To develop the competences needed in the practice the Shiatsu vocational training integrates different elements:
Theory (e.g. holistic Far-Eastern and Western concepts of health and health-promotion; history of Shiatsu, legal conditions)
Techniques (Shiatsu-specific types of evaluation and techniques for treatment and touch)
Personal and social competences (self-awareness, communication, giving exercises).
The focus of the training is on practice and practical skills: to integrate theory and techniques to gain the competence to do practical work in interaction with receivers.
The achievement of practical experience and the development of personal and social competences are important goals of the training.
The minimum duration of the shiatsu training should be 3 years.
The training has to be completed with a final theoretical and practical examination.
The national Shiatsu Federations control and guarantee for the quality of the vocational training. They develop quality standards for the teachers’ training and control it.