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hours of training in this diploma program prepares students for a
rewarding and successful career as a shiatsu therapist. Students are
exposed to extensive clinic experience while exploring both Eastern and
Western approaches to health and well-being as well as business and
as a full-time program, students have the option of
paying tuition with flexible monthly or quarterly payment plans. As this
program is registered and approved as a Private Career College under the
Private Career College's Act, students are eligible to apply for OSAP.
word shiatsu literally translates as "finger-pressure".
However, shiatsu is more than just a way to apply physical pressure to various
points of the body. It goes far beyond that to involve total
communication between therapist and client. A good shiatsu
treatment is like a dance in which the therapist, through compassion and
skill, awakens the client's own healing energies.
Shiatsu School of Canada is unique among shiatsu schools in its emphasis
on balancing Eastern medicine and Western medicine. Though the East
and West seem to have little in common, both describe the wonder of life
and the human body. Eastern
medicine has accumulated knowledge and wisdom about the human body, just
as Western medicine has.
Eastern medical theory
health as a dynamic balance of body, mind, and spirit. The Shiatsu
School of Canada teaches meridian style shiatsu, a form that is deeply
rooted in ancient Oriental medical practices that are over 5,000 years
In meridian style shiatsu, the shiatsu therapist applies comfortable
pressure to all parts of the client's body with hands and thumbs,
elbows, knees and even feet. The
skilled therapist chooses the appropriate technique according to the
degree of pressure required and the physical condition of the client.
Disease in traditional Oriental medicine is the result of
of the life energy, "chi" or "ki".
This energy is believed to travel through the body along pathways
called "meridians". The
shiatsu therapist aims to unblock the flow of energy, to bring the
client's body back into balance and help the client regain the natural
ability to maintain equilibrium or wellness. This relieves symptoms and,
as function improves, the client regains a feeling of vitality.
therapy is holistic. Oriental
medicine sees the human being as inseparable, one, without divisions
between mind, body, and soul. The body-mind
is considered a whole construct. Its parts are inseparable from the
functioning of the whole organism in its environment. The shiatsu
therapist treats the whole body as well as the specific problem areas.
Common conditions that shiatsu therapists treat include back, neck and
shoulder aches and pains, headaches, insomnia, and digestive problems,
but also emotional stress.
a Western point of view, shiatsu pressure stimulates the healing,
conserving functions of the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system
to calm the body's overactive "fight-or-flight" response.
This gives the body the space and time to heal itself and restore
A 2200-Hour Program?
Shiatsu is a demanding, but deeply rewarding career.
Most shiatsu therapists practice independently as primary health
care workers. They
undertake thorough health assessments to determine ways in which clients
have lost their own natural ability to keep in equilibrium.
The shiatsu therapist then tailors the treatment to meet the
unique condition of the individual client.
No two treatments are ever alike just as no two people, even
identical twins, are alike.
It is easy to see that shiatsu can be very challenging.
Great knowledge and skill are required and there are no short
cuts. A successful career
in shiatsu is not something that can be gained quickly, by rote
learning, or a hodge-podge of short general interest courses with poorly
trained instructors. A body
of knowledge that has taken thousands of years to develop cannot be
learned effectively in a
short time span.
Our program provides a thorough foundation from both an Eastern and a
Students must deeply grasp the theoretical structures and gain the
analytical abilities necessary to skillfully and knowledgeably help
clients with a wide range of conditions.
Students need to understand the ethics and responsibilities
involved in treating clients. Shiatsu
students must have the skills to succeed as small business people,
working in their own practice, or with others in a clinic or spa.
Lastly, shiatsu is not something that can be learned from a book
or by distance education. First
hand instruction with practice under experienced and highly qualified
instructors is the only way to achieve mastery in shiatsu.
The Shiatsu School of Canada Inc.
In 1986 Kaz and Yasuko Kamiya founded the SSC in response to growing
demand for high quality training in shiatsu therapy. Canadians from all
walks of life were becoming increasingly concerned
about the potential side effects of drugs and were looking for
non-invasive ways of dealing with illness.
People from all walks of life wanted to take their health and
well-being back into their own hands.
