1. Shiatsu Theory

Compulsory: points 1 - 6
  1. Understanding of Ki
  2. Far-east cosmology (Yin-Yang-concept and further connections)
  3. Theory of the effect of Shiatsu
  4. Theory of the Tsubo and of touch
  5. Classical meridian-system
  6. Localization and indication of importants Tsubos
    a) 100 optional points depending on school
    b) Prohibited points (moxa, pregnancy, .......)
    c) special points:
       - yu and Bo (Shu-Mu) points
       - Points on main joints
    4 further compulsory points to be chosen from this list: 
  7. Theory of the 5 Elements (including aspects of nutrition)
  8. Kyo-Jitsu-theory
  9. Meridian-energy and its psychologigal aspects
  10. Masunga's extended meridian-system
  11. Manifestation of the meridian-energies, character and vital function of the meridians
  12. Comprehensive (possibly far-east) aspects of health, unity of body-brain-soul
  13. Principles of traditional Chinese medicine
  14. Principles of acupressure (ref. point 8)
  15. Further points for the training in the theory of Shiatsu, not mentioned above

 
2. Techniques for Treatment

Compulsory: points 1 - 8
  1. Shiatsu according to Namikoshi or Masunaga or Ohashi, ......
  2. Move from Hara / of the complete body, Hara-movement
  3. Working along meridians:
    - according to the Yin-Yang direction of the classical meridians
    - or according to Masunga's concept
    - or further concepts
  4. Comprehensive or symptomatic Shiatsu
  5. Different techniques of pressure: Shiatsu-pressure of the fingers, deep pressure with ball of the thumb, Thumb, fingers, palmgelbows and knees
  6.  Development of perception (e.g. working with appropriate intensity or the correct duration in Tsubo)
  7. Reaction concerning incidents during the treatment (emotional outbreaks, hyperventilation .....)
  8. Accompanying Conversation
    6 further compulsory points to be chosen from this list:
  9. Mother-son-hand-principle
  10. Joint rotations
  11. Meridian-stretching and stretching positions
  12. Sedative and tonify techniques
  13. Working with visualisation (e.g. imagination of Ki-flow or of the Ki-projection)
  14. Jin Shin Do
  15. Working with Chakren
  16. Deep Shiatsu
  17. Tantsu and Watsu
  18. Optional choice of points according to the 5 Elements (antique points)
  19. Principles and technique of moxibustion
  20. Cranio-Sacral-therapy
  21. Shin-Tai
  22. Fasciawork
  23. Dietetics
  24. Herbs
  25. Breathing therapy
  26. Further points
  27. Supplements
  28. Nutrition

 
3. Practice of Meditation and Training of Perceptions

Compulsory: point 1
  1. Ki-exercises to the stimulation of perceptions and to harmonization such as Do In, Qi Gong, 8 Brokate, Pranayama, Tai Chi, Makko Ho, .........
    Optional: points 2 - 5
  2. Meditation
  3. Breathing exercises
  4. Meridian exercises
  5. Mindfulness

 
4. Exercises in Practice

Compulsory: points 1 - 3
  1. Shiatsu-selfexperience Received treatments by registered Shiatsu-practitioners and Shiatsu practitiones in training.
  2. Supervision in the individual work respectively in the group
  3. Writing of 100 case studies about treatments Optional: points 4 - 5
  4. Work on instructors 5. Further items for training not mentioned above

 
5. Forms of Diagnosis

Compulsory: point 1
  1. Casehistory:
    a) Lifestyle History
    b) According to Shiatsu theory
    Including 5 of the following points:
  2. Hara-diagnosis
  3. Back-diagnosis
  4. Meridian-diagnosis
  5. Yu-point and/or Bo-point diagnosis
  6. Akabane-Test
  7. Diagnosis in the treatment (stretching and rotations)
  8. Bo Shin, Bun Shin, Mon Shin, Setsu Shin
  9. 5 Elements: diagnosis from impression and questioning of a person
  10. Face-diagnosis and socalled far-east diagnosis
  11. Pulse-diagnosis (Chinese, Japanese)
  12. Tongue-diagnosis
  13. 8 principles
  14. Typologies (according to the 5 transforming Phases, pysical types according to Lowen ...)
  15. Eye-diagnosis
  16. Ear-diagnosis
  17. Kinesological way of testing
  18. Further forms of diagnosis, not mentioned above

 
6. Fundamental Medical Knowledge

Compulsory: points 1 - 3
  1. Anatomy - general and concerning meridians: 30 hours
  2. Physiology: Introduction into basic function of breathing, circulatory system, nervous System, comparison between western and traditional far-east physiology and psychology
  3. Contraindications for Shiatsu, "prohibited points"
    Optional: points 4 - 5
  4. Western Pathology
  5. Further points of fundamental medical knowledge, not mentioned above

 
7. Ethics

Compulsory: points 1 - 3
  1. Being aware of Contra-indications to Shiatsu
  2. Being clear of own limitations and knowing when to refer clients
  3. Able to establish good relations with medical profession and other therapists

 

8. Preconditions for Test

  1. Minimum duration of study: 2,5 years
  2. Minimum number of lessons: 350
  3. Minimum number of treatments during the training: 100 including case histories
  4. Minimum age: 20
  5. Shiatsu selfexperience through serial treatments by experienced Shiatsu-practicioners: ref. point 4
  6. Further preconditions for test, not mentioned above

 
9. Regulations for the Conduct of Exams

Final exam

  • after end of all courses or
  • after end practical training

This should be comprised of: Theoretical exam:

  • written and/or
  • verbal exam

Practical exam 1:

  • Work with teacher and/or
  • Work with unknown persons in the presence of a board of examiners