About Us

A Touch of ZEN helps clients find peace and serenity in their own body and mind through a combination of Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, therapeutic massage, and reflexology designed to meet individual needs.
I’m Akira, owner and principal massage therapist at A Touch of ZEN. I have lived in America for 20 years, but I was born and raised in Japan. I grew up experiencing the power of the traditional Chinese herb and healing practices that are common throughout Asia. We believe that healing occurs more rapidly when both the body and mind are soothed, and that many illnesses are caused or worsened by untreated stress. My therapeutic massage methodology is designed to relieve stress, reduce pain, increase flexibility, and enhance overall wellness. Sessions are customized to include a...

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A Touch of ZEN

5856 Faringdon Place

Raleigh , NC 27609 map it

(781) 635-0758

License: #NC License 16771

Hours of Operation

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • Awesome! I fell asleep in 10 minutes after started because I was so comfortable with the service. I definitely will be back there, soon. Why don't you call and make an appointment!!

    Fantastic Massage. Akira is a personable, cheerful guy with a great talent for massage. He listened to my needs, and checked in a few times to make sure they were being met. The massage concluded with special attention to the neck and face, using techniques that sent me into complete relaxation. He also gave me a free t-shirt, what's not to love? Can't wait to go to Akira again.

  • It was very comfortable place.

    I've had a few massages done both locally and in Japan and China at a wide range of price points and the 60 min massage I received by Akira was by far the best I've ever had. He is extremely thorough in his assessment of your condition and in explaining his procedure. I often get told you cannot fully judge the skills of a masseuse at your first appointment since they are just getting to know your trouble spots but I don't think you should have to pay for a mediocre massage even on your first visit! Mediocre is honestly the best I could've ever said for all of the massages I've had in the past, which is one of the main reasons I had shied away from getting regular massages even though I was in pain for years. One massage is not a cure-all and that was not my expectation going in but I could literally feel the tightness and muscle tension melt away as Akira worked on my back, neck, and shoulders. He demonstrated a high level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism. You also get a full 60 min of massage unlike some of the other places that count consultation and changing time as part of the massage time. I was so pleased with my experience that I went ahead and scheduled my next appointment!

  • Akira demonstrated a high level of mastery of the art of massage therapy

    My right shoulder was pain and could not move well, but after the massage, it was great. I have a pain on next day, but it was worth it.

  • It was awesome! I felt very comfortable there.

    I was able to receive a massage according to the physical condition. It was a wonderful time.

  • I came to see Akira for 60 minutes massage for my upper body. I've been struggling with a severe pain in my right shoulder and arm, and discomfort in my lower back for a couple of weeks. He did the assessment to determin which area we will focus on for the treatment first, and started the session. All strokes he used to release the tension were great and very helpful. He is a great therapeutic massage therapist. Highly recommended! I will defenetly come back!

    My wife and I came here to get two, 30 min massages from Akira. I went in for a lower body deep tissue massage. Being a runner, I have a ton of tension in my legs and have received a number of massages over the years. His service and professionalism was top notch! I have also received a 1-hour relaxation massage from him previously and it was just as good. I highly recommend this place!

New Client Special

$68
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60 min - Massage

$80
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90 min - Massage

$110
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120 min - Massage

$140
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Akira F.

License: NC #16771

13 Verified Reviews

New Client Special

$68
90min
Select

60 min - Massage

$80
60min
Select

90 min - Massage

$110
90min
Select

120 min - Massage

$140
120min
Select
by Yuichiro on Dec 10
Awesome! I fell asleep in 10 minutes after started because I was so comfortable with the service. I definitely will be back there, soon. Why don't you call and make an appointment!!
by S. on Dec 03
Fantastic Massage. Akira is a personable, cheerful guy with a great talent for massage. He listened to my needs, and checked in a few times to make sure they were being met. The massage concluded with special attention to the neck and face, using techniques that sent me into complete relaxation. He also gave me a free t-shirt, what's not to love? Can't wait to go to Akira again.
by Yoko on Nov 27
It was very comfortable place.
by Anonymous on Nov 13
I've had a few massages done both locally and in Japan and China at a wide range of price points and the 60 min massage I received by Akira was by far the best I've ever had. He is extremely thorough in his assessment of your condition and in explaining his procedure. I often get told you cannot fully judge the skills of a masseuse at your first appointment since they are just getting to know your trouble spots but I don't think you should have to pay for a mediocre massage even on your first visit! Mediocre is honestly the best I could've ever said for all of the massages I've had in the past, which is one of the main reasons I had shied away from getting regular massages even though I was in pain for years. One massage is not a cure-all and that was not my expectation going in but I could literally feel the tightness and muscle tension melt away as Akira worked on my back, neck, and shoulders. He demonstrated a high level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism. You also get a full 60 min of massage unlike some of the other places that count consultation and changing time as part of the massage time. I was so pleased with my experience that I went ahead and scheduled my next appointment!
by Peter on Oct 31
Akira demonstrated a high level of mastery of the art of massage therapy
by Eiko on Oct 25
My right shoulder was pain and could not move well, but after the massage, it was great. I have a pain on next day, but it was worth it.
by Nao on Oct 20
It was awesome! I felt very comfortable there.
by Anonymous on Oct 13
I was able to receive a massage according to the physical condition. It was a wonderful time.
by Aiko on Oct 07
I came to see Akira for 60 minutes massage for my upper body. I've been struggling with a severe pain in my right shoulder and arm, and discomfort in my lower back for a couple of weeks. He did the assessment to determin which area we will focus on for the treatment first, and started the session. All strokes he used to release the tension were great and very helpful. He is a great therapeutic massage therapist. Highly recommended! I will defenetly come back!
by Adam on Oct 06
My wife and I came here to get two, 30 min massages from Akira. I went in for a lower body deep tissue massage. Being a runner, I have a ton of tension in my legs and have received a number of massages over the years. His service and professionalism was top notch! I have also received a 1-hour relaxation massage from him previously and it was just as good. I highly recommend this place!

