Tom and Lynn langenstein have been licensed shiatsu practitioners since 1979 and 1989 respectively. They started and have solely owned the Kona Shiatsu Clinic since 1980.
Tom, who has an Associates in Science degree in Biology from the Community College of Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, New York, worked (1976-1979) as a physical therapy and home health aide at the Kona Hosipital in Kealakekua, Hawaii. He studied Shiatsu with Indei Sensei, principal of the Aisen Shiatsu School in Honolulu, Oahu- Hawaii initially in 1979, and continues his education till the present.
He is a member in good standing of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1986. He served as AMTA chapter vice-president and hosted a state-wide conference. He was presented with meritorious awards for leadership and legislative actions in 1987, 1999, & 2000. He served as chapter delegate to the national convention in 2000 and 2001.
Since 1986 Tom has also been a member in good standing of the Shiatsu Therapeutic Association of America (STAA) headquartered in Honolulu. He traveled with an association contingent to represent Hawaii in the World Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia to be a part of the Japan Cultural Exhibit of Shiatsu Therapy and to take part in the 5th International Shiatsu Congress. There he received valuable continuing education. In 1990 he was invited to help celebrate Namikoshi Tokujiro Sensei and the Japan Shiatsu College's 50th anniversary in Tokyo, Japan and to again participate in education workshops at the Japan Shiatsu College. He participates in ongoing education workshops in Shiatsu, other medical application massage techniques, and anatomy and physiology training. In April of 2010, and May 2013, he participated in cadaveric human anatomy studies held at the John Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii in joint cooperation with the Aisen Shiatsu School and the Shiatsu Therapeutic Association of America.
He served four years as a member (ultimately chair) of the Hawaii State Massage Therapy regulatory board, and was chair of the rules committee. He worked as a volunteer item writer and exam content developer for the State licensing examiner's agency. He worked as a volunteer self-help instructor and local chapter board member for the Arthitis Foundation in Kailua-Kona. In 1999 he became certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. He has volunteered numerous times for the World Championship Ironman Triathlon both as a volunteer trainer and therapist.Tom enjoys public speaking and frequently is asked to speak at local public schools, service clubs, and libraries. He has taught continuing education workshops in Shiatsu nationwide and has trained therapists in several of Kona and Kohala's exclusive resorts and spas on the Big Island of Hawaii. Patient education is also a main focus in helping his patients understand the physiology of conditions they are presented with, and their remedies.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Home Economics, Fashion and Textile Design. She studied massage theory and anatomy and physiology at the Keauhou School of Massage, and apprenticed with Tom for State licensure. She also studied Shiatsu with Indei Sensei in 1989 and earned a certificate in continuing education for Shiatsu Therapy. Lynn has also been a member of the STAA in good standing since 1989. She also formerly worked for a period at the premier Kona Village Resort, which was a North Kona "Gold Coast" resort destination offering Shiatsu Therapy as well as many other restorative and rejuvinating therapies.
Lynn often assists Tom in the organization and execution of the training classes we provide. She also helps provide ancillary modalities in the clinic such as hot packs, cold packs, and instructs people in remedial exercises and stretches in order to assist in pain and health management. In addition to being an excellent therapist, she is also the office manager of our business. She is the person who cheerily keeps our office running smoothly from day to day.