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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is Japanese acupressure. It combines Western understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psychology with Eastern traditional Chinese Medical Theory. 

The energy meridian system utilized for treatment is the same system that is used for acupuncture, yet hands & finger pressure are the tools, rather than needles. 

A Shiatsu treatment is customarily given on a soft floor mar or in a chair while the client remains fully clothed. Physical, mental, emotional, and relational states are considered during a treatment.  


Zen Buddhist priests brought Chinese Medicine to Japan in 600 AD. The current mode of practice was developed in Japan between 1920 - 1980s. Practitioners in Japan are licensed by the federal government for both preventative and remedial therapies. 


Shiatsu is often used to relieve stress, bolster the body's immune system, and create over all well-being. Shiatsu can treat conditions such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma assimilation 
  • Joint healing & atability
  • Arthritis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Menstrual cramps or irregularities 
  • Pregnancy support
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia 


Shaitsu should not be used exclusively to treat any severe acute condition that has not been evaluated by a medical doctor. 

Level 1 Shiatsu: Class Information

This class is designed to familiarize you with the basic techniques and principles of Shiatsu. Participants will come away with basic theory and concepts of Chinese Medicine, the location and function of the 12 acupuncture channels, and the ability to give Shiatsu (acupressure) to friends and family. 

Each class will be made up of a combination of treatment, theory, and hands-on practice. Exercises and meditations will help promote awareness of one's mind and spirit.

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 36 or 48 hour course, participants will learn to give a full Shiatsu treatment. 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 well-being. Diagnostic techniques, including Japanese Hara Diagnosis, will be taught. 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.


To access the latest class scheduling information:

Contact the Center for Integrative Medicine: 412-623-3023

Kate Sherman: 412-965-1303

Cost: TBD