Spring Shiatsu Retreat

Shiatsu is the art of Japanese Massage, which integrates Chinese medicine theory and Japanese practice with Western physiology and anatomy. The word ‘Shiatsu’ comes from the Japanese words ‘shi’, which means finger and ‘atsu’, which means pressure. This pressure is created by the practitioners body weight through fingers, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees in contact with the recipients body.

Regular Shiatsu treatments can improve self awareness, energy levels, reduce pain, and maintain a physically and emotionally balanced state.

In this Spring Shiatsu Retreat we will work with the spring element of wood – the element of growth, and the corresponding organs of Liver and Gallbladder.

Shiatsu Practical Learning

Empower yourself to attain self-awareness, consciousness, and well-being, and positively impact others!



9th & 10th November 2024


Katikati, Bay of Plenty


Autumn Falk


I enjoyed Autumn’s natural way to teach with humour and conversation, the analogies and relating the five element theory to everyday life and nature… reconnecting with my body and breath, and igniting my desire to learn and help others through bodywork.

I feel capable of giving a friend/parter a basic shiatsu massage. I have also been made more aware of energy and it’s involvement in health.

The chance to deeply relax over the two days… I feel still and calm.

A pleasure! From the moment I booked. The responses have been super fast… presentation wonderful, food delicious.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole course.

The combination of Autumn & Jenni is one this world needs.

Transform your well-being and enhance the lives of your friends and family.

Treat yourself to an immersive weekend of shiatsu and wellness.

Open to complete beginners to Shiatsu and bodywork.

Connect with other practitioners and likeminded people

Gain or refresh knowledge in the oriental context of the current season.

What you will learn

In this Spring Shiatsu Retreat we will work with the spring element of wood – the element of growth, and the corresponding organs of Liver and Gallbladder.

The wood element comes forth in Spring time, bursting out, with a forward movement. It’s energy has purpose and clear direction for growth and expansion.

Planning and putting plans into action is the energy of Spring and the strength of the wood element.
But wood is also adventurous and playful, enabling it to be flexible and spontaneous.

As with each intro course, we use the bladder meridian for learning and applying shiatsu techniques and practicing on.

Topics of this workshop cover:

  • meeting and understanding the Spring (wood) energies within our bodies and surroundings
  • sharing and connecting with one another
  • learn to give spring related Shiatsu and be able to give a 45min Shiatsu treatment to family or friends
  • The aspects of the element of wood such as (forward) movement, growth, flexibility, spontaneity and action will be taken to another level in experience
  • Learning Shiatsu Bodywork and it’s Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) background will give us ways to experience and understand ourselves in this season and provide tools for releasing or building up tension and flexibility (muscles).

The Spring Retreat is a perfect way to initiate new ideas, projects, and internal ‘seedlings’ born from the dormancy of the winter season, forth into the world.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in Bodywork, Oriental Therapies, Japanese Massage, and Personal Growth & Development.

Open to men and women of any age.

Ideal for complete beginners of shiatsu and massage, and experienced practitioners alike. People who have attended and gained from this retreat include massage therapists, acupuncturists, shiatsu practitioners, yoga teachers, teachers of martial arts, athletes, and more!

Course Times

9am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

There will be two short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and a lunch break of 1 hour.

What's included

course fees include:

    • full 2 day course tuition
    • all course materials
    • lunch and morning and afternoon teas on both days

catering needs

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

We accept payments via

  • paypal
  • direct bank transfer

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss payment plans for this course.

Email us: hello@shiatsubodyworkacademy.nz

Phone: 027 4595 898

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

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