It’s important to me that we not only avoid pain, but feel positive and good about our bodies.

I believe my massage work can help relieve pain and increase mobility, and most importantly, help you enjoy your body and all it’s capable of as you move throughout your day-to-day.

My name is Charli Hamilton, and I am the owner of Chidori Massage. In Japanese, Chidori refers to a flock of plover birds, an image that makes me think of both peace and strength. In my massage practice I aim to bring calm and relief while restoring suffering bodies to their natural strengths and abilities.

I grew up on Bainbridge Island, just across the water from Seattle. I’ve always been active and enjoy the outdoors, and in high school I ran cross country and also pole-vaulted (I still hold the state record for shortest Asian to be launched across the atmosphere). I studied art at the University of Washington and later graduated from the Discovery Point School of Massage in Seattle. I keep a pretty active schedule, enjoy traveling whenever I can, and am always trying to learn more about the world around me.

One of my earliest jobs was as a host at a restaurant on Bainbridge Island when I was 14 years old. After years of working in many local restaurants I decided I wanted to help people whose bodies were in pain find healing, comfort and relief. As a result, I focus my massage work largely on restaurant workers—chefs, bartenders, and servers—many of whom suffer an all too predictable series of aches and pains: sore lower backs, hip immobilities, shoulder pains, inflamed wrists. It’s a list that not only goes on and on, it’s one I know all too well from my 20-plus years of working as a server.

You don’t have to work in restaurants to experience the pain of repetitive stress. Whether you spend your days sitting at a desk, building houses, or chasing after children, once you begin to fall into bad patterns of movement it’s all too easy for your body to get out of alignment. Carried out over enough time, that misalignment can become more and more pronounced, and before you know it you’re struggling with even the simplest of movements.