Acupuncture and Asian Bodywork

Starting November 2018 Union will be offering acupuncture and Asian bodywork every Tuesday and Thursday.

Introducing our new acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist – Matthew Sedo

Matthew Sedo is a registered acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist with an interest in musculoskeletal and stress-related disorders.  He has been practicing in Toronto since 2001 and is an instructor and clinical supervisor at ‘Eight Branches Academy of Healing Arts’- a local acupuncture school.

Matthew is committed to providing the utmost in quality patient care.  The best treatment techniques and modalities are matched with your condition to optimize healing and recovery.  He focuses on addressing the root cause of your condition rather than only addressing symptoms. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, stress relief or managing a chronic illness, Matthew will work collaboratively with you to create a personalized care plan.

Treatments can include any combination of acupuncture, bodywork (tuina and shiatsu), cupping, and dietary and lifestyle counseling and are built into your treatment plan according to your specific needs and preferences. Acupuncture is frequently covered by extended health insurance and is HST exempt.

Book an appointment from this page, and read on to learn more about treatment options. If booking with Matthew for the first time, please select “Initial Appointment” as there is extra time set aside for the initial assessment. For subsequent bookings please choose from 45, 60, or 90 minute appointments.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is part of a holistic system of health care that originated in China several thousand years ago and has evolved and developed over time. TCM includes manual therapy (called Tuina and Shiatsu), acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic exercises, herbal therapy and dietary and lifestyle recommendations. These practices are based on common concepts and treatment principles unique to TCM. TCM views the body and mind as a whole and part of a larger physical and social environment and addresses how illness manifests itself in a unique individual.


Acupuncture is the insertion and stimulation of thin, sterile needles into subcutaneous (under the skin) and muscle tissue. There is an increasing body of evidence demonstrating that acupuncture may stimulate the immune system, reduce pain, and regulate the sympathetic nervous system: a physiological mechanism involved in many stress-related disorders such as headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and poor digestion.

Acupuncture is increasingly being integrated into mainstream healthcare systems around the world. Matthew practices a variety of styles including Classical Chinese, Japanese, electro, distal and motor point acupuncture.

Asian Bodywork – Tuina and Shiatsu therapy

Bodywork in Chinese medicine includes massage, acupressure, passive stretching, structural alignment, and joint mobilization. Manual therapy is applied to myofascial pathways, acupuncture channels and points, with the goal of restoring healthy function and reducing pain. This can also have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension.

Tui na translates as push (tui) and grasp (na). It is a type of massage that uses an extensive variety of rhythmic techniques and manipulations along the course of tendon-muscular pathways, acupuncture points, muscles, and joints. Tui na is task focused: it concentrates on specific areas of the body and employs various protocols to address injuries and syndromes. Tuina, utilizes the same principles of diagnosis as acupuncture, cupping and other therapies used in Chinese medicine. Tuina excels at treating chronic or acute pain myofascial and skeletal pain such at sciatica and arthritis.

Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a form of bodywork (massage) that translates to finger pressure. It is based on principles of traditional Eastern medicine, modern anatomy and kinesiology. Shiatsu therapy involves the systematic application of manual pressure to the body in order to assess and treat a variety of conditions. Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organ function and reducing muscle tension. Shiatsu excels at treating stress-related disorders such as insomnia and anxiety.


Cupping involves applying glass jars to the skin by creating suction or negative pressure via a heat source. Cupping mobilizes fascia and moves stagnant blood and metabolic waste from the tissue. When these waste products are brought to the surface of the skin, the body can more readily flush out these fluids and replace them with fresh oxygenated blood. Cupping also has the ability to break up adhesions between the skin, muscles and fascia thereby increasing mobility, decreasing pain, and improving circulation