Shiatsu and Thai Massage
Experience a blissful full body massage therapy treatment in the heart of downtown Ithaca.
Welcome to the Shoji Arts studio!
New York State licensed massage therapist Shayna Grajo specializes in shiatsu and Thai massage bodywork sessions. She is grateful to serve you in her home studio based in downtown Ithaca right on "restaurant row" or the "Aurora Streatery" on Aurora Street.
"The simple truth is that I can't imagine having a better experience, and today was only my first session in Shayna's wonderful studio. The spaces she creates both in terms of the physical atmosphere and psychological/spiritual comfort are meticulously kept, and the arts she practices within are something else."
—Jordie van Ham
“Your work has really decreased a bit of the pain I deal with daily and I also believe it’s helping me work out some energetic things too.”
Hands-on healing arts
Shiatsu and Thai massage draw on oriental medicine, holistic health and bodywork techniques to address physical and energetic conditions.
What is Shiatsu?
Think acupuncture, using massage instead of needles (and so much more)!
Shiatsu literally translates to "finger pressure" and is a modern Japanese form of bodywork that draws on key aspects of traditional Chinese medicine and influence from Zen Buddhism. These sessions begin and end by establishing contact with the hara—the sea of vitality, the abdomen. After both a thorough intake and hara diagnosis (abdominal palpation), the practitioner assesses the flow of Ki in the body to craft a skillful session that harmonizes yin and yang, as expressed by Five Elements and 12 major meridians. Shiatsu technique involves stretching, holding and leaning body weight to improve energy flow, blood circulation, flexibility and posture. Pressure and contact is applied through the hands, thumbs, fingers, forearms, knees and feet, with the receiver sitting or lying in various positions. Work is performed on a floor mat with the receiver fully clothed, wearing comfortable gym or yoga-style clothing that allows for a full range of motion. I follow hara diagnosis as propounded by Masunaga of the Zen Shiatsu tradition and as I've learned from Yumi Asakura, LMT, my main teacher.
Shiatsu literally translates to "finger pressure" and has a grounding, balancing, Zen feel, though it is also energizing.
What is Thai massage?
Think yoga "without doing the work" (and so much more)!
Thai massage is an ancient form of healing bodywork that synthesizes many techniques, including leaning pressure, reflexology, energy line work, stretching, and yoga. It stems from the East and is influenced by Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, and even traditional Chinese medicine. The bodywork practitioner uses her hands and feet, supported by her bodyweight, to apply broad pressure and firm thumb and palm pressure along energy channels established by traditional oriental medicine. The northern style of Thai massage is very dynamic, involving many assisted stretches that are a popular aspect of this modality. The therapy encourages energy flow, joint mobility, expulsion of toxins, stimulation of circulation, and reduction of stress. Thai massage work is fully clothed and performed on a comfortable mat on the floor. Attire is comfortable gym or yoga-style clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Helen Tseng, LMT is my main teacher.
Thai massage utilizes leverage and has a dancey, stretchy feel.
"Had my first Shiatsu session with Shayna in her beautiful space and all I can say is, where has this been all my life? I can’t even explain how relieved I feel."
"In this life, there is something deeply moving and memorable when we are cared for by another human being. Even more so when we feel comfortable enough to fully surrender to the moment and allow ourselves to be cared for.
Such is the experience of receiving massage from Shayna. Her connection to the Art of Shiatsu is infused with and mirrors her Zen practice and a life lived in Dharma. I feel deep gratitude for being one of her clients and know that my physical, emotional, and spiritual health are well cared for in her hands."
—Shindo Christopher Christensen
"My husband recently gifted me a 90 minute Thai/shiatsu massage with Shayna. There isn't exactly a shortage of massage therapists in Ithaca (I have tried quite a few!) but Shayna is offering a style of massage I haven't seen offered much in Ithaca before. It's ideal if you need some stretching in addition to 'traditional' massage. Shayna has such a warm and nurturing demeanor, she does amazing work and her studio is lovely. Highly recommend!"