Shiatsu & Massage Therapy Studio The Way of Wellness and Balance

 Workshops & Classes

Teaching Shiatsu has been an integral part of my practice and passion!

I have been offering Shiatsu CE workshops and ongoing classes for those who are qualified massage therapists since 2007.

I taught at Finger Lakes School of Massage for over 17 years, and then taught Shiatsu and massage at Cornell University in the Physical Education Department's Personal Growth section for 2 years.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I created online Self-Care and Massage courses to support the college students and the clients.

Currently, I am offering the following Shiatu classes which are approved by NCBTMB for Continuing Education credits:


Approved Provider's #451999-12

Yumi Asakura, LMT is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMT's continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.


2-Day CE Workshop Level 1 (12 CEUs for NCBTMB & NYS)

Level 1 consists of 4 sections and each section covers one of the 4 Shiatsu positions. Each position class is 2 days, 12 hour workshop, mostly hands-on.

You can take these classes indivisually or take any of these 2-day classes in any order.  

Shiatsu Workshop Level 1 - Prone Position

Dates: TBA

10:00AM - 5:00PM, 12 CEUs

Fee: $360

Location, 420 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY14850

Descriptions: This workshop helps massage therapists who wants to learn the fundamentals of Shiatsu and be able to offer a Shiatsu session on prone (back) position. We will practice on a Shiatsu mat. If working on the floor mat is not comfortable or physically challenged, there is an option to use a massage table. Please let the instructor know in advance.

You Will Learn:

  • Benefits of working on the Prone position (the back)
  • Introduction to Hara Assessment 
  • Makko Ho stretch (12 Meridian Stretch) and Do-In (Self-Care) exercise
  • Learn the effective body mechanics for Shiatsu
  • Learn the meridians and potent points on the back side of the body
  • Yu (Associated) Points
  • Autonomic Nervous System Balancing
  • Hip alignment technique

By the end of the workshop, you will learn the sequence and be able to give a Shiatsu session on the back of the body comfortably and effectively.


Shiatsu Workshop Level 1 - Supine Positon

Dates: TBA 10:00am-5:00pm  

Fee: $360 


Shiatsu Workshop Level 1Side-lying Position

Dates: TBA

10:00AM - 5:00PM, 12 CEUs 

Fee: $360 


Shiatsu Workshop Level 1 - Sitting Position and Integration

Dates: TBA

10:00AM - 5:00PM, 12 CEUs 

Fee: $360 


Registration fee: $50 non-refundable registration fee is required to secure your place.

Each 2-day workshop offers 12 CE credits for NCBTMB and NYS.


Half-day Shiatsu Classes  (4 CEUs for NCBTMB and NYS)


Shiatsu for Massage Table  (9:00AM-1:00PM or 1:00PM-5:00PM) 

Date: 11/11/2022

Time: 1:00PM - 5PM, 4CEUs

Fee: $150 ($120 if taken with the 12 hour, 2 Day Workshop on the same week/weekend)

Location: 420 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY14850

Descriptions: This workshop helps massage therapists who wants to integrate Shiatsu in their massage practice or be able to offer a Shiatsu session on a massage table.

You will learn: 

  • Benefits and effectiveness of Shiatsu on a massage table
  • Body mechanics and learn how to be gentle on your body (save your hands) while applying pressure effectively with ease
  • How to integrate Shiatsu with other massage modalities
  • Lean effective Shiatsu points and meridians for specific conditions and issues
  • Great introduction or refresher to Shiatsu 
  • How to ground and engage with your center by using Hara (Tanden)






Shiatsu Workshop Level 2 - Advanced Techniques, Meridian specific topics (6 CEUs)

Pre-requisit: complete 2 of Level 1 (i.g., supine & prone), or previous Shiatsu training

Fee: $280


On-going Shiatsu classes for those who would like to pursue more Shiatsu training. 

Shiatsu Apprenticeship Training Classes/Shiatsu Journey Class 

3 to 4 hours, weekly ongoing Shiatsu class for those who would like to pursue Shiatsu studies and practice in a supportive, fun environment. 

Fees: $60 each class 

*Dates and time can be arranged. Please email for more information.

Shiatsu Practice Classes can be arranged.


One-on-One Shiatsu Tutorial/Coaching

Fee: $100 per hour (in person or online) or by arrangement (a discout can be applied to a longer tutorial).


Withdrawals, Refunds & Cancellations Policy

There are no refunds of a $50 registration deposit if you withdraw from a class, or if you fail to attend. The deposit can be applied to another workshop within a year.

No Refunds will be made for classes taken. While I make every effort to provide quality classes and instructions, I cannot guarantee satisfaction with every class offered and will be no refund after the class. I do, however, invite your honest feedback; an evaluation form is handed out at the end of every class for this purpose. 

Please also be aware that in order to receive CEUs for a course, you must attend the entire course, and there are no make-ups or partial CEUs granted.


Location for the classes and workshops will be in downtown Ithaca, NY or other locations by arrangement.

For more information, please email Yumi Asakura,


Thank you and I look forward to working with you!