Zen Shiatsu 

by Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT

Shaitsu Bodywork Therapies by Laurie Van Valkenburgh

" I have noticed myself changing slowly. Every session reveals something I was not aware of that  was blocking my energies...I feel so energized, relaxed, strong, and able to handle any challenges life throws my way. Thank you for balancing me." JC

Shiatsu and its cousin, Acupressure, are based on Chinese Medical Theory and are very similar in theory to acupuncture. Over the centuries, Chinese health practitioners developed a system based on the premise that good health is dependent on the balanced flow vitality in the body, and in particular, on the energy that flows through a specific system of channels, or meridians. Chinese hands-on techniques were further developed in Japan and influenced by that culture’s practice of massage. Shiatsu evolved in this tradition to integrate a variety of techniques including, pressure, stretching, and exercise.

Laurie performs Zen Shiatsu which emphasizes correction and maintenance of bone structure, joints, tendons, muscles, and meridian lines, any of which, when out of balance, may distort the body’s energy and autonomic nervous system, causing disease.


Increasing Energy Flow

Today there are a number of variations of Shiatsu, some which focus on applying pressure to individual acupuncture points as in acupressure, and others which focus on working the meridian lines. Whatever the style, Shiatsu is designed to release blocks in circulation and energy flow, and to boost the flow of healing nutrients to organs, glands, muscles, and nerves. The restoration of good circulation to all the tissues helps support the immune system and stimulates the body’s natural inclination to heal.


Laurie uses a multi-modality approach in order to best serve her clients’ individual needs. The process of healing occurs at different speeds for different people. Laurie offers a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that promotes healing of everyday aches and pains, allergies, arthritis, fertility-related problems, fibromyalgia, muscular/skeletal pain, depression, headaches, hip and knee pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, stress, TMJ, and many other ailments.

To Schedule an Appointment, Please select one of two convenient

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Shin Tai Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies by Laurie Van Valkenburgh