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Certificate of Excellence in Zen Shiatsu

True healing involves balancing the flow of life or "chi" to promote physical, structural, mental, emotional and spiritual health. At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), our comprehensive 200-hour Zen Shiatsu program may be taken to fulfill part of your primary specialty requirements within some of our degree or diploma programs, to enhance your professional status, or simply to further your own personal growth and development.

Under the direction of master practitioner Lyn Matthew, you will learn a holistic healing system that balances the flow of life force energy through the channels and internal organs of the body to promote physical, structural, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Once successfully completed, you will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 200 hours of specialization in the field of Zen Shiatsu.

* NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are not necessarily designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and may not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.

What Is Zen Shiatsu?

“Zen Shiatsu” is a form of bodywork administered by the thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees. The professional Zen Shiatsu practitioner is trained to feel and intuit the condition of the body, particularly the circulation, by his/her hands in order to find imbalanced areas. The client remains fully clothed during the treatment. No massage oils or lotions are needed because rather than sliding along the body surface, a series of gentle specific presses are given along the meridian pathways.

It is understood that Zen Shiatsu stimulates the natural healing powers of the body. Obstacles to health are removed and vitality is gained, thereby lessening the symptoms of dis-ease. Advanced bodyworkers and massage therapists who utilize Zen Shiatsu techniques will enhance the longevity of their career by avoiding overuse of the hands, wrists, and thumbs.

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What Are the Benefits of Zen Shiatsu?

Some of the reported benefits of Zen Shiatsu include:

  • Balance autonomic nervous system
  • Calm anxiety and nervous distress
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase the body’s resistance to stress-related dis-ease
  • Improve blood and lymph circulation
  • Help maintain and improve muscle tone
  • Promote healthy functioning of internal organ systems
  • And so much more…

Zen Shiatsu Classes

Students enrolled in the Zen Shiatsu Certificate of Excellence program will study a variety of Asian theories, including meridians, acupressure, body reading, Asian medical astrology, clinical assessment and so much more. For a complete list of classes, click on "View Classes" above or download our latest class schedule book.

What We Teach

SWIHA invites you to take part in the specialty courses offered in Zen Shiatsu. You will learn a healing system that balances the flow of life force through the channels and internal organs of the body to promote physical, structural, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
We invite you to contact us today to assist you on your destined path.

Courses included in this program are:

Explore Zen Shiatsu Today!

Interested in exploring Zen Shiatsu but not completely sure about signing up for the full 200-hour program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you find your bliss, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before deciding whether to enroll.

Need additional information? We’ll be more than happy to explain all your options and answer any questions you may have. Just call 480-994-9244 and ask to speak with an admissions advisor today!

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