A home of therapeutic and spiritual healing
KARL FONOTI PUA'A REID-CRAMER
CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Karl is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) through the California Massage Therapy Council. CAMTC #41940 He has completed all required educational hours to qualify as a Certified Massage Therapist, and has thousands of hours of hands on experience in practice.
Before starting a career in massage therapy, Karl received a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of San Francisco. He previously worked in corporate America, where he struggled to find a place that matched his values and integrity in all aspects of his work.
After many years and a relocation to Southern California, massage found Karl. He enrolled at a small school named The Academy of Holistic Health Arts, where he thrived and found his true calling in massage and therapeutic practices. Karl is passionate about bringing massage to all people, each with unique needs. After graduating from the Academy of Holistic Health Arts in 2013, Karl went on to work in the spa industry, and since then, has begun his own private practice, now known as Polynesian Touch Therapy.
Since graduating in 2013, Karl has immersed himself in the field of Massage Therapy quickly finding his deep passion for the holistic healing benefits massage therapy provides. In his courses, he learned various body work techniques (known as modalities) such as Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Reflexology, all of which he has incorporated into his daily therapeutic practices. In addition to these modalities he has incorporated Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and Myofascial techniques, as well as Cupping and Trigger Point therapies to customuize the individual therapeutic needs of his clients.
Providing the powers of holistic healing for others is a deep passion for Karl and he dedicates himself fully to the power of bodywork. Through first-hand experience, he understands the life changing effects it provides on so many levels and has found it to be deeply rewarding to offer the same service he received to his clients. Through previous leadership roles in the therapeutic massage world, Karl understands the importance of communicator and empathy, always striveing to uphold the highest standards of discretion and professionalism.
Karl is especially intrigued by indigenous styles of massage that originate from all regions of the world. Specifically, he studies and practices a lineage modality of therapeutic massage known as “Fofo”. Karl first learned of Fofo when it was passed on to him by his great grandmother, a native Tuvaluan. In drawing from this lineage practice, as well as the other ancient practices of our ancestors throughout the world, Karl believes that we can become united in growth through the healing practices of massage and energy therapy, and in turn, lead us to “Be the change that we wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
You may read more about the practice of Fofo below.
It is Karl's hope that he can positively and forever better the health, wellbeing and holistic wellness of each and every one of his clients.
The various types of techniques in therapeutic massage are known as Modalities.
Polynesian Touch Therapy does not offer specific massages for all of the modalities listed below. Rather, all of the following modalities are incorporated into one unique experience that is personalized for the individual therapeutic needs of each client:
Deep Tissue, Myofascial Therapies, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai Massage,
Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Sports Massage, Rocking and Shaking,
Energy work, Reiki, Foot Massage, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Stretching, Burn Scar Massage, and Fofō (more about Fofō below).
Only Reiki, Cupping and Family Fofō are available as stand alone modalities as an individual service.
A massage that is completely customizable and tailored to the individual therapeutic needs of each client. Therapeutic massage can be life changing on many levels, and provides and alternative treatment to medicinal practices for pain, aches, stiffness, and any other symptom shown or indicated by the client.
Each massage Incorporates Swedish, Deep tissue, Lomi Lomi, Reflexology, Myofascial, and other modalities to bring a maximum and lasting result. TO read about all modalities used in Karl’s massages, please see the “Modalities” section above.
Choose from 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of deep-tissue massage and alternative medicine, with roots in Chinese, Egyptian and other Middle Eastern cultures. During this treatment, the therapist puts special cups on the client’s skin to create suction in order to ease pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, and well-being. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system.
Choose from 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions.
MASSAGE & CUPPING COMBINATION
Combining the benefits of Massage and Cupping in one session, get the best of both therapeutic treatments with this service.
Choose from 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions.
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. When performing a Reiki session, Reiki practitioners use a technique called “palm healing”. Through the palms, a "universal energy" is transferred through the hands and touch of the practitioner to the patient, to encourage emotional and physical healing.
Reiki is available as an individual session, and as three levels of Classes. To read more about Reiki and the classes available through Polynesian Touch Therapy, please see the Reiki subsection listed in the “Workshops and Classes” section below.
This is a lineage modality of massage that has been passed down for generations.
