About Shoji Arts
The name "Shoji Arts"
The name Shoji Arts comes from Zen. It is the shoji officer of Zen ritual who looks after the overall wellness of the practicing community in a Zen meditation hall. This is the person who serves the tea, lights the candles, monitors the comfort and safety of the practitioners, and so much more. The shoji is instrumental to the ceremony.
Shayna Grajo practices professionally as a yoga instructor and New York State licensed massage therapist based in Ithaca. Her wellness journey draws on dance, yoga, meditation and massage therapy, as well as special interests in equity and mental health. Of Filipinx and Jewish descent, she sources an eclectic blend of techniques and modalities in her healing arts sessions based in shiatsu and Thai massage, incorporating reiki, Swedish massage, somatics and yoga as indicated. Her main teachers and mentors in bodywork are Yumi Asakura, Charles Napolitano, and Helen Tseng; for yoga they are Lea Perfetti and Tarik van Prehm. Shayna's loves and pastimes include travel, hiking, culture, coffee, boba, maté, slowly learning Spanish, dancing and connecting with family and friends in Ithaca.
Shayna's human design: 2/4 projector
Shayna's astros: Virgo Sun, Taurus Moon, Cancer Rising
Charlene Konkankit began practicing her cultural heritage of Thai deep tissue massage and Chinese reflexology when she was just 4 years old. She learned much of practice from her father and aunt, as well as from massage therapists in Thailand. After meeting Shayna, the founder of Shoji Arts, in 2021, Charlene decided to share her culture and 24 years of experience as a Thai healing arts practitioner with the Ithaca community. She uses firm pressure and deep stretches to aid in stress reduction, pain relief, and increasing mobility. In addition to practicing these healing techniques, Charlene holds a Ph. D. from Cornell University in Bioinorganic Chemistry and currently works as a postdoctoral associate. She also volunteers at the SPCA of Tompkins County with dogs and as a foster.
Charlene's human design: 3/5 projector
Charlene's astros: Leo Sun, Virgo Moon, Virgo Rising
About shiatsu & Thai massage
Check out the following time lapse video of a 75-minute bodywork session incorporating shiatsu and Thai massage techniques. The video is courtesy of Ducson Nguyen, alderperson for the City of Ithaca's 2nd Ward, who is pictured in the video as the receiver.
Shiatsu and Thai massage draw on oriental medicine, holistic health and bodywork techniques to address physical and energetic conditions. These modalities are fully clothed and conducted on a mat on the floor. To read more about each modality, see the Healing Arts page.