Zenshin Institute grew out of Masami and Chris Covey's work to take health education and body-mind connection beyond just yoga and meditation.
Today, Zenshin Method reflects our comprehensive, whole-person approach to wellness: integrating our minds with our bodies' nutritional foundations, lifestyle, movement, awareness, deep relaxation, listening, appropriate response, and emotional intelligence.
We currently work with individual and corporate clients in the Denver-metro area, and remotely in the US, Canada, Japan, the UK and Europe via phone and Skype.
Chris has worked internationally in education, health and wellness since 1999 as a teacher, speaker, program director, group facilitator, and nationally recognized leader.
During his years as a PreK-12 educator and school administrator, Chris witnessed an upsurge in diagnosed and medicated health conditions among children—ADHD, depression, autism spectrum disorders, extreme allergic sensitivities, etc. After researching further, Chris learned how functional nutrition is foundational to healing both body and mind and restoring overall health and wellbeing. In 2008, Chris transitioned from education to full-time home-building and developing Zenshin Institute.
Chris is trained in Educational Psychology, Nutritional Therapy and advanced Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).
From firsthand experience, Chris sees nutritional sufficiency as a direct bridge between our physical bodies, our life experiences, and our highest human potential. After a mountain biking accident at age 18 resulted in brain and spinal injuries, TBI-induced depression, chronic pain, and weight gain, Chris forged a deep commitment to helping people rediscover their innate wholeness by reconnecting with their bodies' needs. Through nutritional therapy, HTMA, heart-centering practices, and unlearning old habits, Chris has restored his brain health, resolved his chronic pain, stabilized his metabolism, and shed 60+ pounds of accumulated weight and toxicity.
Since his late teens, Chris has maintained a deep interest in contemplative wisdom traditions. He is an active student of Universal Sufism, serves as a Guide for the Open Path Trainings, and is ordained as a Universalist Celebrant for life transitions and rites of passage. Chris has also restored historical houses, published a 365-day poetry blog, and taught critical thinking and self-awareness in the global context to young adults,
Chris holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver, and an Hons. B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He continues his work as a health and wellness consultant and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
An experienced somatic-body practitioner, Nutritional Therapist (NTP), Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Yoga teacher-trainer, and applied linguist, Masami offers a unique framework for connecting the subtle “body language” of physiology and anatomy with breath, emotion, mind and nutrition. Masami believes that we are each our own primary healer.
Masami provides highly individualized health support for all ages, using foundations of nutritional science, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), yoga therapy, breath work, and Ayurveda.
Nutrition has become a central focus of Masami's work. After working with clients for more than 18 years, experiencing a complete physical breakdown of her own body in 2011 that was initially diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, and being injured in a severe car accident in 2012, she realized that nutrition was the missing element in healing and supporting long-lasting health.
Through her large group workshops and private practice, together with Chris, she has developed Zenshin Method. This whole-person approach empowers individuals to become experts of who they are and transform their lives.
Masami was born and raised in Japan in a bi-cultural family, and she draws extensively from her blend of East-meets-West cultural, linguistic, and energetic experience. She recognizes the power of both scientific knowledge and intuition in understanding the human experience of body, mind, and spirit.
Masami holds a Master of Science in International Business from the University of Colorado-Denver, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), and E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher/Trainer
Common Issues We Support
Individuals and Families
- Environmental and seasonal allergies
- Food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerance
- Overactive or under-active immune function
- Range of motion and flexibility, scar tissue release
- Muscle re-education
- Fatigue/Chronic fatigue, low energy
- Weight gain/loss, weight maintenance
- Chronic dieting, binge eating, emotional eating, orthorexia, loss of appetite, obsession with calories and exercise
- Highly sensitive individuals with delicate digestive systems
- Sleep issues
- Skin (rash, itchy, dry and flaky, acne, puffy), hair (thin, dandruff, gray), nail (ridges, break easily, thin), issues
- Cardiovascular, short breath, high blood pressure
- Chronic pain/fibromyalgia, lower back stiffness
- Alignment and structural issues
- Autoimmune conditions
- Gastrointestinal issues: gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion
- Anxiety, irritability, anger, emotional trauma, mood swings, lack of focus and concentration
- Runny or drippy nose, chronic sinus issues, mucus, cough
- Attention Deficit and Cognition, memory loss, foggy mind
- Hormonal Issues
- Female health concerns: PMS, Hormonal imbalance, Primenopause and menopause
- Male health concerns
- Reduced Libido
- Adrenal exhaustion and Thyroid disregulation
- Blood Sugar dysregulation/Insulin Resistance
- Pre and post surgery support
- Pre-chemo, during chemo, and post-chemo
- Team energy and productivity
- Motivation and focus
- Stress management
- Listening and responding
- Emotional intelligence (EQ)
- Customized wellness programs