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.”

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SHIATSU THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO

The Shiatsu Therapy Association Of Ontario – 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.

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.

 

Restores Balance
Brings Relief
Heals Naturally
Connects Mind & Body

Our Commitment

Our commitment is to spread awareness of Shiatsu and to establish and maintain high professional standards of practice for Shiatsu in Ontario. The association also serves to educate the public and health care professionals about the therapeutic benefits of Shiatsu therapy.

Certified Shiatsu Therapist – CST®

A Certified Shiatsu Therapist – CST® is a Shiatsu therapist who has earned a diploma in Shiatsu therapy (2200-hour program) at a government accredited private vocational school in Ontario, or those who have equivalent training.

Code of Ethics

All S.T.A.O Registered Practitioners have completed an approved level of training, follow our Code of Ethics and are fully insured.  S.T.A.O  encourages professional development and maintains comprehensive complaints and disciplinary protocols. 

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Member Benefits

  • The STAO is an association that represents shiatsu therapists with the highest level of training – second only to Japan.
  • A diploma is an academic record only. As a member of the STAO, you represent the Shiatsu profession and its presence as a professional association.
  • You are listed on a professional website which shows the general public that we have status among our peers – belonging to a community with specific standards.
  •  An opportunity to network with other therapists of similar training.
  • Subject to demand from our members, we are able to offer training events, seminars and skills exchange in order to increase our knowledge and understanding of our chose profession.
  • As a member you enjoy competitive insurance rates for professional liability and commercial general liability.

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Testimonials

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

O. Halfon, North York Ontario

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News & Events

We had an AGM on September 29th 2019 and the directors are Ralf Rohrich, Carlos Praniauskas, Tim Phillips and Carolyn Kozole.

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SHIATSU THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO

7B PLEASANT BLVD.
SUITE 1056 TORONTO,
ONTARIO CANADA M4T 1K2

416-923-STAO (7826)

Toll-free (Canada):
1-877-923-STAO (7826)

info@shiatsuassociation.com

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