How to Find a Shiatsu Therapist
Shiatsu therapy is not regulated in any province in Canada or the U.S. Virtually anybody can practice shiatsu or call him- or herself a shiatsu therapist.
Training courses for shiatsu can vary from several weekend workshops to over 2,200 hours of schooling (a three-year academic equivalent). Only those who have undertaken 2,200 hours of training are eligible for membership in the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (STAO). Other associations accept members with fewer hours of training. A fully qualified shiatsu therapist holds the designation Certified Shiatsu Therapist (CST) or Dipl. Shiatsu. (Note: not all fully qualified shiatsu therapists join the Association.)
Since shiatsu is not regulated in Ontario, it is usually not covered by insurance, unless the shiatsu therapy is performed by a registered massage therapist. A small group of RMTs are dually trained and qualified in both massage and shiatsu.
You will find other helpful tips on how to find the right shiatsu therapist in the “How to Find a Massage Therapist” section.