Shiatsu Therapist Training | Diploma Program

Diploma Programs

Shiatsu Training: Therapist Program

Core program at Studio Chi: $5,000.00 + GST
Instructor: Brenda Molloy, RYT, CA, RYT and Guest Instructors
Registration fee: $100.00 non-refundable
Additional Costs:

  • Professional Treatments: Average cost is $100 – $140 per session (3 treatments are required)
  • Tai Chi, Yoga or equivalent training: cost will vary, depending on instructor.
  • First Aid/CPR course: $80 to $90
  • Massage Table
  • Shiatsu Mat & Headrest
  • Sheets, pillowcases, headrest covers and towels
  • Massage oils
  • Basic essential oil kit

Books and Materials List (subject to change):

  • The Book of Shiatsu. Paul Lundberg
  • Zen Shiatsu. Shizuto Masunaga
  • Between Heaven and Earth. Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
  • A Practical Guide to Acu-Points. Chris Jarmey and Ilaira Bouratinos
  • Basic Acupressure: The Extraordinary Channels and Points. Acupressure Institute
  • Intermediate and Advanced Acupressure. Acupressure Institute
  • Trail Guide for the Body. Andrew R. Biel and Robin Dorn
  • Acupressure for Emotional Release. Michael Reed Gach & Beth Ann
  • Henning
  • Acupressure Charts

About the Program
Since 2002, Studio Chi has been providing quality training in shiatsu therapy, acupressure & energy work.  The Shiatsu Therapist Training Program is designed for graduates of the Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program who desire to enhance their skills and embrace an even deeper level of knowledge in this field of study.

This ancient healing art acknowledges that body, mind and spirit are a unified whole, and that touching another being is more than a purely physical act.  Our program recognizes that shiatsu is much more then a modality.  It is a lifestyle which integrates self care and awareness through diet, movement and meditation. Graduates of Studio Chi’s Shiatsu Therapist Training Program become skilled and knowledgeable shiatsu therapists prepared for success.

Shiatsu Therapist Diploma Program curriculum consists of Practical Techniques (200 hours), Theory (300 hours), and additional requirements.

Practical Techniques 200 hours

  • Review and refinement of previously taught techniques
  • Acupressure & emotional release
  • Vibrational medicine
  • Reiki Level 3
  • Five element assessment
  • Five element techniques
  • Five element presentation
  • Command Points – assessment and treatment
  • Chakras and traditional Chinese medicine
  • Case study presentations and discussions
  • Skills demonstration

Theory 300 hours

  • Review and refinement of previously taught theory
  • Masunaga shiatsu theory
  • The Masunaga extended meridian system
  • Spirit of the points
  • Five element theory – part 2
  • Five elements and the organs
  • Energetic and emotional causes of disease
  • Intermediate extraordinary vessels
  • Coaching and mindfulness skills
  • Anatomy and physiology – part 2

Additional Requirements
The additional requirements are completed in addition to the scheduled 500 hours of training.   It is the student’s responsibility to record these requirements and submit to Studio Chi.

  • Yoga, Tai Chi, or equivalent training: 30 hours
  • Basic First Aid/CPR course
  • Case studies: 30 treatments given and 10 received
  • Give 1 shiatsu session to Instructor before graduating (practical exam)
  • Give a shiatsu session while observed by Instructor (observed exam)
  • Professional treatments received: minimum of 3

Program Study Time
Students are required to devote a minimum of 25 hours of study per week:

  • 14 hours class time
  • 2 hours for case studies
  • 1 hour yoga, tai chi, or other movement therapies
  • 8 hours of study time on own to practice techniques and read the required reading materials.

Schedule
This part-time program begins in March and ends in December with a two week summer break.

Payment Plan:
Payment for the program in full is preferred.  However a payment plan is available.  Payment for half the program is due in advance. The remaining payments are required in post-dated cheques due the last Wednesday of each month prior to the mid-way point of the program.  The payment plan is for tuitions only.  It does not include the registration fee, books or charts.  In the event of NSF cheques students will be required to suspend their attendance until the payment has been replaced by cash or a certified cheque.  Payment for the program in full is required to graduate.  Other funding sources may include the Metis Association, First Nations Bands, WCB, groups and associations that you belong to, and your parents.

Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be graduates of the Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program or have equivalent shiatsu training from another institution supported by documentation.
  • Applicants must be high school graduates or mature students.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or have a signature from parents or guardians.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
  • Preference will be given to those who have prior experience in shiatsu or other healing arts, martial arts, yoga, or other forms of personal growth.
  • Students must be physically fit and able to do the work.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants have been in professional shiatsu practice for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis, so it is recommended to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Certification:
A diploma will be granted upon satisfactory completion of all theoretical and practical assignments and requirements. Studio Chi is registered by the Private Training Institutions Branch and is a Resource School: Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC.

My experiences at Studio Chi have been incredibly inspiring, most rewarding and positively life altering.  I was introduced to Studio Chi as I was seeking a new direction in my career path. Following a lengthy career as a teacher in the B.C. public school system, I enrolled in the Shiatsu Practitioner’s Training Program in the fall of 2006.  I found that Brenda Molloy and the instructors of Studio Chi imparted the knowledge of their respective areas of expertise with finesse, wisdom and dedication.  Full professional integrity prevailed.  I always looked forward to classes where all of the concepts and skills were meticulously presented in a variety of interest piquing ways. Often, lessons paved the way to profound insights.  Regular opportunities for practising and polishing skills were provided.  All program assessments were relevant, thorough and fair, providing supportive feedback to assist in further personal and professional developmental growth.  My year of Shiatsu training not only provided me with a base of conceptual knowledge and a variety of pertinent skills but also effectively provided me with a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual overhaul.  I emerged feeling renewed, revitalized and prepared to begin offering Shiatsu to others.  I successfully completed the full requirements for the Practitioner’s level of certification by the fall of 2007.  Personally, I found earning this certification more rewarding and fulfilling than receiving my university degree.  I have been successfully building Chi Weaver Shiatsu, a home based Shiatsu practice, and I have continued to enroll in a variety classes offered at Studio Chi to further enhance my personal and professional growth.

Sharon Purdy | Chi Weaver Shiatsu, Shiatsu Practitioner – 2007 Graduate