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Shiatsu: Questions & Answers

Here are some of the most often asked questions about the shiatsu courses.

What happens once I have booked a course?

Upon receiving your full payment for the respective course you have booked for yourself, you will be sent your receipted invoice, directions to the Therapy Centre where your course takes place together with the course structure and a list of accommodation in and around the local area.

I would like to do people shiatsu to practitioner level, where do I start?
You start by doing the i-atu Level 1 Foundation course for people then just follow the “Self Development Decision Tree” straight up to do the extra modules to reach practitioner Level. You may do the extra modules when you are ready and in any order, you choose. A taster afternoon is available for students to see if they are suited to shiatsu. Information on the 'Career Decision Tree' and the 'Taster Afternoons' can be found on the courses page.

Do I have to be experienced in Shiatsu to join the course?
No. The course is aimed at both ‘beginners’ and ‘experienced’ alike. The only requirements for the animal courses are that the student is comfortable, safe and familiar with horses/dogs, and is confident to work in the stable (for horses).

I am 15 years old and would like to do a course on my own, am I able to do so?
No, I am afraid you must be 16 years old and over to attend a course on your own for people, horses and dogs. However you are eligible to attend a course with a family member or a close family friend who is also taking the same course.

Do you do work experienced or work placements at Roseheart Kingdom?
Yes we do, please phone the office on: 01547 530871 to reserve your place and dates and to obtain your application form.

I only want to learn enough to be able to treat my own family and friends. Do I need to do the whole curriculum to practitioner level to be able to do this?
No, in order to treat your family and friends all that you are required to do is the 3 day foundation level for people. Upon the completion of this 90% hands on learning course you will be able to give a top to toe full basic body treatment to assist with general aches, pains, stresses and strains.

How many Levels are there?
There are three Levels with people, horses and dogs. Each Level is a progression in knowledge and capability.

I only want to work with animals, is it necessary to do the people 3 day Level 1 course?
Yes it is, on this course you will learn to apply Shiatsu techniques on people, and learn to get a feel for energy movement. You will learn how to use your hands, in particular your palms, fingers and thumbs before going onto the animals. This is an important part of the learning without this preparation it can be extremely dangerous to approach or even try to apply shiatsu to an animal without knowing what you are actually truly doing.

I am already experienced in human Shiatsu. Do I have to do the Level 1 for people as I actually want to do the animal side only?
Yes. There are approximately seven different ways to apply Shiatsu, and Jacqueline teaches one method. This also helps to bring the group together, and is an important part of the course.

How soon can I take the next Level?
The Levels with their extra modules have been designed for you to take them at your own pace, you must complete level one before going on to do level two and the same between level two and three. The extra modules must be done in between each level and can be taken in any order as and when you are ready.

I am already qualified in human Shiatsu; I am an MRSS / Ohashiatsu Graduate or Equivalent. Do I have to study and qualify in horse or dog shiatsu in order to work professionally with them?
Yes, you most certainly do. To work with animals is so different than to work with people; their problems manifest in a completely different way to people. It is from this fact alone that so many people are being hurt around animals and are unable to produce the correct results.

As a student and after I have qualified as a human practitioner do I need to become a member of the shiatsu society?
The answer to this is no, not necessarily as it is entirely optional to join. It would depend upon whether or not the individual concerned would wish to receive the related literature associated with membership. Like all society/association memberships they can include insurance cover but you are able to source public liability insurance via independent insurance companies that specialize in complementary therapy without the need of any society or association membership. To sum up it is entirely down to each individual concerned.

After much research I noticed that the Shiatsu Society recommend you can work on animals after completing their 3 year course in human shiatsu, is this correct?
The 3 year course with the shiatsu society does not cover or include any training with animals. It is their hope it will encourage people to commit, train and study in human shiatsu for several years. Therefore in turn increase their membership level as this is a requirement; to join the Shiatsu Society when you take their three year course.

After qualifying in animal shiatsu do I need to be a member of the Shiatsu Society?
No, there are no benefits from being a member when you work with animals. This society was set up for human shiatsu only. They have no connection or awareness/knowledge of animal shiatsu; they are unable to assist or support you in any way.

Can I bring my own animal on a course?
Bringing your own is optional; some students have found it beneficial to work on an animal with which they are familiar with. A good variety of horses/dogs will be available for the courses, and a student will not be expected (or allowed!) to work on their own animal exclusively!

I would like to be a practitioner and do shiatsu as a career, how soon can I do this?
You can do this as soon as you reach practitioner level, on completing your level 2 and all the extra modules between level 1 and 2.

I notice there is a level 3 but it is not on the “Self Development Decision Tree”, why is this?
Level 3 is advance practitioner level. To reach this level you are required to work in the industry for a minimum of 2 years and are only available to students who have done so. On completing your level 2 you will then be given a course structure of how to work towards your level 3 and the high standards of work that is required from the student.

Can I book in a Shiatsu treatment while I am on the course?
Yes! Individual treatments from Jacqueline (horse, dog and human!) will also be available, time permitting. The cost of a horse session is £75; people £50 and a session for your dog is £45. You may wish to take up some of the many offers Jacqueline offers throughout the year. Again, please ring the office in advance for availability.

