About me and how I work
I am a recent graduate of the Shiatsu School of Canada, the most comprehensive shiatsu training program outside of Japan.
I found shiatsu by chance. In 2011, my mother was diagnosed with Stage III pancreatic cancer. While nursing her through palliative care, I found myself searching out new ways to comfort her and ease her pain. When faced with a loved one who was, at times, too medicated or in too much pain 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 her passing I began to investigate alternative healing modalities, ones that engaged with people holistically, seeing individuals as more than just a set of symptoms. I discovered shiatsu massage while visiting Thailand, and knew that this was the therapy I wanted to learn and share.
What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that takes a holistic approach to healing a range of physical and emotional conditions or disruptions. It is different than other forms of massage since it is performed through clothing and no oils are used. A shiatsu treatment consists of pressure applied with fingers, thumbs, elbows and knees to areas all over the body, along with gentle, guided stretches. My practice is informed by physiology and anatomy, as well as the meridian and point systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine. When appropriate I also can incorporate hot stones and cupping methods to treatments.
I am committed to building my practice to better address the healing goals of my clients. To this end, I am currently completing Reiki level II certification.
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.”
Accessibility of service is central to my goal as a therapist; therefore, fees are always offered at a sliding scale, and home visits are available for those with mobility issues. I am happy to travel with my table to treat you in your home if this would benefit your needs or lifestyle. Contact me to make arrangements.
A treatment takes just over an hour and the cost is $60 - $75, sliding scale. Discount packages are available for those booking multiple sessions.
I am available for treatments at Head to Toe Health Centre (71 Oxford St.), a wheelchair accessible space.