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Shiatsu Anma Therapy

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22 CE Hours - E536
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Shiatsu Anma Therapy

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  • Video - 120 minutes
  • Manual - 52 pages
  • Acupuncture Points and Meridians Chart
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


In this home study course, you will learn the art and practice of a specific style of clinical Shiatsu called Shiatsu Anma. Based on both the theory of acupressure energetics originating from Chinese medicine and massage techniques of Japanese origin, Shiatsu Anma Therapy addresses illnesses and painful conditions in the body stemming from blockages in the flow of energy, or chi, within the acupuncture meridian (channel) system.

You will learn how to assess the body's energy channel system with regard to deficiency and excessive states and apply appropriate techniques that restore the balance of chi within the body. As the flow of chi is re-established in the channel system, pain is relieved and the healing process of the body begins.

The manual that accompanies the DVD presentation in this instructional program contains pertinent information with regard to the theory, application, and specific treatment techniques and sequences for several painful conditions. A review of Yin/Yang theory and Meridians is included both in the video and the manual to help familiarize you with the fundamentals of this practice. A laminated Acupuncture Chart that depicts the meridians as well as specific points on the channels is included as a useful reference when working with the various channels and points.

Course Objectives

  • Discover history of Shiatsu: differentiate between the cultural backgrounds responsible in the formation of Shiatsu Anma; define the term Shiatsu Anma; discuss the nature of chi and the channel system; identify the cause of pain and disease based on the theory of Chinese medicine.
  • Determining and responding to excessive or deficiency conditions: describe the characteristics of pain associated with deficiency and excessive conditions; explain the differences in treating locally and distally.
  • Identify Meridian Pairings: define and give examples of yin/yang pairs and the six great channel pairs.
  • Acknowledge pain associated with different conditions: recognize states due to chi stagnation and blood stagnation.
  • Differentiate between Yin/Yang qualities and symptom imbalances; identify the location of 12 meridians.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform basic shiatsu techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to perform the general shiatsu sequence: delineate the corresponding sections along the bladder meridian (upper – sacrum); identify and locate organ transport points along the bladder meridian.
  • Observe shiatsu treatment for neck and shoulder pain; treatment on the stomach, large intestine, small intestine, gallbladder, bladder, and sanjiao meridians on the head, neck and arm.
  • Identify appropriate pairings of meridians in the treatment of excessive and deficiency conditions in the neck and shoulder areas
  • Observe shiatsu treatment for back pain; demonstrate application on the bladder, stomach and gallbladder meridians.
  • Apply the use of appropriate pairings of meridians in the treatment of excessive and deficiency conditions in the low back area.
  • Review shiatsu treatment on the kidney, liver, heart, lung and spleen meridians.

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John Hickey, L.Ac.

John Hickey, L.Ac.

John Hickey is a licensed acupuncturist and one of the founders of the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine. John has been teaching and practicing Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine for over 20 years. He practices and teaches Shiatsu in Carpinteria, California.

John is the instructor of Shiatsu Anma Therapy.

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