Who we are

Established in 1981, the Shiatsu Society is the UK's leading professional association for Shiatsu practitioners. We also act as an information hub for the public; providing information on the benefits of Shiatsu, how to contact a Registered Practitioner and where to train in Shiatsu.

Our Purpose is to serve Shiatsu, and our members.

Professional Members (MrSS, SrSS, FwSS) on our Register of Practitioners have completed an approved level of Training, follow our Code of Conduct and Ethics and are fully insured. In choosing a Shiatsu Society registered practitioner you can be assured of their high standards of professional practice.

We aim to link everyone with an interest in Shiatsu, regardless of level of knowledge, philosophy, approach or style of practice.


What we do

Our mission is to establish Shiatsu as an officially recognised therapy and to have our members acknowledged as essential healthcare workers in the promotion of positive health and well-being.

To fulfil our purpose and mission we have five interlinked areas of activity:

Public information

We maintain a Register of Practitioners, we promote Shiatsu through Touch for Life resources, social media posts, online self-care resources & classes information, public awareness campaigns.

Member support

We administer and promote the Register of Practitioners.

We provide:
professional insurance, dedicated support groups & materials, a quarterly Journal, regular e-newsletter, a digital platform to enhance individuals’ practices, updates on relevant Government regulations, discounts on materials & courses, social media posts and other resources, advice on Shiatsu practice related issues, membership of a supportive community.

Education and Standards

We administer a Level 4 Diploma in Shiatsu (RQF – accredited by Laser Learning).

We ratify Shiatsu Schools to ensure high and consistent standards in training.

We maintain Registers of Practitioners, Teachers and Ratified Schools.

We adhere to a Code of Ethics & Practice and oversee Complaints procedures.

We ensure that Professional Members undertake Continuous Professional Development

Networking and political liaison

We represent Shiatsu and promote the interests of our members nationally and internationally.

We are core members of the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative and we work with Government recognised Regulators in voluntary regulation of Shiatsu in the UK (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).

We have informal links with the European Shiatsu Federation and Shiatsu organisations worldwide.


We promote evidence-based clinical research into Shiatsu.

We encourage research awareness amongst Practitioners and students liaising with partners like the Research Council for Complementary Medicine to create research into Shiatsu and other Complementary therapies.