Shiatsu Massage Therapy Vancouver

About Shiatsu

About Shiatsu Massage Therapy

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu therapy is a gentle alternative for pain relief and relaxation.  This traditional Japanese healing technique uses thumbs and palms to apply pressure on selected points of the body which provides soothing relief and promotes healing.

Sharon Bidder is trained in traditional Namikoshi shiatsu.  This is the most popular style of shiatsu practiced in Japan and the only type officially recognized by the Japanese government.  Therapists use only thumbs and palms to apply comfortable pressure to specific points on the skin and muscles based upon western anatomical points of the body….read moreThis stimulates sensory receptors which initiates a response in other areas of the body (via the spinal cord).  Because shiatsu engages the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system, the body quickly relaxes as blood pressure, heart rate and respiration rates decrease and digestion/elimination is stimulated.  Both physical and mental stress are reduced and the body’s natural healing cycle is triggered.  This is why you feel relaxed so soon after the start of your treatment and why you feel so sleepy afterwards, even if you have a painful injury.

Shiatsu treatment is particularly effective to reduce chronic and acute pain associated with the back, neck, shoulders and joints. Flexibility and mobility is usually immediately improved.  Shiatsu successfully treats many stress related conditions, as well as soft tissue injuries, joint injuries and chronic conditions.


To reduce the number of clients and homes visited, Soothing Hands Shiatsu (SHS) will is only taking a limited number of new clients.  Clinic appointments are no longer available.


Clients will have 3 layers of protection during their treatment.

Face Cradle:

  1. The base layer will be a fabric face cradle cover.
  2. The second middle layer will be a disposable face cradle cover.
  3. The third top layer will be the client’s own personal face cradle cover.

Soothing Hands Shiatsu will ask you purchase your own personal face cover that will be provided by SHS.  Please use this face cover for every visit and wash it after your treatment.  A one time $6 charge will be added to your bill to cover the cost of your personal face cover which will then be your item.

Body Protection:

  1. A disposable sheet of paper will be placed on the massage table.
  2. A clean sheet will be placed on the table for the client to lie upon.
  3. A clean oversheet will be used on top of the client’s body once settled onto the table.
  4. A clean blanket will be opened up and used for each treatment, if required.

Arm Rest:

  1. The base layer will be a fabric towel.
  2. The middle layer will be a disposable cover.
  3. The third top layer will be the client’s own towel.


  1. The massage table will be disinfected on site prior to the treatment.
  2. At the end of the treatment all used linen will be isolated from clean linen and the table will be disinfected again. The client will be asked to dispose of used cleaning cloths, disposable covers and gloves.
  3. Clean linens are used for every client and all linens are isolated after each treatment and cleaned daily with bleach solution as per guidelines from BC Ministry of Health. The massage table and accessories are sanitized between each treatment and also at the end of each day.
  4. The therapist will perform a daily self health assessment. If the therapist is feeling sick appointments will be cancelled.


Clients will be asked to complete a COVID-19 Health Questionnaire prior to each treatment requesting information about travel, COVID-19 exposure, current symptoms etc. If the client is feeling sick the appointment will be cancelled. All clients will wear a face mask, cloth or disposable, when the presence of the therapist (SHS can supply a mask if the client does not have one.)

The therapist will wash hands upon entering.

The therapist will be wearing a mask, face shield and gloves throughout the treatment.

If the client requests, the therapist will use a disposable gown.

The therapist will wash hands prior to leaving.

Only credit card or e-transfer payments can be accepted this time, no cash or cheques.  Please read out your credit card details so only the therapist touches the payment processing machine.  The therapist will let the client view details being entered.

Mobile Service Treatment

Shiatsu treatment for pain relief, injury, recover and
chronic conditions in the comfort
and convenience of your own home.