The HeartMind Shiatsu Training


HeartMind Shiatsu supports you on the journey from mind to heart. Along a path of personal growth, you develop professional skills as an Asian Bodywork Therapist (ABT*). Our comprehensive 600 hour training exceeds national standards, and is delivered in six 100 hour modules. Graduates of the training may earn the status of Certified Practitioner with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (, the premier professional association for ABT, since 1988). HeartMind Shiatsu blends Classical Chinese Medicine with Traditional Japanese Floor-based Bodywork Therapy. Classical meridian theory, Five Element acu-point study, and Extraordinary Vessel teachings combine with with compression, stretching, body mobilization, and multiple points of contact to create an in-depth healing touch that takes you and your clients to the next level of their own personal healing and evolution. HeartMind Shiatsu helps you develop intuitively, energetically, and systemically to build a creative, profound approach to healing. You offer through educated healing hands deeply guided by heart-felt care and compassion. Work at your own pace through the levels. Experience personal healing as you become a helping professional in an ailing world.

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Each one hundred hour segment is offered in a series of modular weekend experiences over the course of several months. The curriculum moves progressively through beginning, intermediate, and advanced studies. Students meet regularly for live training modules of study, practice and advancement. Q & A video calls with Matthew Sweigart, CI are offered between intensives to review the material and discover break through insights. All calls are recorded and held in an archive for your benefit. 

The practice of Qigong, personal wellness and energy cultivation is at the heart of the curriculum. This ancient practice provides you with profound insights central to a life long practice. As you develop your HeartMind Shiatsu skills, you discover and manifest your own unique gifts as a healing artist. You develop your sensitivity and learn to apply your healing practice toward the needs of the special population that you were born to serve. You may find that you are drawn to work with sports enthusiasts, expectant mothers, senior citizens, wounded warriors, those in recovery, community building, or entering our Teacher Training program to become a Certified HeartMind Shiatsu Instructor yourself! Wherever your practice leads you, we are here to support you in living the dream of your career in the healing arts. 

Following is an overview of the entire training, with descriptions of the content and progression of each level of the training. At HeartMind Healing Arts, we believe that the study and practice of HeartMind Shiatsu places in your hands and heart one of the deepest healing modalities on the planet today. The entire training gives you the full and complete education you need to be a professional Asian Bodywork Therapist in the HeartMind Shiatsu style. Successful graduates earn the title of Certified HeartMind Shiatsu Therapist, a professional mark of distinction in the healing arts, and may apply to the AOBTA® for Certified Practitioner professional recognition. Matthew Sweigart, AOBTA® – Certified Instructor, developed the program from 35+ years of classroom and clinical experience.

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*ABT is manual therapy based in the Asian Holistic Medicine. Just at Physical Therapists are the manual therapy deliverers of Western Medicine, Asian Bodywork Therapists are the manual therapists of Eastern Medicine. Ask your acupuncturist for a referral today!

HeartMind Shiatsu 600-Hour Training

Level 1 – Healing Touch and Movement Essentials
The Twelve Classical Meridian Channels

The first 100 Hours of the Training provide you with the foundation for your HeartMind Shiatsu practice. A deep study of Chinese Medical model of the 12 systems of body mind and spirit combines seamlessly with the profound beauty of the Japanese floor-based bodywork. Live weekend immersions, along with online learning oportunities support you on your journey. Study of the Eastern Energy model, and awareness of kyo and jitsu manifestations awaken your understanding of the interweaving of body, mind and spirit.



Level 2 – Healing Touch and Movement Essentials
The Five Elements

This next 100 hours dives deep into the theory of the Five Elements. Building upon our experience of Meridian functions, Five Element actions and take our experience deeper. We build altars to the Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, to enhance our appreciation for natural forces of the planet and we enter exploration of the myriad interactions, patterns and variations of life-energy flow. We learn to recognize strengths and weaknesses, excesses and deficiencies, quality vs quantity, as well as tendencies and propensities of the psyche, expressed through the body, mind and spirit.

Level 3 – Western Anatomy & Physiology

100 hours is devoted to the study of Western Anatomy & Physiology applied to the HeartMind Shiatsu bodywork training. We focus on the wonder, ingenuity and sophistication of the human body, all its working parts and the living life force. The study of the Eastern approach to the body, mind and spirit is like learning a foreign language. Study of Western science offers students a bridge between East and West. Grounding the healing touch practice in an understanding and appreciation of the physical body, the study of Western Anatomy and Physiology provides students with common language to speak about their findings and treatment choices in a way that effectively communicates with the Western approach. Integrating the Western and Eastern viewpoints and approaches is enlightening and enlivening to the classroom experience. Students who have previously studied A&P at qualified institution may test out of this level.

