remedial massage, shiatsu, judo therapy

Shiatsu and Japanese musculoskeletal therapy

We are very pleased to have Minoru Ito as part of the LaVida team. Minoru is highly trained in shiatsu and other forms of remedial massage and musculoskeletal therapy. He brings with him in excess of 20 years experience, both in Australia and Japan.

Here’s what Minoru has to say:

Hello everybody, my name is Minoru. It is with great excitement that I have become a part of the LaVida Health team. Please allow me to introduce myself. Minoru Ito Shiatsu

I am a qualified and licensed Judo therapist from Japan and remedial massage therapist and homeopath in Australia. Prior to coming to Melbourne, I ran my practice in Perth for 14 years and worked in an orthopaedic clinic in Tokyo for seven years as a Judo therapist and shiatsu therapist.

I have been fortunate to have supportive mentors and have worked with many skilful practitioners over the years. I am trained in shiatsu and come from a family lineage of shiatsu specialists, as well as being a qualified Judo therapist (licensed by the Japanese Ministry of Health), the equivalent of physiotherapists and osteopaths in Australia.

Types of treatments

I treat all types of musculoskeletal issues integrating; Judo therapy, shiatsu, stretching, both muscle (myofascial release) and joint mobilisation, dry and Japanese needling and homeopathy.

My therapies are suited to the treatment of both acute and chronic problems such as:

  • muscular aches and pain
  • headaches
  • neck and back pain
  • arthritis and joint pains
  • pain in the shoulders, hips and knees
  • contusions, sprains, and strains
  • dislocations and fractures
  • sport injuries
  • muscular imbalances leading to poor sport performance and more

Another special modality I provide is Chi Nei Tsang. This is a technique which applies pressure in the abdomen in order to transform negative energies into positive energies. It is also very beneficial in a way that triggers internal “adjustment” to integrate physical, mental and emotional energies. This modality may be a useful complement to psychological counselling and I have worked with psychologists in the past with great synergy.

Above all, I am specialised in neck and shoulder problems from stiff neck to injuries, enabling me to identify root causes of the problems, and use the most appropriate therapy for you.

As part of my studies, I achieved a black belt in Judo. This fundamental mastery guided me to become expert in treating wounds and sport injuries with Traditional Japanese Medicine techniques originating from the Warrior class and fighters in feudal Japan. This combination of ancient and modern results in a treatment approach that is well designed to induce the most natural and rapid healing.

And if you just need a relaxing massage I can do that too!!

I look forward to seeing you and hope I can help you too!!

My commitments to you

  • to provide all treatments at the highest possible standards, always based on the philosophy and principles of true health
  • to achieve the immediate and long term rejuvenation to the physical and emotional body
  • to educate the public about the effectiveness of Japanese medicine
  • to raise awareness of what it means to be in full health

How to book your session

Minoru is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make a booking please call LaVida Health on 03 9620 9503 or call him directly on 0435 491 514. Alternatively you can read more about Minoru’s services here.

Minoru is a registered provider for all the major health funds. Rebates may be available depending on your level of cover.

He is a professional member of Australian Natural Therapists Association.