Shiatsu Therapist Training | Diploma Program

Shiatsu Therapist Training | Diploma Program

Studio Chi West Kelowna Reiki Training Shiatsu Acupressure Reiki Courses

Core program at Studio Chi: $6,000.00 + GST
Instructor: Brenda Molloy, RYT, CA, RYT and Guest Instructors
Registration fee: $100.00 non-refundable
Additional Costs to Graduate:

  • Professional Treatments: Average cost is $100 – $180 per session (3 professional 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
  • Acupressure for Emotional Release. Michael Reed Gach & Beth Ann Henning
  • Healing with Whole Foods:  Oriental Traditions & Modern Nutrition.  Paul Pitchford
  • 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
  • Emotional and energetic causes of disease
  • Intermediate extraordinary vessels
  • Coaching and mindfulness skills
  • Anatomy and physiology – part 2

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

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.

This part-time program begins in September and ends in June with a three week winter break and 2 one week breaks.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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