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Why a Shiatsu Society?
The importance of the Shiatsu Society
Written by Diana Cassidy, Society Member
& Founder of the Cork School of Shiatsu
I used to wonder what was the point of having a Shiatsu Society. We can operate as a qualified practitioner without it. Currently there is little if any regulation for non-conventional therapies in today’s society. Also insurance availability is not dependant on being a Society member. It was a few years ago that the relevance of the Society to the integrity and professionalism of our practice made itself known. It was brought to the Society’s attention that a hairdressing/beauty salon in Dublin was offering Shiatsu as part of their ‘treatment’. The person offering it was not professionally qualified having done just a basic Shiatsu course and had no professional insurance indemnity associated with his/her Shiatsu practice. I assume that it was the Salon’s insurance that was in place to cover this. The Society contacted the salon concerned and Shiatsu was removed from their advertising. If the person had been allowed to offer Shiatsu at that level, it would have opened the door for other salons to do the same thing and would have really hurt the integrity and professionalism of Shiatsu. I wonder if salons are aware that their insurance may be nullified if they take on people who are not qualified in the area that they are working in. Apparently this is not the first and won’t be the last time this happens. This is where the Society is required to protect the integrity of our practice to the on-street outlets and the general public and also to ensure that only properly qualified practitioners can be let loose on the populace. Currently, as I mentioned earlier, there is little if any regulation for the training and standards of the non-conventional practitioner and, theoretically, someone with a basic skills workshop under their belt could set themselves up as a Shiatsu Practitioner – mind you they probably would not be able to get their own insurance in place but this is rarely questioned by the client/receiver. This is only one point of having a dedicated Shiatsu Society to cover our backs (as it were). If the Society were to cease to function and we moved to a different Society with little if any knowledge of Shiatsu, would that work? they may not have the knowledge required to monitor our practice. So take a few minutes to email and request your renewal form at email@example.com or download the form directly Download SSI Membership form Membership application form. Balens has a Shiatsu Group Practice scheme with a reduced rate so in effect it costs you nothing to make sure that the Shiatsu Society exists for all our benefit.
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For Claire, Yoga, Shiatsu and Breathwork are a perfect “trinity” – each enhances wellbeing. With the addition of Tantra she offers many ways to connect body, mind and spirit; take a look at Claire Haugh’s Practice – “heartspace” http://www.heartspace.ie