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"Aloha! My name is Carla Villamor. I was born and raised in Nanakuli, Hawai`i. I went to high school in Honolulu and attended college at University of Hawai'i at Hilo. I was raised within an athletic family, so sports was year round activity. I also was a Hawaiian Studies Major at UHH, and am planted with local and cultural roots. I strive to be as pono and respectful in every aspect of my life, and am always open to anything new I can learn every day.
It was after my mother was diagnosed and treated for oral cancer that I had set out to become a dentist. I already had experience as an office manager in a local dental practice in Waimea, BIg Island, and also the specialty fields of dentistry such as endodontics, periodontics, and oral surgery. And that's where my adventure began and sent me to Vancouver, Washington. My "plan" was to finish some of my prerequisites for dental school, establish residency, and apply to dental school at University of Washington. Everything was going according to plan until I got into a car accident with a friend. The accident sent me to physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and massage therapy for recovery. It was during my treatment my interest for massage therapy was sparked. At this time, the dental field was going through a transformation into "dental spas", and I knew I wouldn't be able to have a "punch clock" type of job to support myself while in dental school, and thought massage may be an avenue I could support myself AND be in the dental field at the same time. I asked my massage therapist about the field. She informed me that the income for massage therapy was decent, so I went for it!! I enrolled for massage therapy classes at Ashmead College in Vancouver, WA. And I took one of my dear friends, another "local girl", with me along for the ride. Again, everything was going according to plan until I learned half way through massage school that I was pregnant. I was disappointed knowing I wouldn't be able to handle dental school and a newborn at the same time as well as support us. BUT...massage school had its perks!! Because of my pregnancy I was able to get massages 2 times a week as a practice for prenatal massage at my school. My teachers were telling all their students about us pregnant students as homework for prenatal massage. I realized massage therapy was my calling. After graduation and taking the national exam, I returned home to Hawai'i so my son could be around family and grow up similar to the way I grew up and yes, on the west side of O'ahu as well. When I came home, I learned from my father the healing arts ran in our family and said my hidden talents stemmed from my grandmother and great grandmother. And so I am here to assist anyone with my touch to the best of my ability and the warmest of aloha. I realized massage is my true calling and keeps me in check personally, spiritually, and professionally."
In Unique Bodyworks, you will not find cookie-cutter services; instead, we create a unique treatment for each client each time. We are trained in many different bodywork and energy work styles and your customized session will include a combination of different techniques that your practitioner will select, based on your wellness goals, health history and preferences.
Each one of us is a gifted and passionate healer with her/his own approach to the art of bodywork. To get to know us better, please, refer to the page below.
A note from Unique Bodyworks management:
Carla is a very meticulous and medically minded body-worker and level 2 Reiki practitioner. She adapts her style and pressure to suit her client's challenges and tolerances.
Carla's specialties: Anuenue Signature Treatment, Energy Work and Massage combo and Reflexology. If you have stubborn tension, scar tissue, chronic pain or hard time recovering from an accident, Carla is your person!
"My body-worker journey began in 2009 when I was invited to a Lomi Lomi Seminar with some friends. With some hesitation, I attended the seminar not knowing what to expect.
Since that very weekend, my life has never been the same. My desire to learn more drove me to attend Massage School at the Aloha School of Massage Therapy on the island of Maui. It was there that I found my Lomi Lomi Kumu who took me under her tutelage from 2010-2014 and brought out the healer in me.
Kumu also said that "anyone can be a Therapist but, it takes a gifted/caring person to be a healer!"
I come into every massage with the intention of relieving the pain of a person in my care. It is my greatest desire to share the gift of Lomi Lomi and see the glow on people's face, because they feel refreshed, and the blood is circulating throughout their body without restrictions. My Kumu also taught me that that body NEVER LIES!
Please allow me to utilize my Mana'o to help you leave feeling better than when you first came in.
A note from Unique Bodyworks Management:
Veronica is a very intuitive and talanted Lomi-Lomi practitioner. Her style is flowing, yet strong. She likes utilizing various massage tools such as hot stones, suction cups and Hot Herbal Compress. Veronica takes her client's tension and pain personally and provides excellent customized bodywork. Veronica's specialty: Traditional Lomi-Lomi with Hot Stones/Hot Herbal Compress, Hot Stone massage and Pregnancy/Prenatal Massage.
James's roles in Unique Bodyworks:
co-owner, public relations, marketing, management, service provider.
"My love for massage started about 15 years ago, when I was a handy man. I had an accident at work which injured my back pretty bad. I had seen all kinds of chiropractors and medical doctors to help fix my back. Over the span of two years there were no changes and doctors wanted to do surgery. I really did not like the idea of having surgery. A good friend of mine told me to go see this guy in Kaneohe. Well, I went reluctantly to see him, thinking how he would be able to do what the doctors couldn’t. I arrived at the house and there was an older gentleman that told me to come in and sit down. I explained to him the problems I was having and, unlike all the others, he asked me to lay down and relax. He treated me with what I now know as shiatsu, trigger point, and deep tissue. Man, was it painful! But it was very effective. My back had not felt that good in years. I returned to him two more times and it was a different treatment each time. The last treatment he just laid hands on my low back and neck and I literally could feel the heat moving through my spine. It was strange and amazing all at the same time. That’s how I got introduced to bodywork and energy work.
