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Shiatsu Anma Therapy

22 CE Hours - E536

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

I liked the fact that the test was available for viewing before I took it. It helped me focus on what was being tested, and I got to learn more things. I like the two different books, as well. It's nice having a lot of references. The chart was also helpful, and the DVD gave me a visual.

- Jessica Rayfield, LMBT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed the DVD. I found it very easy to follow. The course book was also extremely helpful. I appreciate how it follows the DVD. It is a great tool while trying to learn all the meridian points and connections.

- Amy McLaughlin, LMT, NCTMB

I've been interested in Shiatsu since I was in massage training. The acupuncture point card, textbook, DVD, and supplemental booklet all come together rather well for independent study. I feel prepared to start integrating this modality into my massage practice.

- Fred Isom, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed this course very much! It gave me more clarity on shiatsu facts than I previously new. I actually had fun reading the manual and taking the exam! It is a very organized and relatable course. As I only administer Deep-tissue techniques I felt that the channels and their associated Ashi points were invaluable towards my treatments. The extra DVD and text book included in the package was a bonus! I would highly recommend this course to anyone seeking to meet their requirements, as well as anyone seeking additional research in the magnificent field of massage therapy and body reprieve!

- Panagiota Chelios, LMT, NCTMB

I had been waiting for license renewal time to pass so I could dig into this course, looking forward to it since I first found it on the site over a year ago. Loved the subject and material made a rather complex system of study very easy to grasp. With the caveat that one is already familiar with TCM, of course. Thanks! My favorite course from you folks yet!

- Joyce Inderkum, LMT

I really enjoyed this course. It will certainly compliment my practice. I took some basic shiatsu in massage school 12 years ago and a lot of the things came back. Then, additionally, I learned some great techniques for working the points and the sequences. The video was clear, and Instructor Hickey did a great job in a concise and clear way. The video, the charts, the reference book and the course book were all great. I used all of them and will keep the chart handy until it becomes second nature. I treated a mild stomach upset on myself during the course and it worked like a charm! Thanks - I really enjoyed this course.

- S. Buonaguro, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

There are no trick questions. All the answers are clearly found in the text. Both the books and the DVD are excellent sources and will refer to them as I continue to learn and practice each technique. I know this course is just the beginning, and that it will take many more hours of continuous practice to get the feel of deficient and excessive Qi in the meridians. I do believe this course is worth every bit I paid and would recommend it to others.

- M. Howard, NCTMB, ABMP

I think this course was excellent and would like an advance course maybe in the future. All the courses I have taken were excellent.

- Gary P Laird, BCTMB

I enjoyed learning from the instructor, John Hickey. He was thorough and easy to follow along with using the video and the text book. His years of studying Chinese Medicine is abundant and makes me want to learn more from him and continue my studies in this category.

- Lucy Marcello, LMT, BCTMB

Loved this course! Very great information and clear! DVD is so helpful to explain and show you how to practice Shiatsu Anma!

- Clare Loveless

Can feel the meridians intuitively in my work. Had almost no education in this massage theory in school and it is so important. Appreciate the information. Thank you.

- Jane Pulford, LMT

The course material is well-done. I enjoyed the course very much. An excellent presentation by John Hickey! Looking forward to incorporating information into my practice.

- Katherine Groeschl, LMT, NCTMB

Great review of Chinese anatomy. I learned new concepts and point pairing. Enjoyed this class very much.

- Sandy Edwards, LMT

Great course. Can't wait to take another.

- Mary E. Palculict, LMT, NCTMB

I did more studying from other sources to find another way of explaining....when I did not think I was getting the concepts mostly to do with the Five Elememt Theory or to separate the meridians. I studied the workbook twice and I think I understand enough to continue my practice to include Shiatsu Anma in my life long learning of "The Body Extrodinaire." I am very satisfied with the course and testing and I will be back for more.

- Caroline Scott, LMP

It helped me understand the material to a point that I want to learn more and my interest in the subject was enhanced.

- Steve Reedy, LMT, NCTMB

interesting conscise thorough enjoyable thanks

- Lisa Ivens, LMT

Enjoyed the DVD and watching the techniques. Will definitely use this therapy in my practice.

- Laua Packer, CMT, NCTMB

This is a great course, I really enjoyed the new knowledge I gained of Eastern Bodywork

- Michael McKinlay, LMT, NCTMB

I learned a lot in this course! Great info!

- Doreen Miller, NCTMB

Everything was very helpful and I got a better understanding of concepts that I did not fully grasp in school. I also learned new techniques that will help clients in my practice and myself!

- Shiona Duskin, CMT

I am actually a certified shiatsu therapist and thought the quality of information was very well put together and even approached things in a different way then normally presented.

- Darrick Hill, LMT

I really like the instructor on the DVD.

- Tracy Ross, LMT

Excellent course...very informative written material in addition to a fantastic DVD. I really enjoyed it!

- Lisa Black, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed learning how to better use Shiatsu techniques. I can see myself incorporating these into my practice.

- Margo Schaffer, CMT

This course was so interesting to me. I loved the more technical/medical aspects of the subject matter. It has inspired me to look into more courses and modalities closely related.

- Pamela LaScola, LMT, NCTMB

I found the course book, DVD and additional material very helpful. I found this to be a detailed refresher course and I gained new knowledge as well. I liked that I was able to watch the DVD and follow along in the workbook. The course really tailored to all different learning styles.

- Kate Bogdanoff, LMT

A lot of information was given for this course. This is not something I would incorporate into my practice immediately. I will definitely have to practice various treatment approaches before actually working on clients. But I loved the learning material provided.

- Erica Vinson, LMT, NCTMB

This is the best home study course I have done, and the first from this company. It has encouraged me to do more home study. I was familiar with the meridian system, and use it in some energy work, but this was more advanced and in depth and I feel I needed the enhanced study. I think my clients will enjoy the shiatsu experience. I am very pleased overall with this class.

- P. Buck, LMT

A wealth of information to absorb.

- N. Turner, LMT, NCTMB

Wow, this course was amazing! Very complex, though, and I'm sure it will take much review of the course materials and practice with family and friends before I'd feel comfortable performing shiatsu sessions with clients. Most valuable, fascinating and inspirational - I can't wait to incorporate this into my practice. Thank you!

- C. Monahan, LMT

This is a great course for anyone interested in shiatsu or Chinese philosophy. The demonstrations were wonderful and done so that this therapy can very easily be incorporated into a massage treatment.

- M. Green, LMT

I love this course and I really learned a lot about Shiatsu. Now I can incorporate this technique when doing massage. This is really very helpful and the video is excellent.

- J. H. Bansil, CMT

I have studied Chinese medicine in respect to bodywork for a few years now. This course exceeded my expectations of what a home study course could provide. Thank you!

- C. Kaull, LMT, NCTMB


  • DVD - 120 minutes
  • Manual - 52 pages
  • Acupuncture Points and Meridians Chart
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


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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