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Studying Shiatsu

Dec 11, 2020

Do you believe in the power of your hands to heal? If so, you have the makings of a Shiatsu therapist, one who is capable of fusing the elements of manual therapies and Chinese medicine to help others achieve optimal health.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a holistic bodywork that originated in Japan. It's a Japanese word which literally translates to finger pressure for the simple reason that the therapist uses their fingers and palms to balance the flow of qi, or energy, within the body. Shiatsu increases blood circulation, which is crucial in addressing a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including:

Why is it Worth Studying?

Shiatsu is as much an energy healing modality as it is a manual therapy, thus capable of resolving any health problem at its root. A course in Shiatsu will educate you on the wonderful changes that you can make to a person's body, mind and emotions using manipulation techniques that are deeply rooted in the meridian systems.

Earning a qualification in Shiatsu will pave the way for a rewarding career. You may seek employment in any healthcare facility and collaborate with other health professionals, assist people in the corporate setting who frequently complain about back pain and headaches, or set up a private practice and manage your own schedule.

What's the Best Shiatsu Course? 

Most people who study Shiatsu go on to practise it, join professional bodies and improve people's lives. Completing a Diploma in Shiatsu, a nationally accredited qualification, is the way to go if you envisage following the same path. However, if you're only interested in learning the modality to help family members and friends, and not necessarily practise it professionally, you may opt for a shorter course.

You will find several Shiatsu schools in Australia that offer introductory courses to walk you through the theoretical aspects of Shiatsu. This will prove to be beneficial to you later on, especially if you decide to pursue an accredited course and earn your qualification to become a full-fledged Shiatsu therapist.

Where Can You Earn a Qualification in Shiatsu?

Nothing beats studying with an accredited Shiatsu school that isn't only capable of providing you with unparalleled training but an exclusive ticket to the country's peak bodies for Shiatsu professionals, which include the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia Inc. (STAA). 

If you're ready to take the first step of your journey to success, check out the Australian Shiatsu College, which offers students an all-inclusive training program through its diploma course. Looking for an online course that teaches the basic principles of Shiatsu? Look no further, for the Health and Harmony Colleges has an impressive online learning management system which allows you to interact with your instructors seamlessly.

To find other exciting modalities which you can study alongside Shiatsu, you may browse through the complete list of courses on the Natural Therapy Pages.

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FAQs About Studying Shiatsu

What is shiatsu good for?

Shiatsu is a kind of bodywork that stimulates the body's meridian systems to address imbalances and improve the flow of energy. In doing so, a Shiatsu practitioner can treat a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including back pain, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety and many others.

What is shiatsu a form of?

Shiatsu is a form of acupressure that works with the body's energy channels to address all sorts of ailments and diseases. A Shiatsu therapist employs gentle pressure to different acupressure points on the body that are connected to the meridians to eliminate pain and other conditions linked to it.

Is Shiatsu the same as acupressure?

No, Shiatsu and acupressure have their distinct differences. Firstly, Shiatsu is a holistic modality that works with the physical, emotional, mental and energetic bodies of an individual. Acupressure, on the other hand, focuses on the acupoints which correspond with organs in the body to address a specific condition. Secondly, Shiatsu employs static pressure, while acupressure applies pressure with a circular motion.

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