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Samantha Young, LMT

Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist

Zen on the Run's owner Samantha Young has been a licensed massage therapist since 2008. She is licensed to practice massage by the Virginia board of nursing. She completed a 600 hour massage program at The American Institute of Massage located in Richmond, Virginia in 2007. After completing her massage program Samantha went to Houston, TX to complete three month internship at Houston Pregnancy Massage and Doula Care. During the course of her internship Samantha earned over 500 continuing education hours as a Doula (labor assistant) at various hospitals in the Houston medical center under the guidance of her mentor Patti Heimlich. Additionally, during the internship Samantha also earned continuing education hours for labor massage, infant massage and instruction, postpartum massage, and childbirth education instruction. Samantha's passion for working with childbearing women came after giving birth to her son in 2006.


Since returning to Virginia Samantha has worked in various Chiropractic offices, and has come to perfect her therapeutic deep tissue massage skills. She currently works at a local University providing massage services to faculty, staff and students, and in addition she also provides massage services at a local gym as well as a local salon and spa, and she's also a Soothe massage app practitioner.


Samantha also has experience working on professional athletes and organizations including working on former NBA players, and Irish dancers at a popular theme park. She is also a massage instructor at a local massage and esthetics institute.


Samantha has a passion for health and wellness, and believes in utilizing alternative therapies to achieve optimal health.

In addition to massage Samantha has also learned how to perform facials, and seeks to bring waxing and a full array of esthetic services to Zen on the Run within the next year.

Shakia Batten , LMT 

Licensed massage therapist, Owner of Artz of Massage, LLC

Shakia "Kia" Batten is a state and nationally certified massage therapist. She graduated from Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage in 2008. Born in Richmond and raised in Northern Virginia, she moved to the Hampton Roads area in August of 2014, where she now lives with her family. Coming from a multi-cultural background has given her the room to grow and mold into the woman that she is. She has a very free spirit. She is so blessed to be able to do what she loves on daily basis.


She has been actively practicing as a massage therapist under a Chiropractor since the beginning of her career in 2008. She has experience in Swedish, Sports, and Prenatal massage techniques. She is an intuition massage therapist stating: "I can only can go as far as your muscles allow me to." She focuses on what your needs are for relaxation, healing, or both. She decided to become an independent contractor because she wanted the freedom to be able to help her clients to the best of her ability. She loves to help and loves being a positive influence in your life. She believes that massage is not something you do, it is a way of life.


She is passionate about health and wellness. Her treatments incorporate blending Western massage techniques with focused sports massage and neuromuscular therapy depending on the needs, wants, and mood of her clients. She is dedicated to making sure that every client is satisfied with the bodywork that is being performed. She is the founder and owner of Artz of Massage LLC. Being a Massage Therapist has given her the freedom and flexibility to spend time with her family and work around her client’s full-time schedule.


"It's like a dream come true that I am able to support parents, retired, and regular 9 to 5ers. Everyone kneads a massage but being able to work around their schedule just makes it so much sweeter."