Average Rating:

4.85 (Based on 13 Reviews)

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by Yuichiro on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: New Client Special with Akira F.
Awesome! I fell asleep in 10 minutes after started because I was so comfortable with the service. I definitely will be back there, soon. Why don't you call and make an appointment!!
by S. on Dec 2017
Verified
Service Received: New Client Special with Akira F.
Fantastic Massage. Akira is a personable, cheerful guy with a great talent for massage. He listened to my needs, and checked in a few times to make sure they were being met. The massage concluded with special attention to the neck and face, using techniques that sent me into complete relaxation. He also gave me a free t-shirt, what's not to love? Can't wait to go to Akira again.
by Yoko on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: New Client Special with Akira F.
It was very comfortable place.
by Anonymous on Nov 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
I've had a few massages done both locally and in Japan and China at a wide range of price points and the 60 min massage I received by Akira was by far the best I've ever had. He is extremely thorough in his assessment of your condition and in explaining his procedure. I often get told you cannot fully judge the skills of a masseuse at your first appointment since they are just getting to know your trouble spots but I don't think you should have to pay for a mediocre massage even on your first visit! Mediocre is honestly the best I could've ever said for all of the massages I've had in the past, which is one of the main reasons I had shied away from getting regular massages even though I was in pain for years. One massage is not a cure-all and that was not my expectation going in but I could literally feel the tightness and muscle tension melt away as Akira worked on my back, neck, and shoulders. He demonstrated a high level of skill, knowledge, and professionalism. You also get a full 60 min of massage unlike some of the other places that count consultation and changing time as part of the massage time. I was so pleased with my experience that I went ahead and scheduled my next appointment!
by Peter on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 90 min - Massage with Akira F.
Akira demonstrated a high level of mastery of the art of massage therapy
by Eiko on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
My right shoulder was pain and could not move well, but after the massage, it was great. I have a pain on next day, but it was worth it.
by Nao on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
It was awesome! I felt very comfortable there.
by Anonymous on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
I was able to receive a massage according to the physical condition. It was a wonderful time.
by Aiko on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
I came to see Akira for 60 minutes massage for my upper body. I've been struggling with a severe pain in my right shoulder and arm, and discomfort in my lower back for a couple of weeks. He did the assessment to determin which area we will focus on for the treatment first, and started the session. All strokes he used to release the tension were great and very helpful. He is a great therapeutic massage therapist. Highly recommended! I will defenetly come back!
by Adam on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Akira F.
My wife and I came here to get two, 30 min massages from Akira. I went in for a lower body deep tissue massage. Being a runner, I have a ton of tension in my legs and have received a number of massages over the years. His service and professionalism was top notch! I have also received a 1-hour relaxation massage from him previously and it was just as good. I highly recommend this place!
by Anonymous on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
I visited it for the improvement of the pain of my shoulder and back. I realized an effect of treatment. I want to continue going to ZEN in future.
by Meg on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: Bodywork with Akira F.
I had an upper body massage session with Akira. I have been fighting with lower back pain for the past few years. After getting his therapy, I feel that my back is much lighter without any pain, and my whole body feels lifted. He pinpointed muscles and relieved the tension of my chronic back pain. His treatment was both therapeutic and relaxing, and he made sure I was comfortable during the whole session. He is a very professional and friendly therapist, and the office has a relaxing atmosphere. I highly recommend him!
by Anonymous on Oct 2017
Verified
Service Received: 60 min - Massage with Akira F.
I was happy to note Akira always starts with questions regarding my health and if I have any new problems, he works on it. He was excellent and has a wonderful touch for both therapeutic and deep tissue work. He is friendly and warm and made the experience very beneficial and relaxing. I found making the appointment an easy online, texting or phone call.I am looking forward to being on a regular schedule of massage to enhance my well-being.

A Touch of ZEN

5856 Faringdon Place

Raleigh , NC 27609 map it

Phone: (781) 635-0758

License: #NC License 16771

  • A Touch of ZEN

  • 5856 Faringdon Place
  • Raleigh , NC 27609
  • (781) 635-0758
  • License: #NC License 16771
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