Why are you interested in studying Shiatsu? It’s a question we ask all new students. What brought you here? What are you hoping to experience and achieve?
The reasons are many, as varied and unique as our students. Career change, wanting to be a change-maker in the world, wanting to support family and friends at home, wanting to explore Oriental medicine. Sometimes it’s simply that intangible feeling of being called by Oriental medicine that taps into something deeper within.
The Shiatsu Diploma
The Shiatsu Diploma is not just about the practicalities of becoming a qualified Shiatsu practitioner, but also a journey of self-exploration and discovery, of who, how and why we are as we are in the world.
You will gain an understanding of a more holistic and integrated way of thinking, that attunes to the cycle of five elements, the seasons and our connection to the wider world. You will also experience an inward journey of self, connecting more deeply with yourself, your values, ways of being, your self-expression.
Your Shiatsu journey begins in Level 1, studying the techniques of Zen Shiatsu, the theories and frameworks of Oriental medicine, and Anatomy and Physiology, as well as best practices in Work, Health and Safety.
Over the course of your first year, you will develop and expand the hands-on practice of Shiatsu, with Classical and Barefoot techniques. There are opportunities for supervised clinical practice to apply and practice those skills.
You will also undertake a number of units that will give you a deeper understanding, and confidence, interacting with clients, and diverse client groups, as well as the practicalities of running a health care practice.
Level 2 introduces diagnostic techniques, recognising the signs and symptoms of a range of common pathologies from a Chinese Medicine perspective. You are introduced to working with clients from specific groups, and across the life span, from children to care of elders, and those with living with chronic health issues.
You will learn the techniques and applications of cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, stretches and Sotai to integrate into your shiatsu treatments. Your theoretical knowledge of Oriental medicine theory will deepen with further in-depth study of the five elements and eight extraordinary channels.
Diet and nutrition from a Chinese Medicine perspective are offered to enhance your capacity to support client care and lifestyle choices, in a clinical setting. And importantly, there is a focus on self-care, through Qi maintenance, self-Shiatsu, and nutrition, so you can be at your best when offering Shiatsu to clients.
You will be able to determine a treatment strategy and plan, based on assessment skills developed in class. The second-year clinic provides an opportunity to consolidate skills learnt in class, in a supervised and real-world environment.
And you will close your studies having completed a business plan, to support your entry into professional practice.
As part of the requirements for the award of the Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental therapies, you are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of clinical work and prepare for at least 60 client treatments through the course of your studies.
We believe that hands-on clinical experience is the most cornerstone component of training to become a shiatsu practitioner, and you will graduate with over 400 hours of clinical work completed at the conclusion of your studies. At the Australian Shiatsu College you complete this through a mixture of supervised student clinic and classroom treatments, alongside home practice treating friends and family as well as yourself.
In Level One you will engage in 10 student clinics, providing your friends and family with shiatsu treatments under the supervision of an experienced shiatsu practitioner. In Level Two you participate in 30 student clinics, treating the public under the supervision of a clinical supervisor.
Level One classes run weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, with day or evening options subject to enrolment numbers. Semesters commence in February and July each year.
Level Two classes run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with student clinic on Fridays.
- Semester One:
- Monday 22nd February – Friday 2nd July
- Midterm break: Thursday 1st April – Sunday 11th April
- Semester Two:
- Monday 26th July – Tuesday 10th December
- Midterm break: Saturday 25th September – Sunday 3rd October
We also offer a range of Short Course study options drawn from Diploma subjects.
To learn more about your study options, please visit us on our upcoming Open Day. This is a great opportunity to talk to students and staff about the course and experience Shiatsu from our students.
Your next step is to complete an expression of interest form.
You can then book yourself in for an enrolment interview.
We welcome applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, based on relevant qualifications you may currently have, current or recent relevant work experience, and where pertinent, life experience. You will need to provide evidence of these skills and knowledge in your application. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss an application of RPL and to see if your skills, experience and qualifications are appropriate for RPL.
Articulation pathways exist for graduates wishing to pursue further studies in Chinese Medicine following completion of the Diploma.
Further information on the Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies training package can be found at training.gov.au.
The Australian Shiatsu College (TOID3609) is a recognised and accredited provider of Shiatsu training by Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA), the peak membership organisation for Shiatsu in Australia. All ASC Diploma graduates are eligible for registration with STAA and other natural therapy membership associations.
The next intake for the Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies is our mid year intake in July 2021.