Eye Street Massage Therapy has set the bar in Farragut West for massage and quality of service since 1997. We are a professional massage studio with licensed therapists who have over 40 years of combined experience. As the saying goes ‘practice makes perfect’ and our staff has had the time to refine its technique to a finely tuned art. We have specialists in different forms of massage therapy and bodywork who constantly stay up to date on the leading advancements in the field. In addition to taking continuing formal education in various massage modalities, it is our policy at Eye Street Massage Therapy to have our staff refine their techniques by working on each other once a month. Having the whole staff give positive criticism ensures that our clients only receive the best of care which is tried, tested and true. We take great pride in offering the people of Farragut West a variety of different therapies; all under one roof. Our personal approach to your mental and physical well-being has gained us a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable, accessible massage therapy centers in the area.
Meet The Therapists
Atsuko “Ako” Shigihara, LMT, NCTMB, CDT/MLD, AMTA Member
Atsuko (“Ako” for short) was born in Japan and is following in the same career path as her grandfather. She has always been interested in massage and how the human body works. She has taken workshops in Japan, India, and Greece, studying various forms of yoga, Tai Chi, massage and other modalities. When she came to the United States, she began formal study of massage therapy. Since completing her basic certification in massage therapy at the Potomac Massage Training Institute and obtaining her national certification and DC license, Ako has continued to look for and learn different ways to help people with different needs, including positional release, neuromuscular therapy techniques and abdominal visceral massage. She obtained her certification in pregnancy massage and is also certified by the Norton School in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), including Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD). She was always interested in energy work and started learning Reiki in the U.S. She returned to Japan to complete her studies of Reiki and attained the level of “Master” from the Gendai Reiki Healing Association in Japan and is now active in the Gendai Reiki Network USA. .
Aulat “Omni” Lawal, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP Member
Omni is an experienced massage professional with clinical and therapeutic experience. She practices a number of massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, pre and postnatal, neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy, sports massage and aromatherapy. She has a background in physical therapy and nursing, and is nationally certified and licensed in the District of Columbia and in Maryland. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP). She graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute. Her family is the most important thing in the world to her and she does a lot of volunteer work as a way to give back to the community.
Chelsey Cooper, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP Member
Chelsey is a graduate of the National Massage Therapy Institute. After her years as a dancer she found interest in learning more about the body and how to help others live and move more efficiently within their own. She believes that massage can not only improve one’s health but can help an individual discover a more peaceful way of wellbeing. Chelsey’s main focus is in Swedish and deep tissue massage but is inspired and eager to explore other modalities and continue her education. Her goal is to meet each client’s need and promote relaxation and stress relief through a purposeful, caring touch. She is nationally certified and licensed in Washington DC and Maryland.
Cloe Gayton, LMT, MBLEX, ABMP Member
Cloe graduated from the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. She was drawn to massage therapy after nursing and rehabilitating others, and a desire to learn more holistic approaches in healing the body. Cloe enjoys using deep tissue, myofascial, Swedish massage and aromatherapy to support deep relaxation with rehabilitation. She is looking forward to including massage as an integral part of a rehabilitative medical program in the future. She is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, nationally accredited through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board and licensed in the District of Columbia.
Edmund Morris, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP Member, BA, PgD
Edmund graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church, VA in 2007. In 2010, he earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He then went on to study Health Psychology at the London Metropolitan University in London, and earned his postgraduate diploma there. Edmund combines his professional massage training with a martial artist’s appreciation for form and flexibility, a psychologist’s consideration for global function, the health psychologist’s more narrow focus on environmental and habitual influence, and a clinician’s reasoning to evaluate and treat each client’s unique needs. He takes into account the ways in which different parts of the body interact and pays keen attention to detail to understand body-environment stress points. He specializes in deep tissue, integrated with elements of myofascial, neuromuscular, trigger point and sports therapies with a focus on addressing use-related injuries, chronic pain conditions and postural problems. More than just pain relief, for him massage is about getting people moving again – whether their goal is to be better able to meet life’s obligations, or simply to enjoy being active.
Emily Tellez LMT, NCTMB, AMTA Member
Emily is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute (2010). She practices Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, Integrative Reflexology and Soul Lightening Acupressure. There is a special 16 point acupressure protocol called SEVA that Emily practices for delivering stress relief. It was originally developed for the 9/11 first responders and has been applied for stress relief internationally. Emily combines different techniques in each session to meet each individual client’s needs. She believes in connecting mind, body and spirit when she works and making the client feel cared for and respected. She also holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art and works as an art handler for a private company that services local art museums.
James Foulkes, RYT500
James Foulkes has been involved in the alternative healing arts for more than 13 years and specializes in working with groups and individuals in Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Cranial Sacral Therapy in Washington, DC and the surrounding region. James has a RYT500 certification with the Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Working one to one with James is simple and straightforward. His instructions are clear and the healing and energetic benefits are perceived quickly. Sessions are suitable for both new and experienced students and for people with conditions of all kinds.
