About the Therapist and Owner
My name is Emma Lani Bufalini and I am a licensed massage therapist. I am a graduate of Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy in Seattle, WA where I practiced before relocating to Durham.
I have a location in South Durham, travel to clients for house-calls, and perform chair massage for groups, events, and businesses. The massage modalities and therapies that I am certified in are Swedish, Sports Massage, Pregnancy massage (prenatal), Treatment and Medical massage, Trigger-point and Tender-point Therapy, Special Population, Neuromuscular, and Myofascial.
My mission is to help others improve their health and every day life through therapeutic massage. In addition to treatment work I enjoy educating people about body sciences, muscle function, massage, and self care.
About the Business
Emma Lani Massage Therapy opened its doors in Durham and the surrounding areas in 2017 and offers medical massage therapy and chair massage. My goals are to offer a high quality massage experience, expand the public view of massage therapy, and advocate for regular self-care and the benefits that massage can provide for individuals and the community.
ELMT continues to stay involved in continuing education to stay up to date with new and current massage techniques. As clients needs shift and grow, I strive to meet them where they are, to help each individual thrive. Each session is designed with clients needs, growth, and education in mind. I am an advocate that massage should be an integral part of healthy living instead of a luxury. I aim to help the field expand and continue to grow into the community conscious as a health field and a positive influence in our community.
Community growth and giving back is an important goal for ELMT. I have been excited to give back to the community by supporting teams in the Bike MS New Bern Historical Ride and working with the first responders that take care of our community. Many charities, fundraisers, and associations have reached out to ELMT and we have always been happy to support their goals by offering custom certificates for patrons of their events.
In the future I look forward to helping other therapists and our community to be a step above and always provide a quality health and education driven experience.
About the Logo
When designing the logo for ELMT I wanted to be different than the usual hands and lotus flowers that are so prevalent in the massage industry. The Monstera leaf and its related Philodendron leaf are a common symbol of hospitality in Hawaii, where I grew up. This symbol along with my Hawaiian name, ties the practice back to my origins and captures the Hawaiian spirit and the caring nature of our work. The Monstera symbolizes longevity and respect while the Philodendron symbolizes health and abundance which matched our practice goals of helping others improve their health and every day life.