Massage Training and Advanced Shiatsu

Postgraduate Study Programs

Energetic Western Massage Therapy Training - Starting Oct 2021

Available only to shiatsu graduates, this training builds on your foundation of Shiatsu Training to offer you expert-level training in energetically-sensitive Western Massage Therapy.  Western massage training extends your precision in working with injury and soft tissue dysfunction, with 480 hours devoted to developing a full skill set in Relaxation, Movement/ Stretch/Sports methods as well as Clinical Massage Therapy. This additional training increases your employability as a therapist, allowing you to hold positions requiring the performance of western massage therapy, while staying true to the principles of shiatsu.

This training will help you to more powerfully translate your energetic work into lasting changes in the body tissue.  This grounding in the body is particularly powerful when applied by shiatsu therapists with their wide energetic capabilities.  Our Energetic Western Massage Training has been developed by Bobbe Bermann, in collaboration with the shiatsu faculty of Zen Shiatsu Chicago, primarily Christina Mihai and Sarah McLaughlin. This has led to a program that combines anatomically precise massage therapy with the best sensitivity and personal-development practices of shiatsu therapy.

It will also offer an opportunity to reconnect with your shiatsu graduate community and explore together this new frontier in your bodywork!

The schedule happens during Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday daytimes. The total attendance timeframe is Oct 26 2021 - August 3 2022.

For our first offering this year, we are offering the discounted tuition of $4,995!!  Our 480-module for graduates will be $7200 in the future. Compare this to the typical $9,000+ investment in massage school, where there might be very little energetic sensitivity incorporated.

Massage Training Module Schedule


Massage Foundations: Oct 26 - Dec 16, Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00am-3:30pm


Therapeutic Movement, Sports, Hydrotherapy: Jan 4 - Feb 2, Tue/Wed 9:00-5:30
Clinical Tech: Feb 3 - 24, Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00-1:00
KCMT1: Mar 1 - Apr 6 (Skip Mar 29-30), Tue/Wed 9:00-4:30
KCMT2: Mar 12 - May 11, Tue/Wed 9:00-4:30
KCMT3: May 17 - June 15, Tue/Wed 9:00-4:30
Clinical Reasoning: June 21 - July 12, Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00-1:00
Student Clinic: July 13 - Aug 3, Tue/Wed/Thu 9:00-3:30

Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice - Starting Jan 2022
Our biannual Postgraduate Clinical Shiatsu Studies has transformed the lives and practices of dozens of therapists since it launched in 2014 with Michael DeAgro sharing his wisdom and life’s work.  School director Steve Rogne personally found Michael's inspiration to be life-changing, leading Steve to whole new inquiries in his work, and opening up new possibilities of what shiatsu can be.  This led Steve to further studies with WinterJade Forest, Paul Lundberg, Carola Beresford-Cook, Alice Whieldon and Patrizia Stefanini.  

This program is designed by Steve Rogne, with help from WinterJade Forest and Jeanne Phenany, incorporating influences from his studies.  It represents the synthesis of many Shiatsu styles and their application for addressing complex chronic illness, especially illnesses arising from long-term stress and trauma.  Steve has refined this program with the intent to make sure that students feel fully confident applying the skill set they learn, including practicing the clinical rapport and treatment planning necessary to set clients up for success and build your practice.

This program focuses on helping graduates work with complex chronic disease. Of particular focus is helping people with diseases that have developed out of the experience of extreme stress and trauma. This includes post-traumatic pain, extreme emotional overwhelm, recurring chronic infectious diseases like Chronic Lyme Disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer and other life-threatening or degenerative illnesses.

You will also learn how to feel into the four levels of the field: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual, to be able to tell which level is most connected to a client’s complaint and to their body’s solutions.  You will learn how to fully connect what you sense with what the client feels, and will learn how to put it in words that resonate with your client.  These are the skills that help you make meaningful connections with your clients in treatment, to build trust for the long-term therapeutic process.

