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Welcome to Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (S.T.A.O.)

Shiatsu therapy is a unique, non-invasive manual therapy from Japan that stimulates the body's inherent ability to heal itself. Literally translated, the word shiatsu means "finger pressure." The therapy involves the systematic application of pressure, using the thumbs primarily, to different points on the soft tissues of the body in order to assess and treat a variety of conditions. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the body's autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.

The S.T.A.O. is a non-profit organization that represents professionally trained Certified Shiatsu Therapists (TM) (CST®) in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally. The association is a self-regulating body mandated to protect the interests of the public by setting the highest standards of training and practice in shiatsu therapy in North America. A CST is your assurance of the most highly trained shiatsu therapist in Canada and North America.

The S.T.A.O. offers:
- Referral to a CST in your area, either through our online registry or by calling us
- Information about shiatsu training
- Information about shiatsu therapy
- Shiatsu demonstrations, wellness days, and 'Lunch and Learn' seminars

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News & Events

As of December 1, 2011 the STAO head office has re-located to 7B Pleasant Blvd.  Suite 1056  Toronto, Ontario M4T 1K2 Telephone number: 416 923-7823

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We met September 30th 2018  for the STAO AGM and your new Directors are Ralf Rohrich, Carlos Praniauskas, Tim Philips, Carolyn Kozole and Colleen Kearns.

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September 29, 2019 the STAO will hold their 36th AGM.  Noon start.  Stay tuned for results.

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You worked miracles on my shoulders. Thank You! 

-Kathryn M.


Shiatsu has been the best therapy that helped me the most to copy with my injuries.

-O. Halfon, North York Ontario

I have seen immediate and tangible benefits from my shiatsu treatments.  This form of therapy is far more beneficial and longer lasting than other forms of theray which I've tried with respect to pain relief.

-K. Koury, Mississauga Ontario

If it wasn't for shiatsu therapy, I would not e back to work, or having any kind of productive life.  I am walking testimony that shiatsu really does work. Shiatsu has given me my life as an active, productive person back.

-K. Campbell, Washago ON

I find shiatsu therapy much more beneficial than any treatment I have received in the past.

-C. Thoms, Hawkestone, ON

I am able to move more freely and my pain is not as severe.

-M. Watson, Barrie, ON

I feel that this a very important type of health care.  I heartily endores it.

-W. Beard, Midhurst, ON

Shiatsu was recommended by my family practitioner 4 years ago for stomach problems.  I have continued for preventative measures.

-S. Smith-Carter Lindsay, ON

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