WOMEN'S THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODYWORK

I am certified in the following modalities:

  • Deep Tissue
  • Integrated Deep Tissue with Art Riggs
  • Advanced neck work with Marty Morales
  • Advanced lower back and sacral work with Marty Morales
  • Myofascial Release for pain and common injuries
  • Sports Massage and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Pre-natal massage
  • Therapeutic Table Stretches
  • Swedish
  • Chair Massage
  • Ayurvedic Massage (Indian “Well-Being” Oil Massage) with Ajit Sarkar
  • Shiatsu
  • Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Massage for Chronic Illness (Diabetes, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, etc.)
  • Oncology Massage (Massage to alleviate the side-effects of cancer treatment) certified by the Society of Oncology Massage

I have studied massage at the McKinnon Institute, the San Francisco School of Massage and the Massage Therapy Institute and have completed over 700 hours of education.

I was a volunteer massage therapist at the Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic from 2014-2016.

I went to massage school to pursue an old passion for anatomy and got hooked learning about how imbalances or holding patterns in one muscle can affect the functioning of seemingly unrelated parts of the body, the role of fascia, the physiology of pain and the healing process, the body’s defense mechanisms to help injured areas, the fresh insights and perspectives that every modality brings with it, and how bodywork seamlessly brings them together.

Each modality has given a new dimension to my practice and defined my style: the flow of Swedish massage, the deep and meditative pace of myofascial and deep tissue work, the grounding of a session through reflexology and acupressure points, and the efficient use of muscle energy techniques and stretches-taught in sports massage-to increase range of motion.

Learning has always been my first love and I continue to deepen and broaden my knowledge about massage with workshops and classes.

I am certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, USA and am a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, USA.

I am a certified member of the CThA (Complementary Therapists Association, UK).

Call or Text 07835-266-812 to book an appointment. Or e-mail sharmila@maithilimassage.com

On-call massages are available for all the services below for an additional charge – £10 within 2 miles and £15 between 3-5 miles. I will bring the table, sheets, oils and music. Otherwise the massages will be done at a dedicated work space at my home.

Prices for all sessions, unless mentioned otherwise, are as follows:
60mins – £50
90mins – £80

Wellness Package (limited slots available)

Two 60mins sessions/month for £90

…because the benefits of massage are cumulative and though most of us ‘indulge’ in an occasional massage it is actually with regular sessions that we really reap the health benefits of massage. Our wellness package makes this possible by offering a great rate and taking the work out of the planning by finding the time that works best for you and then reserving that slot for you every time.

Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release

Tension headaches, muscular and joint pain that limits movement, sore muscles after an intense workout—these are just some of the issues that deep tissue therapy can help with. A deep tissue session is more interactive than a Swedish session in that the therapist and client work together to effect change at deeper levels of tissue. It is rarely a full-body session and is usually focused on one particular area.

Relaxing Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is a great way to relax and de-stress and has several benefits. It works not only on the physical level by improving circulation—moving blood and lymph more efficiently through the body—and easing muscular tension, it also calms the nervous system and promotes a feeling of well being. I always dedicate a 10 minutes period in the session to focus on specific problem area identified by the client.

Peri-natal Massage

A prenatal massage is done in fully supported side-lying and semi-reclined positions. It promotes relaxation, soothes nerves, and relieves strained muscles in expectant mothers. Pregnancy massage is especially beneficial in the second and third trimesters, when the extra weight in your belly puts a strain on your back. Pregnancy massage provides relaxation and helps you maintain good posture by relieving stress on joints and easing neck and back pain.

This massage is particularly beneficial after delivery when nursing the baby coupled with the reduced sleep schedule and all the new demands on the body are particularly trying.

Hand, Foot and Ear Reflexology

A deeply relaxing session that includes a foot massage and warming the feet in a hot towel prior to working all the major reflexology points on the feet, hands and ears with medium to firm pressure.

Ayurvedic Massage (includes 20mins of Ayurvedic Hair Oil massage

100mins – £100

In the Abhyanga or Ayurvedic massage for well-being, the three doshas are balanced by working on all the marma points from the head to the toes with warm sesame or olive oil infused with sandalwood essential oil, which rejuvenates, hydrates and cleanses the skin. The kneading, draining and circulatory movements help the pores absorb the oil and the friction brings blood to the surface increasing this absorption. This vigorous massage is rejuvenating, balancing, nurturing, deeply hydrating and relaxing. It is best to follow it up with a warm bath or a gentle wipe down with a warm, wet towel.

