Welcome to ISS! We've been training excellent shiatsu practitioners since 1978. We offer professional career training, continuing education workshops, wellness programs & coaching, shiatsu & various bodywork sessions, tai chi classes, meditation, yoga, and Macrobiotic cooking classes & macro counseling.
Shiatsu Career Training:
Start today. Enroll for the Beginner's Weekend or Evening course. In twelve hours, you'll learn thetheory of shiatsu and nurturing touch, a self-development exercise and the whole body outline using palm and thumb pressure. Classes are offered once or twice in most months.
Apply for enrollment in the full 700 hour Shiatsu Program. Students must provide completed application, three references, high school diploma or equivalency, current driver's license or other photo id. Fee of $55.00 is non-refundable. Applications are reviewed each month.
Courses are available in full time and part time schedules. Call the director of admissions to discuss options for your situation. Call for current schedule and prices.
The Foundation Program, requiring 7-18 months, encourages the student's own personal development while deepening awareness of the body's healing and regenerative energy. The Foundation Program includes 300 hours of theory, lecture and hands-on development and refinement of techniques. Outside reading, study and treatments are required. Students may complete one level per semester or take four-week intensives.
The Practitioner Program (400 hours) requires an addtional 18 months. Courses are designed to bring students to a level of excellence, creating confident, skilled shiatsu practitioners. Students study 120 hours of advanced techniques, 100 hours of practical clinic, Oriental Medical Theory, Anatomy and Physiology. Additional courses include self care, business skills, communications, and ethics. After meeting all requirements, graduates may join The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia® (www.aobta.org ) as professional members. They may also take the annual national exam in Asian Bodywork Therapy given by NCCAOM® (www.nccaom.org ). Be sure to check the licensing laws for your state. Do a search or check out www.abmp.com.
Licensed by the Pennsylvania Board of Private Licensed Schools.
Member of the AOBTA®'s Council of Schools, www.aobta®.org.
Approved Provider for NCBTMB® Continuing Education www.ncbtmb.com
Member of ABMP® Schools.
Member of AMTA® Schools.
Receive 12 sessions from an AOBTA® Certified Practitioner at a reduced student fee. Feel the effects of the techniques and integrate levels of your own life. Bodyworkers need support, nurturing and self-care.
Self-Care & Development:
Students and the general public may schedule shiatsu appointments with certified practitioners. On the first Saturday of the month, clinic sessions are available with students. There is sometimes a limited availability for free sessions during our shiatsu classes.
Classes on traditional forms of exercise such as Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Yoga are given on an ongoing basis. Tai Chi classes begin every January and September. Natural foods and macrobiotic cooking are part of the professional training program and are open to the public. For a current schedule, contact the school 215-340-9918.
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Professional Teacher's Training
Course Calendar 2011-2012
Shiatsu Career Training 700 hour program:
Could one course change your life? Absolutely! Try the Intro to Shiatsu, Beginner's Course and learn how you can improve the health and wellness of yourself, family and friends. In 12 hours, learn the theory and philosophy of shiatsu, nurturing touch, and the relaxation response. Class format is lecture, demonstration and hands-on development of skills. Experience the classroom setting, the hands-on work and feel the results.
Note: The only requirement is that you be able to sit and kneel on the futon mat on the floor. For those with knee problems, call us-there are massage table options.
2011: Sept. 10-11 2012: Jan.7-8
Most students begin their studies in September or January. Call the Director of Admissions to plan your courses for most efficient use of your time. 215-340-9918 email@example.com
FOUNDATION PROGRAM Levels I-III, 300 hours
Learn hands-on techniques, practice and refine each new technique. The learning may be intense, but imagine receiving shiatsu in every class! Be nurtured while you learn!
Call now and let us know your interest in future courses. We plan more courses based upon numbers of students ready to enroll. Don't see your needs met by this schedule? Call us!
2011 Level one course options:
Each course will be offered if there is a minimum of six students enrolled.
- Mondays 8:30-4:00 Sept. 12-Dec.19, plus Dec. 3
- Eight Weekends:
- Wed.evenings 7-10pm & weekends
- Intensive days Monday-Fridays Sept. 15-October 6
- Full time Tues-Wed-Thurs for one year. This option will begin whenever there are 10 students ready to commit to one full year of study.
2012 Winter Level one options:
- Intensive: Three weeks begins Jan.9th
- Mondays 16 weeks Jan.-April
- 8 Weekends Jan.-April
- Wed. Evenings & weekends: March-June
Registration by phone, fax, or email:
Call 215-340-9918 or 1-800-875-9918.
ISS accepts cash, checks, charge cards.. Approved for VA benefits, GI Bill.
Monthly payment plans may be arranged using a debit or credit card.
- Dates may vary based upon enrollment numbers, instructor's availability and weather conditions
- Housing Information sent upon request: NOTE: ISS reserves the right to reschedule, cancel or postpone courses. Call to verify before booking housing
- Students make their own arrangements with hotels or local families.
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Practitioner Program: 400 Hours 18 months, two weekends per month, plus several Friday evenings and occasional weekdays.
