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.
Tai 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 keeps her passionate about healing and wellness. As a breast cancer survivor she enjoys working with women who have gone through it or are in the middle of their process.
Tai 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.
As a Queer women of color, Tai has been intentional with creating an inclusive and diverse environment at Avivage and welcomes the BIPOC & LGBTQ community.
Although her availability is limited, you can schedule a session with Tai via our Book Now page.
Her passions include creating supportive healing environments, nature, travel, medicinal foods, cooking, music, bon fires, friends and family.
A graduate from Northern Lights School of Massage Therapy in 1998 and a devoted lifelong learner, Sarah uses her ever-evolving skill set and intuitive blend of intentional healing techniques to individually meet each client’s needs. This may include any combination of Swedish massage, deep tissue work, guided relaxation, hot or cold stones, massage cupping, passive stretching, focused trigger point therapy and craniosacral holds.
With a passion for holistic wellness and the study of the human body, a career in alternative health came naturally to Sarah. She is an attentive Massage Therapist who aims to create a nurturing and judgment free safe-haven for each and every client. In her free time Sarah can often be found making weird art, cooking vegetarian food or losing at mini golf.
Freya is a graduate of the East/West program at CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School and Clinic, Freya is trained in cupping, hot and cold stone massage, and Guasha.
She enjoys being a part of helping others bring their body and mind into balance and wellness through massage. She believes in providing each client with a thoughtful and focused session, using combined techniques from Swedish, therapeutic, and Shiatsu massage. Other interests include facepainting, balloon twisting, music, art, urban and nature adventuring, and continuing to create and learn new things!
Orindel completed a certificate in Massage Therapy at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield, Michigan, in 2019. Shortly after, he moved to Minnesota to practice his craft and to be near family. Orindel specializes in Swedish massage, relaxation, muscle release and energy work.
Originally born and raised in Jamaica, he later moved to the U.S. to pursue a better life for him and his family. After working in various fields including restaurant management, he decided to pursue a career in massage therapy after friends and family saw his talents and recommended that he follow his dreams. In his spare time, Orindel enjoys working and learning about cars, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.
Marielle is a 2011 graduate from the Aveda Institute, and specializes in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and relaxation massages. Massage is a career path that truly grounds her, and brings her happiness by allowing her to bring healing and happiness to others.
She is also a full time student studying creative writing, and in her free time enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, writing, playing music, and torturing her beloved cat Ophelia with forced snuggles and silly hats.
Jen is a graduate of Center Point in St. Louis Park, MN where her primary training was in Shiatsu, Swedish and Rehabilitative Massage. She has also studied reflexology and Reiki I attunement. Her work has an intuitive flow, adaptable in pressure.
She enjoys working with clients with chronic issues, particularly in the neck and shoulder region, as well as prenatal, and those looking to simply relax. Jen is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals).
Karen earned her A.A.S. in massage therapy at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN and has a previous B.S. degree in Marine Biology. She is an American Massage Therapy Association member, kinesiology taping practitioner and is a certified neuromuscular therapist. She is experienced in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, craniosacral techniques, cupping massage, acupressure, gua sha, and sports and rehabilitative massage.
Karen has practiced in low resource clinics, non-profits, oncology massage clinics, and sports clinics working hand in hand with other health care providers. Karen is interested in working and helping with chronic pain and post injury-surgery rehab and serving the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. Karen is a true believer in self body healing and alternative/integrative care and loves to learn new techniques to prepare individual treatment plans. She is looking forward to adding orthopedic massage and reflexology to her set of skills.
Karen is passionate about science, research, human anatomy, kinesiology, and rehabilitative massage. Karen is originally from Puerto Rico and enjoys the changing seasons and long days of summer, urban art, music concerts, nature, the beach (saltwater), dogs, travel, and quality time with friends and family.
Zoua is moved in her heart to help people, and her desire is to provide bodywork for everyone. Her level of knowledge and professionalism in her work along with the presence she carries are a part of every session. She genuinely cares about people, and her approach to bodywork is both therapeutic and relaxing.
Zoua is trained in Shiatsu Therapy, Therapeutic and Relaxation Massages, Craniosacral Techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Cupping and Hot Stone Massage.
Furthermore, on her journey, Zoua is in the midst of training to become a DONA International certified Birth Doula.
Emily graduated from Aveda Institute Minneapolis in 2016. Her specialties are relaxation, mixed with deep tissue and trigger point. She has an interest in reflexology as well.
She's also trained as a Reiki II Practitioner, and incorporates that into her massages. She believes it is important to reconnect with oneself. Through her massage techniques, and using her intuition, she aims to help clients reach that inner connection with their bodies once more.
She also enjoys working with people who get frequent headaches or migraines.
In her free time, she enjoys learning more about other energy work and holistic types of healing, so she may use those skills to further her massage techniques and abilities.
Rebecca specializes in the J. Barnes approach to Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) and therapeutic massage. As a bodyworker, she works with people who experience varying levels of pain or stress in their body. Her gifted hands are an extension of her heart. From this place of compassion and honor, she holds the quiet space that is needed for her clients to access their own inner wisdom to self-heal. Very often, this is exactly what her client is needing to help shift the energy that is at the root of their disease.
Rebecca’s empathic nature and innate ability to really listen creates a safe and nonjudgmental environment for her client to simply be where they are on their healing journey. She empowers them to set goals and take active steps towards the creation of the life they truly desire.
Colleen grew up in the Yukon Territory, Canada, where she developed a love of hiking in the mountains, geology, and botany.
Later in life she moved to Minnesota where she graduated from Saint Paul College with AAS Degrees in Massage Therapy and Personal Training. She also has Bachelor's degrees in Exercise Science, and Biology.
Colleen also trained with Aarron L. Mattes (the creator) in AIS Active Isolated Stretching. She specializes in medium to deep pressure; massage techniques include injury rehabilitation, deep tissue, myofascial release, both passive and active stretching, as well as the CRAC stretching method.
Colleen loves her work and more than anything else she loves to help people feel better, decrease pain and achieve their body wellness goals.
When not at work Colleen loves movies, music, hiking trails.