Shiatsu helped them do this and, as more and more people heard
about shiatsu, the need for a high-quality school became evident.
On April 2, 1986, the school was registered and approved as a
Career College under
the Private Career
College Act. In September 1986, the
Shiatsu School of Canada's first 2200-hour program began.
The Shiatsu School of Canada is now one of
Canada's leading shiatsu school and continues to offer a
career-training program leading to a diploma in shiatsu therapy.
The Shiatsu Therapy Diploma program starts every September and can be
taken through a full-time (two years) study
SSC's first class graduated in 1988, with a graduating class every year
after that. Since we have
been offering continuous quality education since 1986, we can truly
offer an experienced faculty and a proven curriculum.
Our faculty is comprised of shiatsu therapists, Ph.D.'s,
acupuncturists, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
nutritionists, professionals in anatomy, physiology, pathology,
psychology, kinesiology, and other fields of health care, as well as
specialists in business, communications and ethics.
All our science instructors have at least a Master's degree in
The career of shiatsu demands the heart, knowledge, skill and clinical
experience that a 2200-hour program in a Private Career College can
deliver. The diploma
program at the SSC is the oldest continuously operating 2200-hour
program in Canada. We offer
students a solid grounding in both Eastern and Western medicine,
including anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Working in the West, students must be able to communicate with
Western medical professionals who refer clients to them. They must also
be able to communicate with clients who think in terms of Western
medicine. An understanding
of Western medicine, coupled with a strong background in Oriental
medicine, strengthens the shiatsu therapist's practice on every level.
The SSC operates ethically and dependably, balancing our
respect for the traditions of shiatsu with a responsibility to grow and
innovate. The school has no religious affiliations and welcomes people
from all backgrounds and walks of life. By its commitment to high
ethical standards, quality in faculty and curriculum, and service to
students and the community, the SSC has played a significant role in
promoting shiatsu nationally and internationally.
The 2200-hour program offered at the Shiatsu School of
Canada is the highest standard in the world, comparable to that offered
in Japan itself. Graduates
of the SSC are able to apply for licenses, registration and/or
certification all around the world.
Currently we have graduates working across Canada and in the
United States, Denmark, Mexico, England, Austria, Israel, Zimbabwe, New
At the Shiatsu School of Canada we believe that the power
to change your life is in your hands.
And we have the track record, the knowledge, and the commitment
to help make your study of shiatsu as rewarding as you want it to be.
of the Shiatsu School of Canada, Kaz Kamiya, is a pioneer in
An accomplished practitioner of shiatsu and acupuncture, Mr. Kamiya
originally worked as a tool-and-die designer in Brazil and Canada.
In his mid-30's, he learned about shiatsu.
He returned to his native country of Japan to study shiatsu and
acupuncture and received his license after 3 years of study (1975-1978).
Mr. Kamiya then apprenticed at a hospital in Japan and with
Shizuto Masunaga, one of the pioneers of shiatsu therapy at Iokai
After that, Mr. Kamiya returned to Toronto to practice shiatsu.
He worked at the Shiatsu Centre before establishing the Shiatsu
Clinic and the Shiatsu Education Centre in 1981.
In 1986, he established the Shiatsu School of Canada in order to
offer the highest standard of shiatsu training, the 2200-hour diploma
known through his videos, Meridian Shiatsu and Shiatsu Stretching, Mr.
Kamiya maintains an active shiatsu and acupuncture practice while
playing a pivotal role in the life of the school.
Demand for shiatsu is growing as people work to educate the public on
shiatsu's health benefits. Insurance companies are becoming aware
of the cost benefits possible, as well as the medical advantages of
shiatsu. With an aging population and growing demand for holistic
care, the demand for and acceptance of shiatsu will grow too.
The 2200-hour shiatsu graduate enjoys the skills and knowledge to have a
definite competitive edge. Graduates work in a variety of situations.
