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Curriculum: Shiatsu Therapy
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This course introduces students to treatment modalities that complement
their understanding of Eastern medical theory. The practice and theory
of tuina, Qi-gong, moxa cupping are some of the modalities studied.
excellent Chinese manual therapy, which uses the TCM theory of the flow
of Qi through the channels as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through
the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina establishes
a harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals,
allowing the body to heal itself naturally. Tuina's simplicity and focus
is on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment.
Tuina will be
learned and practiced, with a special emphasis on the practical aspect.
The student will learn how to treat various
pathologies by using individually formulated protocols containing a
variety of techniques.
The word Qi-gong means the practice of "working" with one’s "life
force". It is a
meditative practice which uses slow and graceful
breathing techniques to promote the circulation of
the body, and enhances the overall health. Students will learn basic
movements to practice on a daily basis to promote and maintain their
health and assist them in strengthening their Qi in daily interactions
Moxa and Cupping
Cupping is a
Traditional Chinese Medical Therapy over 5000 years old. Students
will learn how to use suction cups to treat a variety of health
conditions, move stagnated qi and blood. The class will focus on 3
cupping techniques: stationary, moving and flash.
Moxa is a herbal substance commonly known
as mugwort which has a unique warming / Yang quality . Students
will learn how to work with the moxa herb as part of integrated therapy.
This course introduces the student to basic management concepts of
practice management to aid in the operation of a successful shiatsu
therapy practice. Topics include bookkeeping, taxation, marketing,
advertising techniques, public relations, and goal setting. This
comprehensive business management curriculum prepares new shiatsu
therapists to build and maintain their own businesses.
This course aids the student to develop effective communication skills
that are vital to the successful practice of shiatsu therapy. Topics
include interpersonal skills, personal development, creative problem
solving, time management and goal setting.
The course is practical in nature, emphasizing the sharing and
exploration of experiences and ideas.
- PREVENTION, DIET, LIFESTYLE
Lifestyle changes will be discussed with
focus on basic Chinese dietary principles so as to be able to advise
patients on their best course of diet according to patterns, seasons, age,
and more. Students will also learn about various other lifestyle changes
and prevention of diseases, for optimal health and wellbeing.
OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE 1
This course details the history and philosophy of Eastern medical theory
including Yin-Yang theory, Five
Element theory, fundamental substances,
meridians, organs, causes of disease, patterns of disharmony, Eastern
diagnosis, and rationale of treatment.
OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE 2
This course builds upon the Foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Students study a more advanced level of diagnosis and discuss
various treatment methods through the use of shiatsu practice and TCM
Anatomy is the study of the structure and composition of cells, tissues,
and organs, and the systems of the body - skeletal, articular, muscular,
lymphatic, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine,
and reproductive. The organization of the body systems and co-ordination
of their functions are also discussed.
Pathology and Symptomatology
Pathology is the study of how the body reacts to injury, and the causes
and processes of disease. Students learn about the processes of tissue
repair, infectious diseases, and pathologies of bone, muscle, and of the
major systems - respiratory, circulatory, nervous, gastrointestinal,
reproductive, immunological, and hormonal.
Physiology is the study of the functioning of the human body. Cellular
metabolism, thermo-regulation, bone growth, muscle function,
lymph flow, blood function, respiration, digestion, waste elimination,
hormonal influences, reproduction, and nerve function are the main
This course examines the health care system of Canada, ways of
determining the status of health, factors contributing to good physical
and mental health, and the principles of communicable disease.
Referrals, networking, and the role of health professionals are
care teaches students about the importance of self maintenance and
overall well being. The tools learned, help therapists in training
become better therapists. Students will not only learn ways in
which they can help themselves but also ways they can promote good
physical and mental health within their clients. It is
incorporated throughout the program in the shiatsu practice and
The code of ethics of clinical practice, the client-therapist
relationship, and relevant aspects of law are discussed in this course.
significant portion of our course study is devoted to physically
learning the practice of shiatsu and its appropriate application. From
the very first days of class, we are on the mat, learning the basics of
thumb treatment. In the first terms, a significant amount of time is
devoted to learning an anatomical approach to treating the body, as well
as learning to find and treat the energetic meridian and points system.
