Massage Therapy Center Blog

Meet Selena Zhang, Advanced Therapist

A graduate of the University of East West Medicine in Sunnyvale, Selena joined the MTC staff in 2019. Selena uses bodywork techniques and strokes that incorporate light to deep pressure, to release body tension and enhance circulation. She offers Acupressure, Clinical Deep Tissue Massage, Deep Work Massage, Myofascial Release, Pregnancy Massage, Swedish Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy.

Happy New Year: A Relaxed, Healthier You!

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Another new year, and another opportunity for renewed hopes and enlivening possibilities! But before you make new year’s resolutions, we invite you to take some time out for yourself to rebalance after the busy holiday season. Relax with bodywork and sauna, spend quiet time in nature, meditate, journal—to help bring you back to your center. Then with restored balance and clarity, reflect on…

Wake To The Splendor Of Living

Perhaps for a moment,
the wheels will stop rolling,
the computers will go dark,
and a hush will fall over the world.
For an instant, in the stillness,
the chiming of the celestial spheres
will be heard as Earth hangs
poised in the crystalline darkness,
and then gracefully tilts.
Let there be a season
when holiness is heard,
and the splendor of living is revealed.
Let this be t…

Staying Connected and Open-Hearted

It is the small things in life that open the heart ~ the laugh of a child, the beauty of a flower, the touch of a hand, a simple kindness. In the simplicity of the moment true peace arrives. And when it does, the heart naturally begins to respond. ~ Ann Mortifee

During the busy holiday season, we often don’t make time to truly nurture ourselves so that we can give peaceful presence to thos…

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation,…

Meet Lara Berthiaume, Advanced Therapist

Lara Berthiaume, CMT, has been a professional massage therapist since 1999 and has worked at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto since 2000. Says Lara, “I have always known that I wanted to be a professional masseuse—to me, it is such spiritually rewarding work and keeps me in touch with myself, as well as the human spirit.” Besides her basic training in Swedish massage, she has studied…

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