The Massage Artist
Specializing in Pain Management and Stress Reduction
You have come to the right place to achieve pain relief and a restorative experience. I have over 14 years of experience helping people alleviate chronic pain and stress. My extensive training in both Eastern and Western modalities allows me to combine technical skill with an intuitive touch. Massage therapy is essential in creating a quality-of-life that makes you feel lighter and more present. With regular work the body can let go of its armor and rise to sustainable states of resilience. Massage optimizes the bodies natural healing abilities, offering longevity, peace, and the integration of the mind, body and spirit. My healing studio is conveniently located in West Hollywood California near the corner of Melrose and La Cienega. Here you will find a tranquil space to begin unwinding as you discover the sublime stillness within.
I began my training at the Massage School of Santa Monica where I studied Swedish Circulatory Massage. While there I heard about an immersive healing arts school that offered on-site residence in a location far removed from the outside world of media and other contemporary distractions. The Heartwood Institute was tucked into the mountains of Northern California in a beautiful wilderness setting without any TV or Wi-Fi. This school offered a program of study with supplementary daily meditation, Qigong, East Indian chanting, and shamanic journey practices besides a comprehensive curriculum in massage therapy. Its remote environment and focus on meditative practices enhanced my sensitivity to subtle energies that are indispensable to the work I bring to my clients today. While there I had the opportunity to study Polarity Therapy with Bruce Berger author of Esoteric Anatomy: the Body as Consciousness. I also had the good fortune to be taught Shiatsu by Paul Pitchford author of Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. Under Paul Pitchford I went on to do an internship and further nutritional training through the eyes of Chinese Medicine. After a year in the mountains studying with these great teachers I moved back to Los Angeles to practice. I have a passion for merging East and West. I have continued my education at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing where I studied deeper musculoskeletal therapies. Merging deep muscle and tissue release with balancing the body's subtle energy systems creates optimal results for pain relief and eliminating stress. I listen to the body with not only my hands but with my whole being. With over 14 years of experience my technique is to combine modalities and personalize each session to fit your individual needs. Massage therapy is my calling and it brings me great joy to help improve the quality of your life through therapeutic touch.
My rates are:
60 minute session – $100
90 minute session - $150
House calls are an additional $50
I am certified and combine the following modalities described below to fit your individual needs. I blend and incorporate these techniques based on a short consultation we have before each session.
Swedish Massage or Circulatory Massage is a lighter pressure massage that affects the top layers of tissue increasing oxygenation in the bloodstream, reducing stress, and soothing stiff muscles.
Shiatsu is a modality that uses pressure to affect and engage points on the meridian lines as illustrated in traditional Chinese medicine. Different from acupuncture, fingers are used instead of needles to affect the flow of energy or Qi. Some areas are considered “jitsu” where energy is concentrated and stagnant. This appears as knots and tightness. These areas require smoothing out to release the stuck energy. The converse areas are called “kyo” where energy is deficient or missing and are seen as holes that ache and cause pain deeper under the surface. These points require direct pressure to draw energy into them and give them strength to halt the pain. The combination creates a body that's in balance and harmony.
Deep Tissue Massage uses slower and deeper strokes that reach sub layers of muscle and fascia tissue. Deep Tissue Massage helps to realign connective tissue and the deeper muscle layers in order to alleviate chronic pain.
Reiki is a Japanese technique that uses the body's natural life force energy to promote healing and eliminate stress. Reiki affects the body, emotions, mind, and spirit creating deep relaxation and feelings of security and well-being.
Polarity Therapy is a technique based on universal principles of energy that was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone. Polarity therapy addresses the health of the mind, body, and spirit by using the energy in the hands to affect the body's field of energy. This technique releases tension and energy blocks.