Are you wondering what kind of massage therapy program will allow you to change careers quickly but also give you an edge in the professional marketplace? You can complete a degree in the field of massage therapy with a Shiatsu certification in just over eight months at Acupuncture & Massage College. AMC’s Massage Therapy program is specifically designed for students seeking a career in the field of bodywork. The program takes 720 hours and 8 and a half months to complete, with 164 hours of supervised clinical practice included.
Students at AMC learn energy work as well as structural bodywork modalities, Eastern as well as Western theory and technique, as well as how to treat specific pain and dysfunction. The program exceeds standards set by national certification, and by most state and municipal governments for licensing. You'll be fully prepared to take your licensing exam upon graduation.
What is Shiatsu massage therapy?
Shiatsu, a form of Oriental therapy, promotes health and strengthens the body’s natural healing abilities. It incorporates traditional Chinese massage with anatomy and physiology, physiotherapy and chiropractic methods. Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting the internal energy system and helping the body balance itself. During a Shiatsu treatment, practitioners use their fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure to various areas of the body’s surface.
Which conditions does Shaitsu help treat?
In addition to being supremely relaxing for the person receiving a massage, Shiatsu is beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions including, but not limited to:
- Poor posture
- Joint problems
- Acute and chronic neck and back pain
he techniques used in Shiatsu massage therapy bear similarities to those found in other therapeutic techniques such as osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, acupressure and physiotherapy. However, Shiatsu practitioners define physical health conditions and diseases as due to blockages and imbalances in the qi flow — or life force energy — throughout the body, which differentiates its diagnosis and treatment from several other massage therapy modalities. Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore the qi energy balance in the body.
How does AMC incorporate Shiatsu into the massage program?
AMC’s Massage Therapy program offers a specialization in Japanese Shiatsu which enables students to develop experience working with a range of techniques within Asian systems of medicine. Students also complete courses in Swedish massage, medical massage, and the biosciences, which gives students a solid foundation for any setting they choose to work. Graduates of the program receive both a Shiatsu Certification and a Massage Therapy Diploma, a savings of $2,000. This Shiatsu specialization sets our graduates apart from others entering the field after completing a degree.
For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.