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Acupuncture Training Course for Shiatsu Practitioners

Qualified Shiatsu practitioners will already have a sound knowledge of meridians and acu-pressure points so are able to start their acupuncture training course from Module 3 immediately.

Module 3 - Acupuncture Diploma
23 days = 184 contact hours. Homework, private study hours - 266 hours
Practical homework hours 100 spent doing case studies

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Our acupuncture training course is founded on the application of theory to the practical situation which is always supervised. Students do lots of private study to achieve the standards required for safe and effective practice.

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Acupuncture is a practical skill which needs lots of practical experience

picture: this teenager is being treated for acute back pain from a sports injury acquired at school

Our acupuncture training course gives each student the opportunity to practice needling acu-points, accurately and deeply. Students experience first hand the uniquely different effects and sensations of acupuncture.

Ultimately, the ability to use Shiatsu with acupuncture greatly enhances the effectiveness of treatment for all conditions. Shiatsu provides an ideal practical base on which to build Acupuncture.

The combination of Acupuncture with Shiatsu creates powerful medicine

Our carefully controlled acupuncture point combinations are practised both in class and used for your out-of-class case studies. They help you build up mega confidence in treating all kinds of musculo-skeletal conditions as well as internal problem,s on a wide variety of people. By the time you take your exams, you are experienced enough to work as an acupuncturist.

Most of the other schools do not give you this hands-on training and tend to teach basic TCM theory as an academic exercise since practical clinical acupuncture only comes in much later in the course. However long the course, understanding the complexities of TCM does provide a lifetime of interesting study.

This acupuncture training course is accredited by Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council. The BODYHARMONICS Acupuncture Diploma enables you to practice professionally in the UK and gain insurance.

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What others say about the courses...

Fiona Hurlock - 2008
Maria Mercati’s acupuncture course is a real hands-on experience. As a shiatsu practitioner I truly value the emphasis she has placed upon the practical application of acupuncture as the main focus for her course. I was able to integrate acupuncture into my shiatsu practice with immediate and positive effect. Maria’s enthusiasm and love of real Chinese acupuncture as practiced right now in Chinese hospitals is inspiring, and her belief in the efficacy of this dynamic style of acupuncture is extremely motivating. The intense nature of the course creates a wonderful opportunity to develop strong, supportive friendships and provides a network for continued development and support post graduation.

Elizabeth Cave - 2006
When I began my training in acupuncture with Bodyharmonics I was already a qualified Shiatsu therapist. After a number of years I found myself less enthused to practice, not because of the therapy itself but simply by the strain it was putting on my own energy (and my knees!).

During my initial training I developed a great interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and so decided that acupuncture was the way forward. Having researched many other courses at universities and specialist schools, I eventually spoke to Maria to discover that this course provided a very natural progression from one therapy to the next while not presuming to take over as a form of therapy. The use of tui na or shiatsu alongside the acupuncture in clinical practice is actively encouraged, where appropriate.

TCM and traditional needling techniques are paramount in Maria’s teaching. The course is structured in such a way that the learning from both an academic and a practical perspective consistently builds upon strong, repeatedly reinforced foundations. With each weekend the students’ knowledge and needling skills are gradually expanded. Having progressed through the usual academic route of school examinations and degrees, I can confirm that the teaching is to a very high standard. The learning environment is relaxed yet lively and all the teachers clearly have so much enthusiasm and genuine love for their subjects that this is one of the best courses I have ever attended in terms of sheer fun!

While a grounding in TCM is undoubtedly an advantage it is not an absolute pre-requisite. Although passionate about oriental medicine in its many forms, Maria is very open to other areas of expertise and my course found a healthy mix of medical professionals from many different backgrounds.

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Maria Mercati is the best selling author of 166,000 copies in many languages