Shiatsu Workshop and Social Interaction

Shiatsu Workshop and Social Interaction May 26, 2017


FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017
email us at for more information and/or register to attendance.


Evening starts with a study session with Tao Shiatsu Instructor
Alex Pereklitafrom 6:30 to 7:20 (“Aikido and Tsubos”), a study session with Zen Shiatsu Instructor
Daniel Adler from 7:30 to 8:20 (“working with Conscious Touch – two points as one”),
followed by music with Andrea Gerhardt, snacks, drinks,
and social time from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.

Everyone is welcome to join!

Fee of $20 for STS members, $25 for non-members includes light snacks, drinks and great prizes.


Shiatsu May 26, 2017

Japanese Moxibustion Course

When: Feb 21,28 – 2-6 pm
Where: Centre for well Being
Cost: $120 including moxa starter kit.
$60 one day (STS members)
Practise/retake is free (but please register)
Teacher: Lisa Dowling


One of the most effective and misunderstood treatment methods in the West. The symbol that we are familiar with which we know to represent acupuncture in Chinese Medicine actually means ‘acupuncture and moxibustion.’  One of the reasons why moxa is overlooked is due to its pungent nature.  Clinicians are not working in spaces with sufficient ventillation and it can get quite smoky.  When you experience Japanese moxa, you will see that the mugwort herb is very refined and high quality – it is much more expensive, but you also need to use much less of it.  The smell is almost non-existent, and in fact people find it very soothing.

Japanese moxa is a safe and effective method of applying moxa to patients that has little scent, and a great effect. The art of rolling and applying moxa with shiunko cream takes practise and patience, and many individuals never learn proper technique thus, do not continue to practise.
Some current texts state that moxa should not be used in excess heat conditions, but when you read the Classics, you see that this is a misunderstanding.  Most practitioners who study the Chinese Classics have a deep respect for moxibustion.

Moxa is incredibly effective for many conditions including:

Extreme fatigue (when other treatments will tire the patient more, moxa will energize them)

Opening the 12 Channels, increasing energy and blood flow throughout the body

Warm the body, expel Cold

Prevent diseases, treat parasites, bateria, fungus

and most famously treat Malposition of Fetus


Week 1: Treatment for Acute conditions – Musculoskeletal issues including fracture, sprain, strain, Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, Breech presentation

Week 2:  Treatment for Chronic conditions – Autoimmune conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Infertility, Depression, Insomnia and Fatigue

Real Client cases will be presented to observe treatament protocols

Participants will learn a brief histology of moxibustion, learn moxa techniques as well as practise treatment methods including treating deficient and cold syndromes, strains, sprains and broken bones, and turning breech babies.  Emphasis will be on effective points, and injury specific treatment methods.  Approximately 20% of the workshop will be theoretical based and 80% practical.

 If you have studied moxa previously, but would like to brush up on your skills, or would like to experience only one of the classes feel free to register for only one day

Lisa Dowling first studied the art of Japanese Moxibustion in 1999 with Junji Mizutani, who came to Toronto to lead a seminar at that time. Mr Mizutani is also the director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine, and author of Practical Moxibustion Therapy. Since then she has been teaching moxa to students, and uses moxa in her practise on a daily basis and sees amazing results.

Lisa Dowling BA, R Ac

Shiatsu, Acupuncture
(416) 986-3429

Book your shift at the STS booth-YOGA SHOW 2016

ATTENTION STS MEMBERS: book your shift now!

Rapidly approaching is our first public event of the year:

The logo  Conference and Show 2016   ( )
WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
WHEN: from Friday April 01 to Sunday April 3, 2016
BOOTH: # 934 (South end of the hall – right across the main practice square)


Registration table at the STS booth 2015 Yoga Show

The Shiatsu Therapy Society is pleased to offer our members a cost and risk free opportunity to promote their practice, build a client base, and most importantly, to show the public that shiatsu is alive and well! Please participate and help us make Shiatsu visible.

As you know, the Yoga Show is driven by the teaching of Yoga. Therefore, a good reason to book your shift now is the opportunity to work with the Yogi and Yogini, people who love working with their bodies. Students come out of class eager to find our shiatsu mats and a welcome relief for aches, pains and tired muscles. It’s a perfect match.

We will be doing 20 minute shiatsu treatments at $25.00 each session. The income split will be 50% / 50% – with no other cost or risk involved to the practitioner.

BOOK YOUR SHIFT NOW email Daniel Pikelin, event coordinator, at
There will be two shifts per day:

Friday, April 1, 2016 • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Three mats
Two shifts of 5 hours each: 10 – 3 and 3 – 8

Saturday, April 2, 2016 • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Three mats
Two shifts of 5 hours each: 10 – 3 and 3 – 8

Sunday, April 3, 2016 • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Three mats
Two shifts of 4 hours each:  10 – 2 and 2 – 6

Last year in addition to the shiatsu treatments at our booth, we also did two very popular and well attended demonstrations of self-shiatsu/partner-shiatsu and meridian stretches at the Yoga Garden square. The attendee interest was very high, as you can see. We hope you will be encouraged to sign up for a shift or two and join our community effort to promote shiatsu in the GTA!

Yoga Show 2015 - Partner Shiatsu at Yoga Garden

Yoga Show 2015 – Partner Shiatsu at Yoga Garden

Yoga Show 2015 Partner Shiatsu demo

Yoga Show 2015 – Meridian stretches demo

Yoga Show 2015 – Self-Shiatsu demo

Yoga Show 2015 – STS therapists at work

Yoga Show 2015 – Mogi shows good focus despite distractions

Yoga Show 2015 – Lisa and toddler doing shiatsu on mom


The Shiatsu Therapy Society ANNUAL AGM for 2015

Yes, The Shiatsu Therapy Society ANNUAL AGM for 2015 is taking place in 2016! Members please join us MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2016 AT 7:00 PM
Where: Centre for Social Innovation
720 Bathurst Street, 3rd floor, boardroom #4 Toronto, ON

All members of the STS are welcome because we value your input. This is your association and it is through your participation that we can grow the vocation that you have embraced. Please be early. If you are unable to attend and have friends or colleagues who can attend in your place, allow them to carry your proxy, or email your proxy letter to a member who plans to attend and let them carry your proxy. Please email one of the directors listed below at

The proxy letter/email should state your name, phone number and/or email address, and that you appoint (one of the directors)__________ , to carry your vote at the AGM.

For your convenience, here is a link to the evite for the AGM
We look forward to hearing from you,
and hope to see a great turnout on the first of February.

STS Board of Directors:

President – Alex Pereklita
Treasurer – Trinity Dempster
Secretary – Daniel Pikelin
Membership – Tsuyoshi Mogi
Communications – Timothy Phillips

Shiatsu Therapy Society


The Shiatsu Therapy Society is currently working on public Open Space Meetings, workshops and fundraising  to help support the practice of shiatsu in 2016.
Please contact us, or stay tuned for more updates.