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BRITISH COLUMBIA TOP 10 SHIATSU

Shiatsu is a form of therapy of Japanese origin based on the same principles as acupuncture, in which pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands.



keita-ochiai-shiatsuLocated in Kelowna B.C.
Keita Ochiai
Keita Ochiai was born in Hakodate city, Hokkaido, Japan.
Shiatsupractor diploma program  2006.
Member of the Canadian Shiatsu Soceity of BC.
Vice President of the Canadian Shiatsu Soceity of BC  2015.President of the Canadian Shiatsu Society of BC 2016. Current Jin Shin Do  2006  –  Reflexology  2006
Web Site: Keita Ochiai


shannon-berrow-wellness-vancouver-alternative-medicine-lazzaro-isuLocated in Port Moody, B.C.
Shannon Berrow
Shannon Berrow, RMT, believes that a therapist is not “fixing”, rather facilitating, a patient’s body in its healing process. For Shannon this is achieved through touch, tissue manipulation, encouragement of breath, body awareness, patient education and recommendations for self-care.Shannon’s journey into holistic healing began in 2009 with Reiki training while travelling in Australia..Before becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Shannon completed a 700-hr Spa Therapy Program at the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage. She practiced for two years as a Holistic Massage and Bodywork Practitioner in Whistler, British Columbia at the gorgeous Scandinavia Spa Whistler and ran her mobile and home-based massage business. During that time she completed additional studies in Movement Patterning, Advanced Deep Tissue Strategies & Techniques, “Deep Flow” massage and Shiatsu.Web Site: Shannon Berrow


izzy-shafeyLocated in Victoria, BC.
Izzy Shafey
Graduating as a qualified Zenthai Shiatsu Therapist in Australia.

With a natural attraction towards all things physical mixed with years of meditation experience, Izzy balances his innate inclination to keep moving with the serenity of stillness and finds these qualities at their peak while practicing Zenthai Shiatsu. 

With a diverse background in mixed martial arts, sports, and Yoga, firsthand experience has shaped Izzy’s understanding of the amazing feats the human body is capable of as well as how it feels when things are out of balance and need healing attention. Bringing full awareness to every session and every touch, he aims to bring vitality and tranquility to every treatment. Web Site: Izzy Shafey


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Located in Coquitlam, B.C.
Brenda Novoa
As an alternative therapist, Brenda began her studies with a strong belief that what heals the body, heals the mind. Shiatsu Therapy promotes body-mind integration, by releasing pain and tension and creating deep relaxation.She also teaches Shiatsu Therapy in the Spa Practitioner Program of a local college, and is a past board member of The Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC.She is experienced at working with individuals with medical conditions, including cancer, diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. She also works with older adults, including those with osteoporosis, heart disease, and other age related illnesses.
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joniLocated in Vancouver B.C.
Joni Cooke
I was in the dance program at SFU not to become a dancer but to dance all day and explore the state of mind that comes from being embodied. I studied pilates because it required intense awareness of the smallest muscles firing. I loved tuning into reality as it is when we are in the body, breaking through head stories and getting down deep where there is simply sensation, breath, vitality and calm.
The quest for this state of mind became my sole intention during my early twenties and it lead to my living at the Vancouver Zen Centre with a vigorous daily practice & after two months in the city centre I decided to dive in and go to the affiliated mountain monastery outside of Los Angeles presided over by an enlightened Japanese zen master: Joshu Sasaki Roshi. I lived there on and off for two years doing long hours of still meditation. I remember being excited and relieved when assigned a boiling hot roofing job during the day, simply because it was physical and involved movement. Holding an in-tune state while moving was always so much easier than meditating. Web Site: Joni Cooke


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Located in Vancouver B.C.

