Zen Shiatsu 101: A Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu Therapy
Begins April 23

Interested in learning simple but effective techniques to improve health and aid in  relaxation?  If so, this is the course for you!

Shiatsu is a popular style of Oriental Bodywork that can help you to maintain better health and ease the aches and stresses of daily life. This introductory course will teach you how to provide and receive a full shiatsu massage treatment using correct shiatsu therapeutic massage techniques through hands on practice.

Students will learn:

  •  the history of shiatsu and traditional Chinese medicine
  • basic shiatsu theory, holding pressure, point location and reasons for triggering those points in relation to overall health benefits.
  • treatment plans which are designed for various conditions affecting the following areas: back, neck and shoulder pain, head, arms, legs and feet 
  • self shiatsu techniques
  • meditation, breathing exercises which promote better overall health
  • meridian stretches which are taught to shiatsu student therapists. These stretches are designed to help increase circulation in the body both blood and energy levels are positively effected.
  • health and wellness tips for the future
  • pair work is required for practical learning

We highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about well being, balanced lifestyle, shiatsu techniques and becoming more in tune with the body and mind connection.


April 23, 2018 to June 25, 2018
(except May 21, 2018)

Mondays 6pm - 9:15pm


Cost: $300 + HST

Hours: 30 hours

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

To register, please call 416-323-1818 X 200. Payment can be made by Visa or MasterCard or in person using cash or Interac. Six person minimum is required to run this course however class sizes are kept small to allow for a lot of one on one time with the instructor. Registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Register early to avoid disappointment. 

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations two weeks prior to the course start date will result in a $35 + hst cancellation fee. Cancellations after that date will not receive a refund.


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 AIM Academy. 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.