The next Shiatsu Therapist education starts in marts 2022. Contact the school for more information.

The course is in Danish.

The Shiatsu education takes 400 hours and spans over 22 months. 
The school is R.A.B Approved.

The Shiatsu School:

The Shiatsu school was started in 1997 by Graeme Docherty and Jeremy Halpin to make it possible for people living in Denmark to take a Shiatsu Therapist education in Denmark.

Through the years, we have educated hundreds of Shiatsu therapists at the school, several of them are now leading Shiatsu therapists with their own clinics and schools.

We have held many workshops and seminars with some of the world’s best Shiatsu teachers and shiatsu therapists at our school, including Wilfried Rappenekker(D), Carola Beresford-Cooke (GB), David Ventura (SP), Laura Davidson (GB) Pia Staniek (D) and many others.

We believe it is essential to continually inspire and further educate our students so that they become even more skilled at giving shiatsu.

The education is RAB approved:

The Shiatsu training plus 300 hours of anatomy, physiology and disease studies allows you to become as a Registered Alternative Behandler, under “Sundhedsrådet”.

Specifically, this means that your treatments will be exempt from V.A.T.

The Shiatsu Training is for anyone wishing to work with Shiatsu as a profession.

You do not need any specific qualification to participate, just reasonable physical and emotional health.

The school emphasises that each student develops their personal treatment style.

Therefore, as much as possible part of the teaching takes place one to one.

We find that this is the best way to learn shiatsu.

Self-awareness and Development”

Our training has a strong focus on self-awareness and self-development.

We are always trying to find new ways to help our students to develop their sensitivity.

During the course as well as learning Shiatsu you will also learn meditation and mindfulness techniques, Meridian Energy Yoga, Qi Gong and different Healing and Self-Healing techniques.

Part 1

“Learn to Crawl”

It’s important to learn proper Shiatsu techniques from the beginning. Initially, you will learn simple techniques that will help you work comfortably on a futon mattress on the floor.

Whether you are a beginner or a master, these basic techniques will be the foundation of your future practice and are very important. If you learn proper techniques from the beginning, this will ensure that you have good alignment that supports your body, helps your contact and perception which is a pre-condition for effective treatments

We will look at:

  • How to transfer your body weight into comfortable finger pressure.
  • How to relax your own body when giving shiatsu.
  • How to press on points and meridians.
  • How to locate the 12 classical Chinese meridians and some of their most interesting acupuncture- points groups.
  • How to give sufficient pressure with fingers, thumbs, hands, elbows and knees
  • Starting an introduction to the Organ functions of T.C.M.
  • Start to learn about the five elements.

At this stage in the course, you will learn four essential treatment programs.

They make it possible for you to practice the meridians efficiently and to provide simple treatments to friends and family at home.

  • The Digestion Program, for the front of the legs and stomach area. Stomach and Spleen meridians
  • The back Program for the back and back of the legs. Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians
  • The Side Program for the neck and shoulders and side of the body. Gallbladder and Triple Heater meridian
  • The Upper Heater for the upper body chest and arms. Lung, Heart and Pericardium meridians.

Part 2

Sensitivity training and Diagnoses

In the second part of the course, we will look at quality of touch and teach you how to sense and feel reactive and non-reactive areas on the body and in the meridians.

In Zen shiatsu, this is called the Kyo and Jitsu response.

To give good Shiatsu is not just about physical strength, but more about being able to feel and being sensitive to the flow of vital energy (ki) in the client’s body. This form of sensitivity is the Art of Shiatsu, and it is undoubtedly a central skill for a Shiatsu therapist; it takes time to learn.

In Zen Shiatsu it is called Oneness.

Here you will learn how to work with both hands, feeling and working with them together as one.

We will also work with depth of pressure on a meridian and look at how – by being aware of your own body – this can help you feel what is happening in the client’s body.

We will also learn how to use the Five Elements to guide us and help us understand better what our clients are experiencing.

You will learn the following Classical Japanese Diagnoses techniques

  • Facial diagnosis
  • Back diagnosis
  • Foot position diagnosis
  • Zen Hara diagnosis

Part 3

“Treatment strategies and healing process”

We will look at Zen Shiatsu theory, the expression of each meridian on a physical-mental-emotional-spiritual level and how they work together.

When working with Shiatsu, we find that the symptom never stands alone.

A Shiatsu therapist understands that each client is unique and that whatever illness they have it needs to be looked at holistically.

Here you will learn to see how people express their lives on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level and how these systems work together in harmony.

Here we will also look at traditional meridian treatment strategies for treating some of the most common health issues you meet in a Shiatsu clinic.

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress and tension
  • Insomnia
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Digestive problems
  • Menstrual pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Chronic fatigue

You will learn to look at the client’s symptoms not only as something negative but as a possible step in their overall healing process.

Here we view the symptom as something that is blocking the client’s life path.

  • Why is the symptom there?
  • What purpose does it serve?
  • When did it start?
  • What part of their life is it blocking?
  • How can we help them move forward again?

In the final part of the course, we will help you work with shiatsu in a clinical setting, putting all the information- diagnosis types- techniques together and try to help you build your style of treatment.

During the course, we will invite your friends, family and colleagues to participate in student clinics. These clinics allow you to gain practical experience under supervised conditions.