Massage for cancer patients (Oncology Massage)

60mins – $60

These sessions are available to those going through active treatment. Massage can help alleviate some side-effects of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy, and to a lesser extent radiation, leaves the body in so much pain and discomfort that it can feel alien to you. Reduced activity, pain, stress, depression also contribute to tension and soreness. Massage can help both through a nurturing, comforting touch that can help you reconnect with your body, and through therapeutic work that can relieve soreness and tension.

Massage is also a great option to reduce any stiffness resulting from surgery.

Chair Massage On The Run

30mins – £25
Events – £80 per hour.
(At small events of about 10-15 people – like parties, charity events, fund raisers – you could purchase about 2-3 hours so that each person gets about 10mins of chair time.)

A quick and effective session for those who wish to relieve tension in the upper body – back, neck, shoulders and arms.

Customized gift certificates are available on request for any amount.

Cancellation Policy – Please give at least 24hrs notice prior to cancelling a session so your slot can be given to someone else. There is a £20 charge for late cancellations .

The Maithili Massage Studio was previously based in Berkeley, California. The following are Yelp reviews from former clients.

Dru S. - Berkeley, CA - 11/21/2015 Sharmila is magic!  Her hands find the areas that need attention and she works intensely but doesn't cause discomfort.  Amazing.  I've had many massages in my life but Sharmila's are unique in that she doesn't follow the usual "start at your back, work your way down" procedure.  Instead, she follows an intuitive but highly sophisticated exploration of what your body needs.

Dawn L. - Berkeley, CA - 11/3/2015 Sharmilla gives skillful, interactive and deeply intuitive massages. The venue is at a nice comfy house nestled in the West Berkeley neighborhood. The cute and cozy massage room downstairs of the house that opens to a well-tendered backyard garden sets up part of the ambiance. The music selection, lighting, and use of heat blanket are done just right to create an effective and enjoyable healing space. I plan to seek out her skillful bodywork from time to time.

Laurie E. - Berkeley, CA - 9/23/2014 Sharmila is wonderful, both as a massage therapist and a person. Her space is lovely, with a sweet garden out back, but the most important thing of course is her massage, which is excellent. I often have knots in my shoulders or occasionally more serious things, and Sharmila is extremely skilled at finding and fixing whatever the problem might be. She checks in with you at the beginning of the session about what to work on, and also during the session to be sure that the pressure is ok for you. After the massage, she bring a glass of juice or some hot water with lemon.

I always look forward to seeing Sharmila, and I always know that I will leave feeling much better than when I arrived.

Elisa L. - Berkeley, CA - 9/16/2014 Sharmila's massages are amazing. I was fortunate enough to have 10 massages within a short period of time, with special focus on post-natal work.  She is very responsive and knowledgeable. My muscles felt relaxed and refreshed and I was able to then focus on strength. I really enjoyed each session with Sharmila. I would visit her again in a heart beat!

Emily M. - Oakland, CA - 7/18/2014 This is a long overdue review. I've been seeing Sharmila since she started her practice and have followed her from Oakland to Berkeley. Maybe unconsciously I didn't want to share my secret? :)

As many reviews have pointed out, Sharmila is a natural. Not only that, but she complements her intuitions about problem areas (she finds knots and tightnesses in places I hadn't even realized existed) with a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The result is a relaxing, warm, and incredibly effective massage. I always come out of a session feeling renewed and ready to brave the world for several days after it. I would see her every week if I could, but even seeing her once a month is a blessing. I look forward to each visit, and every time I feel like a kid going to an ice cream store... without the guilt or the calories!

Berkeley has tons of massage places that can get difficult to chose from. Honestly I'm glad I found this place, which grounds me in more ways than one.

Marilyn C. - El Sobrante, CA - 1/5/2014 Sharmila''s deep tissue massage is sooooooooooooooooooo good! She understands the muscles, tendons and connective tissue and how to smooth out all the lumps and stuck, old, calcified knots. She can spend two hours on one area and make it pain-free. My right shoulder regained a range of motion that allowed me to go back to training some intense forms that I love. For anyone who works out a lot in a particular discipline - kung fu for me, but dance, sport or yoga, Sharmila can really help you. For people who do too much driving, sitting or working at a computer, her massage will make you feel reborn.

