I'm not the type of person who enjoys a "spa massage". I am probably more of a masochist when it comes to massage and have been lucky to have been treated by great massage therapists in the States. My doctor referred me to Kay after I went to see him for muscle relaxers since my back and shoulders were all in knots from so many life-style changes. I cannot over-emphasize how awesome Kay is. She is a consummate professional and is extremely good at what she does. If you are like me and need someone who is willing to go deep into the muscle you will not be disappointed. I love how she gives you hot tea or hot water and some dried fruit afterwards. I am continuing to see her for maintenance and have introduced my son to her for his own baseball aches. No regrets. Also, her English is PERFECT.
I DISCOVERED KAY IN SEARCH OF CERTIFIED PRENATAL MASSAGE THERAPY WHEN PREGNANT WITH MY FIRST CHILD. KAY IS HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT VARIOUS MASSAGE THERAPY TECHNIQUES AND INTUITIVELY INCORPORATES ELEMENTS FROM MANY TECHNIQUES TO PERSONALIZE YOUR THERAPY SESSION. SHE HAS STRONG HANDS (WHICH IS IMPORTANT FOR ME) AND IS VERY RESPONSIVE TO MY REQUESTS. I FIND HER TREATMENT STYLE UNIQUE, AS SHE IS ABLE TO FIND HIDDEN OR NEGLECTED MUSCLES THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM TENSION. SHE INTRODUCED MYO-FASCIA TISSUE RELEASE TO ME, AND I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC. I AM A VERY DISCERNING MASSAGE THERAPY CUSTOMER, AND TEND TO BE LOYAL ONCE I FIND THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF SKILL, TALENT AND VALUE.
I HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMENDED HER TO A NUMBER OF MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES...AND THEY ARE ALL JUST AS HAPPY WITH HER THERAPY AS I AM. IT'S ALSO VERY NICE TO WORK WITH SOMEONE WHO COMMUNICATES EASILY IN ENGLISH. I AM COMFORTED BY THE FACT THAT HER TRAINING WAS RECEIVED IN NYC, WHERE I BELIEVE THE OVERWHELMING COMPETITION ONLY ALLOWS THE TALENTED TO SUCCEED. I ALSO APPRECIATE THAT SHE IS FLEXIBLE AND TRIES TO ACCOMMODATE HER CLIENTS' SCHEDULE REQUESTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING WEEKENDS, LATE EVENING HOURS AND SHORT TERM REQUESTS. SHE IS HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND A PLEASANT PERSON AT ALL TIMES.
I TYPICALLY PREFER A COMBINATION OF DEEP TISSUE, TRIGGER POINT, SHIATSU AND MYO-FASCIA, BUT TRUST THAT SHE IS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING QUALITY MASSAGE BY ALL OTHER TECHNIQUES. - Susan
Highly, highly recommended. Kaori-san is the most talented massage therapist I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her detailed knowledge of anatomy, precise explanations and recommendations, surprising strength, and comfortable office are a winning combination. Once you have had a massage at Essence K, you'll wonder why you ever bothered going anywhere else. She's so good, in fact, it's tempting to try to keep her a secret... In the end, though, talent this rare deserves to be recognized.
My experience at essence k was blissful. Kay is extremely experienced. You complete a form when you visit her for the first time and she delivers the perfect pressure and strokes according to the scale you indicated. She is superb in detecting the sensitivity, pains and reactions of your body, and will treat your body accordingly. She also offers a wide range of aromatherapy oils which she can combine to address your body needs.
addition, her massage is a minimum of 80 minutes, which is lovely compared to the 60 minutes massage commonly offered elsewhere.
At the end of the
massage, she offers sweet, ginger-lemongrass tea and herbal sweet to help detox and warm the body.
Although there is no shower facilities like most fancy-pants massage salons, I have absolutely no issues with that as I tend to shower before attending massage appointments. Also I like to leave the nourishing massage oil on my skin.
Nothing irks me more than massage
therapists who dig their fingernails into your skin, provide limpy strokes and touches, with lack of sensitivity to the nuances of body pains and reactions.
I am delighted to have found this cozy little massage place as this concludes my search for an experienced, qualified massage therapist.
The fact that Kay is able to express herself in good English is a plus! I look forward to my next visit.