Healing Touch

Bodywork/Massage with Soasis

With a background in eastern and western massage modalities, Shamanic healing traditions, Traditional Chinese Medicine and movement meditation, Soasis uses her intuition and knowledge of these various healing techniques and traditional healing practices to craft a unique healing experience. Every session, just like every person, is unique.

Individual Sessions at Inner Arts Collective

Location: 257 Danforth Ave.

Price:  $60 for a 50-minute session

Special introductory offer until end of June 2018

Book a session: 

sacredplay@gmail.com or text 647-527-1009 

"I had a wonderful massage with Soasis. I love the sense of presence, compassion and non-judgement I experience in her company. Her gifted hands seem to know where to go. Soasis's massages speak to my body and soul. Being a bodyworker I've received well over five hundred massages and she remains one of my favourite bodyworkers."

Valerie Moysey, massage therapist and sound healer

About Soasis

 Soasis has over 2 decades of experience  as a Holistic Health Practitioner. Soasis studied at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, Ca. She studied both Eastern and Western modalities of bodywork and offers sessions that fuse together techniques from Thai Massage, Tui Na, Trager, Swedish Circulatory massage, and Shamanism.

Her study of Shamanism and shamanic traditions from around the globe are the foundation for the space she creates with her clients. Soasis was fortunate to study with shamans at the Naropa Institute, with the Kahuna Khalili of Hawaii, and was an apprentice of Gabrielle Roth for many years, to name a few.

Massage Modalities and Traditional Healing Practices

Soasis offers sessions that fuse eastern and western healing modalities based on your needs and preferences. 

Modalities include:

  • Traditional Chinese massage (Tuina) 
  • Thai massage
  • Swedish circulatory massage 
  • Passive joint movement (Trager) 
  • Shamanic healing

Traditional Chinese Massage (Tui Na)

Tui na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese taoist principles. Soasis may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the areas between each of the joints to attempt to open the body's defensive chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." Tui Na is useful in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions. 

Traditional Medical Thai Massage

Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat on the floor. The massage generally follows designated lines ("sen") in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging.  

Swedish Circulatory Massage

The most widely recognized and commonly used category of massage is the Swedish massage. The Swedish massage techniques vary from light to vigorous. Swedish massage uses five styles of strokes. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber or with the fibers) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness. Clinical studies report that Swedish Massage can effectively reduce low back pain and the effectiveness can last for as long as 15 weeks. One study reported that Swedish Massage caused reduction in salivary cortisol indicating its role in management of stress and improvement in mood. 

Passive Joint Movement (Trager)

The Trager approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.The founder, Milton Trager, called his work Psychophysical Integration. Soasis uses gentle touch and a combination of passive and active movement with the intent of teaching the recipient how to move with less effort. The contact is gentle in a sense; it may be quite firm but is without strain or resistance. Regarding pain, Trager practitioners avoid causing pain, and attempt to contact the body in a way that allows the client to have decreased fear of pain and increased willingness to be present with the full range of sensations. 

Shamanic Healing

Soasis has studied Shamanism and shamanic traditions from around the globe and is the foundation for the space she creates with her clients. Soasis was fortunate to study with shamans at the Naropa Institute, with the Kahuna Khalili of Hawaii, and was an apprentice of Gabrielle Roth for many years, to name a few.

As part of the settler community, born in Toronto, Soasis is honoured to have been invited by various Indigenous elders and practitioners to learn and to participate in the medicine ways, various traditions  and ceremonies of the Annishinabek, Lakota, and Coast Salish peoples which informs and  infuses her sessions when needed and appropriate.

As a person of colour participating in decolonization as a path to wholeness and wellness of body, mind, heart and soul, Soasis strives to approach healing from an indigenous perspective and has experienced the power of traditional medicine when preformed with respect, while honouring origins and protocols.

"This is why long-term sustainable social change must fundamentally come from work done at the energetic layer of the body.

Dreaming. Dancing. Playing. Making art. Resting. Sharing touch. Gathering to remember. Sitting with our inner demons. Grieving loss. Performing ritual."

from Tada Hazoumi - How Social Change actually happens through the body


Individual Sessions

Location: Inner Arts Collective

257 Danforth Ave.

Special introductory offer until end of June 2018: 

$60 for a 50-minute session


Contact Soasis to book your session

sacredplay@gmail.com or text 647-527-1009