Zen Shiatsu

Rachel McKillip

I graduated in 2007 from East West College of the healing arts in Portland Oregon as a licensed massage therapist and received my certification as a zen shiatsu practitioner from Zen Shiatsu located in Evanston, IL. I started receiving bodywork while in my youth and was immediately drawn to the healing benefits. I think of myself as a facilitator when working with clients on their individual journeys. I believe that the body has the ability and potential to heal itself especially when in balance and in harmony with the elements that surround us. I am very passionate about plant medicine, having my hands and feet connected to the earth and observing nature. I bring my love for gardening into my practice by incorporating oils made from plants in my backyard garden. I am always humbled and honored to be doing bodywork and am constantly learning, growing and adapting. I also incorporate hot stones, Moxa, Guasha and cupping into sessions.

About Zen Shiatsu:

Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork rooted in the five element theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu can result in a very deep state of relaxation and balance that enables the body’s own healing powers to circulate. During a shiatsu session, the client is dressed in loose comfortable clothing and the session is traditionally done on a mat but can also be adapted to a table. During a treatment I use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet, and knees to apply pressure along the channel pathways while focusing on the body’s response to the treatment, assisting to cultivate a greater sense of presence and awareness towards the healing process. Zen shiatsu helps your body with creating natural rhythms, balance and harmony to the channel pathways to open the flow of energy. 

Balanced and open flow of Qi helps to increase:

  • flexibility
  • energy level
  • restful sleep
  • mental function and clarity
  • supports immune and digestive system
  • supports cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system functions

Zen Shiatsu is also helpful with the following symptoms:

  • pain
  • stress
  • high blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • neck/shoulder stiffness
  • joint pain
  • poor circulation
  • sinus congestion

Zen Shiatsu is beneficial for overall well being and for before, during and after pregnancy. 


$95 for Shiatsu Session

$75 for Therapeutic Massage Therapy Session

To book an appointment please call 202-996-3091 or email Rachel at rachel@fullcirclehealing.us.