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Three-year Practitioner Diploma Course
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Please allow for some slight variations between BSS Schools.

Basics
If you would like to try out Shiatsu-Do before making a full commitment we offer a Basics Course. The Basics course is equivalent in format and syllabus to the first 2 weekends of the Foundation Course. No prior knowledge of any form of bodywork is needed.

The Basics Course
•       A simple full body treatment in sitting and lying position.
•       The basic Shiatsu techniques.
•       Sensing energy (Ki).
•       Easy exercises to relax and improve posture
•       Introduction to the human skeleton

Year One:

Year One is divided into 2 levels, Foundation and Intermediate.

• Foundation Level

A comprehensive course presented over 8 weekends. You can join this course as a stand-alone course or as stage one of the 3-year practitioner course. No prior knowledge of any form of bodywork is needed. As part of ongoing assessment set home study and practise is required. This amounts to an average of 2 hours home study per week and a total of 25 practice sessions.

The Foundation level includes:
•       Full body treatment in lying and sitting positions.
•       Sensing Ki.
•       Introduction to the Oriental Medicine systems.
•       Meridian System – Introduction to the location of the 12
         meridians, their treatment, and personality profile.
•       Basic Anatomy.
•       Introduction to Zen Hara diagnosis.
•       Self Development programme including Do-In, Makko-Ho,
         and Chi Kung exercises, meditation, developing
         intuition, awareness of posture, and breathing.
•       General contra-indications - situations when Shiatsu
         should not be applied.

By the end of this course you will be able to give friends and family simple but effective shiatsu.  You will be more aware of your own energy and have improved your own health and fitness.  You will have had the opportunity to make new friends, had fun, and found a new way of looking at the world.

• Intermediate Level

This second stage is presented over 6 Weekends and completes Year One of the British School of Shiatsu-Do programme. As part of ongoing assessment set home study and practise is required. This amounts to an average of 2 hours home study per week and a total of 25 practice sessions.

Intermediate expands on the foundation course and includes:
•       Alternative meridian treatment positions.
•       Bo & Yu points for treatment and diagnosis.
•       Oriental Medicine systems continued.
•       Oriental Diagnosis.
•       Meridian System continued and point location.
•       Anatomy & Physiology.
•       Enhancements to your Self Development programme.
•       End of course theory and touch tests.

By the end of the first year you will be able to give friends and family much more comprehensive shiatsu and you will also have a solid grounding in the basic concepts of Oriental medicine.

Before progressing to Year Two, students are required to successfully fulfil the following criteria at the end of year one:

•      50 recorded practice sessions
        (25 at Foundation, 25 at Intermediate)
•       In class quizzes
•       Home study
•       Written theory test
•       Practical touch test
•       85% minimum attendance

Year Two – Advanced Level

This year comprises 10-core shiatsu weekends and 8 Friday evenings allocated for Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. You will also take part in our supervised clinics gaining valuable clinical practice working with the general public under the supervision of a BSS-Do teacher, with allocated personal tutorials at the end of the day. The school also organises a 4½-day residential module (or equivalent) giving you the opportunity for really focussed in-depth study and practice. It also rounds-up the year to help you prepare for the end of year assessment.

Advanced level includes:
•       Zen Extended Meridians.
•       Oriental Medicine systems continued.
•       Zen Hara and Back Diagnosis development.
•       Shiatsu and the Reproductive System.
•       Introduction to Core Energetics theory.
•       Point location and usage
•       4 days clinical practice
•       Listening Skills.
•       Diagnostic development programme
•       Code of Conduct and Ethics
•       Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.
•       4½ day residential.
•       End of year theory and practical assessment.

Before progressing to Year Three, students are required to successfully fulfil the following criteria:

•       4 days supervised clinics
•       100 recorded practice sessions
•       Regular test papers and set home study
•       Diagnostic development programme
•       Residential
•       Written theory exam
•       Practical assessment
•       85% minimum attendance

Year Three – Probationary level

Year 3 is the Probationary year during which you will receive a Probationary Certificate from the school (valid for 1 year); this enables you to begin building your clinical practise and to practise professionally under the supervision of the School with insurance through the Shiatsu Society. It is also a legal requirement for all health professionals to hold a valid First Aid certificate; the school arranges this at the first weekend.

In this final year we draw together everything you have learned so far and extend your knowledge and practice so that by the end of the third year you can move into professional practice as a highly skilled, competent and confident practitioner.

The course comprises 8-core shiatsu weekends and 8 Friday evenings allocated for Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. The first weekend is extended to 3 days to incorporate First Aid.

We offer 3 Optional modules - a choice of 2 out of 3 are included in the course, each held over 3 days, Friday-Sunday.

The Modules for this year are Structural Corrections using Soft Tissue Techniques, Shiatsu-Do for Pregnancy and Childbirth, and Nutrition & Food Energetics. These modules are open to other Shiatsu graduates.

As in year two there are further supervised student clinics (weekdays) and a 4½-day residential module (or equivalent) where you experience in-depth study to round up the year and help you prepare for the end of course diploma assessment.

Probationary level includes:
•       Shiatsu-Do refinement.
•       First Aid.
•       Working with diagnosis and treatment.
•       Core Energetics continued.
•       Ethics and the therapeutic relationship.
•       Point Usage.
•       Viewing and correcting structural imbalances.
•       The Body Rhythm Technique.
•       Oriental Medicine systems continued.
•       Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology continued.
•       Your Shiatsu-Do Business marketing and business skills.
•       2 or 3 Optional modules.
•       3 days clinical practice
•       4½ day residential.
•       Thesis or volunteer placement
•        2 Case studies
•       End of course theory and practical assessment held over two days.

Before receiving their practitioner diploma, students are required to successfully fulfil the following criteria at the end of year three:

•       3 days supervised clinics
•      120 recorded practice sessions
•       Regular test papers and set home study
•      30 recorded treatments and 2000 word report.
•      2 Case Studies
•      Residential
•      85% minimum attendance
•      Written Theory exam
•      Practical Assessment

•      Either a thesis Thesis of 5000-6500 words
       Or a volunteer placement period and report

Further Training includes:

•      Probationary and Postgraduate Workshops
•      Throughout the year and include:
•      Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy.
•      Pregnancy and Childbirth
•      Sports Injury Management.
•      Moxibustion and Cupping.
•      Structural Corrections
•      Pre MRSS case study classes

•      Graduate Circle

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