555-Hour Massage Certificate: Eastern Focus

Eastern Massage is a bodywork style with roots in Asian cultures. Our Eastern track teaches students Shiatsu, a Japanese form of massage based on Classical Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu translates as “finger pressure”, and uses the techniques of compression, rocking, stretching and percussion.

The purpose of Shiatsu is to balance the flow of energy in the body, achieving many of the same benefits as Western-style massage. Clients remain fully clothed and no lubricants are used in a Shiatsu session. In addition to a foundation in Western massage, Eastern track students focus on learning the Shiatsu form and basic principles of Classic Chinese Medicine to apply in daily living.

The program has been approved by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists and the Washington Department of Health Board of Massage. OSM is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for training certification and as a continuing education provider.

555-Hour Shared Core Curriculum

Shared Core classes are those that are taken by students pursuing either the Western or Eastern Focus program.

Health SciencesHours
Anatomy & Physiology I30
Anatomy & Physiology II30
Anatomy & Physiology III30
Kinesiology Upper Body30
Kinesiology Lower Body30
Pathology I30
Pathology II30
Bodywork
Massage Fundamentals45
Massage Upper Body30
Massage Lower Body30
Shiatsu I30
Hydrotherapy15
Practice Development
Communication and Ethics30
Business of Massage15
Statutes5

Eastern Focus Curriculum

The courses below are unique to the Eastern Focus program.

CoursesHours
Shiatsu II30
Shiatsu Short Form Clinic 45
Shiatsu Short Form Tutorial 3
Dao-Yin7
Bodywork Electives60
Total – 555 Hours

Planning Guide-Eastern Focus

For course descriptions of required classes, click here.

Massage Training Previews

Previews help you make a sound decision about choosing a career in massage by outlining the time, finances and energy needed for training. Oregon licensing and career opportunities are discussed. There is no cost to attend.

Next Dates:
Saturday, August 12: 10am-12:00pm - SALEM
Tuesday, August 15: 6:30-8:30pm - PORTLAND

To reserve a seat, contact:
PORTLAND - Nicole Spears, 800-844-3420 or  E-mail SALEM - Janet Burkhart, 877-588-8912 or  E-mail

Chiropractic Assistant Training

Spine Model Aug 12-13, 12CEs
Sat-Sun, 9am-4pm - $250
PORTLAND CAMPUS



Chiropractic Assistant Training prepares students for the CCA certification exam. You must apply for exam within 60 days of training.. more on Chiro Assistant Training.

To register, please call 1-800-844-3420.

Massage & Wellness Weekend

MWW September 8-10 - OSM-PORTLAND
Up to 16 Contact Hours - $325

Come join us in a celebration of holistic living, community engagement and massage. Get up to 16 Contact Hours toward Oregon renewal, plus an additional CE by attending the Friday night Massage Connections. New Events Added!
See more details and submit class requests here: Massage & Wellness Weekend