It was the day of September 1st,1998, when we opened our first Japan Shiatsu Clinic on Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. At that time, it was only one practitioner and one small treatment room, but it was the first step with full of hope and passion, and just like the Shiatsu therapy in Japan, which is regarded one of the world’s greatest pride in the Japanese culture and in the traditional Japanese hands-on therapy, we wanted to have many people as possible to recognize Shiatsu and spread it out from the North Vancouver location to all over the world. And so, the time has passed…Now, we are very fortunate to have 8 Japan Shiatsu Clinics in all 7 municipalities, and in our first Japan Shiatsu Clinic, we merged into now what is called the Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy.Web Site:Japan Shiatsu Clinic


ronda-maxwell

Located in Kamloops, B.C.
Ronda Maxwell
I became a Registered Massage Therapist to fulfill a lifelong passion and the dream of helping people with pain and stress. In 2006, after a successful career in Payroll and Finance, I followed my dream of more than 10 years to go to Massage College.  I graduated from Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy in 2009 and passed the Provincial board exams that Fall, with distinction.  I placed in the top 3 in my class and received a letter of Commendation from the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia for earning such a high overall average on the exams.I moved to Kamloops immediately following College in 2009 and started work at the Alive and Well Massage Therapy Clinic.  Fall 2016 marks the launch of Memandu Massage Therapy, my own clinic after almost 9 years. Web Site: Ronda Maxwell



maki-uegaki

Located in Burnaby B.C.
Maki Uegaki
Shiatsu has been a part of Maki’s life since childhood. Some of her fondest Shiatsu memories include gently thumping her small fists along her grandmother’s shoulders and walking on her father’s back.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Maki lived in Japan for three years after earning a BA in History with an Extended Minor in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University. She then moved to London, England. During her thirteen years there, she trained for three years at the London College of Shiatsu in Zen Shiatsu and Zone Therapy, and qualified to be a Registered Practitioner MRSS (Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society) with the Shiatsu Society (UK). She participated in courses in the UK run by Clifford Andrews, Carola Beresford-Cooke, Nicola Ley and Diego Sanchez. She also volunteered at an addictions support centre in London, providing treatments to staff members including counsellors, doctors, nurses and volunteer program coordinators. Maki has since returned home to Vancouver where she now runs a home-based Shiatsu clinic in North Burnaby.  Over two decades of practising kendo and fourteen years of yoga have provided her with a strong mind-body awareness which has enhanced her sensitivity in giving Shiatsu.
Web Site: Maki Uegaki


mihael-mamychshvili

Located in Vancouver B.C.
Mihael Mamychshvili

Mihael is a Master Shiatsu therapist who focuses on reconnecting the communication between the mind and body. Since becoming a Shiatsu Therapist in 2001, he  has helped clients change and transform through his treatments which look at the complete person. He has evolved his approach and methodology, creating a unique blend of Eastern and Western manual techniques. Developing strong palpation skills through 15 years of bodywork and 20 years of mindbody studies, he has a gift to understand and translate what your body is trying to communicate. 
As an experienced therapist with more than a decade of treating thousands of clients with success,  Mihael is recognized by alternative as well as conventional health agencies like VGH Cardiac Rehab Centre, Diabetes Association and The Cancer Society where he is often asked to be a keynote speaker or educator. He has become well known for treating “tough cases” and extremely effective at chronic pain, frozen shoulder, digestive issues and more.Web Site: Mihael Mamychshvili


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Located in Vancouver, B.C.
Mia Watanabe Crockett

I was born in Japan, but travelled extensively before choosing to make Vancouver my home.
I studied at the Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy and graduated in 2007. After being given a book about Tao Shiatsu from a friend, I was inspired to further my learning by studying with Endo Sensei in Kyoto. When I returned to Canada, I continued studying Tao Shiatsu in Montreal and Toronto. The path of the Tao is a life-long committment to learning, and am currently furthering my studies. I am a registered Shiatsupractor in British Columbia with the Canadian Shiatsu Society of BC, and as a Tao Shiatsu Level I Practioner with the International Tao Shiatsu Society. As a Tao Shiatsu Therapist, I am committed to my patients and my practice, continuing my studies, and offering treatments to an international clientele in Vancouver and Japan. Web Site: Mia Watanabe Crockett


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