PRESS Williamsburg

Meet The Press: Williamsburg

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    Ellen

    “Keep moving!!”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Ellen originally began her massage therapy career at The Mindful Body in San Francisco in 2007, and—after 5 years of practice in the state of California—she moved to NYC where she completed her Licensed Massage Therapy certification for the State of New York. Ellen is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is dynamic and informed by the practice and teachings of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, India.

    Ellen is also a formally trained Chef, a Certified Gerson Therapy caregiver, and a seasoned Birthing Doula. Ellen enjoys creating a balanced bodywork session by incorporating Ayurveda, 5 element theory of Chinese medicine, and classical Swedish/Deep Tissue techniques.

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    Kazu

    “Mastering both eastern and western practicies.”

    Languages Spoken: English, Japanese

    Kazu is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist. He is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and a member of The American Massage Therapy Association. Kazu also works as a massage therapist at a physical therapy clinic in Manhattan. His specialty is a blend of trigger point therapy and swedish massage to address tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. Kazu is also proficient in deep tissue massage, traditional shiatsu, and stretching.

    Kazu moved to New York City in 2008 from Japan, where he was born and raised. Having spent extensive time in both countries, he has mastered both Eastern and Western practices.

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    Kurt

    “Partnering with clients to achieve their health goals.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Kurt specializes in Swedish and deep tissue massage, incorporating myofascial release, trigger point techniques, and sports massage into his practice. He has trained in Shiatsu massage as well. Kurt has worked in both clinics and spas and enjoys partnering with clients to achieve their personal health goals, whether they are post-injury rehabilitation, personal maintenance, or simply relaxing the body and quieting the mind.

    Kurt is a graduate of the Swedish Institute, and  licensed by New York State and certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

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    Adrian

    “Keeping clients in their best condition.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Adrian is a licensed massage therapist and massage therapy teacher. With a lifelong interest in massage therapy, Adrian began practicing in 2010 after graduating from SUNY Morrisville. He has worked side by side with over a dozen chiropractors and other medical professionals, studying rehabilitative techniques and trigger point therapy, along with AIS (stretches) and energetic balancing. He most enjoys working on CTS, TOS, sciatic issues, fibromyalgia, spasms, migraines, and repetitive motion injuries. His clinical approach keeps clients in their best condition.

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    Jali`

    “Relax your mind and your body will follow.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Jali is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. Jali’s passion is helping his clients improve their overall health through massage. His sessions are client-centered, and he is skilled in a variety of massage techniques including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports massage, Myosfascial Massage, Trigger point Therapy, and Shiatsu. He uses the therapeutic and relaxation practices of Western and Eastern massage to help bring healing to his clients on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level.

    Jali has worked on athletes at various sporting events which include Westchester Triathalon and Toughman Half Ironman, offering post-event sport massage to the participants. Jali is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

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    Olivia

    “Creating a holistic approach to wellbeing.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Olivia is a licensed massage therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute. She is highly skilled in Swedish, Shiatsu, Reiki, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial release. Olivia combines Western and Eastern modalities to create a holistic approach for clients who want to gain body awareness, address an injury, or want to improve their general well being. Because of her extensive dance background, she has a heightened sense of body awareness that translates to clients while receiving bodywork.

    Olivia is a member of the AMTA and is happy to be a part of our network of independent therapists!

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    Anthony

    “Consistency leads to progress.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Anthony is a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Tony began his journey with massage therapy to help others and to promote healing (self-healing specifically) through touch. He considers the relationship between therapist and client a real team effort in achieving the client’s health goals. Tony’s work a combination of deep tissue and trigger point therapy with a Swedish, relaxation-type flow. He is a passionate and knowledgeable Licensed Massage Therapist.

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    Jen

    “She guides your body towards a state of pain free well-being.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Jen approaches massage therapy as a dynamic exchange between the practitioner and receiver that guides and empowers the body, with the help of the mind and soul, to tap into the resources it possesses to heal itself. Her passion for healing through touch began at a young age and was informed by her years as a dancer and yogi, grounding her in a body capable of athletic performance and self-healing. The wonder she felt as a student of neuroscience in learning the myriad ways the brain and body were capable of adapting to change and assisting one another in healing from stress and injury impelled her to attend and graduate from the Swedish Institute in order to share this sense of deep appreciation for and knowledge of the amazing bodies we were given.

    Jen utilizes Swedish strokes, along with perceptive deep tissue work, trigger point therapy, and myofascial stretching techniques to reduce chronic pain and guide your body towards a state of pain free well-being. She works with her clients to educate them on the best ways to correct postural and functional imbalances and to engage in informed self-care. Each client is special to her, and she is both honored and humbled to be trusted to be a part of their journey towards living fully and joyfully in their bodies, and to assist them in caring for something so wonderful.

