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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.


Bringing Power, Joy and Rhythm to the Heart

STAA Conference
29-31 May
Australian Shiatsu College
Brunswick, Melbourne

The STAA Conference brings together shiatsu practitioners offering an opportunity to grow, connect and celebrate the warmth and wonder of this beautiful healing art.

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We are setting up billeting for the conference.  If you require, or can offer accommodation during the conference,  please contact the office.

Call to Action 

Sign our petition at

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.

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STAA President Dorothy Douglas updates on the federal government's legislation, and affirmative action ...

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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

Traditional Japanese Moxibustion Therapy Course

Paul Movsessian

Held over 5 weekends, commencing 29 February

Australian Shiatsu College, Brunswick


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

Shiatsu workforce study published online

8 November 2019

Congratulations to Emma Strapps, STAA Director of Research, Dr Jennifer Hunter, Dorothy Douglas and Paul Spence on confirmation that their article 'Practising Shiatsu in Australia: a workforce survey' is now published online in the Advances in Integrative Medicine Journal.

This is a work of substance and a first for shiatsu in Australia.

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Slideshow photos by:  1.Aaron Burden on Unsplash  2.Rod Long on Unsplash  3. Leonardo da on Shutterstock   4. Viki Petheridge  5.metamorwork on Shutterstock 

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