After the course I would like to have a treatment from Jacqueline, how do I go about booking this?
To book a treatment with Jacqueline away from a course you are required to ring the office number: 01547 530871 where a treatment can be booked in for you.

Away from Jacqueline teaching does she do horse and dog treatments?
Yes, treatments can be organized for your horse or dog within a 50 mile radius of her home in Shropshire. Outside this radius Jacqueline will be more than happy to visit your area to give treatments through prior arrangement.

Once I have done a course, will you keep me informed about the Levels Two, Three and other courses?
Students are provided with additional curriculum information relating to further Levels whilst attending the free of charge ‘Refresher Afternoons’ currently held twice a year at Roseheart Kingdom, ‘Therapy Centre for People & Animals’. Further details of forthcoming course dates can also be obtained by visiting the website which lists all courses for the next 2 – 3 years.

On looking at the first page of the book ‘Shiatsu Therapy for Horses’ by Pamela Hannay I noticed the dates ‘1949 – 2001’ beside her picture, has she died?
Yes, Pamela Hannay very sadly died suddenly in December 2001

But, the book refers to the present, if you did not notice this page you could actually think she was still alive, how can this happen?
Pamela’s death was not planned. She managed to complete this book only two weeks prior to her death. No one could have predicted the following events; it is therefore a miracle that Jacqueline was trained as her only teacher and has continued to devote and develop this amazing work; that you can only uniquely find through Jacqueline. Without this there is no doubt that her work could be a thing of the past. Please note that Pamela would only invite proven practitioners to be teachers; as she believed you cannot teach what you do not know. Through experience, knowledge and recognized success which she clearly recognized within Jacqueline in order to include the only case study in her book with a veterinary report of recognition for her students work. Please also refer to ‘Shiatsu Therapy for Horses’ page in acknowledgement from Pamela Hannay. This I hope will also help you to understand why the course structure depicted in the book is so out of date too. It is hoped that this will be rectified before the next reprint.

Way back in 1997 I took my Level one for horses with Pamela Hannay, I would love to get back into it again, where do I start, or do I need to start at the beginning again?
It is recommended that you take a tutorial with Jacqueline. This will allow the quality time you may need to go through things you have learnt such a long time ago. It will also tell you what you have or have not remembered where Jacqueline will be able to assist you here.

I would like to help animals and possibly people and become a practitioner; can I get help with funding?
Yes! There is more and more funding available for students, adult education, education grants and the unemployed seeking to get back into work. Each county in the UK has offers that can vary according to what the local council/education department can afford. We recommend that you do some research in your local area as this is always time well spent.

Is there a regulatory body in the UK that students can refer to in order to confirm whether or not the members/committee of an association are qualified to practice or teach?
At present there is no regulatory body set up to govern or assess the members or committee members of an association. To truly answer this question anyone can set up an association whether they are qualified or not, it is up to each individual to do their homework before joining any association they wish to become a member of. To assist the individual further “an association is defined as a group of like minded people that express an interest in a particular topic or subject relating to that topic and do not need any professional qualifications to represent the aforementioned association”.

I have done some studying with another teacher in equine shiatsu, but I would actually like to come on these courses and study with Jacqueline, can I do this?
These courses are available for everybody and Jacqueline most certainly encourages people like yourself.

How can I pay?
You may pay by either cheque, postal order or internet bill payment. Credit card payments will soon be accepted through PayPal on the web site.

I have taken my level 1 and 2 some years ago now with Jacqueline before the amazing theory was expanded and developed into the wonderful modules you have now, can I do these or do I need to start all over again?
You may take the theory classes as you wish, but you should also consider a tutorial with Jacqueline to get you back on track and working up to the required standard.

Are there any discounts available for treatments and courses?
There are discounts on block bookings for treatments and the courses. Please telephone the office for up to date information and current offers.

I have noticed on some of the classes on the “Self Development Decision Tree” it mentions “Open to non study shiatsu students” what does this mean?
This means that these classes are open to people who would only like to join these classes where it is not necessary to do any hands on classes. Some people may only wish to learn anatomy & physiology, others my wish to join 5 element theory. You may also attend these classes with a friend or a family member; you do not need to have an interest in shiatsu to enjoy these classes. They are also very popular for theory preparation to other careers paths in life.

I am a qualified animal behaviourist who has spent 3 years studying animals, which included animal anatomy & physiology. Will I still need to take the Anatomy & Physiology class?
The Anatomy & Physiology class is taught which includes the Anatomy & Physiology to include the relationship of the Japanese theory behind the practice of shiatsu and although half the information you will be familiar with the other half you will not. Students who fall under this group are still required to take the class but they will qualify for a 50% discount upon production of documentary evidence relating to their animal qualification.

If you have any other queries regarding the courses, or any questions about Shiatsu Therapy for People, Horses and Dogs and how it can help you and your pet please do not hesitate to contact the office on 01547 530871, and thank you for your interest in Shiatsu Therapy for People & Animals.

“Wow, what a cleverly put together course and structure.
It was amazing to be able to learn how to do a full body
session in three days, and how much fun we all had. I made new friends forever. Big thank you's"
P.H (New Jersey USA).

Be safe, well and enjoy all that you do,
Jacqueline & Tim Molony

Jacqueline Cook Molony © 1996 - 2014