Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion – Buddha
About Francesca (She/Her)
I provide a deeply calming holistic treatment in a safe and nurturing environment. My goal is to understand how my client’s physical and emotional habits have impacted their health and well-being and how I can gently and efficiently facilitate their healing.
I focus on improving my client’s quality of life through restoring strength, flexibility and energy from past injuries, reducing the effects of emotional pain and stress on the body and encouraging mind-body awareness. During your treatment, I will use a combination of Shiatsu, CranioSacral, Visceral Manipulation and L.A.S.T to ensure that I use the appropriate techniques to address your individual concerns.
My private studio is located in the peaceful neighbourhood of Hastings-Sunrise, just east of Commercial Drive, a quiet oasis away from traffic and congested streets.
Training & Affiliation
- Sourcepoint Shiatsu Practitioner Program, Langara College, 2004
- CranioSacral Level 1 & 2, Upledger Institute
- SomatoEmotional Release Level 1 & 2, Upledger Institute
- L.A.S.T.: studied with Robert Libbey, Shoulder, Thorax & Posture, Hip & Pelvis and Knee-Foot-Leg classes
- Visceral Manipulation Level I & 2: Abdominal Organs, Barral Institute
- Member of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of British Columbia
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. – Hippocrates
Shiatsu is an acupressure technique to nourish and strengthen the body’s natural healing abilities by ensuring that the flow of vital energy (ki) is running smoothly without stagnation, blockage or weakness. The treatment style can vary from very light and energetic to deep pressure.
Shiatsu replenishes the body’s lymphatic, circulatory, digestive and nervous systems. Receiving regular treatments strengthens the body’s immunity, improves digestion and sleep, processes impurities more effectively, promotes efficient functioning of the organs and increases one’s energy. By addressing underlying imbalances, Shiatsu promotes a deeper physical, psychological and emotional awareness of the body.
Shiatsu is beneficial for the treatment of a wide-range of ailments, including:
- Back Pain
- Poor Posture
- Migraines & Headaches
- Neck and Shoulder Tension
- Digestive Problems
- Breathing Difficulties
- Neurological Disorders
- Anxiety and Depression
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- PMS & Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
Visceral manipulation is a gentle holistic treatment that releases restrictions in the organs and the supporting tissues. The fascia and ligaments that support the organs can get injured or stressed from physical impact, pathogens, infections or emotional trauma and, as a result, the organs’ function and associated structures can be stressed and, over time, develop adhesions and functional distortions throughout the body. By gently manipulating the organs, the therapist can free the body of deep restrictions surrounding the organ and its’ fascial, neural and arterial pathways.
Visceral manipulation is beneficial for acid reflux, gall bladder issues, digestion, elimination, poor liver function, chronic diaphragm tension and emotional stress stored in the viscera. It is a deeply corrective and calming treatment.
The CranioSacral system (CSS) is comprised of a membrane (the dura) that surrounds and protects your brain and spinal cord and the cerebral spinal fluid where it pumps to nourish, clean and heal your central nervous system. By gently manipulating the cranial bones and the sacrum, which sit atop the dura, CranioSacral Therapy can alleviate bone or tissue restrictions caused by a physical trauma, bacterial or viral infections or emotional stress. By improving the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, the CSS is hydrated and restored to a functional state.
With regular treatments, CranioSacral Therapy can improve or alleviate a wide variety of ailments:
- Migraine headaches
- Sinus problems
- TMJ and hard palate dysfunctions
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Nervous disorders
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Ligamentous Articular Strain Technique (LAST) is a style of treatment that addresses injury or dysfunction to joints by applying pressure to bone, muscle, fascial tissue or ligaments. These specific techniques are designed to stimulate healthier communication from the joints to the brain and vice-versa. The effects of L.A.S.T. can improve alignment, blood flow and neural function and decrease joint pain and muscle tone.
Since seeing Francesca and receiving Shiatsu I have learned to listen to my body and mind...
She...treated a forward tilt in the right hip.
I saw Francesca on several occasions this year. She helped me relieve stiffness in the neck and treated a forward tilt in the right hip. After every session, I felt a significant relief in both cranial and sacral areas of the back. I very much appreciated the subtle ways of movements with which she created a space between cervical vertebrae and allowed my neck and upper back to breathe again. S.T.
Treatments with Francesca have helped alleviate the chronic neck and back pain that had been troubling me for years...
I know it’s her great skills that give me relief...
Francesca immediately assessed my tightness and associated it to the right places in my body without me telling her of all my aches. I trust her treatments and I can discuss anything that bothers me, especially psychologically, since she says everything is connected. I know it’s her great skills that give me relief but since it is transferred through her hands I call them “Healing Hands” (just short of Mother Theresa). It is really too bad that our health care system doesn’t recognize Shiatsu as valid medical treatments but since I have such great success having these treatments, I rather pay for them out of my own pocket and feel great afterwards. For me a treatment session is absolute relaxation. Ody Meyer
Francesca intuitively knows which muscles need attention...
