The Shiatsu School of Canada has operated a
Professional Clinic in
Formerly located at 547 College Street, we have moved and are now located at:
455 Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 (College and Spadina).
Our phone number remains the same: (416) 323-1818 ext. 200
About our Therapists:
Daniel Adler R.Ac, is a practitioner
of zen shiatsu and acupuncture who has been in
clinical practice since 2000.
Daniel is an instructor at the SSC teaching Zen Shiatsu I, II and III, Oriental Medical Diagnosis and Shiatsu 101: Beginner’s Guide to Shiatsu Therapy.
Daniel believes in the study and practice of zen shiatsu and TCM as life practices which benefit both the patient and practitioner.
Biography-Alex Chang, RMT
With over ten years clinical experience, Alex has successfully
treated a diverse group of people and conditions. Customizing therapy based
on the client’s condition, he will draw from a unique combination of shiatsu
and massage techniques, and acupuncture. Additionally, Alex can integrate other
techniques such as: myofascia release, soft
tissue release, trigger point release or tui-na. He
operates a private clinic in downtown Toronto as well as teaching Shiatsu
for RMTs at The Shiatsu School of Canada Inc.
As a professional therapist, Alex is dedicated to his practice and clients. Passionate about his work, he is pleased to offer integrative therapies to optimize healing.
is available Thursdays from 10am – 6pm
Kenneth Choi R.Ac, R.TCMP
(Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, tuina,
cupping, moxibustion, and lifestyle modifications)
Kenneth Choi is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac),
as well as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP).
Languages spoken: English, Cantonese
Kenneth is most interested in treating internal medicine problems, as that is an area in which conventional medicine is failing many patients. He treats many internal medicine problems including digestive problems, allergies, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders, urogenital problems, emotional disorders (ex. stress, anxiety, depression), gynocological disorders (ex. peri-menopause symptoms, menstrual problems, infertility), all sorts of pain disorders.
Kenneth graduated from University of Toronto with his Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, specializing in Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology. He then graduated from Mc Gill University with his Masters of Science in Biotechnology. He received his Chinese Medicine training from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where he graduated with the 4 year Advanced diploma.
Currently, he is the Assistant Director of our TCM &
Acupuncture Program at the Shiatsu School of Canada and SSC Acupuncture
Institute, instructor in our Herbal Program as well as clinic
supervisor. He's also a practitioner in our Wellness clinic and is available
for treatments Tuesdays & Thursdays.
He will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Melissa Cugliari, N.D.
Melissa Cugliari is a licensed naturopathic doctor practicing in downtown Toronto. She graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND). Prior to this, Melissa completed her Hons. BA at the University of Toronto, studying Fine Art History, Philosophy, and English Literature.
Although she treats all health concerns, Melissa holds a special interest in naturopathic dermatology and cosmetic acupuncture, digestive issues, women’s health (including hormonal balancing, menstrual concerns, fertility, perinatal and menopausal care), mental health concerns including stress management, anxiety, and depression, and health education for children, adolescents and young adults. Melissa has a passion for education which has become a key part of her practice. She is particularly keen on educating and empowering patients in the realm of lifestyle (diet, exercise, sleep) which she believes are foundational in achieving and maintaining optimal health.
Melissa’s priority is to uncover and treat the root cause of disease and remove any obstacles to health--all in effort to facilitate the body’s own ability to heal itself. She is dedicated to individualized medicine, helping facilitate each patient’s learning and understanding of his/her own body. By integrating evidence-based treatments and diagnostic testing with the ancient healing wisdom of herbalism, Asian medicine, and other modalities, Melissa is able to create unique, holistic treatment protocols that address the needs of each patient on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.
List of Services:
· customized skin care plans (including product recommendations, treatments, at home routine) to address acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc.
· natural hormone balancing
· food sensitivity testing
· individualized exercise and nutrition plans for weight loss
· detoxification programs
· immune system optimization and allergy management
· protocols to restore digestive health
· smoking cessation programs
· autoimmune disease management (thyroid disease, celiac disease, etc.)
· treatment for infertility
· adjunctive cancer care
· sleep balancing regimes
· stress management
· natural mood balancing for depression, anxiety and other mood concerns
Roberto Iusso R.Ac
(TCM & Kiiko style acupuncture, tuina, cupping, moxibustion, cosmetic acupuncture)
Roberto is an honours graduate of the three-year Acupuncture Therapy Diploma program at the Shiatsu School of Canada and also holds certifications in Korean Hand Acupuncture (Level 2) from the Santa Barbara Center for Studies in Oriental Medicine as well as certification in Facial Rejuvenation (aka Cosmetic Acupuncture) from the College of Acupuncture & Therapeutics. He has also completed accredited courses in Medical Qigong and Tuina at the Shiatsu School of Canada and has studied Japanese Nagano/Kiiko style acupuncture therapy as well.
Roberto’s interest in Eastern healing practices began over 20 years ago when he undertook courses in Zen meditation to overcome anxiety and fears related to university examinations. Subsequent meditation practices led him to South Korea where he continued meditation practices, frequently taking courses and workshops at Hwagyesa Zen Temple in Seoul while also teaching ESL.
