May Hawthorn LE LMT #24612
I have 20 years of experience working in spas as a licensed Esthetician with an additional 3 years as a Massage Therapist. 

During my career as an Esthetician I completed the basic training in the Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Levels One and Two in Chikly Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.  

I am a graduate of Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Asian Bodywork Program in Santa Cruz, California where I studied Swedish, Shiatsu and Biodynamic Craniosacral Massage

I have a particular interest in the Autonomic Nervous System and the 

brain. I encourage those suffering from anxiety and/or depression to utilize the benefits of Lymphatic flow  and/or Massage to guide themselves to greater emotional self-regulation.  

I am currently studying Jin Shin Do which is partly based on the work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians. This work focuses on loosening the muscular armor that impedes the flow of of fluids, and consequently, life force energy, throughout the body, which greatly enhances the ability for the body to feel rested and energized.

Lymphatic Drainage is cutting edge for preventative medicine.

It has only been since 2015 that scientists have discovered that there are lymph vessels in the brain.  This opens up entire new possibilities to treat conditions of inflammation in the brain, including Alzheimer disease, MS and brain injuries or brain inflammatory conditions.

I am very interested in helping people heal and self regulate their Autonomic Nervous Systems for optimal brain and mood function. I am constantly studying the latest scientific developments in holistic health care

What to expect

We offer a handmade tea blend of calming herbs; Lemon Balm, Chamomile, California Poppy, Wild Oat tea or an anti inflammatory blend of Lemongrass, Peppermint and Spearmint.  A special lymphatic cleansing tea made with cleavers is also available complimentary.

Each guest will receive an intake assessment for the creation of the treatment protocol to fit their exact  concerns. We may choose to combine modalities. Our sessions are highly client centered. 

A Lymphatic Flow session is mostly very light small circular movement aimed in the direction of the nodes and pathways encouraging greater lymphatic drainage.

Shiatsu style compression strokes are included to increase lymphatic flow through the nodes.

Lymph Education

The Lymphatic System - the "fountain of youth"


Lymph in its flow tremoves toxins, germs, and the large molecules that the venous system cannot reabsorb. It can,  remove “trapped proteins” and fat molecules that are trapped in the tissues. As lymph passes through the pathways of from 400 -1000ilymphatic nodes, small centers of filtration, it also controls our immune defenses. It is the cleanser of our blood. Lymph leaves the waste and germs in the lymphatic nodes, and transports lymphocytes, specialized white corpuscles that produce antibodies. It is easy to understand, therefore. The lymphatic flow can stagnate or even stop for many reasons such as fatigue, stress, emotional shock, lack of physical activity, certain food additives, etc. . .If the lymphatic circulation slows down, toxins accumulate, hastening the aging process and opening the gates to various physical problems. 

We can pump stale lymph out of the tissues


"We use our hands to aid in Nature’s work assisting the recirculation of the lymphatic flow.The wave-like movements of the fingers restimulate the contractile movements of the lympatic channels boosting its normal capacity up to 5 times." Bruno Chikly, Osteopath

There are 400-1000 lymph nodes in the body.

The body's defense system