Shiatsu 101 for RMTs: A Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu Therapy
Starts April 8!

Are you looking to add techniques to your existing massage practice to take some of the strain off your body? 

Do you want a new lens with which to view your clients' complaints? 
If so, this course is for you!

This course is developed specifically for those currently working as a professional massage therapist and has 3 main goals:
  1. to provide useful shiatsu techniques to add to your existing practice to take strain off your own body
  2. to give an introduction to basic Eastern Medical theory and shiatsu theory
  3. to provide useful self-care techniques for the busy professional therapist to ensure that you can maintain a thriving practice

Shiatsu is a popular style of Eastern Bodywork that uses comfortable, lean-on pressure.  In this course you will learn a basic thumb sequence, use of elbow pressure and stretches.

You will begin with learning the fundamentals of shiatsu pressure on the floor, and will progress to applying appropriate shiatsu pressure when working on the table.  In addition, you will learn self-shiatsu techniques and various self-care exercises.  This course is a mixture of theory and practice, with an emphasis on the practical components


April 8 - May 13, 2018
10am - 6pm


Cost: $400 + HST
A certificate will be issued at the end of the course. 

To register: Call 416-323-1818 X 200, Email:

AIM Academy
455 Spadina Ave, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5S 2G8

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made by the student on or before two weeks prior to the course start date will result in a $35 cancellation fee. Student cancellations made after that date will not receive a refund.


Lori EislerLori Eisler is a certified Shiatsu therapist who teaches Shiatsu in the full-time diploma program. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. She is also a graduate of AIM Academy (1991), formally The Shiatsu School of Canada, and a practicing Certified Shiatsu Therapist. Over the past 20 years Lori has been in private practice. She has also adapted her skills to the workplace providing treatments and seminars on relaxation.  Her former modern dance career and her continuing education and involvement in dance, yoga and Zen Shiatsu exercise are integrated into her classes.Lori is also a professional Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and is provincially licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Instructor: ALEX CHANG, RMT

Alex ChangWith over nine years clinical experience, Alex has successfully treated a diverse group of people and conditions. Customizing therapy based on the client’s condition, he will draw from a unique combination of acupuncture, shiatsu and massage techniques. Additionally, Alex can integrate other techniques such as: myofascia release, soft tissue release, trigger point release or tui-na.

Alex is a professional Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac). He is provincially licensed by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario, respectively.

As a professional therapist, Alex is dedicated to his practice and clients. Passionate about his work, he is pleased to offer integrative therapies to optimize healing.


Daniel AdlerAfter my first class in Zen Shiatsu in January 1999, my teacher told me to practice. “How often should practice?” I asked. “Every day” was his answer. So began 10 years of training in Zen Shiatsu, the art and practice of bodywork which has become a way of being for me.

I feel fortunate to have been taught by a traditionally-minded teacher, even if it meant facing my youthful arrogance and ignorance on a daily basis. Through experience, and with the careful guidance of my teacher, my joy in this healing art took root. My awareness of Zen Shiatsu’s simple power and effectiveness formed. In those 10 years I learned about Zen Shiatsu as a therapy and as a profession.  I also learned how essential it is to cultivate self-awareness and compassion on the practitioner’s path.

I have been teaching Zen Shiatsu for 14 years. In 2012 I began teaching at AIM Academy where I have enjoyed teaching courses in Diagnosis and Pattern Differentiation as well as Channel Theory, Zen Shiatsu 1,2 and 3 and Shiatsu 101.

I am thrilled to now be directing the Shiatsu Diploma Programme at AIMA. It holds a vital place for the traditional healing arts in Canada. It is strongly rooted in practice  which is the essence of traditional training, blended with rigorous study of Shiatsu Theory and anatomy, physiology and pathology, which are important to a modern medical practice.

Zen Shiatsu is a life-affirming practice. For the student it offers a unique chance to develop oneself physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. For the practitioner it offers the chance to continue this development as one works to be at the service of others. And for the patient it offers relief from the pains and sufferings of life and the ability to generate health and vitality. I am looking forward to doing this work with you.