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After graduating from LuKaren Hielsberg Shiatsu Thearapistther 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. She has been practicing there since 1995. Karen is very active in her community. She is a Certified Shiatsu Therapist with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA).  She gives educational talks about Shiatsu and alternative healthcare, as well as teaching classes in Self-Shiatsu.

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Sondra Samos



Sondra Samos Shiatsu ThearapistSondra is a registered Occupational Therapist (O.T.) with over 20 years of experience, primarily in mental health. She became professionally interested in Shiatsu after personally experiencing its healing benefits, both mental and physical. In 2002, she received certification as an Asian Bodywork Therapist from CenterPoint in Minneapolis, and began her work at the Burnsville Shiatsu Center (BSC).

Sondra has additional training in Reflexology, Hospice Massage, Shiatsu for Occupational Therapy, and Yoga/Mindfulness for Depression and Anxiety. In addition to her work at BSC, she provides Shiatsu and O.T. services to residents with dementia and Alzheimers living in metro Memory Care facilities.

In her spare time Sondra enjoys quilting, hiking, cross country skiing, show shoeing, swimming and reading. She also likes to give Shiatsu treatments to her husband.

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Laurel Regan

Laurel Regan Shiatsu ThearapistLaurel is committed to helping her clients 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 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 :-)) At home, her dog (Maya) and two cats (Gus and Woodrow) make most of the decisions.

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