Regulation of Shiatsu in the U.K.

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The Shiatsu Society requires a standard of training of our practitioners which is extremely high with a minimum of three years training in one of the recognised affiliated schools and minimum of 500 practice hours assessed by the Society after graduation. All of our practitioners are Shiatsu Society Registered Members (MRSS), fully insured and adhering to our Code of Conduct and Ethics.

The Society maintains ethical standards. It banks with the co-operative bank, recycles where possible, prints on recycled paper and does not tolerate any form of abuse or assault.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

In addition to regulation set by the Shiatsu Society, registered members may apply to join the register of the United Kingdom Government’s regulatory body for Complementary Health. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) recognised by the National Health Service, acknowledges The Shiatsu Society as a verifier of Shiatsu standards and qualifications and welcomes Registered Members.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) allows the public using a range of complementary healthcare services to check that their practitioner is registered with an independent and robust voluntary registration body.

The Department of Health has consistently supported the CNHC and thereby the Shiatsu Society and is committed to establishing the Council as the national voluntary register in the complementary healthcare field. With more than 150,000 complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK and an estimated 1 in 5 people using complementary disciplines, the CNHC was formed to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration.

Members of the public who seek Shiatsu are able to check whether the practitioner is registered with both the CNHC and the Shiatsu Society giving the reassurance that they have had to meet minimum standards of qualification and have signed up to a rigorous Code of Conduct.

The CNHC report ‘thousands of searches on the register’ with an excess of 23,000 since January 2010. The search facility includes information on registered practice addresses and websites. See the CNHC website for further information about the CNHC and regulation and to check your practitioner.

Published by Robin Grant, RMT Registered Massage & Shiatsu Therapy

Robin Grant, RMT. LST. I am a Registered Massage Therapist with a clinical focus on Shiatsu Therapy, Reflexology and Qigong (Chi Kung) Mindful Movement Exercise . I have more than 25 years experience in helping a wide range of clients to de-stress and to connect with their innate self healing abilities - Passionate practitioner, instructor and lively public speaker.

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