Dal S. - Oakland, CA - 8/12/2013 As a veteran bodyworker, I'm particular about who works on me.  Sharmila's work really stands out. She is incredibly intuitive. She feels into whatever issues she finds and works them through until they resolve which is so incredibly satisfying.  She also has wonderful communication skills throughout the session and unlike many other therapists does exactly what you ask for.  I feel a real difference in my body after my sessions due to the meticulous care she offers.  Two thumbs up.

Melissa M. - Oakland, CA - 7/21/2013 Sharmila is wonderful, for numerous reasons. Here are a few of mine: 1.) Healing touch. Not every masseuse has it. In my experience, Sharmila uses long repetitive strokes on different areas of the body. I feel like she is listening to layers and layers of muscular tissue with her hands, and the next touch is always guided by what she hears. She also just straight up asks about the degree of pressure at different moments during a massage. 2.) Curiosity. From talking with Sharmila after a massage, I have learned that curiosity has her always studying to learn knew aspects of body work. And with me, she seems really to want to know what is going on in my body, to guide the massage. 3.) Quiet. Sharmila has a gentle and quiet way of being present. With that quality, she creates a safe space that allows me to fully relax. 4.) Hospitality. I don't know if that is a quality typically associated with massage therapists, but Sharmila has it -- for example, by bringing me a glass of water or a cup of tea after the massage. I never feel as though I have to jump up, get dressed and make room for the next customer. I feel welcome and well cared for from beginning to end.

Maggie D. - Oakland, CA - 7/14/2013 Wow! Sharmila gives a wonderful massage. Not only is her touch really lovely, but she has the rare ability to find tension and work it out. As a massage therapist myself, I know that this is a surprisingly difficult thing to find in a bodywork and truly there aren't many people whose work I really enjoy and believe in.

I vaguely told her about the tension in my body and was blown away at how effectively she found all the places on my unspoken list (sometimes there are too many places of tension to address so I just request a few general areas). If I had told her nothing, I am confident I would have walked away still feeling amazing and totally combed out. Sharmila seems to work really slowly, using her intuition and really paying attention to balancing the body again, using a lot of myofascial (fascial stretching) techniques. It has been about 9 hours since my massage with her and my body feels totally tension free. I guess the only drawback to her practice is that she only works with women, so I can't refer any male friends to her!

3/21/2015 - Cecelia S. - Berkeley, CA Since writing the paragraphs below, I've started seeing Sharmila every two weeks for myofascial massage, and can only say that she continues to do a consistently outstanding job.   I feel very lucky to have found such a skillful, knowledgeable masseuse so close to my own home, and at such reasonable rates.

I have had massages from many people over the years (I'm 73) and have studied massage myself, and Sharmila is the most impressive massage therapist I have ever visited.  I first saw her weeks ago with a painful condition (strained intercostal muscles between my back ribs) and my first massage with her included very deep work.   We could not release those muscles directly (they are under layers of other muscles and in any case needed time to heal since they were strained.) So we focused together on releasing as many of the layers above them as possible.  I experienced definite pain relief as a result.

I was so impressed with Sharmila's work that I returned a few days later to continue working on as many related issues as possible, including myofascial work.  Sharmila is extremely knowledgeable, strong and skillful as well as sensitive and kind.  She creates a very calm, relaxing atmosphere in a beautiful space, and has been able to work so deeply because she is very attuned to my responses and checks in with me frequently.  She knows about several therapeutic approaches and employs a variety of massage techniques.  She is a lovely person and I recommend her practice in the very highest terms.

C i. - Phoenix, AZ - 7/11/2014 I have had two deep tissue massages here so far and both have really helped me. I do a lot of spreadsheet work on the computer and get a lot of knots and pain under my right shoulder blade from all the work with the mouse. Sharmila has a very good understanding of how all your muscles are connected, even when they don't seem related. She manages to work all those areas, which provides relief to the part that is causing me the most pain. I definitely will be returning!

Lisa A. - Berkeley, CA - 7/1/2014 Updated review A simple update since I've been seeing Sharmila for close to a year now.   Her work is completely amazing. She does great deep body work and understands if I only need work on my neck and / or only shoulders, she focuses only on that to reduce and eliminate the pain.

If you are looking for someone who knows what they are doing in terms of bodywork, go see Sharmila!

9/5/2013 - Previous review

I never write reviews. On Yelp or any site...

But this woman is a MIRACLE healer!!!! I had a severe headache for 2 days and needed bodywork done to help my pain and I went to see Sharmila today and it absolutely cured my problem.

I highly recommend her for someone who needs help and not just a full body massage. She is AMAZING!!!!

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