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    Jahaira

    “Our bodies have a lot to tell us. All we have to do is listen.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Jahaira graduated as valedictorian of her class at Rochester’s Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. She uses a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapys. A firm believer that the body responds best to attentive, slow and predictable touch, Jahaira’s massage is focused to the client’s main complaint and relies on their feedback, making the outcome a joint effort. Jahaira has spent years looking for her niche in the healthcare field and has never felt more fulfilled than when she performs massage.

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    Yasu

    “We all came to this world to enjoy moments and be happy.”

    Languages Spoken: English, Japanese

    Yasu was born and raised in Japan, and has been living in NYC for over 20 years. After an earthquake shook Japan in 2011, she visited some of the most damaged regions and became inspired to pursue a career in the healing modality of massage. A graduate of the Cortiva Institute and member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Yasu believes in customizing a unique treatment for each client. Her work includes a combination of swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial, and shiatsu techniques. She is honored to help her clients lead better lives by releasing tension in their bodies and minds.

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    Yelena

    “Your health is a bank account. The more deposits you make, the richer your health will be.”

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Russian

    Yelena holds a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology, and her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture. She is a New York State licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from Pacific College, specializing in deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and prenatal massage. Yelena has worked with pregnant women at the Lutheran Hospital, focusing on their fitness, wellness and preparing for labor with massage therapy and acupuncture.

    Yelena loves what she does and is passionate about each clients’ health and wellness. Her motto is “Healing the world, One body at a time.”  Yelena also enjoys dancing and performing on a semiprofessional level as a salsa dancer.

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    Tommy

    “Balance in all things is the true form of health.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Tommy is a graduate of New York College, is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. He began training in the healing arts over 23 years ago and has previously worked as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, martial arts instructor and competitor, and postural and breathing coach. Tommy is a big believer in massage as a healing art, as it is something he has used to maintain himself for his entire life.

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    Ryan LG.

    "Nurturing yourself is not selfish—it’s essential to your survival and your well–being.” -Renee Peterson Trudeau

    Languages Spoken: English

    After a long culinary career nourishing his patrons wellness through food, Ryan sought out another longtime passion and enrolled in the massage program at The Swedish Institute, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2016. Since that time he has been refining his skills as a massage therapist, integrating an array of modalities to customize each and every session to best fit with his client’s needs and goals.

    Ryan believes that the stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system is vital to the healing process. He integrates that philosophy into every massage session by using smooth, rhythmic relaxation techniques while integrating deep tissue techniques to address areas of specific need.

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    Ryan D.

    “Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos- the trees, the clouds, everything.” –Thich Nhat Hanh

    Languages Spoken: English

    Ryan studied at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, and specializes in deep tissue and sports massage. He is also a certified personal trainer, using exercise in combination with massage therapy to promote overall wellness. Feel free to ask him about ways to increase strength or mobility. Ryan lives in Brooklyn with his wife Raela, a Doctor of Chiropractic.

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    Patrina

    "I believe that massage is not only beneficial in treating physical issues, but is also important to our mental and emotional health."

    Languages Spoken: English

    Patrina grew up in a culture that was heavily influenced by homeopathy. This deepened her interest in holistic and touch therapy. Patrina completed her AOS in Massage Therapy at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2018 and is certified in Advanced Massage Therapies with that school as well. She is a military veteran who became more body aware after suffering injuries during her service and is now committed to learning as well as teaching others about the influence of touch in healing. Her drive to constantly learn new things pushes her to find new and better ways to help her clients resolve their complaints of pain and stress.  Patrina hopes to further her studies in massage and body work to better serve her clients. 

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    Brogan

    “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” - Jack Kornfield

    Languages Spoken: English

    Brogan is a strong believer in the restorative power of caring, therapeutic touch. He combines Eastern and Western massage techniques for an integrated session which can be tailored to fit the needs of each individual. Since graduating from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2017, Brogan has developed the skills to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders, postural imbalances, and general overuse injuries caused by day to day wear and tear. He enjoys working with clients on preventative holistic care to ensure that we not only treat the issue at hand, but also develop an understanding of how to prevent injury in the future. It is his goal to work together with his clients to help them: manage their pain, reduce the effects of stress, bring awareness to their body, and promote holistic wellness. He very much looks forward to meeting you and getting to work!

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    Amey

    Languages Spoken: English

    Amey is a NY State Licensed Therapist with 20 years of massage therapy experience. She started her career in Virginia, where she maintained a private practice for several years. Upon moving to New York in 2006, Amey continued her education at Pacific College. There she focused on learning Eastern modalities and techniques, whilst still working as lead therapist at Club-H in Hoboken. After receiving her NY license she gained quality spa experience at Soho Sanctuary before starting her career at Massage Williamsburg. Additionally, Amey has studied medical qigong, herbal medicine, and aromatherapy. She continues to educate herself in healthful practices. She recently received her Biology degree and is now studying Nutrition & Food Science/ Public Health at NYU. She is passionate about wellness and preventive care. Her massages blend relaxing, soothing work with deep and effective healing.

