Body Work & Massage


MASSAGE at Yoga4 - Room #4

Scroll down to meet our therapists - Unsei and Denise.

Virtually every system of the body is affected by and benefits from massage therapy, either directly or indirectly.

  • The skeletal system: Bone is affected indirectly by massage. Improved circulation of blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the bones. Joint stiffness and pain can be reduced. As the muscles become more flexible, joint movement increases.

  • The muscular system: Massage can relax and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest.

  • The nervous system: Soothing massage can provide relief from nervous irritability and stress-related conditions such as insomnia and tension headaches. It can help bring an over-stimulated nervous system into balance. Massage may also relieve lethargy and fatigue, freeing up stuck energy within the body.

  • Circulation system: Massage can improve the flow of blood, which improves circulation and aids in the healing process. This is especially useful for anyone who is immobilized by injury or otherwise.

  • Lymphatic system: Stimulating the lymphatic system helps clear the body of waste products and toxins. The relaxing effect of the massage can relieve stress, which in turn can boost the immune system.

  • Respiratory system: As you become more relaxed, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy.

  • Digestive system: Massage stimulates the parasympathetic, or “rest and digest” nervous system. This can ease digestion and improve nutrient absorption and elimination.

  • Female reproductive system: Period pains, PMS, and menopausal symptoms can be alleviated by the relaxing effects of massage.

Massage therapy helps foster a sense of overall well-being. It can help with a wide range of concerns - from acute pain to stress reduction. It is beneficial on many levels - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Bodywork also pairs well with and supports a regular yoga practice.



Bodywork for Well-Being

I discovered the healing arts at 19, when bodywork and Kundalini Yoga both helped me immensely. I was suddenly diagnosed with an autoimmune dis-ease and found healing through each of these practices. My path became about studying healing arts in order to help others in the way that I’d been helped.

I moved to New Mexico to attend a full time, 780+ hour Massage and Healing Arts program at The Scherer Institute (now Santa Fe School of Massage) in Santa Fe, NM. The training was rooted in the healing qualities of touch, traditional Swedish techniques, and structural integration/Rolfing. Since then, I’ve gone on to study Ashiatsu (barefoot massage), Reiki, and Craniosacral Therapy with multiple teachers. My work has become a blend of my nature, experience, and training.

After completing a 2-year mentorship with Libby Robold of Yoga for Health Education, I received my RYT-200 designation. My primary yoga practices are Yin and Kundalini. I deeply appreciate how well yoga and bodywork compliment one another, and can’t imagine doing one without the other.

A northern Michigan native, I moved back to the area to reconnect with the incredible community and beautiful environment. Most recently, I spent two years living, studying and practicing at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery in Battle Creek, MI. I also served as Co-Director and faculty member of Mindfulness Coaching School from 2015-2019.

I’m inspired by how bodywork, yoga, and meditation can help one feel more at home in their body and I continue to learn through each person I work with. I bring over a decade of practice and study to the table, to serve you on your path.

Call (231) 649-7090 or email to schedule with Unsei



Healing Deep Tissue & Sweedish Massage

Denise has had a lifelong interest in health, nutrition, and mind/body wellness as well as a passion for the arts, movement & dance. She earned a BFA (visual arts) at Wayne State University, began studying dance in Detroit and later in Traverse City which led her into performance and teaching creative movement with young children. While raising her own two children in a holistic lifestyle of organic gardening and nutritional health, massage became a regular practice at bedtime - providing comfort, relaxation and stress relief. Denise’s experience in movement and many years of yoga practice provided a foundation for body awareness, knowledge and challenges.

This awareness along with a strong intuitive sense and a desire to assist others in their health journey, brought her to the study of massage at Mind/Body Institute in Traverse City, MI. Denise believes in the healing power of massage and touch as a conduit for finding pathways toward optimum health. She employs good communication and listening to create a partnership with clients for an individualized treatment. Whether a person desires deep tissue work or Swedish relaxation, massage has the ability to have a profound impact on one’s body and mind. Massage is a gift we give ourselves!

Denise is honored and excited to join the wonderful Yoga4 team and share in all the great energy there!

To schedule a massage call Denise at (231) 633-8528 or email her at