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 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.

CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists. CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority’s demanding standards. General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.

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.

CNHC Registration

CNHC has ratified that the Shiatsu Society may verify applications for CNHC registration. Shiatsu Society Members wishing to register with the CNHC should complete a Request to Register form which is available in the Members’ section just click on the heading Regulation to download the application form with instructions.

To find out more about the CNHC email, call 020 3668 0406, or visit

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.