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Winter 2022 – Season of Water Element

Winter 2022

We are approaching the Winter solstice, the time of utmost Yin and from which the journey towards Yang begins once again. Light will become more abundant as we move forward through the yearly cycle. This period of Winter is our time of Yin rest, retreat and reflection. It is the time of the stillness and …

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Autumn 2022 – Season of Metal Element

Easter Bilby

As the cool crisp mornings are with us once more and the landscape is filled with early mists, we find ourselves entering Autumn, the time of Metal energies. Metal is the phase where our Yang (active) energies remain as we move towards the Yin (restful) time of year. Around us we observe that the trees …

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Summer 2022 – Season of Fire Element

Summer 2022

Summer is here now, slowly and cautiously announcing it’s arrival. Warmer temperatures and longer hours of sunlight are with us as we approach the Summer Solstice next week. Traditionally this period of the year is our time of festivities, celebration and time with family and friends. Summer resonates with the element of Fire, an active …

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Spring 2021 – Season of the Wood Element

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After the dormant months of winter we start to feel the stirrings of the energies of spring – a living growing energy. Flowers begin to emerge, the days warm up, birdsong grows and there is a growing sense of needing to move.  In the theory of The Five Elements, Spring is associated with the Wood …

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Spring 2020 – Season of wood element

Spring 2020

Today is the first day of Spring (as I write this) according to the calendar, with a full moon rising. The wattle is blooming, a sure sign of Poorneet (Wurundjeri) and tadpole season, as days and nights even out into a temporal balance. Spring in Oriental Medicine is a time of activity, growth, expansion, rising …

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Autumn – Season of the Metal Element

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It feels a little odd to be talking of Autumn when, as I write this, it’s a hot, sunny day in Melbourne. And, tomorrow is forecast to be below 20 degrees; perfect Melbourne weather, indecisive as to what season she’d like to be experiencing from one day to the next. As we transition from one …

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ASC Coronavirus policy

The Australian Shiatsu College is following the Coronavirus situation very carefully, and is ensuring our policies and procedures around health and safety are transparent, clear, up-to-date with the latest advice. We are ensuring these procedures are followed by all members of the College, both staff and students, for the health and wellbeing of all who …

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Coronavirus Update

The following webpages from the Victorian Department  of Health and the Australian Government Department of Health contain relevant and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19 https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert https://health.govcms.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov In light of the rapidly changing situation, the College recommends that if you are unwell to stay at home, rather than attending class or clinic. Please do …

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Shiatsu Industry Needs Survey 2020

Dear Shiatsu practitioners, We are seeking the feedback and expertise of practising shiatsu therapists to provide industry input into the design and development of the Training and Assessment Strategy for the Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (HLT52215). We value your years of clinical experience and please know that your contribution to the Diploma will …

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Coronavirus communication

Dear all, As you may be aware, there is an outbreak of novel coronavirus, centring around the Hubei province in China. The Department of Health has asked that all educational institutions make available the attached information sheets to their staff and students. As this is a highly communicable virus, we also write to update you …

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