Advanced shiatsu techniques:
Zen Shiatsu Revised: Jan.9, Feb.6, March 5(til 6pm) & March 6 Hours: 9-5
Structural Alignment with Saul Goodman Jan.20-23 & March 24-27 Fascia for bodyworkers May 19-22 Hours 10-5:30
Advanced Hara with Saul Goodman June 11-12, 2011 Hours 10-5:30
Zen Shiatsu with Diane Hynes Jan.9, Feb.6, March 6, April 3
Shiatsu Shintai with Saul Goodman Dec. 16-18, 2011
Energetics of Foods & Healing Dec. 11, 2010 Winter foods; Next series Fall 2011
taught by Macro Chef Marilyn Waxman. Hours: 12:30-3:30
Communicating with Clients Part 2 April 30, 2011
Ethics (Codes, Standard V) Feb. 19 & June 5
Business for Bodyworkers March 19, April 16, May
Supervised Clinic Jan. 8-Dec.3, 2011 Every first Saturday, plus Sakura Sunday April 10th.
Oriental Medical Theory with Rolly Brown Sept.-Dec. 2011
Anatomy with Leo McElroy Dates have been revised to: Feb.20, March 20, April17, May 1, 15, June 19, July 16&17, August. 20 &21.
Physiology with Curran Latchford Jan-June 2012
CPR & First Aid April 23 Provide proof or take at ISS. Please call if interested so we can arrange a class time.
Advanced Studies Offered for Continuing Education. CE hours, NCBTMB
Proprioceptive Exercises with Saul Goodman Jan. 26-27, 2011
Central Channel parts 1 & 2 March 8-13 with Saul Goodman 36 hours
Hara and Conception Vessel, June 11-15 with Saul Goodman
Governing Vessel and Spine Mobility: Sept. 9-14 with Saul Goodman 30 CE hours
Teacher Training GV/CV October 3-15, 2011 with Saul Goodman
NJ LAWS For Bodyworkers TBA
Chair Shiatsu Basics TBA
Chair Shiatsu Advanced TBA
Orthopedic and Sports Injuries TBA
Cupping & Gua Sha TBA
NOTE: ISS reserves the right to reschedule, postpone or cancel courses based upon enrollment and/or weather conditions.
CALL to verify dates and costs before making travel arrangements. 215-340-9918.
HOUSING: Students must arrange for their own housing with local hotels or local families.
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Courses with Saul Goodman:
Central Channel parts 1 & 2, March 8-13, 2011
Conception Vessel and the Hara June 11-15th, 2011
Shiatsu Shin Tai Teacher Training October 2011 at ISS, Doylestown,PA
*prerequisite – Governing Vessel & The Spine and Conception Vessel & The Hara
This course develops the skills needed for teaching the governing vessel/conception vessel protocol. This professional seminar series is for all bodywork practitioners that would like to take the next step in their professional development. Taught by Saul Goodman, author of Shiatsu Shin Tai. check schedules on www.shintaiinternational.net
Governing Vessel Sept. 15-20, at The International School of Shiatsu. Hours 10-5:30. Call to register 215-340-9918.
Whole Body Outline Teacher Training
Prerequisite: completion of a qualified bodywork, professional or healing training.
Expand your practice and significantly increase your earning power by learning the “Whole Body Outline and how to teach it. This 5 day intensive training will give you the material and confidence to organize workshops and teach. Taught by Saul Goodman, author of the Book of Shiatsu.
Let us know your interests and we'll keep you on the list.
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Continuing Education Workshops presented by ISS, approved NCBTMB provider
LaStone, Original Body. Hot & Cold Stone massage.August 2011. $595. 30 CE hours
Reflexology with Barbara Panno, March 1-29, 2011 6-10pm registration closed
Communications for Bodyworkers part 2 April 30, 2011
Fascia for bodyworkers 24 CE hours, ISS Instructor Diane Hynes
Central Channel TBA
Participants will learn to identify specific stress patterns that inhibit the accurate transmission of vital information through the central channel and its operating components-Governing vessel, conception vessel, spine, nervous system, meninges, and cerebral spinal fluid. Learn precise release techniques to relieve the system interference. Learn about the Three Phases of Life Force Recovery.
Advanced Central Channel TBA 24 CE hours
This advanced module steps outside the linear structure and explores unique patterns that appear in each client's treatment sequence. Ultimately, an effective treatment shifts seeemlessly between linear and non-linear contacts. Topics include:
Development of a linear process Alternative contacts Cranial suture contacts
Sacral zones and the Alert response Positioning for alignment
Off the body contacts Proprioceptive exercises for awareness
Creating deeper resonance
Expanding the Breath Wave
In this module, we further define the use of proprioceptive awareness in order to facilitate greater release of the past pattern and faster processing of present time stress.
Presented by Saul Goodman www.shintaiinternational.net
NJ Laws for Bodyworkers TBA 6 CE hours
Presented by Steve Parker, Attorney and ISS graduate, provides clearer understanding of the NJ requirements for registration and certification. Suggested for massage therapists and shiatsu therapists who practice in NJ.
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