Shiatsu 101: A Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu Therapy
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
Course Length: 30 hours
Cost: $360 + HST
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.
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.
Instructor: Carlos Praniauskas, Dipl.ST, MQP (Medical Qi Gong Practitioner)
Carlos Praniauskas completed the 2200 hour Shiatsu Therapy Diploma Program at AIM Academy in 1988. He became a Shiatsu Instructor at AIM Academy in 1990 and 3 years later Clinic Supervisor. His excellent communication skills and extensive knowledge within the field of Shiatsu therapy, created a wonderful learning environment for shiatsu students.
Carlos has devoted his life to continuously expanding his knowledge within the field of Shiatsu Therapy. Carlos chose to refine his technique by learning other forms of Shiatsu Therapy by attending seminars on Seiki Therapy under Master Aklinobu Kishi as well as Tao Shiatsu under Master Ryokyu Endo, Toru Namikoshi, Kiiko Matsumoto, Honora Lee Wolfe. He continued to work alongside leaders in the Shiatsu field; individuals such as Tetsuro Saito who introduced Shiatsu to Canada and Kaz Kamiya, founder of AIM Academy .
Carlos first studied Qigong under Dr. Zaimen Shen from 1987 to 1990, later on with Master Wu. He also studied Qigong at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California where he received his certification as a Medical Qigong Practitioner in 2006. This form of moving mediation exercise has proven to help reduce therapist burn out and increases overall health, flexibility and wellbeing. Qi Gong is an important component to any healthy practice for both client and therapist.
The incorporation of Qigong to the Shiatsu practice allows the practitioner/individual the chance to connect to a deeper energetic level, elevating the effectiveness of the treatments. Qigong not only helps physical complaints but also helps to release deep emotional blockages or trauma.
He currently operates his own Shiatsu and Qigong Practice in Toronto and has done so since 1988.