The ancient and mysterious teachings of Zen is a school of Buddhism which denotes that all of our minds, from the very beginning of time itself, are fully enlightened and that all we need do to achieve a state of enlightenment and be at peace with ourselves and the world is to merely open our minds to the simple truth that we have already achieved this exalted state. So, searching for a way to recognise our existing enlightenment, we decided to visit a shop which has taken on the namesake of this noble teaching, embodying its core values and promoting a sense of peace and well-being to all who visit.

Welcome to Zen – where happiness is a journey, not a destination.


Located on St Mary’s Row (Moseley), Zen is a vibrant and incredibly intriguing alternative therapy shop dedicated to enlightening the souls of those who cross its threshold with an extensive array of crystals, essential oils, herbs, candles and unique giftware.


Specialising in creating a home for all aspects of spirituality for the mind, body and soul, Zen offers customers a veritable treasure trove of hand-crafted crystal jewellery, beautiful miniature Buddha statues, Tibetan artefacts, dream catchers, herbal teas, aromatherapy oils, crystal gemstones, books and more – ideal for those of you looking for something a little different to buy as a gift for yourself or a love one. As well as the eclectic array of artefacts on display, Zen is also renowned for its psychic and Tarot reading and has palm readers and psychics available every day should you ever feel in the mood to pierce the veils of mystery and see what your future holds.



In addition to quirky and unique jewellery and giftware, Zen also offers customers a fantastic range of holistic massages for the body (as well as reiki and crystal healing for the mind and soul) which take place in their basement therapy room – perfect for those of you looking to relax and escape for a moment from the hustle and bustle of daily life. From Indian head massages and Hopi ear candling to Swedish body massages and Chakra balancing, nothing beats the feeling of total serenity that comes from a therapeutic massage and Zen’s skilled practitioners are always on hand to harmonise the mind, body and soul of massage-veterans and new-comers alike.


Upon entering the shop itself, you’re instantly hit by the intriguing smell of incense and an initial sense of chaos as your mind attempts to take in the view before you. Indeed, embodying the renowned bohemian vibe associated with Moseley and the people who live there, Zen is definitely one of the most quirky and original shops to be found in Birmingham – something which not only arises from the unusual paraphernalia to be found within the shop, but also from its unique décor. However, once you’ve taken a deep breath, relaxed your mind and acclimatised yourself to the environment, you begin to see there is a definite order to the chaos. Glass cabinets line the walls housing eye-catching crystals and jewellery, whilst dream catchers, intriguing sculptures and miniature Buddhas adorn the shelves in various locations – ensuring that every turn of the head beholds a new treasure and a visit to Zen will be entirely unforgettable.


So, if you’re looking for a slightly unusual and unique gift for that special someone, or you’re looking for a little peace of mind amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy the thought of a therapeutic massage, then there can be no other destination but Zen! With another store located in Digbeth, and now offering Independent Birmingham Membership Card holders massages for £30 (Moseley store only) and 10% off all gifts and jewellery in both stores, you can check them out at or on Twitter: @ZenShopLtd


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