Meet Our Therapists

Samantha

Massage Therapist

Samantha graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2017 and became interested in massage through integrative medicine and the therapeutic benefits of bodywork physically, mentally, and emotionally. Currently certified in Swedish and Deep Tissue, she uses an approach that is client centered, inclusive and relaxation based, encouraging body awareness and self healing.

Shuichi

Master Massage Therapist, Head of Training

Master Massage Therapist Shuichi (pronounced Shooee-shi) has practiced Karate for more than 30 years. He trained and taught Karate in New York before going to massage school. He has been a massage therapist since 2010. In addition to the main modalities such as deep tissue, Swedish, and myofascial release, he uses a rhythmic and dynamic style with stretching and breath work to release your muscles. He still practices Karate on his own. He is also our senior therapist and internal head of training.

Location: 11th Street Location

Favorite massage modality? Myofascial work.
What is your favorite form of self care?
Physical self care regularly.
What is your favorite type of workout?
Flexibility training.

Bryan

Master Massage Therapist

Master Massage Therapist Tim has been a massage therapist since 2007 and with Lunar since 2012. He was trained at the National Massage Therapist Institute in Virginia, but gained experience in deep, medical-style massage in California. He is particularly good at working necks to relieve tension headaches and migraines, and generally easing the stiff “computer neck” that so many of us have. A lot of his clients also come to him for specific hip and lower back work. His overall work is super solid and he won’t leave a problem area he finds on you until he feels improvement.

What is your favorite form of self care? Massage, of course!
Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Dominican Republic
What made you decide to get into massage therapy? I got into the health and wellness business to teach people how to take better care of their bodies.

Epiphany

Massage Therapist

Epiphany has been a practicing massage therapist since 2011 and graduated from Everest College. She is a native to the DMV area and worked in Virginia for the first 7.5 years of her career before coming to Washington, DC in 2019. With an intuitive touch, she does a combination of Swedish and deep tissue and has strong thumbs made for reflexology.

What have you created that you are most proud of? Wrapped a tiger’s eye pendant.
What is your favorite massage modality? Deep tissue.
Favorite music to listen to during a massage? Chakra balancing music.

Claudia

Master Massage Therapist

My interest in health goes back to early childhood, when I wanted to be a nurse and help others on their journeys. Although I did not pursue a career in nursing, in 1988, I joined the healthcare field as a Radiologic Technologist. The knowledge and experience I gained prepared me for my next and current path, studying Massage Therapy at the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002. After being on the responsive side of healthcare, I realized I wanted to have a more “hands on” role in preventative care by helping clients with stress relief and self-care. The field of Complementary Medicine felt more in alignment with how I wanted to contribute to wellness as a caretaker. In 2010, I studied Chakra Balancing at The Braided Way Healing Arts. It enhanced my practice into having a more “holistic” approach, as I was able to not only work with the muscles, but also connect to mind-energy-body. Practicing energy work is what I gravitate towards and I’m thrilled to share it with my clients. Furthermore, in 2014, I started studying with a consciousness teacher to delve deeper into self discovery, the phrase “change starts from within”, as cliché as it may sound, holds so true. My practice is ever expanding, evolving, as is my own personal growth and what I offer to the world. The opportunity for healing and growth is the “now” and through Chakra Balancing, I help clients learn how to connect to “self”. The chakra system, the energy centers within our body, reveals what might be causing anger, anxiety, frustration or other emotions that keep us ungrounded or “in our heads”. We often view these emotions as temporary and we don’t know what to do with them, instead, we internalize or think that they are going to go away. Over time, it creates dis-comfort, dis-ease in the body. Learning how to connect and not dismiss those emotions will allow you to start looking more inwardly and address the deeper underlying truths.

Crystal

Massage Therapist

Crystal has been a massage therapist since 2009. She received her training from PMTI in Washington, DC which has now relocated to downtown Silver Spring. She has acquired a sizable working knowledge and experience while performing the following massage bodywork modalities Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Cupping, Prenatal, Hot Stone, Ayurvedic, Aromatherapy and Acupressure on countless satisfied and repeat clients. While her style isn’t the norm once you’ve experienced it, you’ll be sure to be hooked. She has a slow melodic flow and tends to lean into the glide for a slower and deeper stretch. She works Tuesdays and Thursdays so come and check her out and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

We are always looking to add to our team! If you are interested in joining Lunar Massage please email [email protected].