“Niki is a joy to connect with, and her enthusiasm and groundedness in this work is an inspiration. Her quality of touch is phenomenal, each stroke and technique feels very intentional, and her depth of presence allowed me to fully participate as receiver, breathing into areas, feeling met in the process of unwinding and not ‘fixed.’ Her use of strokes is both focused with wonderful depth in specific areas, and connects each area to larger structures. Beautiful, highly therapeutic blend of specific work and flowing integrative strokes- very much working on my nervous system as well as my muscles. Excellent variation of techniques that felt creative, intentional, elegant and sophisticated- all the while conveying a calm listening touch.”
I’m Niki Hale, founder of Stars Align Bodywork.
I provide deeply nourishing trauma-sensitive massage therapy. My techniques are based in Swedish and Deep Tissue traditions, and informed by other modalities and my previous work as an EMT and educator.
My work focuses on grounding and regulating the nervous system, increasing mobility and range of motion, nurturing areas of tension or pain, and bringing a sense of connection and wholeness to the body. I use contact with the physical body to reach the emotional body, and attune to my client’s sense of safety and capability. My style is a powerful blend of luxurious and therapeutic.
Before moving to Colorado, I owned and operated a private massage studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. I brought my chair massage services to many onsite gigs; most notably to the staff and providers at five One Medical offices, the camera crew on-set while filming The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and the guests at the Black Women’s Media ‘Be Still’ Retreat in Oakland.
Now I want to bring my massage chair to shelters, hospitals, or nonprofits doing the Good Work. I hope to reach people impacted by secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. Interested organizations are encouraged to reach out.
My hobbies include cooking, dancing, tending to my growing collection of plants, making things by hand, and generally being a domestic badass (i.e. homebody).
You can learn more about my story by listening to these podcast interviews I did:
September, 2019 with Tammi Salas & Sondra Primeaux of The Unruffled.
Niki’s training includes Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, massage for the elderly, massage for people navigating various pathologies (PTSD, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and others), basic Thai massage, trauma-informed massage, and abdominal massage.
She is committed to establishing a practice that affirms the rights and humanity of all people, regardless of race, age, size, gender expression, ability, nationality, orientation, culture, religion, education, or income.
Niki completed her 500-hour training at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, CA. Her Colorado Massage Therapy License number is 0023193. She is insured by Associated Massage & Bodywork Professionals (ABMP).