Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy
The full Shiatsu Practitioner Training is divided into two parts: The Shiatsu Certificate (Foundation Level – 1 year) and the Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy (Practitioner Level – 2 years) to make up a 3 year course.
DIPLOMA IN SHIATSU THERAPY – PRACTITIONER 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, Traditional Chinese Medicine (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.
The diploma course is made up of 1100 hours of teaching, online reading and self-directed learning. Student should expect to spend between 10 and 12 hours weekly on course-related activities in addition to the 10 full weekend courses per year.
During the 2 year program, students will:
- deepen knowledge of the 12 meridians, including inner pathways, point localisation, alternative positions for treatment
- deepen self-reflective practice and understanding of oriental therapies
- study the elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in more detail, including anatomy & physiology as seen in TCM, the human body in relation to Qi, blood, body fluid, zang-fu and extraordinary organs
- study Traditional Chinese Medicine understanding of pathology in terms of etiology (cause) and pathogenesis (mechanism)
- understand and apply diagnosis and treatment theories to shiatsu and other medical practice
- explore Traditional Chinese medicines and nutrition
- learn extended techniques of mobilising, stretching and positional transitioning of clients during shiatsu treatments
- learn the location and meaning of Bo points, Yu points and Shu Points
- be guided to develop their own shiatsu practice
- learn new techniques with the use of feet, elbows, knees etc
- gain a theoretical and practical understanding of Oriental Diagnosis
- learn Hara diagnosis and treatment
- learn Business skills, Ethics, Legal, and other relating modalities
- learn shiatsu principles and techniques as they relate to various ailments and patient groups
- and much more!
A part of the diploma training is made up of elective course modules, so that students can shape the direction of their program to suit their interests and needs.
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