In the Spring of 1987, Kikuko Zutrau Miyazaki designed an educational program in Zen
Shiatsu. With this program she opened the doors to her own school in Brookline,
Massachusetts, calling it the Boston School of Ki. As her Shiatsu curriculum expanded,
and the program became more popular, Kiku decided to move her school to a larger space
in 1991. The school relocated to Cambridge and the name was changed to the Boston
Shiatsu School and Clinic. In the following years the Shiatsu program went through
a series of transformations. Most significant was the integration of Traditional
Chinese Medicine instruction by well-known teachers and practitioners, as well as
recognition by the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association. As enrollment
increased, a larger space was needed once again. In Spring of 1995, the school was
moved just a block away to a 5200-square foot facility.
The Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies is located at 1972
Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02140. We are easily accessible
by subway (Porter Sq. on the Red Line), commuter rail (Porter Square, on the North
Station-Fitchburg line), and multiple bus routes. There is ample metered parking
on Massachusetts Avenue and the surrounding side streets.
The institute occupies 5,200 square feet on the second floor of a modern and comfortable
building. The building is equipped with an elevator for accessibility. An adequate
number of massage tables, futons, massage chairs, and regular chairs and desks provide
students with a comfortable environment, conducive to learning. The technique classrooms
are furnished with 100% wool wall-to-wall carpeting. Each classroom is equipped with
white boards, anatomical charts, and skeletal models. There is proper indoor lighting,
as well as natural light from large windows. The space is very quiet, and the rooms are
large and uncluttered. Our Student Lounge includes a refrigerator and microwave oven.
The institute's library offers a collection of books on the alternative healing arts,
Eastern philosophy, Western medicine, and mind-body-spirit health. In addition, any
textbook that a student will need to own can be purchased through the school.
Kikuko Zutrau Miyazaki
Kiku is a graduate and former instructor of Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu in New York City.
She studied Zen Shiatsu with Shizuto Masunaga, Seiki with Shinmei Kishi and Sotai with
Taichi Sorimachi, all of Japan, as well as acupuncture with Thomas Tam of Boston. Kiku
is well-known for her efforts to educate the public about shiatsu. She founded the New
England Shiatsu/Sotai Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and co-founded the New England
Shiatsu Center in Boston. Over the years, Kiku has built a local practice combining
Shiatsu, Sotai, and Acupuncture. Kiku has garnered Best of Boston (Boston Magazine)
awards, for best Shiatsu in Boston. Kiku has also taught abroad in England, Germany,
Switzerland, and Italy.
Jeannine is a Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies graduate who went
on to complete our Teacher Training Program in 1997, and who has also trained in Thailand
Traditional Massage, Advanced Zen Shiatsu, Tao Shiatsu, Tai Chi, and Reiki. Jeannine
brings an inspiring combination of enthusiasm, sensitivity, and intelligence into every
Another graduate of the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary Therapies and of
our Teacher Training Program, Chris is also an avid practitioner of Tai Chi and a
respected private instructor in the Greater Boston community. Our students especially
appreciate Chris's eagerness to spend time with each student to make the concepts of
Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medical Theory understandable to everyone.
Donna also received her training here at the Boston Institute of Shiatsu and Complementary
Therapies, and personifies the school's commitment to integrating traditional healing
with a Western perspective for a wholistic understanding of mind/body/spirit health. Her
innovative teaching methods and insightful observations personalize the experience of
learning shiatsu, helping each student take it to heart.
Stephen Markus, MD
Dr. Markus is extremely popular among our students here at the Boston Institute of Shiatsu
and Complementary Therapies. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts
Medical School, Stephan held prestigious faculty positions at Muscular Therapy Institute
and New England School Of Acupuncture. As our instructor of the Western science component,
and with his understanding of Eastern medicine and various bodywork modalities, “Dr. S
teve’s” teaching methodology tremendously complements our certification and training
Bill’s extensive work (25 years) with recreational, high school, collegiate, and
professional athletes for sport enhancement is proven 100% effective. Individuals and
teams have proven these techniques by reducing stretching-related injuries and achieving
and surpassing personal goals. Bill’s carefully designed program of assisted stretching
and strengthening exercises identifies and remedies asymmetrical, structural, and muscular
deficiencies to remedy knee and back problems, relieve sciatica, and improve athletes’