The Shiatsu Society requires a standard of training of our practitioners which is extremely high with a minimum of three years training with one of the recognised affiliated schools and minimum of 500 practice hours,  All of our practitioners are fully insured and adhere to our Code of Conduct and Ethics.

The Society maintains ethical standards. It banks with the Co-operative bank, recycles where possible, prints on recycled paper and does not tolerate any form of abuse or assault.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

In addition to regulation set by the Shiatsu Society, registered members may apply to join the register of the United Kingdom Government’s regulatory body for Complementary Health. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) recognised by the National Health Service, acknowledges The Shiatsu Society as a verifier of Shiatsu standards and qualifications and welcomes Registered Members.

The CNHC allows the public using a range of complementary healthcare services to check that their practitioner is registered with an independent and robust registration body.

The Department of Health has consistently supported the CNHC, and thereby the Shiatsu Society, and is committed to establishing the Council as the national register in the complementary healthcare field. With more than 150,000 complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK and an estimated 1 in 5 people using complementary disciplines, the CNHC was formed to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration.

Members of the public who seek Shiatsu are able to check whether the practitioner is registered with both the CNHC and the Shiatsu Society giving the reassurance that they have had to meet minimum standards of qualification and have signed up to a rigorous Code of Conduct.

The CNHC report ‘thousands of searches on the register' with an excess of 23,000 since January 2010. The search facility includes information on registered practice addresses and websites. See the CNHC website for further information about the CNHC and regulation and to check your practitioner.  The CNHC have around 5,000 members. 

General Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT)

The Shiatsu Society is also accepted by the GRCCT which is also a regulator for complementary therapies.  It is similar to the CNHC except that it did not receive any government funding to initially set up.  Registered members may apply to join the Register of the GRCCT.  The GRCCT also have a Code of Conduct.  The difference between the CNHC and the GRCCT is that Shiatsu practitioners wishing to become a member go via the Shiatsu Society as the GRCCT believe that we know the standards and education that practitioner should have reached to be safe to work on the public.  The GRCCT have around 18,000 members. 

What is the difference between a Regulator and the Shiatsu Society?

A regulator exists to protect the public.  The Society exists to protect and support its members, although we also currently handle complaints from the public as well. 

The Society currently prefers not to recommend one organisation over the other. It is up to members to decide whether they wish to join a regulator at all and if so, which one.