James aka Jamie Hamrick, LMT, MBLEX, ABMP Member
Jamie graduated from the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage where he studied Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point and sports massages, along with other types of body and energy work. He has an additional certification in deep tissue massage and continues to study holistic health and wellness. He began practicing massage therapy in 2014. He switched from a career in sales and management to massage after spending a great deal of time taking care of his grandfather who had Alzheimer’s. Realizing his desire to help others, along with his kind personality, massage therapy seemed like it would be a good fit. In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, trying new foods, traveling, snowboarding, exercising, and working on various projects. He has a deep love for music and as a part-time DJ, loves to share his passion with people on the dance floor. He believes in sharing good energy and positivity in order for the world to become a better place. Massage is a way for him to share positive energy while helping people release pain and tension.
Joseph Sage Raindancer, LMT
May of 2018 will mark 20 years of Sage practicing massage therapy. During the past 19 years, he has practiced from Hawai’i to Washington DC. He has also taught at several schools such as Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington DC, the Heritage Institute in Virginia, as well as the Arizona School of Massage, and New Samaritan High School in Arizona. Sage has studied various therapeutic modalities from a variety of cultures. From the formal training of Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial at the Baltimore School of Massage; to medical massage, Lomilomi, Thai Yoga, Reiki and many more; to the training and studies of esoteric modalities such as shamanic healing and sound therapy. Sage also works in the outdoor industry. His outdoor career began in the mid to late 90’s as a bike messenger in DC. Currently Sage also works with REI’s Outdoor School as an instructor.
Lisa Wilder, Energy Bodyworker
Lisa Wilder is a compassionate intuitive healer with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare field. She graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute and began her career working closely with chiropractors and physical therapists, and assisted with the rehabilitation of clients who were dealing with a variety of physical ailments. Her approach combines both science and the ancient healing arts. She studied to become a Usui Reiki Master at Takoma Park Metaphysical Chapel in 2004, and in 2008 completed a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy certification program with Rose Khalsa, which also included Shamanic Studies.
She took Pranic healing coursework at The Pranic Healing Institute in Virginia, which allows her to work with stubborn illnesses as well as spiritual imbalances and financial alignments. Many of Lisa’s clients come for transformational chakra balancing sessions. Lisa may include guided imagery, meditation, crystals, sound, reflexology, Thai yoga and aromatherapy in her customized sessions. Lisa offers a heart centered approach to her healing, as she continues to practice, learn and share her knowledge in holistic wellness. She is also able to offer distant healing via phone or Skype upon request.
Mariana E. Bocache F. LMT, AMTA member
Mariana’s strong desire to help people and her love for human anatomy and physiology inspired her to pursue massage therapy. She received her education at Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC and is trained in different modalities including deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki, and craniosacral therapy. Mariana is passionate about the positive effects of healing touch on the body, mind, and spirit. She strives to provide effective treatment by listening and being mindful of every individual’s specific needs and by providing a compassionate, safe, and relaxed environment.
Mayumi Ameno, RM
Mayumi is a Japanese Master of Gendai Reiki Ho System. She enjoys her energy work in a variety of modalities including Applied Kinesiology, tuning fork sound therapy, and Hemi-sync guided energy healing. Her unique healing methods involve using the kinesiology muscle test and 14 tuning forks. Each tuning fork has the same frequency as one of the 14 of the Chinese Acupuncture Meridians. These body meridians serve as energy passageways throughout the body. Mayumi uses these techniques to unblock energy congestion in a client’s body meridian and tune the imbalances in his or her mind, body, and soul. Mayumi works with Hemi-Sync technology, which mixes binaural beats, music, and other natural sounds to enhance brainwave activity in a variety of manners. Through spiritual guidance from not only her clients but also from other outside realms, Mayumi uses Hemi-Sync to help clear and relieve negativity from her clients’ minds. Her Reiki work induces deep relaxation on both conscious and unconscious levels. She aims to reduce stress and pain, while activating her client’s healing potential.
Nahila Ghafur, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP Member
Nahila Ghafur is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute. She incorporates a variety of modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial techniques during each session to bring about deep relaxation and relief to sore muscles. She also has advanced training in hot stone massage and reflexology.
Pamela Moyer LMT, NCTMB, ABMP & AMTA Member
Pamela Moyer has been as a licensed massage therapist in DC since 2004. This was a career change for her, transitioning from the corporate and non-profit world, doing communications work. She enjoys helping people and providing a much needed service to the community through her massage skills. She graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute in Virginia, received her national certification from the NCBTMB and is a member of both AMTA and ABMP. She incorporates a variety of techniques in her work: Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, neuromuscular, myofascial therapy, stretching, and more. She often finds herself working with clients with stubborn or chronic conditions. Her goal is to assess possible causes for the pain, provide relief, and to help the client with self-care techniques so that they can maintain their body in a more balanced state. Pam enjoys promoting overall health and well-being, and believes that a healthy mind, body and spirit are complementary.
Robert White, Doctorate of Integrated Massotherapy, LMT
Robert graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2006 with a certification in massage therapy. In 2007 he received his certification in orthopedic massage from the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in New Jersey. Robert continued to hone his skills at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Washington DC. In 2011 Robert received a certification from Erik Dalton’s Freedom from Pain Institute in myoskeletal alignment, an advanced bodywork which uses the principles of osteopathy and rolfing to create an effective non-impact, low force soft tissue work. Robert later received his doctorate of integrated massotherapy from the First National University of Therapeutics. He has been shaping his practice around functional medicine as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. Robert also performs postural analyses and functional assessments.