It’s true that Francesca intuitively knows which muscles need attention. She has a talent for assessing aches and pains and finding spots that you don’t even realize need work. Her calm energy and healing hands have helped the pain in my lower back, shoulders and neck, and I’m grateful for her monthly visits to our office. I look forward to every treatment because they feel so good, and they leave me feeling physically and mentally refreshed. Mari K.
I have experienced an immediate sense of relaxation and peacefulness...
The last 2 years with your treatments have been a miracle...
Francesca could feel the organs out of alignment
I went to see Francesca for gentle yet effective CranioSacral Therapy. I had a fasciotomy surgery and my pelvis and peritoneum haven’t felt the same since. Two laparoscopies also contributed more scar tissue.
Francesca could feel the organs out of alignment and she gently applied touch to the viscera, organs and tight spots. I always felt more relaxed after her therapy.
I highly recommend Francesca for CranioSacral and Shiatsu treatments. LizinKona
Francesca is a compassionate, knowledgeable and gifted healer...
After three sessions, I was completely pain-free and able to resume training...
I began to develop lower back pain and sciatic pain. The pain was so bad that it was difficult to dress in the mornings. I could not ignore the pain any longer. I needed help. Help came in the form of Francesca Del Bianco. Using a unique intertwining of Shiatsu and CranioSacral therapies, I experienced relief almost immediately. After three sessions, I was completely pain-free and able to resume training for the Vancouver to Whistler Granfondo. The speed of recovery is what impressed me the most. I can say that the speed of recovery was almost miraculous after the treatments. I am also a practical type of person who doesn’t try to over think things, but I was also touched by Francesca’s compassion and her genuine concern for my well-being. Her skill and her compassion made me feel relaxed never doubting that I was in “good hands” and in the hands of a healer. I am grateful for the care and effectiveness of Francesca’s treatments. I am also grateful that I continue to be pain-free. Thanks Francesca!!! Father Eugenio Aloisio
45 minutes – $100
60 minutes – $120
75 minutes – $145
90 minutes – $165
Monday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 10:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Cash, cheque & e-transfers are accepted
A $50 fee will be charged for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice, and the total cost of treatment will be charged for missed appointments. The fee will be waived with Covid related cancellations.
Gift certificates available
Extended Health Coverage
Check your coverage to see if it includes Shiatsu Therapy by a Registered Shiatsu Therapist with the Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC. If it doesn’t, ask your provider to include it to your plan.
Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing to allow for proper stretching of the limbs and torso. In order to ensure that you receive the greatest benefit out of your treatment, it is recommended that you do not consume alcohol or use drugs prior to the treatment and avoid eating an hour before. Please refrain from using colognes, perfumes or heavily scented products before your treatment. I am trying to encourage a healthy healing space for those with chemical sensitivity, which we can all benefit.
After your treatment it is recommended that you drink plenty of water to allow the proper elimination of toxins, and rest, nap or take it easy for the rest of the day.
Covid-19 Clinic Protocols
The Shiatsu Therapy Association of BC has set strict guidelines and enhanced protocols so therapists can ensure safety to all clients. These guidelines are consistent with WorkSafeBC, BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Provincial Health Officer. Please read all of the following recommendations, so that appointments can run smoothly for yourself and other clients.
Before your appointment: You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via phone, text, or email to answer a set of health-related questions for a COVID-19 SYMPTOM SELF-ASSESSMENT. You are required to complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. I will have to reschedule your appointment if you are unable to complete this step. Any clients who are showing the signs of cold or flu (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, fever, loss of smell) will be respectfully asked to refrain from coming in for treatment. Stay at home and contact 8-1-1 if you have symptoms.
Arrive at your scheduled time, please do not come early or late to avoid crossover of clients and to allow enough time for me to properly sanitize surfaces. As usual, fresh linens will be provided and the face and arm cradle will be sanitized.
Please ask anyone accompanying you to wait in the car unless you are requiring physical assistance or you are a minor.
Payment options remain the same, however, if you prefer to pay by cash or cheque in person, I can do this with increased sanitization measures. Cheques should be written out in advance to avoid delays.
At your appointment: You will be required to fill and sign an informed consent document specific to COVID-19, so that I can legally have it on file. You can fill it out when you come for treatment.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Wear a mask to your appointment and sanitize your hands before knocking on the door. If you do not have your own, antibacterial gel and masks are available upon entry. I will be wearing a mask and a face shield during your visit.
It is recommended that you use your personal bathroom facilities before or after you arrive at your scheduled appointment but I will sanitize the bathroom for those who need it.
CANCELLATION POLICY: At this time, I will be relaxing the 24-hour cancellation policy to allow patients to stay home if their COVID situation suddenly changes. However, we ask that you please give us as much notice as possible, because other clients may be eager to take your appointment if given adequate notice. No-shows without prior communication will be charged the total cost of the appointment.
Thank you for your support and patience while we navigate through this ever-changing and unprecedented event.