"Healing is a matter of time, 

but it is sometimes also 

a matter of opportunity" 


- Hippocrates


What is the meaning of my business name Nu Yu? In Chinese nǔ 努 means effort, hard work, yù 愈 means recovery. Lasting healing requires diligence, courage and presence; my work allows you to experience a New You. The homophonic cross-lingual pun that I made for my business name reflects my playful character and my love of languages. The language of touch - I realized after training into massage therapy - is my favorite, in part because it is silent to the ear, powerful in its effects, and can reach and unite people of all backgrounds.




After four years as a Massage Therapist I found Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy, now my specialty service. It is akin to body surfing! Receiving Ashiatsu is luxurious. Ashiatsu is a blend of ancient forms of bodywork, with roots dating back thousands of years from cultures across Asia, India and the Pacific Rim, and modern Western techniques including Swedish and Deep Tissue on skin. Ashi 足 means "foot" atsu 圧 means "pressure" in Japanese. In my Ashiatsu sessions I blend balance on wood bars suspended from the ceiling: my feet and body weight create broad, consistent and deep pressure and relatively slow or fast gliding strokes. I also hold and alternate compression strokes rhythmically.


Clients of any age and size can benefit from Ashiatsu, which:


  • creates a sensation which is deeply relaxing and luxurious to most receivers

  • decreases both systemic and local tension and chronic pain

  • accelerates recovery from exercise-induced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) by helping to drain metabolic waste from tissue, smoothing out bound-up fascial adhesions (knots) and realigning restricted muscle fibers  

  • feels more gentle than therapeutic massage delivered by fingers and elbows

  • facilitates healthy circulation of blood, lymph and qi energy

  • boosts production of feel-good hormones oxytocin, dopamine, endorphins, serotonin and melatonin production, suppressing stress hormones including cortisol and epinephrine

  • calms the nervous system into its parasympathetic "rest and digest" state (opposite of sympathetic "fight or flight", where stress abounds)

  • increases flexibility and mobility: after tension in the tissue is released, range of motion of joints increases

  • decompresses joints and elongates the spine by opening space along the vertebral column which tight muscles and fascia (connective tissue) and gravity have squeezed or jammed, and by freeing up pinched nerves in the intervertebral foramen, relieving back tension and spasms, and thus:

  • helps improve posture and prevent injury

  • brings clients overall peace and joy