Shiatsu at the Center for Integrative Medicine

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is Japanese acupressure, referred to often as "acupuncture without needles." This branch of Chinese medical theory utilizes the the tools of fingers, hands, elbows, and feet to apply pressure to acupoints and meridians, clearing blockages in the energy channels of the body, creating flow and optimal health.

Level 2 Shiatsu: Class Information

Level 2 shiatsu class, hosted by the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine, will improve your skills as a practitioner of shiatsu. We will be cultivating energetic awareness and confidence in touch, as well as a deeper understanding of Chinese Medicine.

This class is suitable for anyone with 12 or more hours of shiatsu experience, or anyone with comparable training in energetic or touch therapy.

During this year long course, participants will learn to give a full shiatsu treatment. Diagnostic techniques, including Japanese Hara Diagnosis, will be taught. We will delve deeper into Five Element Theory of Chinese Medicine, and we will explore the 12 energy meridians and their related meanings to health, organ systems, and emotional wellbeing. Full Zen Shiatsu meridian extensions will also be learned.


Exercises designed to promote ease and efficiency of movement will be practiced. These exercises also assist in promoting a quiet mind. We will also begin to work with our ability to sense one another on a purely energetic level, developing skills to become energetically grounded and charged.

Class Schedule

This class meets 12 times — on the third Saturday of each month, for three hour sessions. This schedule will give participants time to integrate the learning into their minds and lives.


To be scheduled.


To register for this class or to get more information:

  • Contact the Center for Integrative Medicine at 412-623-3023.
  • Contact Kate Sherman at 412-965-1303.


The cost for this 12-session course is $900. This can be paid in two payments of $450, the first payment before the September 16th class, and the second payment on or before the February 17th class.

Up to 2 missed classes will be free to make-up during future courses.

Drop-in rates are available at 90$ for each 3-hour class.


​Contact Us

UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
Shadyside Place
Suite 310
580 S. Aiken Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

For general information or to schedule an appointment, call 412-623-3023.


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