JIVATMA (JIVA) MASSAGUER
I am of Spanish and French heritage, born and raised in Auroville, an international community in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. More about Auroville here.
There are countless things that I am grateful to the community of Auroville for, but I am most grateful for the depth of cultural richness and the openness of spirit that it exposed me to in my formative years. Because of this upbringing, I feel as if a small part of every culture lives within me and that I can find a sense of belonging anywhere.
Auroville is a land of many tongues, and by seven years old I was fluent in four different languages: Spanish, French, Italian and English, as well as "street fluent" in the native Tamil. My multi-linguality has always opened doors of opportunity and connection to people and places all over the world, and I delight in experiencing the different personalities within myself as I go from one language and culture to another.
I first travelled to the US from India when I was 20 years old, and I have since gained American citizenship and a second home in the Hawaiian Islands. I maintain a full-time massage and bodywork practice on the island of O'ahu, while treating, teaching and collaborating with other therapists around the world. I am co-founder of Sarga Bodywork™, a specialized body therapy that has evolved into an educational program that trains massage therapists in this dynamic modality.
I have always had a love for travel and discovering the unknown. It feeds my curiosity and supports my passion for openness, flexibility and fluidity. It offers new perspectives from which to look at myself and the world, and clears my lens when it gets fogged by routine. I often fancy myself as a large flowering tree; my roots deeply planted in India, my branches spreading towards the Hawaiian Islands, and my blossoms, carried by the tradewinds, scattering far and wide as I explore the world in what feels like a cross-pollinating dance.
It is a gift for me to share my passion for travel and to invite others to my homes in South India and Hawai'i. I offer you an an insider’s perspective to these dynamic and paradoxical lands, places that can be as magical as they are overwhelming to the newcomer. My aim is not to “show” you these places, but rather to support you in “experiencing” them. I invite you to come where I go. . .