Utilizing the greater degrees of pressure and their body weight, the performing therapist slowly rocks, steps and presses on the receiving client's back in the desired areas. As taught to him by his family, Karl moves the body and steps his feet in the exact same way that Fofō has been performed in Tuvaluan and Samoan history to treat his clients needs.
Fofō is also available as a workshop with Polynesian Touch Therapy. To read more about this service, please see the Fofō subsection under the "Workshops and Classes" section below.
WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
To book one of the Reiki or Family Fofō workshops described below,
please contact Polynesian Touch Therapy using the "Contact" form provided below.
REIKI ENERGY THERAPY CLASSES
Usui Reiki Level I Class
It is the first step towards becoming a Reiki Energy healer. This healing energy class will assist you to self treat and to treat family and friends, on both an emotional and physical level. You will be taught the history of Reiki and how it came into being, the precepts, have practical teaching of the hand positions, an attunement with full Reiki lineage, a manual, plus full certification.
Following this course, you will be equipped with the knowledge and training to self-treat as well as begin treating others on a private or business level.
This is a full day class.
Usui Reiki Level II Class
Reiki II will build on the foundation you learned in Reiki I Certification. If you have been certified in Reiki I from any Master, you are welcome to take this course. In this class, you will learn distance healing, furthering your practice, working with animals and the Sacred Symbols of Reiki. You will receive a Reiki II attunement, a manual and a Certificate showing your lineage.
If you are interested in furthering your study of the Healing Art of Reiki, this class is for you.
This is a full day class.
Usui Reiki Level III Class
**Prerequisite is you MUST have received your Reiki I and II attunements and certificate.
Reiki III is the Third Degree of the Mikao Usui style of Reiki. We will learn the Usui system of attunements. The class time is used for understanding the attunements, special symbols and practice. The goal is for you to become confident in administering Reiki attunements.
The Healing attunement and Aura Clearing (psychic surgery) is received by all students. This class is a powerful healing experience.
While the content of the class will allow anyone to pass the ability to do Reiki on to others and to teach if one chooses, many take the class for their own use or to use with family and friends.
In this class you will receive the Reiki III Manual, Attunement and a thumb drive with all three manuals for you to use in your own practice.
This is a 3/4 day class.
To participate in a Reiki workshop, please contact Polynesian Touch Therapy directly using the "Contact" form below. Do NOT book the Reiki session available in the "Book Now" form, as this is for a single session of Reiki therapy, and not for the workshop.
A LINEAGE MODALITY
"Family Fofō" is a lineage modality of massage that has been passed down for generations through Karl's family. The word "Fofō" is loosely translated as massage in Samoan and Tuvaluan. Fofō is a traditional way to treat the unique therapeutic needs of every person.
Karl's Great Grandmother, Mary Jane Johnston Betham (pictured) immigrated from the island nation of Tuvalu (formally known as Ellice Islands) to Samoa to marry into the Betham family. Mary Jane kept her family legacy alive by passing on the Fofō skills she learned as a young girl to her grandchildren, Terri Rotter and Hector Reid. As a family practice, Fofō had been used in Mary Jane's family and across the nation of Tuvalu and Samoa for generations to relieve pain, stress, muscle tension, and for over all well-being. In passing her legacy to Terri Rotter and Hector Reid, who in turn educated Karl, Fofō's healing benefits and ancient art have been revitalized and incorporated into the modern world through Polynesian Touch Therapy.
Family Fofō is performed while the receiving client is fully clothed and laying on the floor or a mat. It is slow and meditative. The performing therapist listens to the flow of the receiving client’s breath to create and ebb and flow like rhythm as the massage begins. The performing Therapist stands while giving this type of massage, and uses their feet instead of the hands. In using the feet, the performing therapist has a greater control over their body weight and the resulting pressure and gravity applied to the receiving client.
Utilizing the greater degrees of pressure and their body weight, the performing therapist slowly walks, steps and presses on the receiving client's back in the desired areas. As taught to him by his family, Karl moves the body and steps his feet in the exact same way that Fofō has been performed in Tuvaluan and Samoan history to treat his clients needs.
Family Fofō is available as a workshop with Polynesian Touch Therapy. To participate in a Fofō workshop, please contact Polynesian Touch Therapy directly using the "Contact" form below. Do NOT use the "Book Now" form below.
Please arrive 10-15 mins early to fill out any paperwork and to allow for the intake process