I am certified in the following modalities:

  • Pre-natal massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Integrated Deep Tissue with Art Riggs
  • Advanced lower back and sacral work with Marty Morales
  • Myofascial Release
  • Swedish
  • Sports Massage and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Shiatsu
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Hand and Ear Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Chair Massage

I have studied massage at the McKinnon Institute and the San Francisco School of Massage and completed over 500 hours of education.

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 muscle energy techniques of sports massage.

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

Relaxing Swedish Massage

60mins – $75
90mins – $100
(Also check the Wellness Package below)

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.

Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release

60mins – $75
90mins – $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 focused on one particular area.

Prenatal Massage

60mins – $75
(Sign up for a weekly 60mins massage during pregnancy for $260/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 maintain good posture by relieving stress on joints and easing neck and back pain.

Oncology Massage

60mins – $50

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is very hard to deal with. At Maithili Massage we would like to extend our support by offering an affordable session to all patients going through chemotherapy or radiation.

Wellness Package (limited slots available)

Two 60mins sessions/month for $140

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.

Pregnancy Package (limited slots available)

Four 60mins sessions/month for $260

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 while someone works the soreness out of her muscles and calms her nerves and hormones.

Current Promotions

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

Gift certificates are available on request.

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

Should I come early for my session?

It’s best to come on time rather than early. You should also expect that a typical session will take about 15mins more than the session duration because 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 please 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




sharmila (at) maithilimassage.com


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