The 2022 schedule runs from Jan-May 2022.  It will meet in four modules, on Thursdays 8am-6:30pm.  Students can take the Massage Training and Advanced Clinical Shiatsu simultaneously.  On certain months where the Massage Training meets Tuesday/Wednesday only, the Advanced Shiatsu course will run on Thursdays.

Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice Schedule - 2022
Jan 6 - 27, Thursdays 8am-6:30pm
Mar 3 - 24, Thursdays 8am-6:30pm
Apr 7 - 28, Thursdays 8am-6:30pm
May 5-26, Thursdays 8am-6:30pm 

For our first run of this new 120-hour Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice course, the tuition is $2995!  In subsequent years, the price will be $3500.

The Fully-Skilled Therapist - Combining East and West
The combination of these programs on top of your existing training represents the most comprehensive East/West bodywork curriculum available in the US.


Energetic Western Massage Training Provides:
  • Increased employability in the massage/bodywork field
  • Increased capacity to sustain lasting tissue changes and pain relief
  • Increased grounding in the body

Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice Provides:
  • The training and confidence needed to specialize in chronic illnesses developing from traumatic experience
  • The sensitivity to perceive the four levels of the energetic field and orient your treatment towards the levels most relevant to your client
  • Refined capacity to perceive what your client is feeling, what they need, and how share those findings in language
  • Improved ability to negotiate and follow-through on an effective treatment plan

The schedules of the two programs are interwoven so that students can plan to be in class Tue/Wed/Thu roughly 9:00-4:30 from October 26 2021 - August 3 2022 (with quarter-end breaks at the end of every season)

The individual prices are:
Massage Training - $4995 (discounted tuition this time only)
Advanced Clinical Shiatsu - $2995 (discounted tuition this time only)
$7990 total

When taking both, an additional $1000 discount will apply, making the total $6995 for the 600 hours. (!!!). This is a discount of $3705 from the tuition in future years.


Your enrollment in either program includes a one-year membership to Student For Life is included, meaning you can come to almost all other in-person or Zoom short CE workshops for free during this time, and have 1-year access to all our pre-recorded CE workshop archive (a substantial number of classes beyond those for sale on the website)!  Already signed up for Student For Life?  Your SFL membership will count as payment towards tuition on any of these postgraduate offerings.

This regularly costs $1140 for a one-year membership, and is included for free with either postgraduate program!

Small Class Capacity - Register Soon!
Best of all, each program is limited to 12 students.  You can be guaranteed individual attention and the ability to fully grasp the material along the way.  We do expect both programs to fill to capacity, so early registration is strongly advised.

Payment Plans
Paid-by-graduation or 2,3 and 4-year financing plans can apply for either program.  
Combination of Both Programs: $6995 in 11 payments of $635 or 48 payments of $170.77 
Massage Training Only: $4995 in 11 payments of $454 or 36 payments of $156
Advanced Shiatsu Only: $2995 in 8 payments of $374 or 24 payments of $135.46

Course Descriptions

Massage Training Program


The laying on of hands has been used to heal throughout history. This course presents students with learning opportunities to provide nurturing touch, being present and working with the breath to create a massage that is client centered. The student will acquire an in-depth understanding of the six foundational massage strokes, their variations, the intent behind using them and what effect they have on the body. Students will learn self-care and be able to apply massage strokes with proper body mechanics. By the end of this course, students will be able to perform a comprehensive, full body therapeutic relaxation massage using a variety of techniques, adjusting pacing and pressures to individual needs of different receivers.

It is important for an optimally functioning body to have balance between activity and rest. In this course a three-dimensional approach to working with the body is introduced which will heighten the therapist’s recognition of the client’s holding patterns. Understanding the why, when and how to incorporate sports massage techniques, mobilization, stretches and hydrotherapy the therapist can help enhance the client’s awareness of their body moving easier. At the end of this course the student will be able to perform a one hour therapeutic massage incorporating these techniques.

