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KAJA MATURA

MASSAGE THERAPIST       CLINICAL HERBALIST       ARTIST           EDUCATOR

My very first massage was from my mother. Even though I was much too young to remember that beginning, massage continued throughout my childhood and adolescence, solidifying in me the deep importance of consistent, conscientious therapeutic touch. Some interesting research on the science of touch and massage.

My formal education consists of a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Education, where I focused on the stress response, nutrition, and influencing health behaviors. Post-grad, I studied in a two-year Clinical Herbalism program that addressed human ailments and vitalities through traditional plant medicine, TCM, and mind-body cohesion. I was officially certified as a professional Massage Therapist in California, US, in 2018. My current work is a collaboration of all my past education, experiences, and the growing desire to create more ease in every body.

I had never dreamed of considering Finland as my home, but an unexpected turn while traveling and training in India and Thailand in 2019 completely redirected my path. A year later I found myself settling in Helsinki. I am an unintentional immigrant and a solo woman entrepreneur, carving out my own space to offer valuable care to the community. I am mixed race, white and Indian, raised in Hawaii with a US/Latvian dual citizenship. I am English speaking (with a few Finnish plant names and satisfying expletives). I draw from a deep well of diverse studies, past trial-and-error, and current, peer-reviewed research to provide the best care possible for each of my clients. How can I support your body today?

What I offer you

  • 10+ years of massage experience, (800hr + 550hr training)

  • Professional training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, ethics

  • Consent-based, confidential, client-centered care

  • An intersectional lens (judgement-free space)

  • Integrative understanding (address the body and mind)

  • Relaxation first: I do not cause pain to ease pain

  • Sense of humor, comfort with emotions

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COMMITMENT TO INTERSECTIONAL CARE
Who is massage for? All bodies can benefit from massage, including:

Large Bodies

Fatness is not a moral or physical "failing": we could all eat the same, exercise the same, exist in the same environments...and our bodies would still look different, feel different, and present in different sizes and weights. Fatness is not a barrier to care.

I offer: tables that hold 150-250kg, in-home massage, body props, and a floor massage mat option

Queer Bodies

Gender and sexuality exists on a spectrum. We can hold difficult, painful, and complicated emotions around how our bodies look + behave. 

Therapeutic touch can be confronting because of past experiences we've had in our private and professional interactions.

Queerness is not a barrier to care.

I offer: a space for all physical and emotional presentations, inclusive language and consideration, privacy, respect

Disabled Bodies

We do not all move through the world with the same level of ease. 

Disability presents itself in a myriad of ways, and for the vast majority it is an inescapable inevitability if not a current, daily experience.

Disability is not a barrier to care.

I offer: client-centered care, in-home massage options, flexible payment options, body-centric approach, assistants welcome

Visibly-Racialized Bodies

In the historical and current world, people have been and are judged by, and are treated differently due to, the color of their skin. There is a vast inequity and deep, internalized commitment to inequality that we must all push back against and eradicate from ourselves and our institutions.

Skin color is not a barrier to care.

I offer: solidarity and mutual aid to visibly-racialized communities, reduced or nonexistent massage rates, commitment to equity in care environments

The meaning of Saule

Saule ("sow-leh") is the pagan name of the Latvian sun goddess, the embodiment of vitality, renewal, and regeneration.

She is the bridge between worlds, bringing necessary golden warmth to the day and serving as keeper of the keys to the night.

The tide of the sun rises and falls just as the systems of the body ebb and flow, a constant state of transition.

It is in these spaces that we cultivate change, working with the body to redirect the flow in a way that brings us relaxation and well-being.

The modern world makes constant demands-- Saule Massage and Wellness exists to be a temporary refuge in the storm, an opportunity for rejuvenation. Rest is a revolutionary act and caring for ourselves and our communities is integral to our ability to thrive.