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About Us 2017-12-30T22:58:57+00:00

About Us

yAvivage Massage welcomes every*body* into our tranquil environment where you can take a break from your everyday routine, let go and allow our skilled therapists to customize your session, combining aromatherapy to help bring you back to balance.

Our space is inspired through Feng Shui which is an ancient Chinese tradition to create harmony and balance with surrounding space. 

!!EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!

WHO WE SERVE

  • Elite athletes

  • Weekend warriors

  • Activists & Community Organizers

  • LGBTQIA Community

  • Chronic pain suffers

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Mothers to be

  • Desk/office workers

  • Computer Programmers

  • Stress/tension sufferers

  • Neck/back pain sufferers
  • Whiplash/auto accident injuries
  • Any “body” who wishes for peace & want to begin within themselves

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We are truly a team at Avivage where we work together to support one another in order to create a work environment that is healthy and happy; in turn our goal is to facilitate a healing and authentic experience for every person we touch.

Our Therapists

TainaCIO/Owner/LMT
Taina is the owner of Avivage Massage and has been practicing massage since 2005. She graduated from Florida School of Massage in Gainesville where she also completed an intensive Sports Therapy program focused on injury rehabilitation in 2006. Her practice is an integration of rehabilitative work along with relaxation.
Her life experience, and as she states living many lives, keeps her passionate about what it means be well and heal.
As a breast cancer survivor she enjoys working with women who have gone through it or are in the middle of their process.
She has also volunteered at Peaceful Pathways for women of domestic violence in Gainesville Florida and enjoys working with women who come from backgrounds of violence as she has overcome a history of abuse herself.
Her passions include creating supportive healing environments, nature, travel, medicinal foods, cooking and music.
LisaLMT
Lisa has always been passionate about holistic health and supporting natural ways of healing. Following her heart she returned to school in 2006 to get certified in massage and shiatsu. Her style is more meditative and can target any more chronic issues in a gradual way.
She’s a student of yoga, life and is always learning more on natural wellness. 
Travis LMT
Travis has been practicing Massage Therapy professionally for about one year, but was first introduced to it during his somatic based dance and biology training in his undergraduate studies. He enjoys using his knowledge of kinesiology and functional anatomy to take a clinic approach to helping people heal themselves and their aches and pains. This has also allowed him to work with various athletes in reaching their goals and improving their performance. He also has training in the John Barnes Myofascial Release approach and uses elements of it in every session as well as does full sessions of this powerful treatment modality.

Every day is seen as an opportunity to blend “left and right brain” ideas to achieve embodiment and live a centered and meaningful life. Travis uses sensation as his guide to further understand his intuition and practice holding a safe space for everyone he interacts with. He firmly believes that: “Every Human Being has an innate and inherent potential that when realized can result in quantum changes”

RachelLMT
Rachel graduated from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy and is certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy. Her education focused heavily on anatomy and physiology with a strong emphasis on trigger point patterns and muscle energy techniques. She enjoys doing focus work on specific issues and often incorporates neuromuscular techniques that reeducate the muscle to function more efficiently and without pain. Rachel is also a Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice and is working toward her certification as an energy healer. Some of her other hobbies include hiking, camping, gardening, martial arts, west coast swing dancing, and fishing with her boyfriend.
SarahLMT
Sarah has had a lifelong interest in holistic wellness and biology so a career in alternative health came naturally. A graduate from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy in 1998 and an ever-evolving lifelong learner, Sarah uses an intuitive blend of intentional healing techniques to individually meet each client’s immediate needs. This may include a combination of Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, Guided Relaxation, Massage Cupping and Craniosacral Holds. In her free time Sarah can often be found making weird art, cooking vegetarian food or losing at mini golf.
GemarLMT
Gemar was introduced to massage therapy through a recovery regimen after his mother had an car accident. Amazed at the newfound strength bodywork gave her through healing, he decided to go into the field. It has been seven years since entering the practice.
Gemar attended Everest Institute of Eagan Minnesota in 2009 where he successfully completed 720 hours of hands on Massage and graduated with honors, and he is still as passionate about his profession and the healing power it can offer to others. Gemar, embodies compassion and a soothing touch with a blended approach heavily influenced by the flow style of Lomi Lomi forearm massage – a Hawaiian bodywork modality – that harmonizes beautifully with his naturally rhythmic, yet therapeutic style. He also loves working with hot stones, appreciating their grounding, warm undertones in a treatment. He tries to accommodate to each individual he works with, understanding pressure preferences and pain tolerance is subjective, and does his best to match each client’s desired needs by being mindful and transparent not only during intake, but during table time as well. His work can benefit prenatal clients, athletes, chronic pain and migraine sufferers, and anyone seeking overall wellness of being.
Gemar also grew up right here in the Twin Cities, where he has fraternal girl and boy twins and has recently added to his family a new baby boy. Gemar enjoys watching sports, singing travelling and entertaining his kids with fun events throughout the year.
CelinaLMT
Celina is passionate about wellness, movement, and the human potential. Her love for the body and movement began with an active childhood that was filled with sports and a lot of time in nature. She graduated from The Fair Oaks Massage Institute advanced 500 hour program in January of 2015 and has been developing her practice ever since. Celina has continued her education by self study, practicing yoga, and studying at The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, where she recently graduated from a 700 hour program in June of 2017. She loves camping, hiking, traveling, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and cooking nutritious foods in her free time. Originally from the Bay Area in California, Celina recently moved to Minneapolis. She is excited to get to know the Twin Cities community and share her passion for health and wellness through her growing practice.
StacyLMT
Stacy has always had a place in her heart for making people feel welcome and comfortable in her presence. She worked in the medical field for 20 years when she decided to follow her passion and return to school to obtain her massage therapy certification and subsequently graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. She enjoys working with clients that are looking for a relaxing experience and prides herself on being the one to provide the time clients need to quiet their minds from the everyday busy lifestyles so they can regenerate and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. Stacy is a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
MeganLMT
Megan graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University where she interned with Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, and Chinese Herbalists. Her education and experiences have shown that Alternative Health Care modalities can help promote wellness and healing. Megan is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and enjoys focusing on specific problems alongside encouraging relaxation with Swedish Massage techniques. She has a passion for learning and has an ambition to develop her own business of Integrative practices. Some of her hobbies include riding/training her horse, spending time with her dog, traveling, playing or listening to music, and reading.
BrittanyLMT
CamilleLMT
Camille graduated from CenterPoint Massage Therapy School and Clinic in 2017 after completing their 900 hour Therapeutic Massage Program. She has always been fascinated by the human body and approaches her work through a lens focused on anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. She sees clients as a whole body and life, and enjoys finding patterns and solving mysteries on the path towards healing. Using a combination of massage and rehabilitative techniques, including Trigger Point therapy and cross fiber friction, Camille can provide focused work on areas of chronic pain and injuries, as well as balancing and restoring the body from wear and tear and dysfunctional movement patterns. In addition to this focused work, she believes in integrating her work into the body and connecting body areas to create optimal functioning, as well as connecting the body to the mind, emotions, and spirit. Camille also enjoys incorporating Craniosacral techniques into her sessions for a gentle but powerful effect on the central nervous system and the entire body. When not doing massage, Camille can be found cooking, baking, working in the garden and on organic farms, hiking, doing yoga, and working on her meditation.