The Therapist

I’m Niki Hale, owner of Stars Align Bodywork.
Photo by Laura Schneider.

I provide deeply nourishing massage therapy, informed by traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques, as well as other modalities and approaches. My previous work as a teacher and EMT also influence my style.

My massage sessions focus 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, described by one client as “creative, intentional, elegant and sophisticated- all the while conveying a calm listening touch.” 

I value:

  • Partnership. A successful session requires the full presence of both parties, and is a journey we take together. There is a noticeable difference in quality and presence when a client and therapist work together over time and I treasure the bond forged as it allows for more consistent results.
  • Community Care. Self-care is easier for a person with privilege. I seek to be part of a larger web of care, for the community as a whole. I provide volunteer massage therapy at events centering marginalized people because I believe everyone should have access to nurturing touch.
  • The East Bay. Part of my community care is to patronize other small business. Laundry service, florist, printing, local artists, and more- all rippling outwards from your patronage of my small business.

I also enjoy cooking, tending to my backyard garden/jungle, making things by hand, and generally being a domestic badass (i.e. homebody). All the offerings for sale in the shop were handmade by me. My work also includes facilitating groups, namely women’s circles and workshops.

I had my last drink on December 27, 2016. I wrote about it on my one-year anniversary and also recorded a podcast about my journey.

It is the best decision I have ever made; Your results may vary.

Niki is especially interested in working with clients desiring better mind-body awareness, clients new to massage, and clients for whom prioritizing self-care is difficult. Her 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 CMT # is 75567.