The curriculum of Classical Shiatsu Therapy consists of a four year higher vocational training that aims to educate students to practice the profession of Shiatsu therapist. A fully fledged Shiatsu therapist meets the requirements formulated in the text describing the Professional competences.
These competences are developed in the course of four years, following an intensive curriculum consisting of both theoretical insights and practical applications.
Studying Shiatsu at the NSKS entails more than mastering the professional competences. Personal development and growth are considered just as important.
The NSKS values and encourages the development and refinement of one's perceptive abilities, intuition and sensitivity. The ability to tune into the patient, and connect with the other on a deep intuitive level in order to get at the core of the problem, is what the NSKS seeks to develop in students.
Below follows an excerpt of the report by Anushka Hofman of a European Shiatsu Congres. It shows succinctly what marks Shiatsu students of the NSKS:
"The students of the school, there were 15 of the N.S.K.S., have made a remarkable impression. A number of Swiss colleagues told me they were very impressed with the way our students work. They felt them to be so empathic, warm and supportive in their Shiatsu work, and so supportive towards each other. They wondered how that was possible."
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The education is divided into four years, with each year six weekends of main classes, plus specialising seminars. All classes are taught by experienced and certified teachers. In addition, experienced assistents attend each class and seminar. Below you will find a brief description of the four years, and an overview of the seminars and self-study that are also part of the vocational training, with links to more elaborate descriptions.
Integrated educational programme
The vocational education is built up in an integrated manner. Each of the four years has its own programme, and each year takes you one level deeper. The main focus is on the practical and theoretical aspects of Shiatsu. In addition, attention is given to psychology, philosophy, personal development, communicative skills, and the practical aspects of the profession, such as running your own practice.
Modular education system
The N.S.K.S. has chosen a modular education system, because it enables students to study at their own pace. For instance, in four years time, students are expected to follow at least 20 diagnosis seminars (or four diagnosis weekends). It is up to the students to decide when to do this. The same goes for the required 300 hours of practice. In addition, the modular structure enables investing into just parts of the education, for personal purposes or postgraduate requirements. This way, everyone can benefit from the healing effects of Shiatsu and Do-In and from the insights the Oriental wisdom has to offer.
As mentioned before, a number of seminars and hours of self-study are compulsory for students to become a qualified Shiatsu therapist:
An important and indispensable part of the education consists of self-study of the theory and techniques that are taught in the school. Students should invest four hours a week, on average. The N.S.K.S. recommends students to practice from the beginning of the education, both on clients and on each other. The school also organises practice weekends and every Monday evening the school is open for practicing. The Monday evenings are organised by the school - more info?
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Medical basic knowledge
Students graduating from the four levels of the school will obtain a certificate of the school. Obtaining the certificate for medical basic knowledge (from an accredited organization), together with all the compulsory modules mentioned above are necessary to qualify for the full-fledged diploma of Shiatsu Therapy. This diploma will enable recognition by a professional organization, such as the ones listed on the page professional associations. This in turn will enlarge the chance of future patients getting coverage for your consultations from their health insurances.
The NSKS employs a number of professional competences. Following the acquisition of the knowledge, insights, methods, and skills taught in the education, the graduated Shiatsu therapist will have the following skills:
1. Working with patients
The Shiatsu therapist is capable of: