Shiatsu Society (UK)


Training in Shiatsu can range from a short one-off workshop to enhance your wellbeing, to the start of a whole new journey leading to a profession that is fulfilling and profound.

Some of the benefits of Shiatsu training can be:

  • Learning techniques to improve your health and wellbeing
  • Discovering East Asian medical theory
  • Developing and improving your awareness of Ki energy
  • Self development on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels
  • Being able to share Shiatsu with family and friends
  • Becoming a professional Registered Shiatsu Practitioner

Wellbeing classes and short courses

Many Shiatsu practitioners offer Grassroots Shiatsu classes in community settings to help people enhance their health and wellbeing. Please contact your local Registered Practitioner to find out what is happening in your area.

Some Shiatsu Schools offer short courses in Shiatsu based wellbeing practices: Foundation courses, Shiatsu for parent and child, Acupressure for common ailments. There are also courses in On-site Shiatsu for therapists wanting to extend their professional skills. For more information please read our Shiatsu Schools page.

Professional Training

Full professional training to Shiatsu Society standard involves a 3 year course of study. Schools offer training on a part time basis, usually one weekend per month, but some may run evening or block classes. The style of Shiatsu and theoretical approach may vary as each School is independent so we recommend that you contact several to find out the approach and style which appeals most to you. 

Graduates of 3 year Professional Practitioner Diploma courses at Ratified Schools gain automatic entry to the Register of Practitioners (MrSS: Member of the Professional Register of the Shiatsu Society).  Ratified Schools strongly encourage their students to become Student Members of the Shiatsu Society as this brings many benefits of membership.

   One of the highlights of learning Shiatsu are the passionate conversations between fellow students when sharing experiences.

Post Graduate training

Some Schools and Teachers focus on offering training at post Graduate level. Topics available may include maternity and postnatal Shiatsu, Movement Shiatsu & Six Forms of Touch, specialised Shiatsu for children & the elderly, Advanced Shin Tai Shiatsu and Shiatsu for stress & trauma. Teachers providing advanced Shiatsu training can be found here.


The Shiatsu Society maintains quality assurance in Shiatsu training via its Ratification of Schools scheme.

School Principals are experienced Practitioners who are also registered as Teachers with the Shiatsu Society. Different Schools teach different styles of Shiatsu, according to the practices of the principal Teachers. The major styles of Shiatsu all have their own relevant theory bases, which are taught within the School curriculum. 

Schools which are Ratified follow the Shiatsu Society Learning Outcome Based Core Curriculum. Their courses provide a minimum of 500 hours class contact time over 3 years.

Topics within the Core Curriculum include:

  • Shiatsu Theory, Principles and Philosophy
  • Meridian / Organ / Point theory
  • Clinical Practice
  • Professional Development, Ethics and Practice Management
  • Healthy Lifestyle Advice
  • Anatomy, physiology & pathology

Each School assesses its students on their practical skills and knowledge of Shiatsu theory as taught within that School.

The Schools’ theory and practical assessment procedures are verified by Shiatsu Society personnel and regular Verification Visits take place to ensure that standards of training are maintained.

Graduates of 3 year Professional Practitioner Diploma courses at Ratified Schools gain automatic entry to the Shiatsu Society’s Register of Practitioners (MrSS: Member of the Professional Register of the Shiatsu Society).  

People who have trained in Shiatsu overseas or at a non-Ratified School may join the Shiatsu Society as Associates. In order to go onto the Register of Professional Practitioners they may have to undertake further assessment or training to fulfil the requirements for recognition by the Shiatsu Society. In such cases please email and ask to be referred to the Education sub-committee.