Clinical massage therapy moves beyond just relaxation into the realm of addressing specific musculoskeletal tissue. At this level we introduce students to the integrated role of the fascial and muscular systems in the creation and distortion of structural balance in the human body. We begin to ask how what we see relates to our assessment of what is happening in the tissue. Students will learn the differences between soft-tissue tension, adhered and fibrotic tissue, tender points and trigger points. We will learn to address these changes via a variety of myofascial techniques, frictioning, muscle stripping, positional release and trigger point therapy to help restore the body back to structural balance. Students will have practiced the foundations of applying clinical massage therapy work, to be expanded in Kinesiology and Clinical Massage Therapy.

The clinical massage approach can be used for maintenance, rehabilitation, chronic pain or dysfunction purposes. The student will build upon a compilation of skills previously learned. Students’ previous anatomy knowledge is recalled and clinical techniques are applied in proper progression to provide competent therapy results to the client. Thorough conversation during the massage about what and how the client is feeling is extremely important to guide the treatment. At the end of this course students will use a combination of previously learned modalities such as foundational techniques, mobilization, stretch and clinical techniques to the specific region to facilitate change in the tissues.

In this course students are introduced to the clinical reasoning process necessary to create client-centered massage therapy treatment plans. Role-playing activities are utilized to improve their ability to communicate effectively and guide the client-therapist relationship. The student will exhibit the skill to listen to clients goals and mirror back for understanding, perform postural and ROM assessments, establish a treatment plan that will integrate appropriate massage techniques and share suitable self- care. In addition to treatment planning students will learn skills to build rapport, manage conflict, develop and maintain clear ethical boundaries with clients, peers, employers and other professionals.

The purpose of the massage student clinic is for students to be able to take their work from the classroom to the treatment room. Sessions will be performed on the public in a group setting, under the supervision of an instructor. Participation will include both practice and observation of colleagues. Each clinic concludes with a “round”, in which students and the instructor share their observations and experiences.

Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice Module

In this module, you will learn the fundamental skills that will prepare you for success working with complex chronic illness. Your sensitivity will be increased by studying the four levels of effect: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. You will learn Qi Cultivation techniques that will train your perception in preparation for the remaining three modules, and will learn clinical rapport skills that will help you negotiate outcomes with clients and set them up for a successful treatment plan.

In this module, you will learn how to affect the Sinew Channels. These collateral channels in Chinese Medicine represent the contractile tissue, the workings of the sensory-motor system in facilitating movement and the pain response, and the movement and expression of a human being. You will learn how to tell when a client issue requires work at the Sinew Channel level, and how to target your touch technique effectively to this level. Sinew Channels often are used to treat pain and movement dysfunction, immune system response and to provide emotional expressive freedom.

Divergent Channels represent a primitive survival reflex that is called into action during trauma. It represents a sustained guarding reflex, or the holding of an event for later processing when the individual feels safe and ready. Divergent Channels can be implicated in prolonged holding patterns following an accident, in chronic illness following trauma, and in the holding on to belief patterns that perpetuate a sense of the world as unrelentingly threatening or problematic.

Extraordinary Vessels are much more than specific flows within the body. Extraordinary Vessels describe the most general dynamics by which human beings take shape and story in time and space. Extraordinary Vessels treatments have profound implications for genetic expression, lifelong constitutional issues, life-threatening illnesses, and evolving stories about oneself and the world. How do we touch through time? How do we draw on resources from the past and future? How can we align with and make peace with universal evolutionary forces?

This class concludes with synthesizing the approaches of the four modules into a flexible framework allowing for the client’s own preferences, readiness and spontaneous healing impulse to guide treatment.

Getting Started
Use the payment buttons below to make an initial deposit towards any of these trainings.  This deposit will be credited towards any of the payment plans above.  Or email to announce your intent to register, and we will be in touch about next steps.

We look forward to embarking on these next chapters in your professional development with you!


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Massage Training + Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice (Deposit for both trainings) : $300
Energetic Western Massage Training Only (Deposit) : $300
Advanced Clinical Shiatsu Practice Only (Deposit) : $300
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