Honolulu massage studio supports Red Cross in Harvey/Irma response

Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman, LMT, co-owner of BAM Body & Mind, supports the efforts of the Red Cross in Hawaii to assist with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Her studio is giving free 30 minute Sarga BodyworkTM massages to up to 50 Hawaii volunteers upon their return from deployment.

Charisma Koffman performing Sarga Bodywork TM. iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com)

Also, Koffman is encouraging the public to support the Red Cross, which has said the most useful donation is money. She is offering 10% off a Sarga BodyworkTM massage upon presentation of your receipt of a cash donation the Red Cross. (Time period of donation: 9/1/2017 – 10/1/2017, offer good through 12/31/17.)

Massage therapist Charisma Koffman. iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com)

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross of Hawaii, says, “We deeply appreciate the kindness and generosity of businesses like this one, for supporting our volunteers who work so hard to help us fulfill our humanitarian mission of saving lives and giving hope to those in need.”

Koffman explains, “I’m very sensitive to the needs of disaster victims. I grew up in Mindanao in the Philippines, which is a country often ravaged by natural disaster. My family and I were affected by one storm, and it was the work of selfless responders like those from the Red Cross who assisted us, and many in my village, in rebuilding our home and our lives. This my small part to pay it forward, and I urge those in our community to do the same. If you can’t fly to Texas or the East Coast, you can make a donation to help those who are.”

Massage therapist Charisma Koffman. iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com)

Koffman is one of only a dozen certified providers of Sarga BodyworkTM in the world. The technique is so new, its founders only began offering courses this year.

Koffman has a passion for working with people in a healing capacity. She earned her massage therapy license in 2012 from the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, where she underwent an intense, year-long training to became certified as an instructor in traditional Thai massage and Thai foot reflexology.

More on Charisma Koffman at www.bambodyandmind.com. Facebook: B.A.M-Body And Mind. Instagram: @bambodyandmind

BAM Body & Mind – 1152 Koko Head Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

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