Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.

 - Buddha

What is the Zen Den?

      At the Zen Den we carry the belief that the human body is a fantastic work of creation and given what it requires, will always strive to regain balance, or homeostasis.  Relaxation and stress reduction are key components in aiding the body in its own healing process.  Massage Therapy, Bodywork and Energy Medicine have provided an avenue for many people seeking relaxation, stress relief and the restoration of the body.

     Zen is a Japanese word for “meditation” or “meditative state.”  A den is described as a comfortable, secluded room.  The Zen Den is oasis of relaxation in a fast paced world.  Located in Mt Washington (and easily reached by bus, T, or incline), the Den is a few blocks away from Grandview Avenue, arguably the best vantage point to view our beautiful city.  Experience the Mount in all its magic by booking your Zen appointment, followed by a leisurely stroll to a park bench and an amazing view of the city skyline,  then grab a bite at one of our many unbelievable restaurants, all while floating in your post Den bliss.      

Massage throughout History

     Massage therapy has a long history in cultures around the world.  Today, people use many different types of massage therapy for a variety of health-related purposes including to relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid in general wellness.  In the United States, massage therapy is often considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

     Massage therapy has been praised as one of the oldest forms of medical treatment.  Writings on massage have been found in many ancient civilizations including China, Rome, Greece, India, Japan, Egypt, and Mesopotamia.  First recorded in China during the second century B.C. in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, massage was mentioned as a recommendation for the treatment of certain ailments.  In India, the traditional healing system of Ayurvedic medicine also prescribed massage for a variety of medical conditions. Physicians of ancient Greece and Rome utilized massage as one of the primary methods to treat pain.  In the West, during the fifth century B.C., Hippocrates also instructed his fellow physicians on the many benefits of rubbing.

     Over the years, though massage faded in and out of our Western medical system, it seems there has always been an awareness of its inherent healing and therapeutic value.  During the 1960’s, a wave of interest in natural healing once again revitalized the practice of massage and has continued to be a popular method of dealing with stress.  Perhaps this is why massage has become mainstream as the increased pace of life has created all sorts of stress related problems.