Zen Shiatsu Chicago

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COVID Safety: Read our COVID safety policies, including details of the September 2021 mandate for either vaccination or weekly COVID testing in higher education.  Our in-person classes have been running since June 2020 without incident.

Are you considering massage school, but looking for something more?  Always been interested in Asian arts and philosophies? Many students researching Chicago massage schools come across Zen Shiatsu Chicago, and their eyes are opened to the full possibilities of bodywork.

You will receive the same western Anatomy & Physiology training offered in massage school.

You will also receive the same training in Chinese medical models that an acupuncturist receives.

We address injury, posture and relaxation just like massage school, and the Zen Shiatsu Chicago program goes a step farther than massage school. We apply holistic health understandings including the mind/body connection, understandings of how diet, emotion, environment and stress affect our internal organs, and tools to relieve these issues through touch therapy.

If you have looked into massage school programs and found the curriculum too exclusively focused on musculoskeletal pathology, you should consider Zen Shiatsu Chicago.

Your training would meet and exceed the minimum training requirements for an Illinois massage license.  Zen Shiatsu Chicago goes above and beyond the minimum Illinois massage school hours, preparing you to practice in more states.

Zen Shiatsu Chicago school graduates practice in the same clinical environments as massage school graduates, but have marketable additional skills in holistic lifestyle analysis and treatment of internal disorders through Chinese Medical principles.

We are launching the Massage School Alternative campaign to make sure that massage school seekers consider Zen Shiatsu Chicago as an exciting alternative. If you are hoping to explore the psychological and spiritual dimensions of massage in addition to being able to address musculoskeletal disorders, Zen Shiatsu Chicago is the school for you.

Massage Therapists - You can receive transfer credit from your massage school education, and achieve Shiatsu certification through our school!

Upcoming Classes

Free Introductory Workshop

October 13

Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu, and chat with current students and instructors!

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Beginning Zen Shiatsu

September 28-October 26, Tuesdays

October 15-17 & 22-24, Fridays 7-10pm, Saturdays/Sundays 9:30am-4:30pm

December 13-17, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

January 11- March 15, Tuesdays

Learn to give a more detailed full-body treatment, and learn the locations and treatment methods for the twelve primary energy meridians of the body.

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Reiki Level 1

A One-Day Attunement

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