Japanese Acupressure Massage – Foundations of Shiatsu

Japanese Acupressure Massage.

A one year Certificate in the Foundations of Shiatsu and Acupressure for Common Ailments

This innovative and stimulating course will introduce you to the basic skills of the Japanese healing arts including shiatsu, acupressure and sotai. By the end of this course you will have sufficient knowledge and ability to work confidently and effectively with a wide range of people to improve their general health and wellbeing, help with minor ailments and injuries and of course for relaxation. We also place a great importance on self development and include regular qigong, makkoho and yoga sessions during our weekends.
Foundations of Shiatsu and Acupressure Certificate 1

The next weekend course is due to start in Salisbury on:


The cost for this course is £1950.00

This course runs over 11 weekends and a total of 156 hours. The syllabus begins with the Shiatsu Foundation Course. It is a standalone course but is also the first year of our Practitioner diploma.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate in Japanese Acupressure Massage



This one-year certificate builds on the skills and experience gained through the foundation course and provides a comprehensive introduction to the treatment of each of the classical Chinese meridians used in Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine.
With all our courses the emphasis is on practical skills and teaching theory through hands on experience. There is also an interactive online module covering all the theoretical aspects of the course. In this course you will learn

  • The theory of the Five Elements
  • How to treat each of the twelve classical meridians
  • The location and use of important points on each meridian
  • Relevant anatomy
  • Introduction to observation and diagnosis
  • Observation, diagnosis and how to tailor your treatments to specific client needs
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Qigong, self-care exercises and client care recommendations
  • Relevant theory to support your practice

This course is the first stage of study for an accredited level 4 diploma in Shiatsu following the curriculum set out by the Shiatsu Society UK.




Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Lung and Large Intestine meridians and relevant points • Breathing exercises. Qigong, Shibashi 1 (1-18) & Makko-Ho.
Theory: Five element theory for Metal Element, Zang Fu theory of the Lungs and Large intestine. The Chinese meridian clock. Anatomical structure of the rib cage, the hands, arms and shoulders.


Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Stomach and Spleen meridians and relevant points • Five element theory for Earth Element, Zang Fu theory of the Spleen and Stomach. Qigong, Makko-ho and grounding exercises.
Anatomical structure of the hips and pelvis and abdomen


Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Heart and Small Intestine meridians and relevant points. Five element theory for Fire Element, Zang Fu theory of the Heart and Small Intestine meridians. Qigong and Meditation exercises
Anatomy of the head, neck and upper back.


Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Bladder and Kidney meridians and relevant points. Five element theory for Water Element, Zang Fu theory of the Kidney and Bladder meridians. Exercises for the spine, Qigong and Makko-ho.
Theory: Anatomical Structure of the spine


Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Triple Heater and Heart Protector meridians and relevant points. Zang Fu theory of the Heart Protector and Triple Heater meridians, review Fire Element. Qi Gong and assisted stretching
Review anatomy of arms, shoulders, head and neck.


Practical Skills: Treatment of the classical Liver and Gall Bladder meridians and relevant points. Five element theory for Wood Element, Zang Fu theory of the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians. Qigong and Expressive movement.

Theory: Types of joints and how they move.


Sotai is a highly effective system of simple exercises and techniques that equalise muscle tone and correct distortions in the posture. It can very effectively eliminate pain in the back, neck or shoulders, and release muscular stiffness or pain anywhere in the body.


Practical Skills: Exchange treatments.  Introduction to Ampuku and Hara diagnosis
Theory: Practical assessments. Introduction to the year 2 course and practitioner diploma. Submission of final assignments

Foundations of Acupressure and Shiatsu Certificate 2

Assessment procedure

Students wishing to receive the Foundations of Shiatsu and Acupressure Certificate at the end of module 2 will have to take a shiatsu theory exam, complete 50 shiatsu treatments and a practical assessment. You will also have to complete a recognized anatomy and physiology course unless you already have done so. The School has a home study program which is included in this course.

Self Study

All of our courses are part time with attendance over single days or weekends but for our certificated courses you will need to allow for 4 – 6 hours of self directed home study per week.

Seated Acupressure Massage or Onsite Massage Workshop 

On completion of this one year course you will be able to take a two day workshop for shiatsu performed in a specially designed massage chair. This will enable you to work as a practitioner of onsite shiatsu or acupressure massage whilst you complete your shiatsu training. Please follow the link for more information on seated acupressure massage 

The second year of the Practitioner diploma course, will follow on for  11 Weekends. All our courses are subject to a minimum of 5 students.

For more information please contact us using the email contact form or download the registration form.