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The Burnsville Shiatsu Center has a history of providing premium bodywork over 20 years. The founders and practitioners have built a legacy that continues today.

Original founders: Sondra, Karen, Laurel


Karen Hielsberg



After graduating from Luther College, Karen taught English in Japan, where she became interested in Shiatsu. Upon returning to Minnesota she studied Shiatsu at the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study (now CenterPoint), graduating in July 1994. She has completed 500+ hours of study in Shiatsu Anma, Namikoshi Shiatsu, Anatomy & Physiology, and continues to study and learn new techniques.

Karen bought the Burnsville Shiatsu Center from a former classmate in 1997 and started practicing there in 1995. She has since moved onto nursing in 2017 and continues to work with clients towards achieving a state of better health and wellness.

Laurel Regan



Laurel committed to her clients to find a personal path to well being. She has practiced Asian Bodywork Therapy for 14 years and taught yoga for 17. Her education and certifications include the following: Asian Bodywork Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Myofascial Release I and II, 2nd Degree Reiki, Nordic Walking Instructor, Wellness Coach.

Laurel retired from the Center in 2017 after working there for almost two decades. She is an avid nature nut and loves gardening, hiking, wilderness camping, and cross-country skiing. She also loves to eat good food and therefore has learned to cook…mostly gluten, grain, and dairy-free (and insists it’s delicious!).