    Hip & Lower Back Stretch w/ Amey

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    Diego

    "Invite somatic mindfulness into your life, transform your reality"

    Languages Spoken: English

    Diego is a graduate of The Finger Lakes School of Massage in Westchester, licensed by New York State. Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and a proud member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). As a highly perceptive therapist, Diego defines the effectiveness of his approach around Modern Neuromuscular Technique, also referred to as Myofascial Trigger Points. Gentle palpation and sustained pressure throughout his sessions lead the web of fascia in our bodies to become lengthened and resilient. His keen understanding in tensegrity and myofascial planes generate healthier outcomes particularly for those suffering from chronic conditions. It is with compassion at the heart of every session that Diego finds massage therapy as a medium to become a better person himself. As a final thought, Diego welcomes challenging cases and encourages those who suffer from chronic trauma to never give up on hope.

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    Sarah

    “To care for yourself is to care for others.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Sarah has been a licensed massage therapist since 2015. She combines intuition and technical skill to provide a touch that allows her clients to fully relax and heal. She works slowly and engages with the body to assess what it needs, working to alleviate any tension or pain. Her style combines a mixture of Swedish and deep tissue techniques to provide a relaxing and effective massage. Sarah has hands of intuition that will give you nurturing comfort while providing therapeutic techniques to give you the proper care your body needs.

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    Hope

    "Nothing is so healing as the human touch." - Bobby Fischer

    Languages Spoken: English

    Hope is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (2019) where she developed an expertise in injury rehabilitation through an internship with Joffrey Ballet School and trained as a MaMassage® prenatal-certified practitioner. A native of the Upper West Side, Hope holds a B.A. from Oberlin College where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Dance. She developed an interest in the therapeutic nature of touch during her dance studies, where she was exposed to somatic therapy, craniosacral exercises and Feldenkrais.

    Hope believes that therapeutic touch plays a critical role in personal wellness, and in developing a massage session carefully tailored to each individual’s history, goals, and personal complaints. Through an integration of Eastern and Western modalities, Hope’s aim is to help her clients improve body awareness, manage areas of weakness and deficiency, alleviate tension and, ultimately, play an active role in their own journey to wellness.

    Hope Giving A Massage (Brief Preview)

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    Taryn

    “Time is going to pass whether you do it or not; So you might as well do it {Heal, Grow, Learn, Love, Live}.”

    Languages Spoken: English

    Taryn is an honor graduate of Swedish Institute: A College of Health Sciences in New York City. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management prior to her completion of Swedish’s Massage Therapy Program. Taryn seeks to offer relief to individuals battling with chronic pain and illnesses throughout the body. She’s extremely familiar with the affects of stress on the body from a personal stand point and believes in the holistic benefits of massage, in all of its modalities, for treatment and as alternative pain management. Stemming from southern roots, she wishes to introduce massage and its benefits to underserved communities that need it most.

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    Malika

    Life is easy, it’s people that make it difficult.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Malika Ali is a lover of science and puzzles and the human body, all its whims and quirks, gives her the opportunity to explore her fascination. As a graduate of Pacific College of Health Sciences, she has taken her love of puzzles and science into the world of self-care advocacy, oftentimes speaking at events, UN gatherings and most importantly into treatment rooms. She loves to teach and empower others to take care of themselves AND give the tools to be efficient and effective about it.

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    Amy Lynn

    "Pause, take a breath, and take some time for yourself."

    Languages Spoken: English

    Amy is a graduate of Pacific College of Health and Science and a member of the AMTA. She uses a blend of Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, and trigger point work to make sure each session is exactly what the client needs. Amy has great success helping people reduce their anxiety and helping clients create the space to help the body heal itself. She believes that the power of touch and the energy we surround ourselves with are the fundamental keys to a better life. She is also trained and certified in MaMassage prenatal massage and a budding birth doula. The best thing to help yourself is to pause, take a breath, and take some time for yourself.

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    Bismark

    "Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had."

    Languages Spoken: English

    Bismark is a graduate from Pacific College of Health and Science. His passion in working with the body comes from being a personal trainer for 6 years and his passion lies in bridging the gap between the worlds of fitness and bodywork. He believes that incorporating these practices into one's routine can help people improve their health and is essential to holistic wellbeing. His work is always tailored to the individual client, whether they need specific trigger point therapy or deep tissue massage. He also specializes in Tui Na and sports massage which can help people restore movement and improve performance. His ability to connect with his clients makes the treatment process seamless as the level of comfort between a therapist and client can make for a better outcome. 

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