Board of Directors 2024


  • Chair Person - Hiromichi Osaka
  • Secretary / Membership - Simon Zhang
  • Treasurer - Ayumi Kano



Representative Association


The Shiatsu Diffusion Society is a self-regulated governing body for Shiatsupractors in Ontario approved by the International Shiatsu Association and the Japan Shiatsu College. 


'Professional Designation Certified Shiatsupractor/CSP' is a professional designation granted to an SDS member who has successfullygraduated from a program recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in Ontario and/or a program recognized by the ISA internationally and/or has proven themselves competent through upgrade courses or experience.





The Shiatsu Diffusion Society is an organization dedicated to providing the highest educational and professional standards for Shiatsu therapy in Ontario.


The SDS purposes are:

  • To establish and maintain a non-profit organization for Shiatsupractors.
  • To promote, within Canada, understanding of true Shiatsu therapy which originated with Tokujiro Namikoshi Sensei in Japan.
  • To foster elevation of the status of the Shiatsupractor.
  • To assist in the improvement of the Shiatsu technique of the Shiatsupractor.



Code of Ethics


The Shiatsu Diffusion Society requires its members to practice Shiatsu according to the teachings of Tokujiro Namikoshi and the definition set out by the Japanese Ministry of Health & Welfare, in the manner set out by the Japan Shiatsu Association. In particular, pressure is to be applied by the thumbs, fingers and palms of the hand of the Shiatsupractor to anatomical prescribed points on the client's body. No other parts of the body such as knees or elbows, and no needles, mechanical devices or other modalities are to be used in the Shiatsu treatment.

This Code sets out the Obligations and Duties of the Shiatsupractor with the objective of promoting and achieving high standards in the practice of Shiatsu. Failure to comply with this Code may lead to temporary or permanent suspension of membership in the Shiatsu Diffusion Society.

  •  The Shiatsupractor's first consideration is the health and well being of the Client.
  •  The Shiatsupractor must conduct himself or herself in a manner which will uphold and maintain the quality and the high standards of the Shiatsu profession.
  • The Shiatsupractor shall continually strive to improve his or her knowledge and professional skills.
  • The Shiatsupractor must not identify a Client when discussing details of treatment with fellow practitioners. The Shiatsupractor must not divulge information given by the Client in confidence without the consent of the Client or a court order.
  • The Client's consent must be obtained before initiating treatment. Information about Shiatsu should be provided, and the Client's question should be answered before initiating treatment.
  • When it is necessary in the interests of the Client, the Shiatsupractor must recommend to the Client that he or she seek expert medical advice. The Shiatsupractor must not attempt to diagnose a contagious disease or disorder as the cause of an individual's symptom.
  • SDS members respect the client's physical/emotional state, and do not abuse clients through actions, words or silence, nor take advantage of the therapeutic relationship. They, in no way, participate in sexual activity with the client. They consider the client's comfort zone for touch and for degree of pressure, and honor the client's requests as much as possible within personal, professional and ethical limits. They do not use elbows, knees or feet in the application of pressure to the client?fs body. They acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person and therefore do not unjustly discriminate against clients and colleagues.
  • The Shiatsupractor shall encourage and educate the Client in the development of a health-enhancing lifestyle.
  • The Shiatsupractor must at all times avoid sexual contact, advances and discussion during treatment.
  • The Shiatsupractor must not refuse any Client on the basis of sex, race, religion, or political belief.
  • The Shiatsupractor may not refuse or withdraw services without justifiable cause. The Shiatsupractor may refuse treatment to a person who is abusive or intoxicated, has a contagious disease, or is harassing the Practitioner or making sexual advances. 




 Standards of Practice


  • The Shiatsupractor rates and types of treatment given each Client and the fees charged.
  • The Shiatsupractor must record the Client's history and obtain the Client's consent before initiating treatment.
  • Consultation rooms and treatment areas are to be clean, with appropriate and private changing facilities. All towels and linen used during treatment must be clean. Work surfaces and Shiatsu tables, chairs and mats must be kept clean.
  • Client must be clothed or covered appropriately during treatment.
  • The Shiatsupractorr must be appropriately attired during treatment. 
  • The Shiatsupractor must ensure that his or her health and personal hygiene is in order to cause no risk to the client.
  • The Shiatsupractor must refrain from eating, smoking, alcohol, and drugs during therapy.


 Municipal Licensing


The City of Toronto accepts certification by the Shiatsu Diffusion Society (SDS) as validation for issuing a Holistic practitioner business license.



Professional Liability Insurance


The Shiatsu Diffusion Society (SDS) has Group Professional Liability Insurance with the CSSBC. Active SDS members are required to have Professional Liability coverage.



Medical Insurance Coverage


We are presently working on having Shiatsu therapy when done by a shiatsupractor covered on extended health benefit plans. 



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