Shiatsu School





The Professional Shiatsu School is based in Greenwich in London.

The Professional Shiatsu School was created with the aim of training shiatsu and sotai

professional practitioners. With this aim in mind, our training includes a clinical year in

which students treat real patients under the teacher's supervision.

Click on the programme image to see contents, price and dates.

In the 1st year, students learn several katas or sequences on a futon at floor level. Pressure - the basis of shiatsu - is tested and corrected. The aim is to acquire a deep, painless and pleasant pressure - something that will make clients want to come back - with a posture that allows us to work a full day without getting tired.


At the Professional Shiatsu School we emphasise the importance of practising and acquiring professional skills.

Students need to do a minimum of hours in our supervised practice sessions at the centre or during our volunteering events. The first such event is usually during the London Marathon in April.


The next 1st year training begins on Saturday the 12th of November 2016 from 11.00 to 18.00 and on Tuesday the 15th of November 2016 from 10.00 to 17.00 with practical seminars and supervised practice sessions.


In the 2nd year, we learn how to treat specific health problems for which patients seek our help. We study step-by-step shiatsu and/or sotai treatments for back pain, constipation, pregnancy shiatsu, etc.


In the 2nd year students also learn how to work on

a massage table and on a onsite massage chair.

These will allow students to work in hospitals, gyms, health centres, and do mobile work in offices and at events.

We also bring teachers from other styles of shiatsu so that students can learn of different developments in the world of shiatsu.


The 3rd year is the clinical or postgraduate year. We continue learning more advanced techniques, and the students treat real patients from outside the school, supervised by the teacher.

We encourage students to begin professional work with shiatsu while they are in their 3rd year, and we put them in contact with patients they can treat near their home.


To obtain the professional diploma students need to have completed units in shiatsu, sotai, anatomy and physiology, pathology and health and safety.

All our professional courses include training in sotai ho to a very advanced level, so you won't need to do any extra courses. Click here to watch a sotai training video.