in my office in olympia, washington
"Barbara's massage meets
my needs for joint and mobility work. She relishes discovering body and
mind's connections and mysteries. Her touch is a great
opportunity for healing and discovery. Her Hawaiian
traditions attracted me to her initially and continue to support my
~ Richard Cahall, retired farmer
Who are my
I see people from many walks
of life. Many
of my clients are dancers, musicians, performers, massage therapists
and other health practitioners, and regular participants in various
fitness classes. I occasionally see people as
young as teenagers and as old as….. there’s no
limit. Many of my
clients are 50 or more years
young and are committed to maintaining, or better yet increasing, their
health and vitality as they age.
I especially enjoy working with:
dancers, especially my hula and African dance communities
- musicians and other people who
intentionally use their bodies
- people experiencing chronic pain
- people longing for healthy touch
- people grieving loss people with whom I share community
- my Quaker community
can a session help you?
what makes one massage absolutely amazing for body, mind & spirit,
while another massage is just mediocre?
what delights your body, gives your mind a rest
& makes your heart sing?
When you walk out the door after a
healing session with me,
expect to have experienced one or more of these benefits:
- You may be able
to breathe more easily.
- If you walked in
stressed, anxious or wound up, you may walk out calm, relaxed and
- If you walked in
feeling pain, this pain may have been eliminated or significantly
- You may move more
easily and gracefully because restriction in your joints will have been
freed or eased.
- You may be more
in touch with your body. (Have you ever felt like a head
without a body? Massage reconnects our awareness with our
- You may feel the
love, beauty, wisdom and strength within you.
- You may more
easily be able to remain calm in times of trouble.
- Injuries in your
joints and muscles tissue may have been supported in healing.
- You may have
learned tips about ways to sit, stand, walk, lie down or do
other activities that will help you develop and maintain healthy
My clients appreciate
the special attention I give to helping them increase their body
awareness and improve their posture. I've found that the more
specifically we feel our bodies, the easier it is to move with grace and
power. To that end I integrate somatic awareness movement exploration
into many of my massage sessions as an educational process of muscular
People come to me for help
recovering from, or living with more easily, these conditions
- Back and neck pain, including whiplash and disc
- joint & muscular pain in the back,
neck, shoulders, hips, knees and more
- joint replacement
- surgery preparation & recovery
- injuries from accidents, falls and repetitive use
- asthma and other breathing problems
- emotional pain related to loss
- high stress lifestyle
- Parkinson's disease
- poor or problematic posture
WHAT SERVICES DO I OFFER?
TRADITIONAL LOMI LOMI: The traditional lomi lomi massage I offer is
done with a problem solving focus designed to relieve or eliminate
physical and sometimes emotional pain you may be experiencing, and to
help you move more easily and freely. This session provides
you with the opportunity to become more present in your body as it
supports you in developing more body awareness that can last long after
the session is complete. click here for full description.
LOMI LOMI WITH HOT STONES: This massage is similar
to the session described above, with the addition of hot
stones. I'll rub the hot stones against your tissue
so that the heat of the stones penetrates deeply into your body with a
sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and
promote deep relaxation. Yummy! Sessions done with
hot stones usually include less movement exploration. Click here for full description.
LUXURIOUS MASSAGE: In this massage I use a deep, slow, free flowing touch which is tender
and gentle touch yet remains consistently bone deep from start to
finish. Sometimes my touch is
soothing, and sometimes it elicits the "hurt so good" response that
accompanies the release of tension and pain in our bodies. I’ll
share with you nonjudgmental acceptance and appreciation for you and
your body, just exactly the way you are. This massage is for repeat clients only.
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How often do people schedule massage?
People often choose to receive sessions from me once or twice each month as part of their commitment to their own health maintenance.
Receiving regular massage
helps to accumulate and reinforce the benefits of each
session. Other people come on an occasional or as needed
What is my background?
I’ve been doing bodywork for over 40 years - since I was
I’ve been a licensed massage practitioner offering lomilomi
Seattle based private practice since 1996. In addition to practicing
bodywork, I have taught lomi lomi continuing education classes since 2001. Click
here to learn more.