Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program

Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program

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About the Program

Shiatsu is an oriental therapeutic form of massage based on the acupressure system of points and meridians.  It is the most well known form of acupressure.  The Japanese word for Shiatsu is composed of “shi” meaning finger and “atsu” meaning pressure.  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 than a modality.  It is a lifestyle which integrates self-care and awareness through diet, movement and meditation.

This comprehensive 500 hour diploma program blends Classical Five Element theory, Shiatsu, Acupressure theory, energy work and the practice of self awareness.  Part-time schedule allows time for work & family.  Class size is limited to 8 students for personal attention. It is the pre-requisite for the Shiatsu Therapist Training Program.  Our graduates become skilled and knowledgeable shiatsu practitioners of this ancient and effective healing art.

Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma Program curriculum consists of Practical Techniques (230 hours), Theory (270 hours), and additional requirements.

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Resource School: Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC


Instructor: Brenda Molloy, RST, CA, RYT and Guest Instructors
Tuition Fee: $6,000.00 + GST
Registration Fee: $100.00 non-refundable
Additional Costs to Graduate:

  • Professional Treatments: Average cost is $100 – $180 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
  • The Concise Book of Muscles.  Chris Jarmey
  • Atlas of Anatomy.  Konecky & Konecky
  • The Human Body Coloring Book.  DK Publishing
  • Acupuncture Charts (recommended)

Payment Plan:

Payment for half the program is due in advance. The remaining payment is due at the mid-way point of the program. It does not include the registration fee, books or charts. In the event of non-payment on the assigned payment date students will be required to suspend their attendance until the payment has been made. Payment for the program in full is required to graduate.


This part-time program begins September 23, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021 with a 3 week winter break and two 1 week breaks. Classes are held Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

Entrance Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is strongly recommended that applicants have received at least two professional shiatsu treatments before considering this program.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a first-come-first-serve basis, so it is recommended to apply early to avoid disappointment.
  • Please consider that Shiatsu is traditionally taught and practiced on the floor.  Students will be spending many hours practicing shiatsu on the floor.  Classes, written materials and assessments will be delivered in English.

Additional Requirements to Graduate:

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

Practical Techniques (230 hours)

  • Shiatsu Techniques – principles of breath, movement, application of pressure
  • Treatment sequences in prone, supine, sitting and side positions
  • Ashiatsu (barefoot) techniques
  • Yin Shiatsu
  • Zen Shiatsu
  • Use of the Hara
  • Hara assessment
  • Kyo & Jitsu energy conditions
  • Tonification and dispersion of energy
  • Meridian stretching
  • Introduction to Moxabustion
  • Table Shiatsu
  • Chair Shiatsu
  • Acu-Oil Massage
  • Reiki Levels 1 & 2
  • Specific treatments for musculo-skeletal disorders
  • Specific treatment approaches for various health issues
  • Student Practice Sessions

Theory (270 hours)

  • Qi, Yin and Yang
  • Meridian theory; locations and functions
  • Locations and functions of the major acupuncture points for shiatsu practitioners
  • Introduction to Five Element Theory
  • Introduction to Zen Shiatsu Theory
  • Introduction to Chakras
  • Introduction to Oriental Medicine Theory
  • Introduction to Facial Assessment
  • Introduction to Pulse Assessment
  • Location of Yu Points
  • Extraordinary Channels and Vessels
  • Feng Shui for Healing Spaces
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Contraindications for Treatment
  • Business Practice and Ethics
  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Five Element Counseling and Communication Skills


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.

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“Studio Chi provides in-depth and personal Shiatsu Training.  The theory and practical training I received goes into great depth about the body and how it functions from both a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element point of view.  It blends the Eastern Philosophies with the Western Mind.

Understanding the body and its healing abilities from this perspective is well rounded and gets to the root of disease.  Helping clients to move forward and heal using the techniques and tools learned in class from Brenda and her team of experts in their fields is very rewarding.  The results clients get are profound and lasting.  It is exciting and fun to be a part of Studio Chi and what it offers humanity in the realm of health and healing.  I am honored to have studied with such a knowledgeable, sharing and caring person.  I recommend this course to anyone with a true desire to help people in their journeys back to health and wholeness.”

Marie Sperling | Rite-Way Health, Shiatsu Practitioner – 2008

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