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Touch Factor Massage & Bodywork
Welcome to Touch Factor Massage & Bodywork by Joe Lavin. I strive to make my bodywork as
relaxing as it is therapeutic. I blend several different styles (Myofascial Release, Deep Lomi,
Structural Integration, Thai Stretching, Hot Yoga, Relaxation Response...) into my massage to
provide you with a profoundly relaxing and effective massage experience.
Because of the intensity and uniqueness of my work, I usually see no more than two or three
clients a day, to make sure that I can give you the best massage experience possible. I also leave
you plenty of time after your massage to relax on the table or freshen up in a private bathroom
with a shower.
So please come and visit me in my very warm, comfortable and relaxing Seattle (Magnolia)
location when you need to get away for awhile.
I am a Licensed Massage Practitioner (MA60233907), Certified
Personal Trainer, Massage Instructor and I absolutely love what I do!
I went to the Northwest School of Massage in Kirkland, Washington
in 2005 and before that I had been involved with massage and
bodywork on a limited basis for well over 10 years. I originally got
interested in body work through my involvement in boxing,
traditional martial arts and then Mixed Martial Arts. I was a
professional Muay Thai kick boxer for several years and I fought in
several different countries including Thailand, the Philippines, Canada and the United States
and I was fortunate enough to win a Title Belt and hold it for a couple of years until I retired
from the sport. It is obvious that your body takes quite a beating as a professional fighter, what
is not so obvious is that your mind and soul are challenged to their limits as well. So during
these years I sought out many different bodywork styles and relaxation practices.

I am a NCBTMB approved provider of continuing Education for licensed massage therapists and
practitioners and I am committed to life-long learning and improving. You can see a list of the
recent continuing education courses that I have taken here. In addition, I am very interested in
understanding and sharing the powerful concepts of sustained, intentional touch in my
massage practice, workshops and everyday life. To that end, I teach several massage workshops
and classes. I am the lead instructor for the Power of Touch Couple’s Massage Workshops and I
am also teaching classes on Thai Massage, Lomi Lomi and others at the Northwest School of
I have a passion for sharing the power of touch with others whether it is through my massage
practice, my workshops or just a casual conversation; so please feel free to contact me to
discuss anything regarding touch, massage and bodywork.

My Massage
The underlying
technique for all of
my bodywork is Deep
Lomi. I developed this
style using the
relaxing full body
Hawaiian Lomi styles
as a base for my work and then integrating the best techniques from traditional Thai Massage
and Thai Yoga as well as techniques from various sports massage and relaxation response
modalities. It is, by far, the most well received bodywork by my clients. In my Deep Lomi
sessions I use my hands, forearms, elbows, triceps and even my shoulders to facilitate
extremely long and luxurious strokes that integrate the entire body and do not force me to
work on specific areas in isolation of others. My work is very slow and calming.

Experience to Understand
I often say that you need to experience my work to understand it. This is because it is so many
things at the same time and my work changes so much from person to person. My Deep Lomi
Massage is profoundly relaxing while at the same time being very deep. Each massage is
tailored to each individual client so that you can have the best massage experience possible. No
two massages are exactly the same, even with the same client. Every massage should be better
than the last one. A little more relaxing, a little deeper here a little lighter there….

Session Length
I recommend at least 90 minutes for a really good, full body massage, primarily because it is
just too hard to do the full body justice in only an hour. Warning: Once you have tried a 90
minutes session, it is very difficult to ever feel satisfied with a 60 minute session. I have several
clients that have moved on to full 2 hour massages and even a few who enjoy a 3 hour
massage/relaxation experience. That being said, if you only have an hour available for your
massage, make sure that I know the areas that you want the most attention paid to as well as
the areas that you are least concerned about so I can make sure to allocate my time

Nurturing Touch
Nurturing Touch Massage focuses on much more than muscular and neural physiology. Even
though it is technically still considered massage, it transcends massage and incorporates other
healing modalities and energies as well. It is a much deeper level of touch. Slower, more
luxurious and with more intentional communication that you are important, safe and deserve
to really relax.
Nurturing touch is calming, slow and very patient. The strokes are lavish and lingering. It has the
intention of making the client feel as relaxed and complete as they can in this moment. It is non
judgmental and accepts the client as they are without needing to change them. There are lots
of additional nurturing touches and holds along with the Deep Lomi strokes.
Because of the personalized nature of these sessions and the need for a higher level of mutual
trust and awareness between the therapist and the client, I like to do a more thorough intake
session with you. We can do that right before your massage or on the phone if you prefer.
Make sure and let me know that you are interested in a Nurturing Touch Massage session when
you make your appointment so that I can plan properly for your session.
If you are considering a Nurturing Touch massage session but you are not sure if it is right for
you or if you just have additional questions; please feel free to schedule a complimentary
consultation with me to help find out if it is right for you.

For more information please visit

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