A knee injury during a Taekwondo training session led
him to the discovery of Korean Hand Acupuncture Therapy, which he then
learned and utilized over many months of self -treatment to recover from his
(acupuncture, shiatsu therapy, cupping, moxibustion, cosmetic acupuncture)
Happily, I am now
entering the 13th year of my career in healing and wellness through the
practice of Shiatsu and Acupuncture. I continue to love my craft as it
allows me to grow, learn, and be mentored by great teachers, and most
importantly through these opportunities help clients in the most effective
way. I am a fully certified acupuncturist and also practice traditional
-prenatal and postnatal shiatsu or acupuncture,
-shiatsu and acupuncture for anxiety, insomnia, and mental health
-acupuncture for pain management and sports injuries
-shiatsu for athletic recovery
In my time I've treated everyone from the elderly, children, pregnant mothers to athletes. I am continually looking for new ways to address pain and illness, promote healing and increase performance capacity. Treatments can include the following healing arts - shiatsu, acupuncture, cupping, and moxa.
(shiatsu therapy, Japanese acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion)
Languages spoken: English
Julian Yates is a graduate of both the Shiatsu therapy programme (2004) and the Acupuncture program (2008) at the SSC. He continued his studies in acupuncture by completing a course in the Kiiko Matsumoto style with Tak Tsurusaki (2009).
Julian is an instructor and clinic supervisor in the Shiatsu program at the SSC. He teaches a course of Shiatsu stretching techniques; passive stretches applied by the therapist to the patient. His approach is structural, and he encourages his students to develop keen assessment and landmarking skills, a solid understanding of musculoskletal function, and an awareness of the ways in which everyday life can, incrementally, affect discomfort in the body.
An avid reader, Julian is often reading too many books at once to finish any of them in a reasonable time frame. He has interests in most areas of human endeavor, but currently brewing, neuroscience, writing (poetic and prose), biology, philosophy of science, and music are particularly preoccupying.
Rates for Professional Clinic:
Please note that appointments are recommended.
Acupuncture, shiatsu or TCM Treatments
25 minute acupuncture, shiatsu or TCM treatment $50.00
Initial Visit: 1.5-2 hours - $150
Pediatric Initial Visit: 1 hour - $120
Follow-up Visits: 1 hour - $110
Pediatric Follow-up Visit: 30 minutes - $60
Acupuncture treatment: 1 hour - $90
Melissa also offers complimentary 15 minute consults for you to learn how naturopathic medicine may benefit you.
· Shiatsu therapy
· Gua sha (detox technique)
· Tuina (Chinese massage)
If you are looking for a specific type of treatment from this list above, please review the list of therapists (see top of this page) when booking your appointment to ensure you are able to receive your desired treatment.
75 minute treatment $115
Cancellation Policy: We require 24 hours notice for cancellations. A cancellation fee of $50 - $60 will be charged for 'no shows' without exception. Booklets of treatments are transferable, non-refundable and do not expire.
About Our Services:
Acupuncture, Moxibustion & Cupping Therapy
ancient method of healing that uses individually packaged, sterilized,
disposable needles. These extremely thin needles are positioned on
specific acupoints to balance the flow of vital
energy, Qi, in the body. Many extended health
insurances cover acupuncture and acupuncture is now regulated in the
province of Ontario
The word shiatsu literally translates as “finger pressure". Our therapists are trained in meridian style shiatsu, a form that is deeply rooted in the art of eastern therapeutic medical practices. Gentle, but firm pressure is applied to specific acupressure points on the body. Stimulating these points helps to re-balance a person’s energy ( “Ki” in Japanese)
is a form of Chinese body massage that uses a rhythmic, rocking motion along acupressure points and meridian lines. It is very useful in treating soft tissue injuries, blood circulation issues, rheumatic pain, fatigue and any symptoms caused by stress or emotional strain.
have proven to be extremely successful in treating a variety of conditions ranging from dermato- logical conditions or gastrointestinal problems to managing the side effects of chemotherapy. Ask for further information as to which therapist specialized in this service.
consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
With a light touch, the cranial sacral practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the cranial sacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the cranial sacral system.
Seeks to identify the root cause of illness and optimize the body’s own healing potential through the healing power of nature. By supporting the body’s natural physiological processes, health can be restored. The following modalities can be utilized by a naturopathic physician: Diet & Livestyle Counseling, Nutritional Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Hyrdotherapy, Spinal Manipulation and Homeopathy.
Frequently Asked Questions: Q.
Is there a difference between
Registered Massage Therapy and Shiatsu Therapy? Q.
How do I know if I am covered? Q.
What can you provide me with to
submit to my insurance company? Q. How can I get my insurance provider to
cover my treatments if they do not already do so? Clinic Hours: Phone:
(416) 323-1818 Ex.200 or Toll Free: 1-800-263-1703 When
making an appointment, please let us know which type of treatment you are
interested in receiving. If
these clinic times are not convenient for you, or you are interested in
finding other qualified professional shiatsu or acupuncture therapists in
your area, please consider contacting graduates of the Shiatsu School of
Canada's shiatsu therapy or acupuncture diploma programs. The Online Graduate
Registry can be found on the Shiatsu School of Canada's website. Location: Ki
on Spadina Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2G8 For more information on transit routes please
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is there a difference between
Registered Massage Therapy and Shiatsu Therapy?
How do I know if I am covered?
What can you provide me with to
submit to my insurance company?
Q. How can I get my insurance provider to
cover my treatments if they do not already do so?
Phone: (416) 323-1818 Ex.200 or Toll Free: 1-800-263-1703
When making an appointment, please let us know which type of treatment you are interested in receiving.
If these clinic times are not convenient for you, or you are interested in finding other qualified professional shiatsu or acupuncture therapists in your area, please consider contacting graduates of the Shiatsu School of Canada's shiatsu therapy or acupuncture diploma programs. The Online Graduate Registry can be found on the Shiatsu School of Canada's website.
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2G8
For more information on transit routes please visit: www.ttc.ca.