Maya's Biography

My massage practice is rooted in my sincere belief in the healing power of touch. I see touch as our most basic form of communication, and believe that when applied with skill and intention it can provide profound comfort, both conscious and subconscious. My massages aim to reduce sympathetic nervous system firing, relieve pain, soften tense muscles and ground my clients in the present moment. A massage can act as a catalyst, awakening the body’s potential to access its own healing energy.

I enjoy working with all types of people with varying conditions. I have been a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006, providing therapeutic massage for issues such as neck and back pain, athletic injuries, anxiety, chronic pain management, cancer and chronic illness. In my work I blend relaxing techniques such as Swedish massage and shiatsu with more focused techniques such as deep tissue massage and myofascial release. My years as a professional dancer also influence my work, adding an awareness of alignment, posture, kinesthetics and movement analysis.

In 2008 I became certified in prenatal and postpartum massage by the Swedish Institute in association with Niara Healing Arts. Inspired by the magic of pregnancy and childbirth I continued my training in the years to follow, learning infant massage, advanced perinatal massage, manual lymph drainage for pregnancy and becoming a DONA trained birth and postpartum doula. I love working with expectant women and families, and appreciate when I can provide continuity of support throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

I also incorporate shiatsu into my practice, which is a Japanese form of bodywork involving palm, finger pressure and gentle stretching along energy meridians. Its energetic focus is a nice complement to deeper work, and brings awareness to a different level of healing within the body. Shiatsu is a wonderful alternative to Swedish or deep tissue massage for complicated pregnancies when such work is contraindicated. I’ve also found shiatsu’s gentler approach beneficial for people with cancer, helping to manage the emotional stress and physical discomfort of treatment.

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