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Oriental Bodywork Therapist Certification Course #101 #201 #100  

2018/2019 Scheduled OBT Onsite Practical: 

November 19, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Case Studies in the Fall Session are done by distance.

March 4, 2019 to May 17, 2019

Individual Course: 805 hours

Combined Distance over 1 year. Online studies, Onsite Practical, Case Studies and Healership Skills Onsite Practical

Title: Oriental Bodywork Therapist

Course Costs: $100 Application Fee; $1,500 Online CoursePac; $1,750 Onsite Practical Tuition; $1,000 Books and Supplies

Oriental Bodywork Therapist study hours may be credited towards the  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. Students will study to meet the following Course Objectives:

#101 Theory of Namikoshi Shiatsu, Acupressure & AcuChi Jin Shin ~ 520 Distance Hours:

Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal Anatomy, The Integumentary & Nervous Systems (220 Hours in Anatomy Physiology Holistic Health Connectionin #100)
Contraindications, Social Interactions, Ethics and Business Practices (60 hours in #100) 
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, the Curious Organs, and The Three Burners (San Jiao)
Location of acupressure points, potent points, Source & Luo Points, Marma Points
Oriental analyses skills ~ tongue analysis & pulse analysis, 8 principles of Diagnostics, 5 Element Wu Sheng, 5 Phase Theory
Points of Caution & Contraindications

#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 In Clinic  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 805 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 Windsong outside class hours
Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or Martial Arts Training 30 hours (per Year in 2 Yr CHHSP Program)
Receive a minimumof 3Professional Treatments. Approximate cost $300.00

Upon Completion graduates receive: A Certificate as an  Oriental Bodywork Therapist recognized by the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Shiatsu hours may be applied to The integrated Shiatsu Therapist for recognition as a Registered Shiatsu Therapist R.S.T. with the Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC.

Required Book List * please note students may purchase Book Material for Shiatsu course from or the Book Depository.

Textbooks required :  

1)      Class Manual as supplied you by Windsong College of Healing Arts 
2)      The Web That Has No Weaver by Ted J Kaptchuk 
3)      The Anatomy Student’s Self test Coloring Book 
4)      Anatomy of Stretching  
5)      Between Heaven and Earth by Harriet Beinfield and Efrem Korngold
6)      The Complete Book of Shiatsu Therapy by Toru Namakoshi 
 7)     Acupressure's Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach
8)     The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield 


Online Theory and Distance: 520 hours ~ 23 weeks          Onsite Study:  Hours 285~ 10 weeks          Homework Expectations: 5 hours per week

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