The 6th European Shiatsu Congress will be in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 4, 5 and 6 September 2020.


We aim at 500 European shiatsu therapists and students who attend the congress for 3 days.
Various shiatsu teachers will host a session: both local and international trainers representing different styles; experienced & upcoming talent.

The entire congress will be in English.

Our goals for ESC 2020

  • To celebrate Shiatsu together
  • To professionalise shiatsu
    • technical skills and shiatsu knowledge
    • entrepreneurship
    • ability to communicate what shiatsu is and has to offer
  • To increase the visibility & recognition of shiatsu within (Dutch) society:
    • general public
    • public health care organisations
    • complementary health care organisations

Theme: Positive Health

The ESC 2020 theme is Positive Health. It stands for a broad view on health, in which health is no longer considered as a static condition but rather as the dynamic ability to adapt and to manage one’s own well-being. How to cope, to adapt and self-manage. In addition to medical conditions such as physical ailments and disabilities, the concept of Positive Health also covers dimensions such as social participation, quality of life and daily functioning. In this short video, Machteld Huber, the Dutch creator of this definition, explains what she means by Positive Health.

More information

Over the coming months this website will be filled with information about the congress.

If you have any questions or interesting ideas, please contact us. We would love to hear from you:

ESC 2020 team

Core team for now:

  • Bart Bloemers – “the tripple heater”, finance & sponsorships, legal, website
  • Betty Croll – Speakers and trainers programme
  • Karlijn Eickmans – Congress production & logistics, marketing and communication
  • Daphne Riabokon – Volunteers, housing, production

Side tasks:

  • Bas van der Paardt – design & print, speakers videos, marketing and communication consultancy
  • Japke Englebert – social media, back office, registration
  • Mark Vroonland – writes articles
  • Clifford Andrews – webinars
  • Lobke Brouwer & Chloë Monteiro de Jesus – 5 elements bites during the event
  • Alex Hoekema – hands on logistics


The congress will take place in a number of special places in the center of Amsterdam. In March 2019 we practiced at these locations, as you can see on the pictures.

ESC 2020 is a collaborative partnership