Introduction To Shiatsu - Live online course

Taught by Oliver Cowmeadow B.Sc, PGCE, MRSS, MC

Monday mornings 10-11.30am.   May 18th, 25th, June 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd.   £125 - Live online course


Shiatsu is a simple bodywork massage that is given through light clothing. It originated in Japan and was used in the home between family members before later being developed into a powerful therapy to help a variety of health problems.

Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’ as the main technique used is giving gentle but firm pressure with the fingers and palms of the hands over the body, to stimulate the flow of life energy or ‘Ki’ through the body. This has a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating affect, and is great at taking away tension and stress. Simple stretches are also used to stimulate the flow of Ki.


Sharing Shiatsu with your Family

The human contact and touch also helps the receiver feel supported and cared for. Shiatsu is a great way of looking after your health and those of your family and friends around you. Learn it together with your partner or family so you can share giving shiatsu to each other!

The course will teach you step by step to give shiatsu – all you need is someone to practice on during each class, and a comfortable mat or blankets to lie on and some cushions to make the receiver comfortable.


What you need – mat, flexible clothing, cushions, head cloth, what you and the receiver need to be wearing.
Who we can give shiatsu to and when not to give shiatsu to another person
Feeling life energy or Ki between your hands and over the body
Centering yourself in your body, breathing into hara to relax and ground yourself
Learning to give pressure while keeping your body relaxed for giving ideal shiatsu
Shiatsu techniques for working on the


Ideal relaxed body positions for giving shiatsu
How to use your breath to enhance your shiatsu
Revision of back shiatsu, further techniques on the shoulders and arms, the buttocks and legs


How to move easily around the body
Finishing leg and feet techniques, then putting all the shiatsu on the back of the body together


Techniques for relaxing the neck, head and shoulders
Shoulder stretches and arm techniques


Working on the abdomen and relaxing the abdominal organs
Shiatsu techniques on the front of the legs
Hip and leg stretches


Putting all the front of the body techniques together
How to finish your full body shiatsu
Introduction to the meridian system
Answering your questions
How to continue your shiatsu studies if this is something you would like to do


How Online Courses Work Practically

When you book a course you will be emailed a set of course notes and a link to put into your computer or other device in your search engine. Each class will be recorded so you can re-watch it later, or if you miss a class you can watch it at another convenient time.

These courses will be live just as if you were together in a room. We use video conferencing, so that the teacher and everyone on a course can see each other and speak to the group. So you can ask questions and at times we may have discussions in a group between all participants.

To join these courses you will need a computer or other device and be in a place with a reasonable strength broadband internet connection. When you have signed up for a course, you will be sent a link to put into your search engine to connect you to the Zoom video conferencing. You will have to follow a few steps to register with Zoom (no cost involved) and then you are in!

The first class of all courses will start 15 minutes early – if you have not used Zoom before please join at the beginning of this 15 minutes to give you time on join the meeting and sort out any glitches. If you have problems, please email or ring the school so we can help you get connected. We have run a number of online courses before and most people find it a simple process to join. If you are very new to this, you could register with Zoom beforehand, and read more on how it works.


Course Fee

The cost of this course is £125, payable below. This includes the six 1 ½ hour classes and a set of course notes and meridian charts. You will also receive a recording of all the classes to watch again, or if you had to miss a class. 

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