***For Covid-19 updates and safety protocols please see the ‘Rates’ section***
In 2011, my father passed away unexpectedly and my mother was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer. While assisting my mom in palliative care, I looked for ways to help and comfort her. When faced with a loved one who was, at times, unable to communicate, I came to realize that touch was the best way I could show I cared. While medication addressed her pain symptoms, they caused a host of other problems.
After she died, I felt pushed to learn about alternative healing methods and modalities. By chance I had a shiatsu treatment, and immediately knew that this was what I wanted to learn and share. I enrolled in Toronto’s Shiatsu School of Canada and graduated from their two-year program, the most comprehensive shiatsu training outside Japan.
I have been in private practice since September 2015. I have treated in diverse settings like a children’s hospice and a supervised, safe injection site. It is an immense honour and privilege to do this work.
What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic massage originating in Japan in 1915. “Shi-atsu” translates to “finger pressure” and is rooted in Traditional East-Asian Medicines like acupressure, acupuncture, Anma, and Tui Na.
A shiatsu treatment consists of pressure applied to areas all over the body with fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees, along with gentle, guided stretches. The treatment can be deep and vigorous or subtle and sensitive, depending on condition and preference of the receiver. It is performed through loose, comfortable clothing and no oils are used.
As a form of bodywork, shiatsu can ease pain, reduce stress and improve digestion. I have had success treating physical and emotional disruptions like headaches, jaw pain, discomfort related to pregnancy, muscular soreness, stiffness, depression and fatigue. I am especially passionate about working with clients to manage chronic pain resulting from their occupation or conditions such as fibromyalgia.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a gentle form of therapy which uses light touch to balance energy and relax the nervous system. It is a supportive form of wellness that promotes stress reduction and self-awareness. It does not involve diagnosis, but works with the general principles of healing and improvement. Reiki can be used as a stand alone modality or can be incorporated in to your shiatsu treatment plan.
I completed level I and II certification with Paul Lara of Qi Belly - qibelly.com.
"Ivan's approach to shiatsu is sensitive, knowledgeable and client-centered. The weekly treatments I take with him keep me mobile, and I appreciate that he can do home treatments for me. I highly recommend this talented professional."
- Bev Couse, retired teacher.
“I am a 29-year old woman working in the field of education. I struggle with chronic neuropathic pain as well as panic and anxiety disorder. I’ve found Ivan’s shiatsu and reiki treatments to be invaluable: they have helped to ease my muscle tension, lessened my nerve pain significantly, and made me feel much more grounded in my everyday life. From our first treatment Ivan made me feel comfortable and at ease.”
“Ivan has a deep understanding of the emotional aspects of the mind/body connection. He has helped me with the releasing of grief and knew how to hold space during a vulnerable session. I'm also HIV+ and a dog walker, so each week he is able to bring my body back into balance.”
***COVID-19 UPDATES*** Dec. 26, 2020 – I am currently not seeing clients due to the restrictions in Toronto. Please contact me with any questions or inquiries or to be contacted when my services safely resume.
Please see below for protocols indefinitely in place during this pandemic:
My commitment is to ensure the safety of myself and others as best as possible. I wear a mask and protective PPE face-shield during all appointments, as well as clinic-specific clothing. All contacted surfaces are disinfected and cleaned after each visitor, and all linens removed and washed. Most non-essential items in the treatment space have been removed to minimize exposure.
All clients are to wear a mask for the duration of the treatment, unless exempt. All clients are to sanitize their hands with provided soap immediately upon entry. All clients are asked to reschedule if they are feeling unwell leading up to to or on the day of appointment. Scheduling of appointments reflect staggering and increased time in between for cleaning – please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early. Thank you for your cooperation and please contact me with any questions or concerns. ***
A 60-minute treatment costs $90. A 90-minute treatment costs $120. HST is included.
Discount packages are available for multiple sessions.
I regularly travel to homes in the Annex, High-Park and Parkdale neighbourhoods of Toronto to see clients. Please inquire if this would benefit your needs or lifestyle.
Accessibility to treatment is central to my goal as a therapist. I offer sliding-scale rates to anyone who can benefit from reduced costs, especially BIPOC individuals. Contact me for information. I do not ask anyone to disclose financial information.
I am available for treatment at Clear Stream Clinic – 980 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M5R 3G6. It is located on a ground floor with no steps to enter and no steps to the washroom.
*My practice is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. I do not support colonial forces which undermine, distort or erase the vital role of Indigenous people, particularly in the fields of wellness and healthcare.
Please contact me if you have any questions or to book an appointment.
Ivan Roberts-Davis, BA Hons, Dipl. ST
Licensed Shiatsu Therapist