Shiatsu Therapy Training
Change your life by helping others change theirs
Healing with touch may be the oldest and simplest form of health care. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, Chinese medical text, written during the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), recommends 'breathing exercises, massage of skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet" as the appropriate treatment for paralysis, chills, and fever. It was one of the principal methods of relieving pain for Greek and Roman physicians. Julius Caesar was said to have been given a daily massage to treat neuralgia. "The physician must be experienced In many things," wrote Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, in the 5th century BCE, "but assuredly in rubbing... for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose, and loosen a joint that is too rigid”.
Shiatsu therapy is a powerful touch therapy that will enable you to change your life path and have a positive impact on the lives of others. Typically, students who attend our program want to develop and use the power of healing touch, and are eager to explore and learn about the eastern way of balancing body, mind and spirit as a means to achieving optimum health and happiness. They want to integrate western medical knowledge and the wisdom of eastern medicine into a professional health care practice that offers the best of both worlds to their clients.
“And thank you once again for all your knowledge, this course has changed my life, I will continue to grow with this new found knowledge which I cherish deeply.” L.M., 2004 graduate
Some of our goals
To provide a thorough understanding of the human organism, its structure and functions, from both eastern and western perspectives
Shiatsu Practical 1: 270 hours
Shiatsu Theory 1: 144 hours
Personal Development 1: 73 hours
Anatomy: 51 hours
Physiology : 51 hours
Pathology: 30 hours
Kinesiology: 18 hours
Student Clinic: 108 hours
1: FULL TIME PROGRAM
Next Intake: September 24, 2012
A: Core Curriculum
The core curriculum comprises 750 hours of instruction over 22 weeks, with 33 hours of class time for the first 10 weeks and 36 hours per week thereafter. There will be no classes on statutory holidays.
A. Shiatsu and Eastern Theory Texts:
B. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Texts:
Tuition payment options:
Payment in full, payment by term, or loans for eligible students. Please contact the Langara College Continuing Studies office at 604-323-5322 for more information.
Payment by term:
September Intake: First term payment: $3649.00. Deadline: August 15th. Second term payment: $3500.00, due December 31st.
Student loans may be available for students in the full time program. To apply for a student loan, students must fill out a Canada Student Loan Application form completely (access this on-line) and make an appointment with a financial aid worker at the main Langara College campus to review the application. Students are required to pay a deposit while waiting for their funding. This deposit will be credited to their tuition balance.
Students withdrawing prior to the first class will receive a full refund minus the $50.00 non-refundable application for admission fee. There is also a $35.00 administration fee for withdrawal. Once classes have started, participants will be charged $100.00 per day for the first three days, after which the fee will be $150.00 per day. A day is equivalent to 6 hours of evening class time.
Applicants must complete the Application for Admission form with the required documentation and enclose a non-refundable administration fee of $50 payable to Langara College , Continuing Studies. Students will be contacted by mail or phone after their application has been reviewed. To receive an Application for Admission package, contact Ted Thomas at 604-876-0042 or email email@example.com
A certificate will be granted upon satisfactory completion of all theoretical and practical assignments and requirements.
Joe Barnwell M.Ed, RCC, RST
Joe is a Registered Shiatsu Therapist and graduate of Sourcepoint Shiatsu Centre. He has more than 20 years experience as a clinical counselor and paddling instructor. His teaching of Shiatsu is enhanced by this work and his life experience. He has a private practice in shiatsu and counseling in North Vancouver.
Michael Hamer, RMT
Michael trained and worked as an accountant before attending massage therapy school. During his twenty five years he has also supported a wide variety of small businesses, including other health related professionals through his accounting practice. He is able to make bookkeeping fun and simple for shiatsu and massage therapists to integrate into their professional lives.
David Li Lam, MD, DTCM, RMT
David graduated as a Medical Doctor from the Superior Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana , Cuba , and did post graduate training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He has taught human anatomy, physiology, and pathology since 1986, and currently has a private practice in acupuncture and massage therapy in Richmond .
Kim Pechet, B.A. (Psychology)
Kim has been a professional psychic and mediation instructor since 1987. In her meditation classes she uses yoga and guided visualizations to assist participants open up to their inner world. Over the years, Kim has helped thousands of students to develop their sensitivity and knowledge of the human energy system.
Saul Rosembaum, RST
Saul Rosenbaum graduated from the Professional Training Program in Shiatsu Therapy at Kikkawa College in Toronto in 1989. Saul is the past president of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of B.C. He is a practitioner at Sourcepoint, and supervises the student clinic. He also has a house call service offering treatments in homes, businesses and on film sets.
Allen Sawkins, RST
Allen graduated from the British School of Shiatsu-Do in London in 1993. In addition to teaching in the Practitioner Program and maintaining a private practice, he practices shiatsu at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.
Ted Thomas, RST, R.Ac., ABT
Ted is the director of Sourcepoint, and has been teaching shiatsu since 1986. He is a Registered Acupuncturist and a certified instructor with the A.O.B.T.A. (American Organization for Bodywork therapies of Asia ). In his professional practice he incorporates acupuncture, shiatsu and corrective exercise
A number of guest instructors will be introduced during the program, giving participants the benefit of receiving information and techniques from different perspectives.
I wanted to thank you for being such an integral part of a really transformative two years of my life. The way in which you taught and supported us all in the CSP program was greatly appreciated. I will always feel a special closeness to all in the class. L.T., 1998 graduate
Many thanks for all you've shared with us these past years. I never could have imagined how much growth and change this learning has inspired. M.N., 1998 graduate
Thank you so much for providing an opportunity such as Shiatsu. It came at the right time of my life and I'll always be grateful to you and the way the course was taught. D.M. 2002 graduate
Thank you for helping me see my potential. I have learned more than I realize and thoroughly enjoyed going through the process with you. A.A, 2003 graduate
Thank you for putting together such a world class program. G.V., 2003 graduate
Thanks for making and keeping this program high quality. The pace was intense and the knowledge, growth and experience I gained reflect the work. Your unfailing commitment is appreciated. M. T., 2003 graduate
The Shiatsu Therapy Program is offered annually in September. The full time program is 22 weeks long and ends in March. The program provides in depth professional training in the healing art of shiatsu therapy, as well as opportunities for personal growth and development. Graduates of our 750 hour program are eligible to apply to the Shiatsu Therapy Association (S.T.A.) of B.C. for Registered Shiatsu Therapist (R.S.T.) status, and may also apply to become members of the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (A.O.B.T.A.)
Our program integrates eastern medical philosophy with western sciences and self care. It is this synthesis that helps make shiatsu therapy a unique and valuable component of an emerging health care model that recognizes the role of prevention and the use of non-invasive therapies. The program provides comprehensive instruction in Zen Shiatsu, a form of Japanese physical therapy that utilizes firm sensitive pressure and gentle stretches to balance the flow of life force energy, or Ki, that underlies and energizes all of our functions. Developed by Shizuto Masunaga, Zen Shiatsu is an integration of Master Masunaga’s vast clinical and teaching experience in shiatsu, eastern medical philosophy, western anatomy and physiology, and psychology. The system recognizes that body, mind and spirit are a unified whole, and that touching another person is more than a purely physical act. Our graduates become skilled practitioners of this healing art and are prepared for success as members of a growing community of complementary health care professionals.
"...you are not looking for a specific disease but improving the patient's life by working from the roots of his existence and enlightening the patient to a better way of life."
Master Shizuto Masunaga