Originally from Japan, Tamao brings many gifts from her native country to her work with clients at The Teal Center.

The daughter of an Aikido Master, Tamao obtained her black belt in Aikido when she was 16 years old, worked with students in her father’s school, and has trained vigorously for more than 30 years. Aikido literally means “the way / art of synchronizing / connecting energy” and is the martial art of love and harmony. Tamao applies what she learned through Aikido to massage therapy and energy healing to help her clients balance their bodies and minds.

Tamao studied Seitai, Reiki, and Reflexology in Japan. The Seitai style she studied is gentle and non­invasive. It is a combination of Osteopathic Bodywork, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tuina, Kinesiology, and Positional Release. Tamao is a Reiki master in Gendai Reiki Healing Association. Her lineage is the 5th from the founder of the Reiki, Mr. Usui.

A graduate of American University and Applied Kinesthetic Studies School of Massage (AKS) in Herndon, Virginia, Tamao is a compassionate listener and experienced in many forms of bodywork.  In addition to her training in Japan, she has built her repertoire to include Oncology Massage, Manual Lymph Drainage, Scar Release, and Pre and Post Natal Massage.  She is also a certified practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy®

Tamao’s approach is gentle, subtle, efficient and effective. She believes your body is designed to heal itself and you are your own best doctor. Tamao wants to be a bridge to health, awakening your inner power of self­healing and well­being. She enjoys using all of her skills and experiences to respond to the needs of each individual. Many different types of clients benefit from Tamao’s work including children, athletes, pre and post natal women, cancer patients, the elderly, and those suffering from stress and recovering from injuries.