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Advertising FAQs

Are there any guidelines for advertising that Practitioners should adhere to?

The position with advertising is always under review and the Society will be updating its toolkit on this in a little while, once we have completed to platform and website transition. The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative is in discussions with ASA at present to see if the Codes can be clarified re Complementary Therapies as there are inconsistencies, and since the Society is a core member of IHC we will know about this once there is any new information. Basically, you cannot say that Shiatsu can be used for specific conditions/ailments unless you can back it up with peer-reviewed research, which is why decent research into Shiatsu continues to be essential.

I’d like to advertise my workshop to Shiatsu Practitioners – what do I do?

We offer advertising in our bi-weekly enews to practitioners and advertising in our quarterly Shiatsu Society Journal. Please contact Ruth in the office for further information about requirements and copy dates:

Covid-19 FAQs

Where do I find the latest information on Covid-19?

Practitioners should refer to our Covid-19 guidelines in the members’ area – please note you need to login to access this link.

Education FAQs

Can you tell me more about your progression routes?

The different levels, from Associate (affiliation only) to Fellow, of membership of the Society are designed to ensure you have a membership category that suits you. Student beginners can progress to student advanced in their second year of study. On graduation from a Ratified School, full Professional Membership (MrSS) is your next step. After 5 and 10 years of MrSS membership, you can progress to a Senior (SrSS) and Fellow (FrSS).

There are protocols for lapsed and overseas members, please contact the

How can my school become ratified?

The Ratification Process is a rolling programme of meetings, verification visits and sampling of learning outcome events. Please refer to Education / Ratification and contact the<

What CPD information do I need to keep?

CPD of 15 hours per year is mandatory for all Professional Members of the Shiatsu Society, whilst we are in the second phase of developing the website we recommend you keep your own person record of your CPD activities. You can think about these activities in four main categories;

  • Informal Learning
  • CPD led courses / Professional Skills Development
  • Promotion of Shiatsu in the Community
  • Contribution to the Professionalisation of Shiatsu

Insurance FAQs

Am I covered as a Shiatsu Student?

Advanced Students (students in year 2 and 3 of their Shiatsu training) receive insurance within the membership fee, provided you are using techniques and protocols taught by your Shiatsu School. Beginner Students (Year 1) do not have insurance included.

Am I covered for public liability?

Public Liability insurance is included with the Society's Master policy as standard. Please see page 16 of your policy wording.

Am I covered to run group Shiatsu sessions for the general public?

The insurance provided by Shiatsu Society (UK) for all Members (including students) includes cover for you to share within a group, any practices which are part of your Shiatsu training so long as you are not issuing a certificate of competence to attendees. You are therefore insured to hold Grassroots Shiatsu Community Workshops and we encourage you to share the Practice of Shiatsu, empowering others to learn ways to maintain their own wellbeing. 

Am I still covered by insurance if my membership has lapsed?

No, if you are late paying your membership fees you will not be covered by your insurance policy during the time your membership is not active.