Frequently Asked Questions

Is previous experience required?


Can I study Shiatsu towards gaining a professional qualification?

Yes. You will need to pass a practical and theory exam at the end of second year of the diploma, as well as meeting other requirements laid out by the school and the Shiatsu Society UK.

Can I study Shiatsu as a leisure activity?

Yes. You can attend the certificate or diploma courses or any workshops with the aim of gaining a professional level qualification without necessarily choosing to then work professionally as a Shiatsu practitioner. Some students want to build on their qualification and develop into professional practitioners whilst others study and practice as an aspect of their own self-development. We encourage students to follow what feels appropriate for them.

How long is the course?

In total, 3 academic years: the Shiatsu Certificate constitutes year 1 and is a pre-requisite for the two year Shiatsu Diploma covered in years 2 and 3.

What level of commitment is required?

A minimum 85% punctual attendance (17 out of 20 days per year) is required to graduate if you are aiming for professional practitioner level. Tutorials for missed days are required (at students’ additional expense).

How many days attendance per month is required?

Twelve weekends per academic year (28th October 2017 – 8th July 2018). This is usually a two-day weekend about every three to four weeks.

How much time per week is required for study?

2-3 Hours per week is advised to keep up with the theory and background reading, although this varies from person to person.

How much time per week is required for practice?

An additional 2-3 hours per week, or two full treatments and practising new techniques as soon as possible after these are introduced in class. This way you build on what you have newly learnt and you will have opportunity to gain confidence the more you practice. We encourage students to meet up in pairs or small groups in a ‘study buddy’ learning system. This is highly recommended as you can see through exploration how your theoretical knowledge relates to good practical Shiatsu technique.

What tutorial support does Ki Kai offer?

Each student is assigned a tutor and will receive two 30-minute tutorial sessions as part of their course fees. Any additional tutorials required by students are additional to course fees.

Is there a residential on this course?

Yes. Ki Kai offers workshops and an annual residential course which enable you to focus your work and take it to a deeper level. Attendance at two out of three residentials is mandatory for those wanting to achieve practitioner level.

What forms of self-development do you encourage, teach and practice on Ki Kai courses?

We encourage students to develop self-reflective qualities and self-awareness. We begin every class with regular practice of yoga, meditation, inner qigong and proprioceptive exercises in order to model the benefits of personal practice, integrate this in our own health and well-being and to facilitate this for others in our client work.

Can I speak to or email a tutor directly?

Please contact Bill Commerford, Head of Studies