photo from the studio

Alight offers Shiatsu in a comfortable and relaxing environment in the old Lagerquist Elevator building in the historic northern Warehouse District. We are located just north of downtown Minneapolis. If you have not visited the area in awhile you will be pleasantly surprised by the changes taking place.

While in our neighborhood, relax at the coffee shop in our building or explore the neighboring retail shops. You can also join up with nearby walking trails along the scenic East Mississippi River Parkway.


Both of Alight’s practitioners have completed over 700 hours of training through CenterPoint School of Shiatsu Therapy/Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Studies.

Ivy West is a diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She also served on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). She opened Alight Studio in 2001.

In addition to various regional and advanced training, Ivy has studied in Chiang Mai, Thailand and has received Shiatsu at the Namikoshi Shiatsu School in Tokyo, Japan. Ivy also has studied healing movement through T'ai Chi, a gentle Chinese martial art, since 1997, and for the last five years through Hatha Yoga.

Ivy is experienced in supporting women through pregnancy and labor. She has completed training by the Doulas of North America organization.

Carl Atkinson was introduced to Shiatsu when she found relief from intense muscle pain following a week long bike trip. In Shiatsu, based on the philosophy of Chinese medicine, her pain was the result of "qi and blood stagnation." This sounded crazy to her at the time, but receiving Shiatsu convinced her otherwise. Carl graduated from Centerpoint's Shiatsu Therapy program in 2007. Outside the Alight Studio she enjoys yoga, bicycling, and running. In times of discomfort, Carl has found Shiatsu and acupuncture to be part of what brings her back to a place of well-being.

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Alight is located just north of downtown Minneapolis at the corner of North 3rd Street and 5th Avenue North, easily accessible via Washington Avenue or off of 394.

Our Neighbors

As long as you're in our building, you may also want to visit Corner Coffee, also offering food and beverages.

Practically next door you'll find folk arts and textiles in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific at Indigo and fine dining at Sapor Cafe Bar.

To find out more about what's in our neighborhood:
North Loop Neighborhood Association's site includes a map, listings of businesses located in our area, events, and information pertaining to the residents, property and business owners of the area, etc.


For information about on-site Chair Shiatsu, visit Services.









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