Certificate in Movement Shiatsu


In line with Government Health and Safety precautions in operation for the duration of the Covid-19 Virus, Ki Kai Shiatsu School’s premises at Liverpool Road Community Centre, Laycock Street N1 1LP are now closed until further notice. 

If you who have booked for the Ki Kai 1st Year Certificate in Movement Shiatsu, the dates of this course will all run as planned, provided the present closure restrictions are lifted at least four weeks before the start of this course on 19th September 2020. Anyone who has already booked, if the course cannot begin on that date will be entitled to a full refund, or a place on the course on its re-scheduled dates, if necessary, once the present restrictions are lifted.

The next 1-year Certificate in Movement Shiatsu Course consists of ten weekends monthly from September 2020 – July 2021. This course is designed to give students enough knowledge, experience, and confidence to enable them to give effective full body Movement Shiatsu to family and friends. Whilst being a self-contained course, this year also functions as the first year of the 3-year professional training course.

More experienced students who have already completed one, two, or even three years of study in shiatsu will find the emphasis on the client-centred approach of Movement Shiatsu, a valuable skill in encouraging clients’ involvement in treatments and useful continuing professional development (CPD). The experiential focus, hones students’ attention to their own sense of breath, movement, stillness and connection. Movement Shiatsu and the Six Forms of Touch have been developed over the past thirty years by Bill Palmer www.seed.org This new undergraduate programme leads on to year two and three of the Undergraduate Diploma in Movement Shiatsu Course. For those who have graduated, or who wish to pursue and attain a higher level of practice there are opportunities to practice and study on Postgraduate Diploma courses in Movement Shiatsu.

Inner Qigong, Meditation and Qi Development

The first hour of each day is given over to personal development work. This engages our focus to work on ourselves as a preparation before treating others. Over the year a comprehensive repertoire of Inner Qigong exercises, specific to the theme of the day is developed, that can be included in your own personal practice and where useful, for clients who might benefit from incorporating these exercises into their own maintenance of health and well-being.

The Theory of the Five Phases, or Five Elements

Ancient Taoist theory of the Five Elements, or Phases as archetypes and associations that can be applied to an understanding of people and phenomena in the world around us.

Principles of Movement Shiatsu as a Client-Centred Approach

In Movement Shiatsu the role of the practitioner is to serve the client’s needs and encourage their autonomy and capacity to make choices – based on discussion and two-way feedback.

Six Forms of Touch

An exploration in the qualities and appropriate application of specific forms of Touch each of which parallels one of the Six Divisions of Movement Shiatsu.

Six Divisions & The Three Families

Six Divisions comprise the trans-elemental relationships of the Chinese Five Elements: Metal & Earth Yin (Lung & Spleen, or the Tai Yin) and Metal & Earth Yang (Large Intestine & Stomach, or the Yang Ming) comprise the First Family; Water & Primary Fire Yin (Kidney & Heart, or the Shao Yin) and Water & Primary Fire Yang (Bladder & Small Intestine, or the Tai Yang) are the Second Family; Secondary Fire & Wood Yin (Heart Protector & Liver, or the Jue Yin) and Secondary Fire & Wood Yang (Triple Heater & Gall Bladder, or the Shao Yang) are often referred to as the Third Family. We experience the qualities of these inter-relationships through the qualities of stillness and movement in how we feel and our ability to explore this. Inner Qigong and yoga enhance our capacity to develop an awareness of this and ideally this informs our Movement Shiatsu work with others.

Shiatsu Techniques in Prone, Supine, Side and Sitting Positions

A thorough exploration of technique and the basic principles of movement and posture, with one-to-one feedback from your peers and tutors.

The Classical Meridian System

An introduction to the Traditional, Classical Meridians, or Channels includes useful techniques to experience and treat these – greater focus on the meridians and points follows in year two and three.


Direct treatment of the root of our qi through abdominal shiatsu.

Location and Functions of 50 Tsubos. (Acupuncture Points)

The symptomatic and appropriate use in shiatsu treatment of important points including instances in which specific points are contraindicated.

Fundamental Principles of Shiatsu

Thorough practical explorations of the core concepts of Qi, Classical Meridians and an ethical, client-centred approach.

Kyo and Jitsu

An introduction to the direct experience of Qi and how to develop, sense, explore and work with different qualities, in which the kyo implies (hidden) qi in which it might not be readily apparent, or might be elusive to touch and by contrast jitsu (full), or having a toned quality to that area of the body, when touched or palpated.

An Introduction to Ethics and Your Legal Responsibilities as a trainee therapist

From the start of the first year we emphasise the professional requirements expected of students on your journey, as you develop towards qualifying as Shiatsu and Movement Shiatsu practitioners. This introduces you to the Shiatsu Society Code of Ethics and the importance of being aware of your duty of care towards clients that you treat in accordance with the law and a consideration of ethical issues to develop your awareness of different aspects of professional practise.