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List of Insurance Companies that may cover Acupuncture and Shiatsu?

  • Cumis Life Insurance Co
  • Canada Life Assurance Co
  • Crown Life
  • Desjardins-Laurentian Life
  • Empire Financial
  • Equitable Insurance Co of Canada
  • Hartford Life Insurance
  • Imperial Life Assurance
  • Industrial Alliance Life Insurance Co of Canada
  • London Life Insurance Co
  • Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada
  • Maritime Life Assurance Co
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Co
  • Mutual Life of Canada
  • NN Life Insurance of Canada
  • National Life of Canada
  • North West Life Assurance Co of Canada
  • Primerica Life Insurance Co of Canada
  • Seaboard Life Insurance Co
  • Standard Life
  • Sun Life
  • Transamerica Life Insurance Co of Canada
  • Westbury Canadian Life Insurance Co

Request for Insurance Coverage of Shiatsu Therapy?

Do you need a Request for Insurance Coverage of Shiatsu Therapy? CLICK HERE to add
your information and them, print a hard copy to show to your company.

What is a TCMPAC?

TCMPAC is a non-profit professional organization for fully trained traditional Chinese medicine physicians. TCMPAC not only serves as a foundation for affiliating physicians of traditional Chinese medicine, but also strives to re-evaluate and maintain a high level of international standards of the profession, while promoting the practice of TCM nationally. Individuals with training in various modalities of traditional Chinese medicine are also invited to become a member with TCMPAC.

TCMPAC strives to unite traditional Chinese medicine physicians. As a body, the association promotes the character and status of the profession, and of ethical practice. It will act to maintain and improve the qualifications and standards of the profession, and to settle questions of professional usage and courtesy among members of the association. The association will share information for the mutual benefit of members, and will represent and advocate the interests of its members in matters pertaining to the recognition of traditional Chinese medicine training within Canada. Continuing education in traditional Chinese medicine to health professionals within Canada will also be provided.

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Mailing Address:
6-819 Dundas Street East,
Toronto, ON
M4M 1P9

What is a CST ®?

CST ® (Certified Shiatsu Therapist™) is the trademarked designation of practicing
members of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (S.T.A.O.). A CST® has
successfully completed a 2200-hour (equivalent to three academic years) diploma
program at a government accredited private vocational school, or the S.T.A.O.

Core curriculum requirements include Western anatomy, physiology, pathology, public
health, Chinese medical theory, and at least 650 hours of supervised practice including
a public clinic setting. This is the highest standard of training for shiatsu therapists in the
world, outside of Japan.

A CST® must also have passed comprehensive written and practical entrance exams
set by the association, agree in writing to abide by the associationʼs code of ethics and
carry mandatory professional liability insurance. The CST designation is your assurance
of the most highly trained shiatsu therapist in North America.

What is a S.T.A.O.?

The Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario (S.T.A.O.) is committed to heightening
public awareness of shiatsu and educating the provincial and municipal governments on
the importance of making shiatsu a government regulated treatment modality in the
interest of public safety.

Their address is:
517 College Street, Ste. 232, Toronto, ON, M6G 4A2
Tel # 416-923-7826


Is there any reactions to treatment?

Acupuncture and Shiatsu may produce side-effects of headache, fatigue, changes in energy and muscle
soreness as a result of deep stimulation of the muscles. If you have an old problem that
was not healed properly it may come to the surface as your body is trying to get rid of it.
These reactions are considered positive side effects, they are perfectly normal and will
subside within 1-3 days.

Treatments are generally administered weekly or every two weeks depending on clientʼs
condition and how his/her body responds to treatment. If the problem is acute, two
treatments a week may be necessary. If the condition is chronic, 5 to 10 treatments
once a week may be required. For Acupuncture treatments disposable needles are
used. Your therapist will help you to set a program which best suits your need and also
suggest other alternatives to benefit your health.