Massage Therapy is a manual manipulation of the soft tissues in the body. It is very beneficial and can compliment your chiropractic care by increasing blood circulation, releasing tension and create more balance in your muscles.
Massage Therapy can help with the following conditions:
Chronic injuries: tennis or golfer’s elbow, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, paresthesia, edema (inflammation), fibromyalgia, anxiety, migraines, asthma, Rheumatoid arthritis
Acute injuries: whiplash, sports injuries, muscle strains, joint sprains, acute stress
Other conditions: digestive issues, scar tissue adhesions, sleep conditions, anxiety, post operative pain, postural alignment issues
What is your background?
In 2014 I received a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at California State University of Fullerton and completed my massage therapy education at National Holistic Institute. I have worked as a physical therapy aide and completed the Cope Health Solutions program at Citrus Valley Hospital which has allowed me to gain clinical experience by providing healthcare to various types of patients in the emergency room, mother and baby care unit, intensive care unit, and operating room.
How did you choose your profession?
I originally chose my profession as a stepping stone for a career in the healthcare field. Massage therapy gave me what no other stepping stone could had given me, the chance to learn about the body through touch for an entire hour. I still wish to pursue further education but have fallen in love with the power of massage and will therefore continue massaging until arthritis has completely consumed my hands.
What is your favorite part about being a massage therapist?
The element of surprise! There remains a misconstrued perception of what massage therapy truly is. Many people believe massage is always soft, always gentle or relaxing, and is just plain fru-fru as I like to call it. When a patient comes to me who is skeptical that enough pressure can be give or that my massage will target their pain, I use my educational background and techniques to efficiently approach their concerns. The big “wow!” moment that comes either during or after treatment is definitely my favorite.
What is the most exciting thing that has happened
with your client?
A couple of years ago I visited a patient in The Ronald Reagan Hospital at UCLA. This patient was diagnosed with sarcoma, which had attacked her tongue. As I enter the room her face looked like it had aged 10 years over night, her neck was tanned from multiple treatments of radiation, and her eyes drooped like a basset hound. She had just received confirmation that she was also suffering from a staph infection in her heart. Myself and another healthcare professional worked on her for about 30 minutes. During those 30 minutes I massaged her neck back and shoulders as best I could on the hospital bed as she sang and danced. After the session had ended, her lips were pink, the yellow jaundice in her legs had cleared up, and her eyes were no longer droopy. I was amazed to see someone who had been consistently pricked, radiated, and examined receive soft human touch. The power of massage is truly profound.
What do you do during your down time?
During my down time I enjoy socializing with friends, family, and mother nature. I have the most fun when both are combined. A good surf, hike, or sporting event not only allows bonding time with friends and nature, but also gives me a chance to clear your head and focus on what is most important in life. I have also picked up a new hobby: Salsa dancing! I am sure it will be more fun and less embarrassment as time goes on.
What is your favorite food?
This is an extremely hard question. With all the foods in the world how could I possibly chose one! My favorite foods would have to be those with bold spices and meats. I have found a food truck/restaurant that is based in San Diego and serves authentic East African cuisine. Although I have a hard time remembering the names of the various dishes, I must say it is one of my favorites.
What is your favorite quote?
When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity he replied, “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Meet Our Massage Therapist
We Offer the Following
Types of Massages:
Trigger Point Therapy
Prenatal / Post Partum