The Shiatsu Society offers several categories of membership.
Testimonial: "I am very happy to work with such a dedicated Society that looks so well after their members. Looking forward to working with you in the New Year, and years to come. I see now see how a strong Society helps towards the good name, strong practitioners, and busy practices in the country.
Thank you. Valdas Pranskevicius"
Associate Membership: is open to individuals with an interest in Shiatsu, who do not have a professional practice, are taking a break from their practice or studies, or who have a practice but do not satisfy the Shiatsu Society’s criteria for any other membership.
Student Membership: is open to all individuals who are studying Shiatsu. Please read below the benefits of joining the Shiatsu Society. Membership is free for students starting their first year of study.
Graduate Membership: is open to individuals who have completed their Shiatsu studies to the level required by the Shiatsu Society and shown evidence of adequate continual professional development. Graduate members are included in the publicly available list of graduate practitioners.
Practitioner Membership [MRSS]: is open to individuals who have attained MRSS status. These individuals must have been registered with the Shiatsu Society (as a student or graduate) for a minimum of 2 years and continued their development by way of a Post Graduate Year or MRSS assessment. Any graduate who has graduated from a fully ratified school and has 2 years consecutive membership will gain MRSS status automatically. MRSS practitioners are included in the publicly available list of MRSS practitioners.
Trainee Teacher Membership [MRSS (t)]: is open to all MRSS who are undergoing Shiatsu teacher training at the level required by the Shiatsu Society.
Teacher Membership [MRSS (T)]: is open to Shiatsu teachers who have met all the criteria specified by the Shiatsu Society for Shiatsu teachers. MRSS(T) are included in the Shiatsu Society’s Register of Shiatsu Teachers.
Benefits of Joining
The benefits of joining the Shiatsu Society include:
- You will be a member of a professional body that was established in 1981 in order to regulate professional Shiatsu practice and teaching.
- Access to a block insurance scheme with free 24hr advice line and legal assistance.
- Discounted clothing, leaflets, exhibition packs, books, videos and DVDs.
- Membership of a loyalty scheme - redeem points for merchandise or a place at Congress.
- Media, Public Relations and promotional activity, and presence at major exhibitions.
- Annual Congress. This is an organised annual ‘gathering of Shiatsu-ists’, a mini get-away that includes accommodation, workshops, food, entertainment and general merriment.
- Quarterly Shiatsu Journal containing interesting articles, course/workshop details, special offers, merchandising, statements from the Directors, Regional Support Groups, book reviews, job vacancies, assessment details and more.
- The opportunity to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service check.
- Weekly news updates by E-mail.
- Free CPD days. These are local Shiatsu gatherings hosted by a Shiatsu Society Director.
- Continued Professional Development Workshops.
- Free Mentoring Service.
- Access to peer group support.
- Public website, including a listing in the Register of Practitioners if you are a Graduate or MRSS.
Have you trained abroad?
We welcome practitioners who have trained abroad. In order to become a member of the Shiatsu Society the following rules apply:
If you have been a professional practitioner abroad for a minimum of 3 years and can:
provide a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV);
present evidence of a minimum number of 100 treatments for the year prior to application
present a letter of recommendation from a member of the current SSUK Assessment Pool, unknown to you.
The letter must clearly state that 1) a safe and appropriate treatment has been received by the Assessment Pool member and that 2) the practitioner displays satisfactory knowledge of the Shiatsu Society Code of Ethics. The member of the Assessment Pool can reserve the right to ask for a second opinion and ask for another pool member to be involved in the process.