Karlo Berger
Whole Health Solutions, LLC
236 Fourth Street
Providence, RI 02906 USA

Phone: 401-477-2845

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Shiatsu and Integrative Massage

Read about my shiatsu practice in the Providence Business News.

What is shiatsu?

Shiatsu is Japanese for "finger pressure".  This traditional healing art from Japan is based on the same principles as acupuncture, except no needles are used.  Instead, shiatsu massage uses finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other techniques to help balance and restore the body's life energy.  Shiatsu massage is traditionally performed on a futon mat, with clients fully clothed.

What are the benefits of shiatsu massage?

Receiving a shiatsu massage can renew your vitality, relieve your pain and stress, and make you more relaxed, renewed, and whole.  In my eighteen years of professional practice, I have helped people seeking relief from stress, chronic pain, fatigue, repetitive strain injuries, headaches/migraines, digestive problems, respiratory ailments, and pregnancy-related discomfort.

Shiatsu for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum

Traditionally, shiatsu has been used by midwives in Japan to support a healthy pregnancy and labor.  It is a safe and effective non-drug alternative for those seeking relief from back pain, sciatica, morning sickness, and exhaustion.  Shiatsu massage is also useful in supporting fertility and preparing the body for a healthy pregnancy.  I additionally provide trainings to moms and birth partners on the use of simple shiatsu and acupressure techniques for post-term induction and to ease labor pain.  Shiatsu is also highly restorative for the postpartum months.

Community Shiatsu: an affordable alternative

In addition to my one-on-one treatments, I also practice a low-cost form of shiatsu massage called Community Shiatsu.  In community shiatsu, couples, friends, or family members arrive together and each first receive a brief health evaluation from me.  I then give each person safe and simple instructions on what pressure points to press on each other to address pain and illness and maintain wellness.  Clients are asked to come back a month later for a professional reassessment of their condition, and received updated guidance on what more they can do with their hands to help each other.  I recommend that my Community Shiatsu clients also experience Community Acupuncture at Providence Community Acupuncture or at Kindred Community Acupuncture.

Integrative Table Massage

This hybrid style of massage brings together traditional eastern medical knowledge with western understandings of massage and the body.  As with Swedish and deep tissue massage, the client is treated on a massage table, undresses to their comfort level and is securely draped.  And also similar those two forms of massage, lotion is gently applied to the skin during the treatment.  But instead of focusing on massaging the muscles, integrative massage focuses mainly on massaging the meridians and acupoints of traditional Chinese medicine, and on applying various eastern mind-body practices (such as non-duality awareness meditation).  The effect is relaxing yet powerful.  Integrative massage is a great choice for those enjoy Swedish or deep tissue massage but who wish to also experience the benefits of traditional shiatsu and acupressure. 


I love practicing shiatsu, and have given thousands of professional treatments since my graduation from the Boston Shiatsu School in 1998.  Over my twenty years of practice I have worked a Harvard University Health Services (1998-2016), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1999-2002) and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (1999-2003), and have been a massage intern at the Cancer Center at Roger Williams Medical Center (2014).  I have studied shiatsu with Kikuko Miyazaki, Patricia Carusone, Keith Phillips, and Janet MacDonald.  I have studied pregnancy shiatsu with Suzanne Yates, an authority on shiatsu for pregnancy and author of Shiatsu for Midwives.  I teach shiatsu massage, integrative massage, and traditional Chinese medicine for the Therapeutic Massage Program at the Community College of Rhode Island.  I am a Registered Instructor with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) in zen shiatsu, am a Licensed Massage Therapist (RI and MA),am Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and am a Brown University cum laude graduate.

Hours, Locations, Pricing, and Discounts


Wednesdays (2:15 to 6:00 p.m.) and Fridays (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) My office is located on the first floor of 208 Governor Street on Providence's East Side, between Waterman and Angell Streets.  Off-street parking is available.


Shiatsu Massage and Integrative Massage: $60 for a 45-minute session, $85 for a 60-minute session, $115 for a 90-minute session.

Community Shiatsu
: Sliding scale of $15-35 per person (two person minimum), $30-$70 per couple.


--Buy a book of five one-hour treatments for $375 (a $50 discount!)
--Reduce your carbon footprint by taking the bus to my office and I will reimburse you the cost of your fare ($5).
--$10 discount on a 60 min treatment for weekly clients and Brown University students and staff.  My shiatsu practice participates in Brown's Bear Bargains Program. 
--20% discount to CCRI massage program graduates who have studied with me.
--Special discount to armed services, veterans, and Americorps members: $40 for a 45-minute session, $60 for a 60-minute session, $80 for a 90-minute session.
--United Healthcare Communities of Care program participants:  If you are enrolled in this program for frequent Emergency Room users and are on Medicaid (but not Medicare), you may be eligible to receive two free massages (or acupuncture or chiropractic treatments) per month through the AMI Group's Integrative Chronic Pain Program, which my practice participates in.  Call 401-732-7373 for more information and to see if you are eligible.
--Pay for your treatment in Rhode Island Time Dollars by becoming a member of the New HOPE Time Exchange.  Membership is free!
--Save 10%-35% (depending on your tax bracket) if you have a Flexible Spending Account by claiming your massage sessions. Here's how to do this.

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