We begin to hone our skills by treating each other a great deal in the
beginning. The transition to treating the public begins in the first
term, however, where on “Family Day” we invite our Friends and
Family in for our very first treatment of the public. The transition
continues with a Buddy Day, where the First Year students pair up
with Second Year students in the Supervised Teaching Clinic and observe
as the second year students show them the ropes.
of the key components of the Shiatsu Practice classes include:
Shiatsu to the table: when we begin learning shiatsu, we start
on the floor. This helps us to learn to move in a more grounded and
centered way when we work. Many shiatsu therapists continue to work on
the floor for their entire career. We give our students the option of
practicing on the table by providing the fundamentals of table treatment,
translating our knowledge of working in a grounded way onto the table.
This provides our students flexibility in their treatment options,
allowing them to effectively treat clients with conditions that prevent
them from getting on the floor and to easily combine shiatsu with other
modalities more suited to table treatment.
in-depth 5-week case study on our classmates occurs in second year
to help us experience the challenges and benefits of working with one
client on a regular basis. This first case study helps to expand the
depth and breadth of our knowledge. It is unique since we are working on
our classmates, allowing us to get detailed feedback on our pressure and
overall treatment, as well as on the effectiveness of our treatments.
for homecare and for treatment: Stretching is incorporated into our
program in two main ways. First, we learn how to use stretch to maintain
our own health, and then relate this knowledge to our clients as a form
of homecare. Secondly, we learn how to use stretch in the context of a
treatment. This information is imparted in small amounts for the
duration of the program.
we also devote an entire section in second year to each of these topics in
order to explore the depth and effectiveness of stretch for our clients.
is incorporated throughout the program into shiatsu practice classes
and treatment courses and teaches students about the importance of
self-maintenance and overall well-being. The tools learned will help
therapists-in-training to become better therapists. Students will not
only learn ways in which they can help themselves but also ways they can
promote good physical and mental health within their clients.
for pregnancy theory and clinic. This time of life comes with a great
deal of change in the body from both a physical and energetic point of
view. Shiatsu can be hugely beneficial during this period of time. This
section of the course allows the students a greater understanding of the
usefulness of shiatsu during all stages of pregnancy and culminates in a
special clinic day, where we invite expectant mothers in to put this
theory into practice.
the end of the program are two 5-week supervised case studies on
the public. This section of the course is an extension of our Shiatsu
Treatment Theory course, which we affectionately call “East meets West”.
This course comes late in your studies, and helps tie all of your learning
together, merging your eastern and western understandings of the body and
then bringing this theoretical knowledge into a practical context.
Self–practice is vital in order to maintain enthusiasm, strength and
vitality for our work, especially when our work is physically demanding
and involves caring for others. It soon becomes evident that adopting a
lifestyle more suitable to the work is required. This course is designed
to help practitioners develop healthy lifestyle awareness and practices
and in so doing to be examples of health for their clients, family and
bulk of the course will focus on helping practitioners develop their own,
simple personal practice. Meditation, stretching, Hara breathing practice,
Ki exercises and self-shiatsu will be taught. Discussion will be held
around cultivating correct lifestyle including diet, sleep, exercise,
reflection and positive ki. This
course is open to practitioners of all kinds.
Exceptions may be allowed for those who are interested in
developing a self-care practice, but are not practitioners.
Topics discussed include
the history of shiatsu, its general principles, kyo-jitsu, the nature of
whole body treatment, locations and functions of tsubo points, and
pathologies of the major meridians. The physical and psychological
effects of shiatsu, contraindications and indications for treatment,
"sho", and treatment strategies are also discussed.
This course covers practical aspects of meridian theory, diagnostic
procedures, treatment of specific conditions (including infants,
pregnant women and the elderly), the client-therapist relationship, and
treatment strategies and reports.
and experience gained from other courses is put into practice in Student
Clinic. With the supervision of qualified shiatsu therapists, students
gain valuable experience in treating a variety of clients drawn from the
general public in a clinic setting.