Northern School of Shiatsu
Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Shiatsu is a Japanese therapy, based on the principle that vital energy flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. Practitioners use thumb and palm pressure, stretching and other techniques to restore the balance of this energy and to promote healing. Treatments can help with variety of conditions ranging from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives. Giving Shiatsu is great for the health, wellbeing and vitality of the practitioner as well as for the people who receive it!
The Northern School of Shiatsu is based in Sheffield, and runs courses that range from introductory days for complete beginners to a three-year professional diploma and beyond.
The school was founded in 1998 by Carol Dean and has an excellent track record of delivering high quality learning. The three-year diploma complies with the nationally recognised curriculum laid down by the Shiatsu Society UK and the school’s highly experienced core teaching staff are registered as teachers with the Shiatsu Society.
Our aim is to provide an engaging and supportive environment that meets individual learning needs. We emphasise the practical application of theory and most teaching is literally hands on in the classroom. We take our teaching seriously but we work within an informal and friendly environment in which students can have fun while they learn and develop their skills.
We give all our students lots of support throughout their course. Class sizes are limited so that our experienced teachers and class assistants can give close personal attention to each and every student.
The school is committed to raising public awareness of Shiatsu’s many benefits and promotes the prevention of illness and good health and wellbeing for everyone.
THE SHIATSU SOCIETY
The Shiatsu Society (UK) was established in 1981 as an umbrella organisation for anyone interested in Shiatsu. It is a non-profit organisation that is now recognised as the professional body for practitioners of Shiatsu in the United Kingdom. The Shiatsu Society works to promote public awareness of Shiatsu in the UK and to support the high standards practiced by its members.
The Shiatsu Society maintains a public register of qualified Shiatsu practitioners who are members of the Shiatsu Society. The diploma course of the Northern School of Shiatsu is ratified by the Shiatsu Society, and students who complete the course can be listed as graduate members in the public register. Graduates may progress to be recognised as an MRSS (Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society UK) by completing a Post Graduate Year or an MRSS exam.
Graduates of our diploma are encouraged to maintain membership of the Shiatsu Society. To find out more please see the Shiatsu Society website: www.shiatsusociety.org
The Northern School recognizes that people want to learn Shiatsu for all kinds of different reasons. We have structured our courses so that students can learn to whatever level suits their individual needs. You can take a break after any level of our training and progress to a more advanced level if and when the time is right for you.
Recognising the difficult financial times that we live in the school is happy to accept bookings from students who wish to pay monthly for longer courses. The course fees for student who pay monthly are the same as for those who wish to pay in full at the start of the course.
Here is a brief overview of our course structure:
These one day self contained workshops provide an introduction for anyone who wants to try Shiatsu before committing to a longer course. Introductory days are interesting and fun; you will learn lots of practical skills and some basic Shiatsu treatments that you can practice on family and friends
The Foundation Course is for students who would like a more in depth introduction to Shiatsu. It comprises six days over three weekends which may be completed as a self contained course or as the first part of the One Year Certificate. It isn’t necessary to have any prior experience of Shiatsu to undertake the Foundation Course.
ONE YEAR CERTIFICATE
The One Year Certificate is comprised of the three weekends of the Foundation Course plus an additional eight weekends. The one year certificate builds on the skills and experience gained through our Foundation Course by providing a comprehensive introduction to the treatment of each of the classical Chinese meridians used in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
ADVANCED LEVEL (YEAR TWO CERTIFICATE)
Students who wish to progress further can undertake a further year of study, which comprises of eleven weekends. The Advanced Level course deepens your practice through learning the extended meridian system of Zen Shiatsu developed by Shizuto Masunaga.