Shiatsu Society of Ontario
To become a member of the SSO, please carefully
review the membership requirements provided below;
print and complete the application form; and mail the completed form to us along with the appropriate
membership fee and the required documentation.
To pay or renew by credit card, please click here.
Our mailing address is:
Shiatsu Society of Ontario,
875 Bloor St W,
PO Box 168,
If you need
any assistance or have questions regarding membership, please contact
the SSO office and we will be happy to help you.
Your support and participation in the development of the Shiatsu Society of Ontario is necessary and appreciated. We look forward to working with you for our mutual prosperity.
You may join the SSO as as Practitioner; a Therapist, a Student; a Supporting Member; or as a Teacher of Shiatsu.
For more information on the Teacher Designation, click here.
For more information on Practitioner, Therapist, Student and Supporting Memberships, see below.
Practitioner Level Membership: Minimum 500 hours of training
Designation: Shiatsu Practitioner (SP)
Membership fee: $50 per year, with renewal on
see the "Practitioner Level Membership"
Please see the "Therapist Level Membership" sample Curriculum.
Membership is granted to students currently enrolled in a program that fulfills the requirements listed in the 500-hour curriculum.
Anyone who believes in the art of Shiatsu and desires to see it develop is welcome to become a Supporting Member of the SSO. Your membership is greatly valued.
application is reviewed individually. Clinical experience and training
such as apprenticeship will be considered. If your training differs
from the requirements in the curricula, please do not let that deter
you from applying for membership. The SSO is working towards bringing
unity amongst the differing styles of Shiatsu in Ontario, so your
training will be reviewed to see if membership can be facilitated.
Level Membership: 500-hour Curriculum
CHINESE MEDICAL THEORY (125 hours)
I. General Theory
III. Five Elements (Five Phases)
IV. Fundamental Substances of the body (descriptions, formation, circulation, functions and relationships among them)
V. Meridians and Channels
VI. Organ Theory - (functions, description and typical signs of imbalance of disturbed functions)
VIII. Evaluation by Observation - the four examinations
IX. Pathology - causes and patterns of disease or imbalance
SHIATSU DISCIPLINE TECHNIQUE & PRACTICE (250 hours)
A. Correct and effective use of body, weight, breath and posture
C. Full body routines:
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT- (25 hours)
A. Legal considerations and ethics (10 hours)
B. Shiatsu treatments received from instructor/therapist.
C. Treatments given to instructor (2 hours)
D. Basic CPR
E. Students will be required to log 60 treatments given as well as 30 treatments received as part of their course work
Special diagnosis workshop
note: This is a sample curriculum and is provided as a guideline.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICAL THEORY (50 hours)
(1) Advanced Diagnosis -- Pulse, Tongue, and Masunaga Hara Diagnosis
(2) Taoist Embryology
(3) Masunaga Meridians -- Theory
SHIATSU PRACTICAL (125 hours)
(1) Masunaga Meridians -- Practical
(2) Advanced Zen Shiatsu Technique
CLINIC EXPERIENCE (100 hours)
SELF DEVELOPMENT (100 hours)
(1) Qi Gong (15 hours)
(2) Tai Ji (40 hours)
(3) Yoga (45 hours)
ALLIED THERAPIES (50 hours)
(1) Moxibustion (15 hours)
(2) Sotai (15 hours)
(3) Macrobiotics (10 hours)
(4) Feng Shui (10 hours)
TREATMENTS (10 hours)
(1) Treatments given to an instructor (2 hours)
(2) Treatments received from an instructor (8 hours)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (40 hours)
(1) Business Fundamental (40 hours)
WESTERN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (125 hours)^ back to top
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875 Bloor St W PO Box 168 Toronto Ontario M5S 2S7
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