Zen School of Shiatsu

Oriental Medicine: the BACK

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Zen School of Shiatsu

Shiatsu Coursework

Shiatsu Reading List

Shiatsu Diploma

HEALTH WARNING: spending more than 3 hours on an assignment can seriously damage your enthusiasm. In the early stages of learning you might not get much done in 3 hours but do have patience with yourself. It will come

Reading List

Would you describe this as a more Yin or more Yang part of the body?

What Organs, Muscles, major Nerves, Arteries and Veins are found in the back, and where?

Where are the Diagnostic Areas in the Back?

What is the relationship between Diagnostic Areas, Organs, Meridians and Yu Points?

What forms of Diagnosis could you use on the Back?

What does the Back Diagnosis indicate?

How would you personally do Back Diagnosis, and when?

How would you use your diagnosis?

What treatment positions could you use?

What kind of questions might you ask a Participant before working on the Back?

Are there any areas, tsubos or forms of treatment that might be contra-indicated for Back work?


The Intermediate Diploma Assessment Requirement is for you to be able to locate, diagnose and treat (therefore know their functions and uses) by tonification or dispersal/sedation any part of the Back

For Professional Licence Assessment you may be asked todescribe their anatomical locations using anatomical/medical terminology – “as if on the telephone to a Latin-speaking Doctor!” - in relation to: bones, muscles, organs, meridians and to demonstrate understanding of any above aspect of this assignment including insights from the necessary additional reading for the Professional Licence and your own experiences from Treatments, Out-Clinics and Work-placement.

Module Completion: please have your Tutor validate the following

ASSIGNMENT COMPLETED:__________________date & stamp

TUTORIAL ATTENDED_______________________date & stamp

PRACTICAL ATTENDED:_____________________date & stamp

LEARNING-TREATMENTS...........................attach for stamping

What have you learned about yourself from this Assignment?