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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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Sept 2022 to

Feb 2023

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5 week intensive course with Linda Rago

When:  21/9/22 to 19/10/22

Time:    5:15pm to 7:15pm {AEST}

Location:  Zoom on-line

Register:  click here

As we re-emerge from the stresses and uncertainty of the last few years, breath work and respiratory awareness is integral to help us regain our strength, steadiness and vitality. 

This 5 week intensive online course will be facilitated by Linda Rago, a multidisciplinary shiatsu practitioner with over 25 years of experience. Linda specialises in the biomechanics, neuromuscular, biochemical and psycho-physiological aspects of breathing, and is passionate about empowering and educating clients.

This workshop will provide you with:

  • Respiratory theory, detailed anatomical explanations and relationship to meridian systems
  • Practical applications of the theory 
  • Connection and the opportunity for exchange with other practitioners
  • Opportunities for extended course work and a supervised study group 
  • 10 CPE points for online course work with a certificate of course work and attendance

The course offers a unique combination of theory, practice and group support that will enable practitioners to integrate respiratory practices into their treatments. 

Each week will include practices for self care, referencing common imbalances such as digestive issues, congestion and upper respiratory conditions, pain management, anxiety, sleep disorders, blood conditions, when symptoms worsen, and gland function. 

Linda Rago

Linda holds Diplomas of Meiso Shiatsu & Okido Yoga - Practitioner and Instructor levels (Libera University Okido Mikko Yoga, Italy), a Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies (East West College), a BBus Comm, Integrative Breathing Practitioner Levels 1 & 2, Okido Yoga Life Training and various certificates in aged care.

Her postgraduate studies have been focused on the bio mechanics, neuromuscular, biochemical and psycho-physiological aspects of breathing.

Linda operates two clinics in Queensland, one at North Stradbroke Island and the other in Stanthorpe. She is a past President of STAA and is a current National Council member.

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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