• Chair Person - Hiromichi Osaka
• Secretary / Membership - Simon Zhang
• Treasurer - Ayumi Kano
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.
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 City of Toronto accepts certification by the Shiatsu Diffusion Society (SDS) as validation for issuing a Holistic practitioner business license.
The Shiatsu Diffusion Society (SDS) has Group Professional Liability Insurance with the CSSBC. Active SDS members are required to have Professional Liability coverage.
We are presently working on having Shiatsu therapy when done by a shiatsupractor covered on extended health benefit plans. To be successful we need your help. If your benefits package does not cover your Shiatsu therapy please print our “Dear Human Resources / Dear Insurer” package and send it to the appropriate person.
These letter forms are available upon request by e-mail.