Eye Street Massage Therapy has set the bar in Washington D.C. 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 Washington D.C. 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
Aulat “Omni” Lawal is an experienced massage professional with clinical and therapeutic experience. Lawal practices a number of massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, pre and postnatal, neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, and sports massage. She has a background in physical therapy and nursing, and is nationally certified and licensed in the District of Columbia. She is a member of the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP). She graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute.
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.
Emily Tellez LMT, NCTMB, AMTA Member
Emily is a graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute. She practices Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones and SEVA (a 16 point acupressure stress relief protocol). 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 holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art and works as an art handler for a private company that services local art museums. Emily sees her work as a massage therapist as yet another art form that serves other people.
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
J. Sage Raindancer is a 1998 graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage. Sage has practiced massage therapy in the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Hawaii. As well as practicing, he has taught massage therapy in the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Virginia at such schools as Potomac Massage Training Institute, Arizona School of Massage, New Samaritan High School, and The Heritage Institute. Sage utilizes a variety of modalities from Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, Reiki, Lomi Lomi, and hot stone.
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.
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
Dr. Robert White graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2006 and earned his orthopedic massage certification from the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2007. He also has a certification in myoskeletal alignment which uses the principles of osteopathy and rolfing to create an effective non-impact, low force soft tissue work. Robert received his doctorate of integrated massotherapy from the First National University of Therapeutics in Nashville, TN. Robert continued to hone his skills at the Washington Institute of Natural Medicine in Washington, DC. He has been shaping his practice around functional medicine as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. Robert performs postural analysis, functional assessment and natural health exams.