Shiatsu: an introduction
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Kean Street Wellbeing Centre
Course Code: FSB31
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
A Japanese healing art called Shiatsu. It is like massage but is carried out on a mat on the floor, fully clothed. Shiatsu is performed to contact the Ki (vital energy) that circulates in the meridians (energy lines on the body) using thumb and palm pressure.
What will we cover?
The content of the course will be a series of exercises to develop Ki sensitivity. Demonstrations of a variety of Shiatsu techniques, focusing on the back of the body. These techniques can be used on family and friends to promote relaxation and well being.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the contra-indications to giving and receiving Shiatsu
- Practise Shiatsu techniques on friends and family
- Use a series of acupressure points on self and others
- Perform a series of exercises to calm or stimulate the energy.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for complete beginners. It is not suitable for those with knee problems as it is practised on a mat on the floor. You are required to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.
PLEASE SEE THE PRE-BODYWORK CHECK LIST BELOW:
Use these guidelines when deciding whether you wish to undertake a course in body work. Our aim is to protect the health and safety of students in training and those they practise on, whilst providing the widest possible access. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a GP whether it is suitable for you to undertake this course and bring a referral letter from your GP to the Health and Movement Studies Advice and Guidance session for a validation stamp. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in a bodywork class/course.
- An untreated medical condition
- Spinal injuries
- A recent operation
- Severe skin disorders
- Severe mental illness
- On medication
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
- Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis)
- Pregnancy (or post natal)
- Endocrine disorders
- Knee Problems
Is there anything else we should know about your health before you enrol for a course? If there is, please let the Health & Lifestyle Studies team know. If accepted onto a course, a student could be given alternative practical tasks and adjustments may be made where reasonable. However, a student could be asked to leave the course if any situation were to arise which could endanger the well being of that student, or any other student. It is for instance not suitable to work on another student, if you are taking medication that affects your concentration or if you have uncontrolled fits which could cause a danger to others during a relevant activity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, practical pair work, group exercises, talks/discussions, questions and answers, feedback.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All the material on the course is covered in the handout pack.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other bodywork courses or choose from the extensive range of courses in the Health and Wellbeing studies programme.
Fernando entered the world of shiatsu massage in the mid-90s and graduated professionally in 2001. A few years after graduating he decided to further his studies by training with Matsuko Namikoshi Sensei, making him one of the few practitioners to have trained in several shiatsu styles. After volunteering for six years in a paediatric hospital in Spain, giving shiatsu to children, he moved to London where he has been giving shiatsu to cancer patients at several hospitals since 2015. This gave him the opportunity to conduct research into the effects of shiatsu on this type of patients, both for general concerns, and a more specific study on pain reduction with shiatsu for cancer inpatients, which he used for his Master's dissertation. His teaching career started when he trained massage therapists in a thermal spa in Northern Spain. Later, in 2007, he started running professional courses, and has organised many activities for his students to practise. He and his students have volunteered for Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the Alzheimer's Society, etc. at events such as the London Marathon.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.