Some establish a private practice by working at home. Some do
house calls. Many rent their own office, or share office space
with other shiatsu therapists or with health care professionals such as
massage therapists or chiropractors. Spas, health clubs and sports clubs
also hire shiatsu therapists. Public education and teaching are other
During the course of study, students do extensive practical work on
other students, at school-supervised demonstrations of shiatsu at public
events, and in special class treatments to seniors, friends and special
cases. The Student Clinic serves as the clinical teaching facility
of the SSC and provides low-cost care to people in Toronto and the
surrounding area. Students, under the supervision of specially
trained and experienced SSC graduates, gain practical experience. The
SSC Student Clinic has an average of 500 client visits a month.
a Private Career College School?
1. The primary reason private career
exist is to provide the most effective training
within the most reasonable period of time. At the SSC our curriculum is
skills based and career focused. We know the shiatsu marketplace and
what our graduates need to compete.
2. Shiatsu is the very heart
of our school, a way of life - not just a business, and not
just another program among many.
3. We have a track record in providing
training since 1986.
Here you can thrive in a tried and tested program, not suffer through a
new and unproven program.
4. Our faculty is
qualified and experienced.
We select instructors not only for their clinical know-how, but also for
their strong teaching skills.
5. Our excellent clinic prepares students
"real world" situations
with real clients. The clinic is established and the clientele is varied and challenging.
6. We are committed to each student's success. In the great
traditions of the East, we honour our students - mind, body and soul.
At the SSC there are no anonymous faces
lost in a large student body. We are large enough to provide the
services that students require, yet small enough to afford our students
Reasons to study at the Shiatsu School of Canada
The 2200-hour program is the highest standard in the world and SSC
graduates can practice virtually anywhere in the world.
Because our classes are small, (usually ranging from
to 35 students)
we can provide the atmosphere most favourable to learning and the growth
and development of the student. Our classes are small enough to allow
for the individual attention students need and large enough for a
positive group dynamic.
East Meets West...
Our program is designed to facilitate our students' understanding of
both Eastern and Western medicine as they develop their shiatsu skills.
The SSC curriculum includes a demanding Western science component.
With this exposure to both Western medical sciences and Oriental
medicine, our shiatsu graduates can effectively communicate with Western
medical practitioners about diagnosis and treatment.
More than 25 health practitioners and professionals teach at the SSC.
Faculty members are experienced lecturers and practitioners.
Our shiatsu instructors are all practicing shiatsu therapists.
5. HANDS-ON LEARNING...
SSC students begin learning and practicing shiatsu within the first term
of training. The students familiarize themselves with the flow of
a shiatsu treatment and begin to get a feel for the therapeutic benefits
of shiatsu from the onset of their program. After passing the
clinical competency examination, the students begin 272 hours in the
Student Clinic. Students also do extensive practical work on other
students, at school-supervised demonstrations of shiatsu, and in special
class treatments to seniors, friends and others.
have a high job placement rate. As
well SSC graduates have a very high pass rate on the Shiatsu Therapy
Association of Ontario's board examinations.
6. HIGH JOB PLACEMENT...
Graduates of the
IN THE TRADITION OF JAPAN...
Our Senior Advisor to the Shiatsu and Acupuncture Programs, Kaz Kamiya,
has over 25 years experience training shiatsu therapists and as a
practitioner of Oriental medicine. He apprenticed with Shizuto
Masunaga, the renowned teacher and author of Zen Shiatsu.
The training provided at SSC is rated as having the one of the highest
standards outside of Japan. Graduates are eligible
become members of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario, The
Shiatsu Society of Ontario and other international associations.
Our continuing education program enables the shiatsu graduate to keep up
with the latest developments in shiatsu and related healing arts.
The SSC has an active Alumni Guild that offers many benefits including
seminars and a newsletter.
Upon Completion: Recognition
School of Canada Inc. (established 1986) is registered and approved as a
Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act.
Graduates of the Shiatsu School of Canada are entitled to use the
designation Dipl.S.T.®, a
professional designation that stands for Diplomate in Shiatsu Therapy.
The Shiatsu School of Canada is approved by the Shiatsu Therapy
Association of Ontario (STAO).
Our shiatsu graduates are eligible to apply for membership in and
certification by the STAO. Only a member of the STAO is entitled
to use the designation 'Certified Shiatsu Therapist' (CST®).
this video with Dr. Oz explaining his experience with Shiatsu and
other alternative medicine therapies being integrated into the
critical illness care of patients at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in
New York City.