Honolulu massage therapist launches new style of bodywork, “Sarga”

Honolulu massage therapist Charisma Koffman, LMT introduces a new type of bodywork – unique in the world – called Sarga BodyworkTM, which puts a new spin on an ancient technique. It’s a barefoot massage, but it differs from all other kinds of techniques in that it incorporates a silk cloth to let the therapist provide deeper pressure and a stronger connection to the client.

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

It’s performed by wrapping the cloth around the massage table and the therapist’s neck, shoulders, and arms. The tension from that bind gives the therapist stability, which allows more specific targeting of the muscles. Furthermore, pulling up on the cloth creates tension that translates to deeper pressure. The cloth replaces what normally would be overhead bars for support.

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

The word sarga can mean a type of tapestry in Spanish, but also has Sanskrit roots as well; in that language, it refers to a creation. “This is deeply meaningful to me as a therapist because I use Sarga BodyworkTM to create a healing energy for my client. There is normally an exchange of energy between therapist and client, and here, it’s amplified because the sarga literally wraps us together,” says Koffman.

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

Koffman is one of only a dozen certified Sarga BodyworkTM providers in the world. The technique is so new, its founders, State of Hawaii licensed massage therapists Jivatma Massageur and Daniel Tsukayama, only began offering courses this year. Koffman offers Sarga BodyworkTM to clients in Kaimuki at BAM Body and Mind Studio.

Massage therapist Charisma Koffman applying oil before performing Sarga Bodywork TM. iMages by Ryan Sakamoto (www.ryansakamoto.com)

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.

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

She is excited to show clients the healing powers of Sarga BodyworkTM. Koffman continues, “The body is a vessel. I am honored to work with people to help them find better health, both in the physical form as well as the spiritual one.”

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

More on Charisma Koffman at www.bambodyandmind.com. Facebook: B.A.M-Body And Mind. Instagram: @bambodyandmind. Email: bam@bambody@mind.com. Phone: (808) 859-9490 or (808) 722-3100.

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