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Oriental Bodywork Therapy

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Teaching Oriental Bodywork




Oriental Bodywork Therapist

Certified Holistic Health Practitioner™ Designation

Integrated Shiatsu Therapist™ Designation


Oriental Bodywork Therapies, along with their theoretical components, are taught for 1040 Hours out of the 1650 Certified Holistic Health & Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma Program.  

This course develops a high quality, confident practitioner.  Much attention is paid to graduates' ability to serve a wide cross section of the public, and to continue in further advanced study.

#101 Theory of Namikoshi Shiatsu, Acupressure & AcuChi Jin Shin ~ 240 Distance Hours:

  • Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal Anatomy, The Integumentary & Nervous Systems
  • Contraindications
  • Pathology and the patterns of illness
  • Tendino-Muscular Points in the Namikoshi Routine
  •  Charting Twelve meridians and Eight Extraordinary Channels (Vessels, Flows)
  • Yin/Yang and Five Element theory
  •  The Vital Essences, Zang and Fu, and the Curious Organs
  • Location of acupressure points
  • Oriental analyses skills ~ tongue analysis & pulse analysis
  • Points of Caution & Contraindications
  • 8 principles of Diagnostics


#201 Practical Application of Oriental Bodywork Techniques ~ 185 Onsite Hours

  • Basic overall Back, Neck, Shoulder and Whole Body release patterns 
  • Body stretching and point work for chi balancing
  • Applying  Pressure in Meridians and Eight Extraordinary Channels
  • Applying points and pathways of organ meridians and strange flows
  • Body Dynamics (Kata) of the Practitioner during Practice
  • Relaxation Warm up and Namikoshi basic NeuroMuscular Routine
  • Side (Ouga), Prone (Fukuga), and Supine (Gyoga) Positions   

Case Studies and Healership skills ~ 100 Hours Distance Study: 

Specific conditions of  imbalance in the 5 Elements, Meridians, Body systems, and Energy Systems are studied using Oriental Bodywork Methods. Students will complete 10 full case studies which include Diagnostics and Health History; Client Handouts for self care to support therapeutic practice; and Practitioner Investigation, Session Notes and Summaries. 4 Sessions are required for each case study to develop ongoing Healership Skills.

Case Studies are designed to compile practitioner knowledge and give students experience with creating large reports and client summaries for clinical use and report preparation. Students can expect to spend 10 Hours per case study in preparation and completion.

Hands on Student Clinic Practical  in all Oriental Bodywork techniques in a learning and professional clinic environment is done Onsite. Practical application  of skills taught in class is used  in applying techniques during sessions given to clients served by the  Student Clinic. A professional Practitioner supervises sessions, gives feedback, and grades the level of work  in clinic.

Upon successful completion, graduates will be able to perform the following Oriental Bodywork sessions with clients:

  • 15 minute oriental analyses consultation
  • 15 - 30 minute Chair Bodywork session
  • 30 minute Neck, Shoulder and Back Table session
  • 60 minute full Acupressure table session
  • 60 or 120 minute combination table session using all oriental bodywork skills learned
  • 60 or 90 minute Hot Waterstone Shiatsu
  • 60 or 90 minute Full Body Acupressure Relaxation Massage with Oils

Additional Requirements: The additional requirements are to be completed by students outside of the 525 hours of training. It is the responsibility of the student to record and submit their training:

  • First Aid: $125.00 for full First Aid and CPR. can be taken at Windsng outside class hours
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Martial Arts Training 30 hours
  • Receive a minimumof 3Professional Treatments. Approximate cost $240.00

Graduates receive, along with their Certified Holistic Health & Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma

A Certificate in Oriental Bodywork that is recognized by the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Shiatsu hours may be applied to a Registered Shiatsu Therapist Designation R.S.T. with the Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC.

This course develops a high quality, confident practitioner. Much attention is paid to graduates' ability to serve a wide cross section of the public and to continue in further advanced study.

Words from Course Graduates

Coming here to improve my qualifications as a masseuse was the best thing I have ever done! Rebekah MacLean

I want to thank you for just being you. The woman I am today was molded and sculpted by the Windsong powers… The energies & positive vibes shall forever be passed on through my work as a healer. “Out of my head, Into thee Heart”. You truly guided me to believe in my powers within. Blaire Amber

Words cannot express all that I am feeling about this past year. It sure has been quite a ride! Thank you so much for your guidance & sharing the knowledge & gifts that you have. Lisa Shillolo

Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve done to make this school such a wonderful place. This school has taught me tools not only for work, but for myself. Laura Madelung



Windsong College of Healing Arts is an exclusive private career college dedicated to training holistic health professionals. Classes are small with the main emphasis on developing Certified Holistic Health Practitioners™.

• Registered with The Ministry of Advanced Education PTIB 

• Member of Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses 

• Member of BC Career Colleges Association and National Association of Career Colleges

• Program recognized by the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada 

• Program recognized by the Shiatsu Therapy Association of British Columbia

• Resource School with The Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners

• Components recognized by Shiatsu Associations, BCATA, AOBTA.