Kelani Shaner, LMT
Cortiva Institute, Tucson
Deep-tissue massage, joint mobilization, pain relief, relaxation
Kelani remembers the moment that massage changed, for her, from an indulgence to a necessity. “I have always loved receiving massages, but it was purely an occasional luxury until I was in a car accident in 2007 and was able to get chiropractic and massage once a week for a while. The massages were the high point of every week for me. I knew I needed to be in this field.”
Born and raised on Orcas Island, Washington, Kelani has traveled extensively and lived and studied in Australia and Kenya. A self-described sun worshipper, she came to Tucson in search of sunshine and stayed to attend massage school. Circumstances took her back to the Pacific Northwest, where she practiced bodywork for nearly a decade before returning to Tucson, which she describes as “the place where I’ve been happiest.”
Kelani specializes in deep-tissue massage, joint mobilization, pain relief, and relaxation. Much of her career has been spent working with clients dealing with chronic pain, illness, and injuries. She also has extensive experience with prenatal women and people of various ages and conditions.
Kelani’s massage style is a customized, intuitive blend of therapeutic work and nurturing care, offering insight, compassion, and helpful suggestions for continued wellbeing. In her sessions, Kelani aims to provide a true connection and a personalized, welcoming, and healing experience. She believes that massage can be not only life enhancing, but life changing, and she feels honored to be part of that process. “The myriad benefits I’ve witnessed personally convince me every day what beneficial and necessary work this is.”
A former landscaper and petsitter, Kelani continues to explore her connection with living things. She is currently enrolled in an animal mastery program, learning about communicating with and helping and healing animals. She hopes to incorporate her bodywork skills in that field in the future, while continuing to work with people.
Happy to be back in Tucson with its sun, warmth, and desert setting, Kelani lives with her two dogs and various fosters and boarders up by Sabino Canyon. She loves hiking, swimming, and reading.