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Leisa Bellmore has been practicing shiatsu therapy since 2001, helping clients maintain and improve their health through treatment and education. She is the Shiatsu Therapist at the Artists’ Health Centre, an integrative clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, part of the University Health Network. It is the only clinic of its kind in North America, where practitioners specialize in serving the health care needs of professional performing and creative artists through treatment, education, research and outreach. Leisa also works with both private and corporate clients, which have included the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and BBDO.


A key element of Leisa’s practice is education, be it one on one with a client in the treatment room or through workshops and other speaking engagements. She regularly speaks about shiatsu, self-care and Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) to numerous audiences across Canada and internationally. She has presented for the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, Artists Health Alliance, Alpha-1 Canada, Canadian Pain Society, University Health Network’s Memory Clinic, the Australian Association of Massage Therapists and Providence Healthcare, among others.


Passion for her work and the natural healing professions led Leisa to volunteer with the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), of which she is a current member, after having served on the NHPC Board of Directors from 2004-2008, as President from 2007-2008 and several NHPC committees. She has also been volunteering at Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House for over a decade, where she offers short shiatsu treatments to the families living at the house. This has provided her with valuable clinical experience in working with severe stress and serious pediatric illnesses. Leisa has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Oncology Massage since 2015.


Leisa’s professional interests include stress management, self-care interventions for chronic conditions and CAM research. Leisa was invited to present a research poster at the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference titled The use of Shiatsu massage in managing stress in Alzheimer’s patients & caregivers. Leisa was a co-investigator on a research project: Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain: A pilot study, which was published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine. This project was awarded a 2012 Canadian CAM Research Fund Grant from IN-CAM (Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research). Leisa is currently working on a book on self-care for musicians and is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Complementary Medicine Research.


 The Artists’ Health Alliance

Ronald McDonald House Toronto

Natural Health Practitioners of Canada