Itsa Shash, BS-Bio, LMT
Tomas "Itsa" Shash, BS-Bio, LMT #MA60566787
In his people's Nahuatl language, "tetehtemohuihquetl" is one who is capable of massaging the body. Itsa's grandmothers were such people.
Itsa's work is guided by the philosophy that healing-touch is sacred. Learning about medicine since birth, Itsa's training comes from his cultural upbringing, professional education, and personal experience in overcoming chronic pain. Itsa has been blessed to know many healers.
Itsa received his Reiki II certification in 2005. While pursuing his Bachelor's degree in biology, which he received in 2010; Itsa took multiple internships to study Oriental medicine, Touch for Health Applied Kinesiology, and Holistic Healthcare. He received his massage certification from Clover Park Technical College in 2015 where he graduated at the top of his class. Under Yvonne Meziere, LMT, Itsa primarily studied Swedish massage and medical massage specializing in Neuromuscular techniques. He has used these with great results in rehabilitative therapy.
Beyond healthcare, Itsa enjoys life by connecting with nature and celebrating his cultural heritage. Itsa is a level 6 Filipino martial arts instructor of the International Balintawak Cuentada System. He is also a member of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, often bringing traditional storytelling to schools, colleges, and cultural gatherings.
"True health comes from within. My joy comes from contributing to individuals realizing their greatest vision of health and well-being."