Shiatsu Supporting Faculty

Eileen Muir – Director and Principal Teacher

From 1982-1984 Eileen studied at and graduated from the Ohashi Shiatsu Institute in New York City. She travelled to Japan in 1984 and lived there for a year and a half. She studied privately with two different Shiatsu teachers, both with very different styles. One teacher was Susuki Sensei of the Masanaga School of Tokyo, and the other was a little old man called Yamamoto Sensei, who taught in the Namikoshi style. Eileen graduated from the Swedish Institute of NYC in 1987 and taught level one through advanced Shiatsu there from 1987-1995. She developed and taught a Shiatsu/yoga curriculum for the New York Open Center, and taught there from 1989-1995. Eileen volunteered at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and worked extensively with patients with HIV and Cancer for several years. Eileen has had a private Shiatsu practice since 1983. She is the only AOBTA Certified Instructor in the New England Area that is offering a 500-Hour Certification Program.

Paul Menard – MA, RYT 500

Paul Menard began studying shiatsu in 2014 and yoga in 2002 and has maintained a passionate practice ever since. His background in classical dance gives him profound appreciation for the intricacy of the anatomical form. Paul’s pursuit of a more spiritual practice led him to Karuna, where he feels blessed to have found such an open and welcoming community. In addition to shiatsu and yoga, Paul has fervor for education. He completed his master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in early 2011 to complement his career as a workplace learning and development professional. Paul completed Karuna’s Five Element Shiatsu Program in November of 2016. He also completed the 300-hour advanced yoga teacher certification program at Karuna and is seeking other professional credentials as an educator. Paul is excited to connect his love of education and passion for yoga at Karuna.

Chris MaranoRH(AGH), MA, BS

Chris Marano is a teacher of Indigenous and Earth-based wisdom, Chinese philosophy, hands-on experience in field, forest and gardens, herbal preparations, human health and disease, materia medica, clinical practice, wildcrafting, and ”barefoot doctor” medicine.  He is a master clinical herbalist, naturalist, and educator.  He has been a therapeutic herbalist since 1993, Chris draws upon his skills, experience and studies in Chinese, Native American, and Western herbal health traditions to offer Wellness Consultations for a wide range of health issues. He is a registered Herbalist of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG). He is a graduate of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanic Medicine and holds an MA degree in Science Education from Columbia Teachers College and a BS degree in Pre-Medicine and Chinese Philosophy from Columbia University. With over 25 years of study, teaching, and published writing on Chinese Buddhism, Meditation, and Philosophy, he founded  Clearpath Herbals, a school of herbal medicine, that offers wellness consultations and high-quality herbal preparations.


Susana Byers – Lic. Ac., MSTOM, Dipl. OM

Susana Byers is a licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified herbalist, is committed to providing excellent health care by utilizing the principles and practices of Chinese medicine. Susana utilizes a variety of modalities in her practice including acupuncture, moxibustion, tui na medical massage, cupping, aromatherapy and Chinese herbs. She strongly believes in the innate healing mechanism that exists in each person and tailors each treatment to best assist the healing process. Susana’s mission is to treat every patient with the utmost individualized care in order to achieve optimal health. The great strength of Chinese Medicine is that it is truly holistic since it treats the connection of body-mind-spirit as one. This means that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can treat a variety of conditions from the common cold to chronic illness.