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STAA upholds the highest professional standards of practice.

Registered Shiatsu Therapists are fully qualified, have current insurance and first aid, and complete continuing professional education annually.



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You are your best body of evidence and you now have the opportunity to reclaim responsibility for your healthcare.

The federal government passed legislation to remove natural therapy rebates, including shiatsu. This took effect on 1 April 2019.

On April 7, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced a new review into natural therapies. 

Meanwhile, health funds do have an option to include natural therapies as an incentive.  If you are a shiatsu therapist or a shiatsu client, contact your health fund now to voice your support for keeping health fund benefits for shiatsu.

Sign the Your Health Your Choice petition to register your support for natural therapies and the call for a Senate inquiry into the review.

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  What is STAA?

The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA) is the peak body representing professionally trained shiatsu therapists across Australia.

STAA is dedicated to ensuring members meet the highest standards of training and practice; increasing public awareness of shiatsu; and supporting and representing members through a national network.

Our vision is for shiatsu to be a recognised element of an integrated healthcare system.

Benefits of shiatsu

Shiatsu is used to maintain and restore health.  It is an effective preventative therapy suitable for all ages. Shiatsu can:

  • stimulate circulation
  • strength the body
  • promote relaxation
  • alleviate pain and discomfort
  • support the body back to its natural balance
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shiatsu events

AGM 2022 - STAA

29 May 2022

10:00am {AEST}

via Zoom

Go to STAA website "Upcoming Events"

Register your attendance to receive the zoom link.


- Shiatsu Position Available

The Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC)

Wellness Centre

Click on this link:

Shiatsu Practitioner.pdf

To obtain further details and information please call

Catherine Caven,

Wellness Centre

Shiatsu Practitioner

(03) 53318467

And / Or

Simone Noelker,

Wellness Centre Coordinator

(03) 53208614

Okido Yoga - Flood relief fundraiser


  • Thursday 17th March 6-7 pm
  • Thursday 24th March 6-7 pm

Presented by Australian Shiatsu College:

Please join Julie Atkinson in a practice of Okido Yoga at the Australian Shiatsu College with cash donations accepted for flood relief support.

The session will focus on the Earth element relating to late summer/ Stomach & Spleen Meridians & include practices to help centre & ground us thus relieving anxiety whilst building our connection with others. When our earth element is in harmony we feel safe and secure, content with our life & our hearts are full of compassion.

***BYO Yoga mat & blanket and cash donation (NB receipts will not be available).

Monies accepted will be donated to Bundjalung Community Flood Relief – by Koori Mail.

Please register your intention to join us or for more info by clicking this link:

Registrations & Info

Long Distance Healing and the 5 Elements

STAA is excited to be offering our first 5 week intensive online course: 

When: 23/03/2022 5:00 PM, AEDT

Where:  Zoom Online

Presented by:  Geraldine Doyle for STAA

  • 23rd March 5pm to 7pm  - Wood Element

  • 30th March 5pm to 7pm  - Fire Element

  • 13th April   5pm to 7pm  - Earth Element

  • 20th April   5pm to 7pm  - Metal Element

  • 27th April   5pm to 7pm  - Water Element

Registrations & Info

Payment plan option available upon request only - Admin

Join us!

Join the association that supports and promotes shiatsu.

STAA is a not-for-profit association run by volunteers. Members are the lifeblood for our association, and the reason we exist.

There are 3 membership types:

REGISTERED $230 p.a.

For practising qualified shiatsu practitioners

ASSOCIATE $85 p.a.

For supporters of shiatsu 

STUDENT $70 for 2 years

For students studying the Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies

Latest news

New research report on trauma published

24 March 2020

Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault (WestCASA) has just released its Body-Based Therapies Program Evaluation. This 10-year program included trauma-informed shiatsu and trauma-sensitive yoga.

'This evaluation of providing a trauma-informed body-based program alongside talk-based therapy within a sexual assault service offers evidence of how such a holistic approach can alleviate the impact of trauma, and suggests the benefits of such a union.' p. 4

Congratulations to the authors and participants on the publication of this important research report.

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