apr 2024
  • Module 4: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May 2024
  • Module 5: Friday 31st May – Sunday 2nd June 2024
  • Module 6: Friday 19th – Sunday 21st July 2024
  • Module 7: Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September 2024
  • Module 8: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September 2024
  • Module 9: Friday 18th – Sunday 21st October 2024
  • Module 10: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2024


  • Module 1: Thursday-Sunday, 9am til 6pm
  • Modules 2-10: Fridays 4pm til 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9am til 6pm

Tutorials are on Monday nights after each Module (1-7 and 9 only) at 4pm til 7pm (optional, but highly recommended)

Catering needs

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided for full course days. 

There will be 2 short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and one hour for lunch.

During the evening class on Fridays, we offer a light supper and a short break sometime between 6 and 7pm.

During the Monday afternoon tutorials, afternoon tea will be provided. 

All food provided will be free of animal products and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know if you are celiac or have other dietary requirements or allergies.

Payment options

Payment plans are available for students who wish to pay monthly or weekly.

Monthly Payment Plan:
Pay a deposit of $890, then $400 monthly (x10 installments)

Total Payable: $4890

Weekly Payment Plan 2: 
Pay a deposit of $690, followed by $110 weekly (x40 payments)

Total Payable: $5090

Earlybird discount or other coupon codes will be deducted from the deposit amount during the checkout process.

We accept payments via

  • paypal
  • direct bank transfer
Cancellation Policy

With 14 days notice, we will assist you to:

  • transfer your booking to the same course held at a later date, or
  • credit your payment toward another course of your choice, or
  • transfer your booking to another person

Refunds and other options by personal arrangement.

Courses canceled by Shiatsu Bodywork Academy are eligible for refunds.

See our full return and refund policy

Experience the transformative power of shiatsu.

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