Asian Modalities Certificate Program


Students of the Asian Modalities Certificate Program will learn how to perform two types of Asian bodywork, shiatsu from Japan and Thai massage from Thailand, which are based on balancing energetic systems of the body.

To give students a solid foundation of knowledge to support the hands-on skills learned, the history of these modalities are presented, along with traditional Chinese medicine, including Qi, Yin Yang theory, Five Element theory, channels (meridians), tsubo, as well as principles of traditional Thai medicine.

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Students learn the benefits, indications, contraindications, and assessments for shiatsu and Thai massage. They also learn proper application of palming, finger and thumbing techniques, elbow and forearm techniques, stretching, joint mobilization, and foot techniques with the use of effective and efficient body mechanics.

Warm-up, centering, and focusing methods are emphasized as well as postural awareness. At the completion of the class, students are able to perform 60 minute traditional shiatsu and Thai massage treatments on a mat on the floor.

Both written and hands-on evaluation will be used to assess students for complete understanding of techniques prior to receipt of the certificate of completion.


The addition of these modalities makes practitioners more versatile, enriching the menu of services bodywork practitioners offer their clients. For example, some clients will be drawn to the centering and grounding aspects of shiatsu and Thai massage. Others may prefer how the stretching makes their bodies feel. Yet others may like that no lubricants are used and that they remain fully clothed instead being draped by a sheet. This versatility can help develop a stable client base by giving clients options in addition to Western massage therapy.

Program Dates

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: November 25th – December 15th, 2018

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): November 25th – December 6th, 2018

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): December 6th – December 15th, 2018

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: May 19th – June 8th, 2019

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): May 19th –  May 30th, 2019

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): May 30th – June 8th, 2019


100 Hour Complete Program
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $3100
Off Campus: $2470

60 Hour Shiatsu and TCM Only
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $1860

40 Hour Thai Massage Only
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $1240

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