Q&A – Massage Therapist, Kaleigh Goodford

Meet Kaleigh! 🙂

Kaleigh Goodford is a world-class masseuse who, like the rest of our talented team, make the Shoji Spa experience possible.

We recently had a chance to ask her some questions. Enjoy!

Q:   Where are you from?

A: Upstate New York & Western Pennsylvania

Q:   What brought you to Asheville?

A: Pursuing a massage career (to start my massage career)

Q: When or why did you decide to do massage therapy?

A: I didn’t… it found me.

Q: What do you love most about massage therapy?

A: Being in the Body and connected to our senses. It’s great for anxiety & overthinking.

Q: What do you love most about working at Shoji?

A: Relaxed atmosphere, the clinic is beautiful, it’s a really special place, and the flexibility – I can practice massage the way I want. To really help people.

Q: Can you share a story of how you helped someone with massage therapy?

A: I once had a client with massive discomfort issues in her hip – replacement, bersitis, etc. She could only get around using a cane. After our massages, her pain would disappear, and she could walk without her cane.

Q: Favorite massage oils? Types of massage?

A: For massage oils: olive, safflower, Hinoki (anything w/ grip). My favorite types of massage are Thai, Swedish, & abdominal work.

Q: What kinds of music or sounds do you like to play during the massage?

A: Anything atmospheric, sounds of crystal bowls

Q: Do you have any favorite parts of Japanese culture?

A:   Anime (i.e. Sailor Moon), acupuncture, shiatsu (a type of bodywork), martial arts… I’ve practiced Judo, Kendo, & Jiu Jitsu. And Bushido (code of honor, ideals, and way of life for samurai)

Food-wise: unagi, sashimi / sushi, tomago gohan, & dango dumplings