Redwood Massage & Sauna was opened in 1964, by a Finnish family. It remains one of the oldest massage facilities in Northern California.
One of the longtime employees, Terttu, inherited the business and building after 35 years. When she too became ill, we (Hal and Beverly May) took over in 1999. Not only have several of the massage therapists stayed, but many of our clients have been regulars for 30 years and more, with their younger generations following. This tradition, of management and staff caring for one another, and all of us working hard to assure that our clients feel welcome and comfortable here, carries on to this day.
I have been practicing massage since 1973, my first and only profession. To this day, I still love giving and receiving massages. I have over 3 years of formal training in massage and advanced techniques, after completing college as a pre-med student, and still have plenty to learn!
I am the foremost expert on massage regulations in California, having served as Co-Chair of the Governmental Relations Committee of the CA Massage Therapy Association since 1987, as well as being on the same committee of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Having spearheaded efforts to achieve California’s first ever statewide massage law, I served on the initial Board of Directors of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), stepping down as Chair to work full time as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Special Projects. I still see a few clients when possible.
I am working on a text for massage therapists, and have written articles and book reviews on massage topics.
After a long history in the tech world, Hal now manages the business full time. Therapists here average over 10 years experience each. Consistently providing exceptional massage requires an extraordinary staff. He actively recruits to find the best massage therapists. Applicants go through a multi-step process to assure that each of our therapists is amongst the top in the state. We would rather turn away business than offer mediocre massages.