About BISCT


History

In the Spring of 1987, Kikuko Zutrau Miyazaki designed an educational program in Zen Shiatsu. With this program she opened the doors to her own school in Brookline, Massachusetts, calling it the Boston School of Ki. As her Shiatsu curriculum expanded, and the program became more popular, Kiku decided to move her school to a larger space in 1991. The school relocated to Cambridge and the name was changed to the Boston Shiatsu School and Clinic. In the following years the Shiatsu program went through a series of transformations. Most significant was the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine instruction by well-known teachers and practitioners, as well as recognition by the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association. As enrollment increased, a larger space was needed once again. In Spring of 1995, the school was moved just a block away to a 5200-square foot facility.

In late 1997 the Boston Shiatsu School once again expanded by adding the East/West Institute of Alternative Medicine and a continuing education component to the school. The curriculum continued to expand and solidify, incorporating a greater range of bodywork techniques and healing modalities.

The Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies was formed in January 2003 to carry on Kiku's long-standing tradition of quality education in multiple healing modalities. With many of the same extraordinary staff and diverse student body, The Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies enjoys a unique place in vocational training and continuing education.


Credentials

The Boston Institute of Shiatsu & Complementary Therapies is a member of the Council of Schools and Programs (C.O.S.P.) of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) and approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A.


Location

The Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies is located at 1972 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140. We are easily accessible by subway (Porter Sq. on the Red Line), commuter rail (Porter Square, on the North Station-Fitchburg line), and multiple bus routes. There is ample metered parking on Massachusetts Avenue and the surrounding side streets.


Facilities

The institute occupies 5,200 square feet on the second floor of a modern and comfortable building. The building is equipped with an elevator for accessibility. An adequate number of massage tables, futons, massage chairs, and regular chairs and desks provide students with a comfortable environment, conducive to learning. The technique classrooms are furnished with 100% wool wall-to-wall carpeting. Each classroom is equipped with white boards, anatomical charts, and skeletal models. There is proper indoor lighting, as well as natural light from large windows. The space is very quiet, and the rooms are large and uncluttered. Our Student Lounge includes a refrigerator and microwave oven.

The institute's library offers a collection of books on the alternative healing arts, Eastern philosophy, Western medicine, and mind-body-spirit health. In addition, any textbook that a student will need to own can be purchased through the school.


Core Faculty

Kikuko Zutrau Miyazaki
Kiku is a graduate and former instructor of Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu in New York City. She studied Zen Shiatsu with Shizuto Masunaga, Seiki with Shinmei Kishi and Sotai with Taichi Sorimachi, all of Japan, as well as acupuncture with Thomas Tam of Boston. Kiku is well-known for her efforts to educate the public about shiatsu. She founded the New England Shiatsu/Sotai Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and co-founded the New England Shiatsu Center in Boston. Over the years, Kiku has built a local practice combining Shiatsu, Sotai, and Acupuncture. Kiku has garnered Best of Boston (Boston Magazine) awards, for best Shiatsu in Boston. Kiku has also taught abroad in England, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.

Jeannine Began-Love
Jeannine is a Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies graduate who went on to complete our Teacher Training Program in 1997, and who has also trained in Thailand Traditional Massage, Advanced Zen Shiatsu, Tao Shiatsu, Tai Chi, and Reiki. Jeannine brings an inspiring combination of enthusiasm, sensitivity, and intelligence into every class.

Chris Belskis
Another graduate of the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies and of our Teacher Training Program, Chris is also an avid practitioner of Tai Chi and a respected private instructor in the Greater Boston community. Our students especially appreciate Chris's eagerness to spend time with each student to make the concepts of Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medical Theory understandable to everyone.

Donna Boucher
Donna also received her training here at the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies, and personifies the school's commitment to integrating traditional healing with a Western perspective for a wholistic understanding of mind/body/spirit health. Her innovative teaching methods and insightful observations personalize the experience of learning shiatsu, helping each student take it to heart.

Stephen Markus, MD
Dr. Markus is extremely popular among our students here at the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Stephan held prestigious faculty positions at Muscular Therapy Institute and New England School Of Acupuncture. As our instructor of the Western science component, and with his understanding of Eastern medicine and various bodywork modalities, “Dr. S teve’s” teaching methodology tremendously complements our certification and training programs.

Bill Polk
Bill’s extensive work (25 years) with recreational, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes for sport enhancement is proven 100% effective. Individuals and teams have proven these techniques by reducing stretching-related injuries and achieving and surpassing personal goals. Bill’s carefully designed program of assisted stretching and strengthening exercises identifies and remedies asymmetrical, structural, and muscular deficiencies to remedy knee and back problems, relieve sciatica, and improve athletes’ performance.







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