Sara Vanin is a distinguished practitioner and educator in the healing arts.
With a rich tapestry of certifications including Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Shiatsu and Zen Shiatsu practitioner and instructor from the esteemed Ohashi Institute in New York City, Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, 200hr Certified Yoga Teacher from the Himalayan Institute, and Certified Aromatherapist from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, Sara embodies a multidisciplinary approach to wellness and healing. Since beginning her journey in 1997, Sara's practice has been a beacon for those seeking holistic health solutions.
Her foundational massage therapy education was completed at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, enriched by the mentorship of luminaries like Marie-France Collins and Lori Howell in Chinese Medicine and Tui Na. Sara's passion for Shiatsu took flight at the Ohashi Institute, leading her to further her expertise under the guidance of Ohashi Sensei, his niece Kumiko Kanayama, and later, through advanced studies with renowned figures like Clifford Andrews and Dinah Jones in the UK, and at institutions like Zen Shiatsu Chicago and the Tao Shiatsu Center.
Sara's dedication to lifelong learning has seen her delve into Clean Language Communication with Nick Pole, and further her aromatherapy knowledge with advanced courses from the Aromahead Institute and the Tisserand Institute. She's also pursued specialized studies in AromaAcupoint Therapy, drawing from the wisdom of Peter Holmes and Tiffany Carole, and integrating the Chinese Medical Aromatherapy insights of Jeffrey Yuen into her practice.
At the heart of Sara’s work is a profound understanding of the interplay between physical, mental, and emotional health. Her expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu meridian science uniquely positions her to address chronic pain and emotional stress with depth and efficacy.
Beyond her clinical practice, Sara has made significant contributions to education, teaching Shiatsu, Ethics, East Asian Clinical Massage, and serving in various capacities at Pacific College since 2007. Her roles have spanned from Clinic Supervisor to Chair of the Massage Department, alongside instructing at Zen Shiatsu Chicago and other venues across the Chicago area, like Elgin Community College, in Elgin, IL.
Sara's holistic approach to teaching and therapy, informed by years of studying and teaching Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy, and bodywork, empowers her to offer insights that are both practical and transformative, enriching the practice and lives of those she touches.
Discover the Transformative Power of Shiatsu Therapy
Embrace the holistic healing journey with Shiatsu, a revered practice known for its profound ability to nurture both body and mind. Shiatsu isn't just a massage; it's a pathway to enhanced well-being, offering a multitude of benefits tailored to meet your unique needs. Here’s how Shiatsu can illuminate your path to wellness:
- Alleviates Chronic Pain and Emotional Stress: Shiatsu addresses the deep-seated sources of pain and stress, offering relief and a sense of peace.
- Eases Muscle Tension: By targeting tension and spasms, Shiatsu restores muscle flexibility and releases the knots that hold you back.
- Mitigates Migraines: Find solace from migraines through Shiatsu’s gentle pressure, easing the intense discomfort of headaches.
- Promotes Mental Well-being: Experience a sanctuary of calm. Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that significantly reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, leaving you in a state of tranquility.
- Supports Joint Health: For those battling rheumatoid arthritis, Shiatsu enhances circulation, nourishes muscles, and eases joint pain, improving mobility and comfort.
- Enhances Skin and Soft Tissue Circulation: Stimulate the life force in your capillaries, enriching the health and vitality of your skin and soft tissues.
- Relieves Menstrual Cramps: Dive into gentle relief from menstrual discomfort, finding balance and ease with each session.
- Boosts Digestive Health: Shiatsu supports your digestive system, facilitating smoother digestion and efficient waste elimination.
- Rejuvenates Energy Levels: Combat fatigue and weakness. Shiatsu revitalizes your body’s energy, restoring your zest for life.
Embarking on a regular Shiatsu maintenance program is a profound step towards sustained health and vitality. Recognizing that each individual’s needs and lifestyles vary, the frequency of sessions is tailored to you. Whether you seek stimulation and invigoration, calm and relaxation, or a combination for preventative and remedial care, Shiatsu offers astounding benefits with minimal side effects.
Immerse yourself in the calming, restorative embrace of Shiatsu therapy, and let the journey transform you. Whatever your condition, Shiatsu paves the way for a healthier, more balanced you.