Shiatsu: taster workshop
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Kean Street Wellbeing Centre
What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of shiatsu. You will learn the basic techniques to give a very relaxing shiatsu massage on the back as well as experience the beneficial effects of receiving shiatsu.
What will we cover?
- Positions to give shiatsu: basic position (half-kneeling), on our knees, seiza (on our heels)
- Position of arms, hands and fingers
- Basic shiatsu sequence for the back and legs - practical work in pairs
- Contraindications: the 'no pain' principle.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use the basic sequence learnt to give a relaxing shiatsu to friends and family
- Know how to find some pressure points on the back and legs
- Learn the importance of rhythmic pressure to produce a more relaxing effect
- Feel the benefits of shiatsu
- Knowlegde of major contraindications.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory level - no previous knowledge required. You are required to read short sentences, follow verbal instructions and extract information from handouts.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, please let us know prior to starting the course
- An untreated medical condition
- Spinal injuries
- A recent operation
- On medication
- Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, severe varicose veins, heart problems, thrombosis)
- Knee and/or Hip Problems.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a practical course involving hands-on practice. Practical demonstration, explanations, pair work, discussion. There is no set work for outside the class, but practising what you have learned will help you remember what you have learned and develop your skills.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please wear comfortable loose clothing. You might want to bring a small pillow for extra comfort.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We have a range of Complementary therapies courses - particularly Massage and other bodywork related courses including vibrational/energy based such as Reiki, crystals and healing.
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.