Paul Zagala

Passionate about helping others.

Massage has been a part of my life since my childhood. I would often feel the tension in others and be naturally drawn to them to help ease their stress. Since about the age of ten, I have been working with individuals to help alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain. Now as an adult I have had time to hone my skills and study multiple modalities. After doing thousands of massages, I am still exploring new techniques and continue to learn more about our amazing bodies.

Of the various forms of b...

Massage has been a part of my life since my childhood. I would often feel the tension in others and be naturally drawn to them to help ease their stress. Since about the age of ten, I have been working with individuals to help alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain. Now as an adult I have had time to hone my skills and study multiple modalities. After doing thousands of massages, I am still exploring new techniques and continue to learn more about our amazing bodies.

Of the various forms of body and energy work I have studied, I specialize more with muscular manipulation techniques to help in relieving pain and tension due to overuse and poor posture using various massage and stretching techniques.
My preferred style of work is to start with relaxing the body, reducing stress and balancing the body's various energy systems. This is done throughout the process at some level while I focusing attention to areas of need. Most of my massages are full body, with the intention of bringing balance, though some massages will spend up to 75% of the time only in the areas of specific need. I believe that the more relaxed and stress-free the body is the better the results of even the deepest tissue work will be.
Over the years I have developed a style I refer to as "muscle tracing" in which I literally palpate "feel or trace over" all the muscle tissue throughout the body. Then using techniques appropriate for your preferred style of massage, (more pressure "deep tissue" or lighter pressure) help that tissue to return to a healthier state. 
Regardless of the style of work, whether a relaxing Swedish or a chronic pain reducing trigger point session the most frequent compliment I get is the ability to know, or intuition with knowing where to work on the body. 

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Where I Work
Available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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The Massage Artist

Licenses
Massage

CA # 54964

Education
2014

Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute

Massage

Experience
Bodywork

Bacara Resort - Massage Therapist

Awarded massage therapist of the month within the first few months of working at the Bacara Resort as a massage therapist. Frequently requested by returning guests.

Skilled in many body working modalities

Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reflexology, Myofacial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Tui Na, Positional Release, Abhyanga, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Aroma Therapy, Hot Stone, Access Energy,

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Anonymous on Sep 14
Massage was perfect, and I felt so much better after. Also Paul took the time to talk after the massage which was really helpful! Will def be back
by Anonymous on Aug 21
Paul is intuitive, professional, yet approachable. Highly recommend!
by Anonymous on Aug 21
Consistently the best massage I've had. Deep, effective, healing.
by Dawn on Aug 05
Paul is a talented and intuitive bodywork expert! Due to back injury at a young age, I've used massage therapy for nearly five decades as a critical tool to keep me moving and manage pain. Paul is one of the best therapists I have ever experienced.
by Anonymous on Jul 31
I had a phenomenal orthopedic massage from Paul Z. When I got home I immediately booked several more. Excellent experience.
by Rowan on Jul 30
Paul is a triple-threat, meaning he is an effective communicator, he has mastered the art of massage therapy, and he is available.
by Anonymous on Jun 12
Paul Stephen is very intuitive and knowledgeable when he treats clients..very good I definitely recommend him.
by Jill on May 08
Paul communicates with me during the session what he is doing. He seems to me to be rather intuitive regarding how he works with the muscles (e.g. back, neck, etc.). He is purposeful in his movements and gently moves from one area to another. He is really very good and I am comfortable in each session.
by Julie on May 07
Paul remembers to balance strength with kindness and gratitude for all his clients!
by Tara on Apr 27
Paul has magical healing hands and a great understanding of anatomy!

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Blended massage
  • Other
  • Mobile Integrated Massage
  • Mobile Other
  • Couples
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Mobile Massage
  • Massage
  • Mobile Blended massage

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