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
  • Ayurvedic Massage (Indian “Well-Being” Oil Massage) with Ajit Sarkar
  • Swedish
  • Massage for Chronic Illness (Diabetes, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, etc.)
  • Sports Massage and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Shiatsu
  • Foot, 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 am a volunteer massage therapist at the Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic.

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-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 and am a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

Ayurvedic Massage – NEW

75mins – $100 (promotional rate)

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. This vigorous massage is rejuvenating, deeply hydrating and relaxing. It is best to follow it up with a warm bath or a gentle wipe down with a warm towel.

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 bi-monthly 60mins massage during pregnancy for $130/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.

Massage for cancer patients (Oncology Massage)

60mins – $50
Also check out the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic in Oakland (where I am a volunteer), which offers free alternative care treatments (like massage, guided imagery, Chinese and Western herbal medicine, Rosen and Feldenkreis) to low-income women.

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.

Hand, Foot and Ear Reflexology

60mins – $65

A deeply relaxing session that includes a foot massage and steeping 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.

Chair Massage On The Run

30mins – $40
Events – $80 per hour. For up to 10-15 people at small events like office parties, charity events, fund raisers, etc. Each person gets about 10-15mins of chair time.

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

Wellness Package (limited slots available)

Two 60mins sessions/month for $140

…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.

Pregnancy Package (limited slots available)

Two 60mins sessions/month for $130

…because nobody appreciates a good massage more than an expecting mother. Regular massages will relax tight back, neck and shoulder muscles, ease ligament pain and sciatica, and help you sleep better by calming stress hormones and inducing deeper relaxation.

Current Promotions

Get $5 off your next session when you schedule it within 30 days of your current one.

Available only till April 2015 – Refer a friend and you will each receive a $10 gift certificate that can be redeemed immediately or saved towards a free session.

Customized gift certificates are available on request for any amount between $25-$100.

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 fee for late cancellations and no-shows.

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.

Do I need to add a tip?

Tips are not required or expected.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a $20 fee for late cancellations (less than 24 hours) and no-shows.

I understand that life happens – you get busy, you get late, you forget… But please note that the industry standard is to charge the full cost of the session for a late cancellation or no-show. There is planning, preparing and scheduling that goes into every session and a late cancellation means lost time and business since that slot cannot be offered to another person.


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.


Please try to cancel with at least 24 hours notice so your slot can be given to someone else. There is a $20 fee for same day cancellations and no-shows.


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




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