Joy Cleaver, LMT, RYT 500 Yoga and Massage Therapist I believe yoga and massage therapy improve lives through awareness and balance. When we feel our best, we live at our optimum potential for experiencing life to it's fullest.
I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2003. My original 1200 hour program was completed at The Hawaiian Island School of Massage and focused on medical treatment massage. I also have training in Thai massage, prenatal massage, Hawaiian lomi lomi, reflexology, infant massage, and yoga therapy.
I have been practicing yoga asana since 1997. At first yoga was a way for me to recover from a back injury due to a car accident. At the time I was a gymnast and I needed a way to maintain strength and flexibility during my recovery.
Yoga became an important tool for me as a young adult. I struggled with the transitions of life and my own anxiety. Today, yoga remains a key part of my lifestyle, helping me to maintain balance and awareness in both my body and mind. Yoga plays a large role in my self care, which helps me in all aspects of my day to day life.
I love to share my knowledge of asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), and mindfulness. I often call yoga "self massage". Yoga is a tool which will build body awareness as well as calm your nervous system and create a general sense of balance in your entire being.
I have studied many styles of yoga including vinyasa, restorative yoga, and yoga therapy. I have studied with Baron Baptiste, Joseph LePage and SarahJoy Marsh. In my teaching I integrate an active flow with alignment and breath awareness, offering plenty of modifications, enabling each student to find the power of subtlety in their practice.
My teaching and massage utilize an eclectic blend of my years of practice and study. I approach yoga and bodywork with a holistic view, aiming to treat the entire person to create balance and health. I look forward to being a part of your journey towards optimal health and well-being.