bodies need work...
that's why they need bodywork.
Conveniently located steps away from the A train at 181st Street in the serene Hudson Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
* by appointment only *
My approach to and goals for all my massage therapy treatments are one and the same, and actually very simple -- I want you to leave feeling better than when you arrived. Significantly better, if possible.
Whether this means you just need to decompress from your life's stressors, or if it means you've been dealing with pain or discomfort that you need help alleviating, I will do all that I can to provide for you exactly what you're looking for in a massage treatment.
I also believe that for you to feel your best, and continue feeling your best, it is critical that we discuss your life circumstances and how they relate to your physical well-being (or lack thereof), that I educate you about the goings-on of your body, and that I impart self-care techniques for you to practice at home.
I believe in massage therapy and through it have helped countless people find their way to a happier and healthier state of being -- I hope you'll allow me the opportunity to do the same for you.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Sophia is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and has been practicing in New York City since 2013. Having graduated from the renowned Swedish Institute, she received the highest caliber of massage training, including knowledge of modalities like Shiatsu, reflexology, Tui Na, polarity therapy, craniosacral therapy, and manual lymphatic drainage. While knowledge of all these styles has helped shape Sophia as a massage therapist, her specialization is in deep tissue, myofascial release, sports, trigger point therapy, and medical massage, having developed her own unique style based on these methods. She strives at creating a balance between a relaxing experience and focus to and alleviation of problem areas. Sophia is also certified in Prenatal and Postpartum massage, and loves helping women cope with the physical challenges that occur during and following pregnancy.
Before venturing to massage school, Sophia earned a BA from Pace University (Summa Cum Laude) in Philosophy and Dance, both of which continue to serve as influences on the way she approaches bodywork. Like her educational background, Sophia exceeds at marrying the cerebral with the artful, and creating a truly therapeutic massage session, she has come to understand, requires both. After a session with Sophia, clients can expect to feel both thoroughly relaxed as well as improvement in any preexisting areas of pain, tension, or discomfort.
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Sophia's thorough understanding of anatomy, her ability to impart useful information, and the wisdom in her healing hands makes her one of the very best massage therapists I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I suffered for months with pain and burning in my shoulders (I was a MESS!) and after one session I began to feel relief....after three my pain was gone. I love her!
By far the best massage therapist I have ever met in my life. I recently torn my meniscus and was having a difficult time running. The pain was severe and non-stopping. Thanks to Sophia, I have fully recovered from my surgery and I am back running again. One of her specialities is her ability to understand people's injuries and muscle problems. By far, she is the best of the best. I will never go to another therapist again.
-Eluyn G., Army Officer
Sophia is surprisingly strong for her size, and her mastery of a variety of techniques worked out knots in my back muscles I had thought would never be relieved. She used a thorough, holistic approach and was very knowledgable in conversation about everything she was doing. She also had a very calming, tranquil presence that set me at ease and helped me shed additional tension.
Getting work done by Sophia is like being submerged in a hot pool of healing energy. Her hands are unobtrusive, graceful and strong. It feels unlike a separate person making contact with your body, but rather an extension of your own body honing in on areas of tension and melting them away.
Sophia was an angel during an extremely stressful time. I felt well taken care of, and after the massage felt better than most other post massage sessions...I so look forward to my next appointment.
My experience with Sophia was wonderful and so much more than I expected! She gave me a bunch of tips as we were discussing my daily activities (on the computer) as well as breathing. It was an overall awesome experience.
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$140 per hour
Tax included. Gratuity not necessary.
Sessions can include:
Aromatherapy options offered free of charge
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