Level 4 – Classical Chinese Medicine

Together we dive deeply into the beauty and grace of HeartMind Shiatsu with the next 100 hours of training, refining our skills in artful body movements and therapeutic touch. Underpinning our deepening skills we find the profound teachings of Classical Chinese Medicine. We begin this module by deepening our immersion into the philosophy and practice of Chinese Medicine with Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies by Leon Hammer, L.Ac.. MD. Studying signs and symptoms we improve our lives and deepen the offerings we make to our clients. We progress further in our study with Personality and Temperament, Patterns and Syndromes, Classical Chinese Medicine, Kitchen Alchemy, and Case Study Applications to deepen our practice. Meridian functions, Five Element actions and expressions guide us into an ever deeper exploration of interactions and the multiple patterns and variations of life energy flow. Exploring life stories, both our own and those of our clients gives us profound tools and insights. With expert guidance we develop intuitive and observational skill to enter into profoundly effective therapeutic interactions with our clients.

Kitchen Alchemy
As we deepen into our level 4 studies, we take a dive into the kitchen!  The exploration of nutrition and diet gives us direct access to the powerful central role food plays in health and wellness. The Chinese Medical perspective on food as medicine gives you an important understanding for helping clients work through their dietary challenges. In addition to the Chinese Medicine perspective on nutrition, students learn to develop a discerning and understanding of several contemporary nutritional approaches. We study the energetics and physiological effects of food on wellness. Students are encouraged to promote healthy eating habits, discover powerful applications of Classical Chinese Medicine theory related to dietary choice, explore specific applications of a therapeutic diet for overall organic health of all bodily systems as well as specific client needs. Students learn to assess major dietary challenges, and coach clients through creating tasty, healthy and transformative dietary changes. Lively lectures and discussions as well as recipes and food preparation secrets highlight the class. Kitchen homework assignments as well as creating dietary counseling handouts, will help the students with specific application of the teachings of Kitchen Alchemy.

Level 5 – The Dynamics of Destiny

In the fifth level of the training, we study the master work Nourishing Destiny, by Lonny S. Jarrett. Five Element and Organ Network understanding deepens through grasping the significance of virtues and pathologies in the energy body. Specialized point combinations and professional clinical practice and management with powerful tools assists you in crafting sessions that are “game-changers” for your clients. When you meet someone where they are, even in the depths of their troubles and struggles, you literally have them leave your office transformed and energetically re-awakened. Now you are working with the dynamic energy of destiny to help them craft a life in alignment with their soul.

Level 6 – Extraordinary Healing

To complete the training and give you expertise with the full depth and power of Asian Bodywork Therapy our Advanced Training dives deep into the art of healing at the source. The  Eight Extraordinary Vessels of Classical Chinese Medicine provide a guiding structure for working with the dynamics of destiny and life path. Together we study of these source vessels and learn how to access and work with them, to heal a wide range of life issues from the simple day-to-day challenges of lifestyle and survival to profound healing of trauma and loss. Drawing on the works of Jeffrey Yuen, we learn to access the Extraordinary Vessels. We connect to the Vessels of First Ancestry, Chong, Ren and Du Mai, to work with the Energy Blueprint, The Cycles of Aging and Development, Wei Mai Vessels to support growth through all stages of life, The Vessels of Presence, understanding and working with the Qiao Mai Vessels. We wrap it all up with Advanced Clinical Applications and the Awarding of Certificates to crown the fullness of student achievements in the advanced training! Along the way, we dive into the art and science of somatic education, drawing from the great innovators in the field to effectively support the healing of trauma to meet a range of recovery goals. Successful graduates possess the deeply grounded skills necessary for offering profound healing services and creating a satisfying career of contribution and care in the art of healing touch.

Private HeartMind Shiatsu Sessions

Students receive 10 private HeartMind Shiatsu sessions over the course of the training to address their own personal healing, growth and wellness concerns, and help them discover first hand, the scope and depth of the method.


Small Group Tutorials

Small group tutorials offered throughout the training compliment the classroom experience. Two to four students meet with the instructor for direct instruction on their most pressing questions and areas of challenge with the technique and theory. These focused tutorial groups lead to a swift deepening and refinement of methodology, assuring professional mastery of HeartMind Shiatsu.

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Summary: each level offers 100 hours of in-person instruction and classmate interaction

Level 1 – Qi Energy Healing Touch and Movement Essentials I, The Twelve Channels

Level 2 – Qi Energy Healing Touch and Movement Essentials I, The Five Elements

Level 3 – Western Anatomy and Physiology with an Eastern Twist

Level 4 – Classical Chinese Medicine – Patterns of Qi, Syndromes and Conditions

Level 5 – Source Healing, the Dynamics of Destiny

Level 6 – Extraordinary Healing

*Classical Chinese Medicine, Qigong, Supervised Clinic, Western Anatomy and Physiology, and Business and Ethics are interwoven seamlessly into the progressive training. Total Training:  600 hours of transformative in-person, live instruction offers you the skills and artistry necessary to build a fulfilling career as an Asian Bodywork Therapist (ABT). The training meets the educational requirements for Certified Practitioner Level membership in the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia ( Setting the highest national standards for the practice of Asian Bodywork Therapy since 1988!

For full descriptions of the entire training, faculty bios, dates and enrollment procedures click on the active links. We look forward to seeing you in class and supporting you in building a fulfilling healing arts career.

Schedule your discovery session today, and see if the HeartMind Shiatsu Training is right for you!

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