My intention, as a massage therapist is to honor your divinity, hold space for you, relieve tension and pain in the body, and leave you feeling more vibrant, connected and present than when you arrived. In addition to relaxation massage, I specialize in therapeutic massage for people with active lifestyles and heart-opening massage for those processing emotional transitions. Sessions are tailored to your individual needs. I’m trained in Swedish Circulatory Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, and Energy Work. Through my meditation practice, I discovered my calling as a healer. I first studied energy healing at the Southern California Psychic Institute. Then in 2009 I was certified in massage through the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Culver City. I’m a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of California and regularly expand my skills through continuing education classes. I graduated from CalArts in 2003 with a BFA in fine art and briefly worked as an artist, video editor, producer and arts educator before finding my path as a healer.
The practice of Gratitude can shift your entire vibration. It is the fastest way to replace feelings of suffering and lack with peace and abundance. Most of us realize that our thoughts and feelings affect our bodies, from the depth of our breath, to our posture, to where we hold tension and experience pain. As a massage therapist, I push on your muscles, move blood and lymph, rock your joints and stretch your fascia, but it’s your willingness to release tension in these areas, breathe and embody gratitude, that completes the healing process.
Benefits of massage include
Creates a sense of well-being, presence and peace
Relieves stress, relaxes the nervous system
Reduces anxiety and depression
Reduces heart rate
Lowers blood pressure
Increases blood circulation
Increases lymph flow and strengthens the immune system
Flushes metabolic waste
Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
Improves range of motion and flexibility
Enhances athletic performance
Increases endorphins and reduces pain
Relieves back and neck pain
Promotes deeper and easier respiration
Provides asthma relief
Reduces scar tissue
Reduces spasms and cramping
Lowers measurements in blood inflammation (VCAM-1)
Ailments that benefit from massage
Insomnia related to stress
Tendinitis, Tendinosis and tenosynovitis
Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ syndrome)
Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (non-acute)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cancer treatment recovery/ stress reduction
Depression and Anxiety
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Stress triggered autoimmune conditions
Heart Disease and Other Stress-Related Pathologies
A: All sales are final. There are no refunds for sessions purchased in advance as gifts or as a series. If you are unable to use your gift certificate, you may re-gift it. If you are unable to use all of the sessions in your series, it is possible to transfer the remaining sessions to someone else; however, this will be applied on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Do you do outcalls?
A: I don’t currently do individual outcalls, but if you are an existing client or have been referred by an existing client and are interested in having me do bodywork outside of my office, please contact me to discuss details and pricing.
Q: What if I'm running late, don't show, or need to cancel?
A: If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged the full amount. If you are late for a session, we will work for the time remaining; however, you will still be charged for the full session.
Q: I haven't had a massage before, what should I expect?
A: Clients undress completely, or to their level of comfort, and lie down under a sheet on the massage table. Individual parts of the body are uncovered as they are worked and recovered when finished. Parts of the body that might be touched include: the head, neck, face, chest, stomach, back, gluteal region, legs and feet. You may request work on specific areas or request not to be touched in sensitive areas. A massage should not hurt. I use all of my tools and training to gauge the appropriate pressure for your body and will check in with you during the session. The experience is about you, your body and your healing so it is important that you communicate any discomfort or needs as I am working. Some people may experience an upwelling of emotion during or after receiving bodywork. This is not uncommon and completely normal. Because massage encourages blood flow and moves stagnant toxins to the immune system, it is important to drink lots of water after a massage to help your body metabolize the waste. Massage can also have a sedating effect on the nervous system, so it is recommended that you take it easy right after receiving bodywork.
Q: What if I'm feeling sick or have a medical condition?
A: If you feel like you are coming down with a cold, please do not get a massage. It may make you feel worse. However, massage is beneficial when you are recovering from a cold. Please note, I am not a doctor and cannot diagnose clients. I will share my observations of your body, including places where I feel tension, but I am not a substitute for a medical practitioner. Also, please note that certain conditions are contraindicated to massage so it is your responsibility to disclose any medical conditions prior to the session. If your condition is serious, please ask your doctor if it is okay for you to receive a massage. I currently don’t do pregnancy massage but can refer you to someone who does.
Q: What medical conditions are contraindicated?
A: Massage is generally considered safe; however, it can be harmful to those with certain medical conditions. If you have any of the following conditions, or a condition you are not sure about, please talk to your doctor to see if massage is safe for you. Some contraindicated conditions include: cold, fever or flu, edema, cancer, blood clots, bleeding disorders or taking blood thinning medication, burns or healing wounds, cardiovascular conditions, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins, bone fracture, severe osteopoosis, severe thrombocytopenia, high blood pressure, arthritic flare, contagious skin disease or rash.
Q: Will you go on a date with me?
A: No. I work with a compassionate touch that is non-sexual. Sessions will be terminated if inappropriate advances are made. I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason.
A: All sessions are confidential. I will not share anything regarding your body, medical conditions, birthmarks, emotions, or other issues that arise during our session. Nor will I judge you on any of the above.
Q: I'm Transgendered. Do you offer a safe space for me?
A: Yes. All bodies are welcome. You can inform me of what is and isn’t comfortable for you during our intake.
Q: What is a CMT?
A: CMT stands for Certified Massage Therapist. This certification is based on a standard set forth by the California Massage Therapy Council and requires over 500 hours of training. Technically the CMTC doesn’t offer massage licenses only certifications. Many massage therapists use the words licensed (LMT) and certified (CMT) interchangeably.