Beginner Shiatsu Massage Course

Beginning Zen Shiatsu

Beginner Shiatsu Student Giving Massage

Beginning Zen Shiatsu

Learn to give a more detailed full-body treatment, and learn the locations and treatment methods for the twelve primary energy meridians of the body.

This class is the first class in our Shiatsu Certification Program.  It is a stand-alone learning experience, open to all with no prerequisites.  

It also provides 30 CE hours for professional therapists.

The total tuition is $500, $450 with early registration.  Use the registration links below to pay a $225 deposit.  The $225 balance will be due by the first day of class.

The book, Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd Edition, costs $74.95 + tax through our bookstore and can be purchased on the first day.


  • Learn a complete one-hour shiatsu treatment that you can use immediately!
  • Learn the locations of the twelve primary energy meridians
  • Learn clinical associations for each meridian (benefits to organs, emotions, etc.)

Beginning Zen Shiatsu

Are you ready to deepen your understanding of the body? Would you like to understand how internal organ issues, dietary and emotional factors contribute to pain and dysfunction?  Would you like to use acupoints and meridians to target chronic pain, internal organ dysfunction and chronic emotional stress?

We offer a Beginning course in Zen Shiatsu that is completely accessible to people of all experience, age and body type. In the course of the class, you will learn how to give an effective full-body treatment, and how to improve your own well-being by giving Zen Shiatsu from a state of relaxation and meditation. Zen Shiatsu is entirely low-impact. In fact, your own health is sure to improve by giving this treatment.

On top of getting training, you will also be receiving bodywork in class! In every class, students have plenty of time for hands-on exchange. So for $500 you will be receiving bodywork at least 10 times in class, in addition to learning how to do it yourself!

In Beginning Zen Shiatsu, we impart the simple ability to be with another human being in a healing context. 

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki, Soto Zen Master

This class is a stand-alone learning experience, and also is the first 30 hours of our complete Shiatsu Certification Program.

One textbook is required for the class; Shiatsu: Theory and Practice by Carola Beresford-Cook. The  cost is $74.95, and it can be purchased from our bookstore in advance or on the first day of class.

This stand-alone class is offered for Continuing Education credit for licensed professionals and counts for 30 CE hours.


Unless otherwise indicated, classes are at 818 Lake Street in Evanston, IL.

  • Salem IL location: 301 Ogelsby St., Salem IL 
  • Antioch IL location: 505 Orchard St, Suite 200, Antioch IL
  • Valparaiso IL location: 57 Franklin St, Suite 111, Valparaiso IN

Use the links below to pay the $225 deposit.  Full course tuition is $450 (includes early registration discount of $50).

Use this PayPal button to prepay for the book through our bookstore.

Shiatsu Theory and Practice Textbook ($74.95): 

Register for Beginning Zen Shiatsu