Zen shiatsu


Asian Bodywork Therapy

Tara Rachel Jones, ABT, AOBTA, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM)

Mission Statement:

My interest in Shiatsu began in 1996 during my first formal yoga teacher training. I came across an article describing how the yoga postures stimulate different acu-points and meridian channels in the body. Since I had spent some time previous to reading this informally studying massage, I was delighted to find a body work practice complimentary to the full lifestyle practice of yoga. Giving shiatsu is yet another way of supporting human development and awareness. Since my early adulthood, I have been a progressive educator. It was working with children that inspired me to look at and find ways to do inner healing. I was curious and intrigued when I read in my books on education, what was meant by phrases stating the teacher must purify her heart in order to be present for the budding nature of the developing human. I came to understand that there was an innate relationship between how I live and how I work; that ultimately, teaching was more about being, than doing. I found out that working with people takes a tremendous amount of commitment to personal development and continued re-awakening. When I experience myself as someone who supports the people I work with, I understand the profound responsibility it is to serve the personal growth of the clients I reach. Education philosophies, yoga, cooking, shiatsu and commitment to being a student of life have added to the ways for me to deepen my understanding of my whole relationship to myself and therefore others. Healing Lotus Shiatsu Therapy sessions are meant to support the whole person, body, mind and spirit.  

What is shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a form of Asian bodywork. Its origins are rooted in both Chinese and Japanese medicine. The work is based on balancing, harmonizing and supporting our innate healing process. Our self-healing ability is based on the free flow of our cosmic life force, which is called QI. Day-to-day living can cause a state of dis-ease. Thus obstructing, stagnating or limiting the movement of this vital energy. The Chinese texts say that there are rivers of QI that flow throughout the body, called meridians. Along these channels are acu-points. Shi means finger and Atsu means pressure in Japanese. Gentle finger pressure, usually, thumb pressure or palm pressure, is applied along the meridians to support opening up the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Shiatsu works on the physical body and opens up the release of obstruction and stagnation of the mental and emotional aspects of being. Shiatsu is very relaxing and balancing for overall well-being, body, mind and spirit.  

A session

Shiatsu is a fully clothed form of bodywork. Wear loose comfortable clothing, clean socks and no jewelry nor scents nor perfumes. Shiatsu sessions last for one hour. Your first session will be 1&1/2 hours This will give us time to review your wellness history, discuss your questions, go over a session plan and schedule follow-up visits. 

What conditions may be alleviated by shiatsu?

Asthma, shortness of breath
Sore Throat
Toothache, TMJ
Lower Back Pain
Frozen Shoulder
Digestive Issues, Indigestion, Ulcers
Gum Disease
Fatigue, Low Energy
High Blood Pressure
Emotional Upset: (Anger, Sadness, Depression, Feeling Overwhelmed, Grief, Anxiety, Stress)
Bladder Infections
Carpal tunnel Syndrome
Immune function
Headaches and Migraines
PMS, Menopause Symptoms, Irregular Menstruation

Who can benefit from shiatsu?

Everyone Adults * Teens * Children * Athletes * Yoga Practitioners and Teachers * Dancers *Everyone  


Welcome to Healing Lotus Zen Shiatsu Therapy. You will be invited to fill out an intake form including medical history and lifestyle information. Be as thorough as possible. This form will support our path to our work together. Please feel free to list any additional questions you may have. 

Shiatsu therapy works cumulatively. It allows you to experience the benefits of your process in a consistent manner. 

While it is optimal to make a series of appointments in advance, a Shiatsu session is beneficial whenever you need it and on the timetable that fits your schedule!

  • When you need to change your appointment, please call to re-schedule.
  • Kindly, give 24 hours notice if you have to miss any appointments. 

  • Cancellations after this or missed appointments are subject to billing for the full amount of a session. 

  • Payments must be received before any other appointments are made.

  •  Healing Lotus accepts direct payments only. Checks can be made out to Healing Lotus or cash is welcome. I do not accept credit/debit cards. 

  • If your check is returned, a $25.00 fee will be charged to you and must be paid in addition to the amount written on the returned check before further sessions continue. 

  • Healing Lotus expects your payment upon arrival for your session. 


Should you need to submit verification of your visit to your insurance company, Healing Lotus can provide you with a receipt. PLEASE request this receipt when you make your appointment. 

Personal property

You are responsible for your valuables. Healing lotus and Tara Rachel Jones are not liable for you personal properties while you are here. 


Zen Shiatsu is a fully clothed massage. Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a clean pair of socks to put on. 

On the day of your visit, do not wear jewelry, scents or perfumes. I kindly ask that you turn off your cell phone while you are in session. 

Tara Rachel Jones, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), ABT (AOBTA)  is a certified Asian Body Work Therapist and Shiatsu Practitioner by the AOBTA, American Organization for Asian Bodywork Therapies of Asia and as a Diplomat of Asian Bodywork Therapy by the NCCAOM, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She began studying Shiatsu with her private teacher in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1997-1999 and holds a certificate of completion. Since 2000, Tara has studied and is a graduate of the Charles River Institute for Healing and Inner Arts (Formerly named The Charles River School of Shiatsu) that was in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2001-2006, Tara taught a Qi Flow Yoga Class at Charles River Institute – which combines yoga and the meridian system. This class was an extension of the Shiatsu Makko-Ho exercises. 

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