I have studied massage at the McKinnon Institute and the San Francisco School of Massage (links to the schools) and completed over 500 hours of education. I am certified in the following modalities:

Pre-natal massage
Deep Tissue
Integrated Deep Tissue with Art Riggs (link to Art Riggs)
Advanced lower back and sacral work with Marty Morales (link to Marty
Myofascial Release
Sports Massage and Muscle Energy Techniques
Foot Reflexology
Hand and Ear Reflexology
Chair Massage

I am certified by the CAMTC and a member of ABMP and AMTA.

Learning has always been my first love. I have a Master’s degree in Art History, I am in the middle of a two-year certificate program in Graphic Design from U.C. Berkeley, and I continue to deepen my knowledge about massage with workshops and classes.

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, the fresh insights and perspectives that every modality brings with it and how bodywork seamlessly becomes a part of this system, working with it, reinforcing and enhancing it and sometimes just reminding the body of what it already knows to do.

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 acupressure points and the muscle energy techniques of sports massage all contribute in varying degrees according to what we are trying to achieve in a session.

I am a Certified Massage Therapist with the CAMTC, and a member of the ABMP.

Relaxing Swedish Massage – 60mins for $75, 90mins for $100
(Check the Promotions section for the Wellness Package)

A mindful Swedish massage is a great way to unwind 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. Read more… (link to Swedish Massage post in blog)

Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release – 60mins for $75, 90mins for $100

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 dedicated to effecting change in one particular area or improving range of motion in one particular joint. Read more… (link to Deep Tissue post in blog)

Prenatal Massage – 60mins – $75
(Check out the Sign up to come in for a weekly 50mins massage during pregnancy for $200/month)

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 keep good posture by relieving stress on joints and easing neck and back pain. Read more… (link to Prenatal Massage in blog)


Wellness Package

Two 60mins sessions/month for $125
Four 60mins sessions/month for $235

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

Pregnancy Package

Four 50mins sessions/month for $200

Nobody appreciates a good massage more than an expecting mother and yet with all the things she is juggling, doctor’s appointments, work (at the home and/or the office), reading up on pregnancy, trying to stay fit and healthy while following best practices for herself and the baby, there is just never the time to put her feet up and breathe and relax while someone works the soreness out of her muscles and calms her nerves and hormones.

Gift certificates are available on request.


Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is very hard to deal with. There is a lot of research on this disease and great advances are being made every day. Those who are undergoing treatment need all our help and support and at Maithli Massage we would like to extend our support as well by offering 50% off a regular priced session to all patients undergoing treatment.

Refer a friend and you will each receive a $10 gift certificate that can be redeemed immediately or can be saved towards a free session.

Please give at least 24hrs notice prior to canceling a session.

Should I come early for my session?

Actually it’s best to come on time rather than early. But you should also expect that a typical session will finish later than you expect since some time will go in intake and assessment. You are also encouraged to take your time coming out of the session and give yourself the time to absorb the effects of the massage. If you need to be somewhere right after your session you should let me know so we can make sure you are done on time.

What can I expect from a typical session?

A typical Swedish session is different from a Deep Tissue session. In a Swedish session you will receive a full body massage and if there is any part that is particularly achy I will try to save some extra minutes to work on that area. In a Deep Tissue session however we will be typically focused on a particular area rather than the full body. It might also be more interactive as we try to work through issues like trigger points, muscle or joint stiffness, adhesions, etc.

Is it possible to schedule a massage the same day?

I will try to accommodate last minute requests but in general I do need at least 24hrs notice. I don’t schedule more than a couple of massages a day so that every client can take their time and have an unhurried and relaxed experience.


Mon-Sun 10am - 10pm
I will accommodate last minute requests when I can but in general please try to book at least 24hrs in advance.


All payments need to be made in cash only.


Maithili Massage Studio At Dwight Way and Curtis Street Berkeley, CA 94702




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