Shiatsu is a contemporary therapy with roots in oriental medicine, which translates literally as “finger pressure” in Japanese. Traditionally performed on the floor, the practitioner uses his/her own body weight to apply pressure to meridians (energy channels) and tsubo (pressure points) with palms, thumbs and elbows. Shiatsu also involves gentle stretching and range of motion techniques.

Shiatsu aims to regulate our body’s energy, or “chi”, which flows through the meridians, nourishing the blood, organs, muscles, glands and nerves. An imbalance in this energy network can often lead to fatigue, pain and illness. Shiatsu treatments help to alleviate stress and improve muscle and joint function. This deep yet gentle approach to health care can strengthen the body and improve overall wellness, offering long-term benefits to recipients.

This 150-hour program is perfect for those who are looking for an entry-level training or for professional therapists who are interested in enhancing their existing practice. Upon successful completion, participants will be able to give a professional Shiatsu treatment with competence. Graduates will receive a certificate and transcript and will be eligible for professional liability insurance.

Fernando Cabrera is the Program Director and head instructor. You can read his bio on the Faculty and Staff page.

Shiatsu Program Goals

We aim to provide our students with:

  • A top-quality Shiatsu training
  • Professional skills that can be applied immediately and competently upon graduation
  • An intensive and thorough course format that is affordable in terms of time and money
  • A professional, supportive and fun learning environment
  • An invaluable life experience

Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills in the techniques covered in the program
  • Employ a basic foundation of knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system
  • Utilize professional skills and experience gained working with the public during Student Clinic
  • Outline and employ the steps required to build a professional practice
  • Choose to pursue continuing education and advanced studies