In 2005 I moved to California and was looking for a career change, when I came across a massage therapy school, California Healing Arts College. It got me thinking about the treatments that helped me back in Hawaii. I wanted to make a similar difference in someone’s life as that massage therapist did in mine. So I decided to go and check them out and then enrolled into the Master Massage Therapist Program. While studying massage therapy, I started to understand the techniques that were used to help me with my back issues years earlier. I learned many modalities there, but was drawn the most to shiatsu, trigger points, and deep tissue because of my personal experience. I focused on those and created my own style which is a mix of all three with some energy work to smooth things out.
While working in the industry and going to all kinds of therapist from all over the world I noticed one thing that bothered me. Most therapists would follow a routine regardless of what they run into or what problem they see. I always wondered if there was a better way to address the individual needs of each client. I asked some of the more experienced therapist and instructors I knew. The only one that had a good answer was my Deep Tissue instructor. He showed me how to “read” the client’s body, its posture, and think of what could cause the pain. It is important to understand what is going on because usually what a person feels is an effect of what is wrong. To release tension a good massage therapist needs to find the root of it and then work on correcting it. Now that’s what I do, I watch my clients from when they first meet me, their posture, how they walk, turn their heads etc… I ask many questions about their work and then, as I work on them, actually listen to the body. How the muscles react, what’s relaxed what’s tight and then decide what to do. Every client is treated differently; I create a unique routine for each person that I feel would have the best effect.
Looking forward to meeting you."
"I have had a calling for healing since I was a little girl. my grandmother was a healer and I grew up watching her prepare and apply treatments with medicinal herbs, suction cups, magic spells and other natural remedies to help us heal. My more intense introduction to power of healing hands happened in 1999 when my first baby was born with severe neck injury, that caused life-threatening complications and medical doctors failed to offer a treatment without scary side effects. My grandma had already passed away by then; following my mother's advice I turned to a healer, who was well known in my town for working with infants in serious conditions. She did all sorts of manipulations on my tiny daughter's spine, rubbed and stretched her limbs and back, bathed her in relaxing herbs and chanted prayers over her while moving in rhythmical motion. After just 9 sessions my baby-girl was gaining weight and growing like she supposed to, without any medications. Back then it all looked like magic. Now, years later, I know the lady who saved my daughter's life used spinal adjustments, massage therapy, medicinal herbs and energy work. Since then I was on the mission to become a healer.
Over the next few years, I learned different energy work styles: Norbekov System, Reiki, Qi-Gong, Tao meditation, Tarot and Oracle intuitive reading, Shamanic work from many teachers and classes and continue to learn in the present. In 2006 I graduated with Master Massage Therapist certificate from California Healing Arts College. Energy Healing and Bodywork are all I have been doing my entire professional career.
As a body-worker, I developed my own style: a mixture of massage and energy work custom-trimmed for each session to achieve the best results possible. I listen to my client's energy flow and watch how it correlates with physical symptoms, then follow my clinical experience, education and intuition to unblock the energy and relax the physical body.
As a healer, my focus is on coaching self-healing techniques, providing with intuitive insights and training Energy work practitioners (especially Usui Reiki, meditation and ancestral connection). I am a meticulous and strict teacher and take my art very seriously, while focusing on discovering and developing my students' unique ways of healing themselves and others and deeply connecting with the spirit-world. If you feel the calling to become a healer and my story sounds appealing, come talk to me.
I am looking forward to helping you."
Nataliya's roles in Unique Bodyworks:
co-owner, financial management, website developement and maintenance, service provider.
Hawaii State License #MAE 3078
"As a military child my family moved around quite a bit until we planted roots on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2000. Since I was young I was always involved in sports and was constantly around friends who had achy muscles. So being a person always trying to help those around me, I would offer a massage which they all gladly accepted. This is when my friend would tell me, "You should consider becoming a massage therapist." It lingered in my mind for a long time until I graduated from Honokaa High School in 2006 and went off to College in Nebraska. I joined ROTC and served in the United States Army as a Human Resource Office for 6 years as I put my childhood dream on hold.
Upon getting out the Army in May of 2016, I decided it was the perfect moment to pursue this dream. I went to Big Island Academy of Massage in Hilo, HI and moved here to Oahu where I attended Elite Massage Academy where I learned Swedish, Lomi Lomi, and Shiatsu massage. Starting up my own personal business, Jessica Felton Massage LLC, I was given the opportunity to work as an independent contractor for Unique Bodywork LLC in Kapolei, HI which is where I am located now.
God blessed me with my passion to help others and the gift of massage. I look forward to helping you reach the point of relaxation and rejuvenation".