About

Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout

May all beings be happy and free

My name is Shayna Rose Grajo, and I’m a licensed massage therapist based in Ithaca, New York.  I bring to my healing arts practice a background in dance and yoga, and I specialize in the Eastern bodywork modalities of shiatsu and Thai massage.

I identify as Asian American or Filipina American and connect with aspects of Eastern wisdom traditions and culture, being of Southeast Asian descent.

My mission is to support whole body health, resilience, and peace within ourselves, our communities, and our world through this practice and these healing arts. 

I believe in the Mahayana Buddhist value of freeing all beings, as with the Bodhisattva ideal.  I wish for all beings to be happy and free—physically, spiritually, energetically, and politically.  My views are derived from being a daughter of two diasporas, my mother being Jewish and my father being Filipino.  

I want to envision health and vitality toward increased peace, justice, equity, and harmony with nature and one another in the world.

Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout

The word "shoji" comes from Zen...

The archetype of the "shoji" from Zen has come to represent my hands-on healing arts practice as a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor.

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.

Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout

Ribbon cutting

On March 4, 2021, I gave a brief speech about Shoji Arts upon relaunching this private practice downtown on the Ithaca Commons.  To read the words I gave before the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, click here or see video below for snippets!

To read the media coverage of the ribbon cutting by the Ithaca Voice, click here.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission: To support whole body health, resilience, and peace within ourselves, our communities, and our world

Vision: To hold sacred space for the transformative bodywork therapies of shiatsu, Thai massage, and yoga

Values:

  • I believe in antiracism, anticapitalism, feminism, social justice, cultural equity, partnering with women and women of color entrepreneurs and artists, and supporting small and local business.  I commit to continual learning and furthering these endeavors in my business.
  • I honor the identities and intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ communities; as well as Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern, white and international communities; all religious communities; and all mental health communities.  I respect all bodies of our unique physiques and abilities.
  • I cherish the sacred service of ancient and indigenous health practices, rituals, ceremonies and healers in worldwide cultures.  I grieve for ancestral loss of sacred healing arts through criminalization, marginalization, colonization, genocide and undermining.  I am sensitive to implications for cultural appropriation and financial accessibility in healing arts establishments.
  • I give thanks to all my teachers and dedicate the fruits of this practice to all beings.
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout
Photo courtesy of Ben J. Bookout

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 my Bodywork page.

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