Simon Light CMT

Traditional Oriental Bodywork - Anma - Ampuku - Tuina - Thai Massage


Simon Light
Treatmet Room

About his bodywork


My specialty is traditional Oriental bodywork, and in particular Anma, which is the classical massage of Japan.

Anma, Tuina and Thai, are all intense yet gentle forms of massage, that appeal to a particular kind of man that likes a strong, deep massage, but who is looking for more than the regular pressure of Deep Tissue Massage. The beauty of Anma is that the pressure can vary from the lightest touch to the most penetrating thumb pressing, so it can be adapted to every kind of preference and body type. All these massage styles are excellent for relaxation and well-being, but they are also founded on the sound therapeutic principles of their respective healing traditions. They can therefore be applied to treat very effectively the kinds of ailments and conditions for which massage therapy is usually sought.

Within Anma there exists the art of Ampuku, which is a very gentle, deep massage of the abdomen. Ampuku is both a highly specialised form of manual medicine and an incredible, profoundly relaxing massage for well-being, which helps to balance the functions of all the internal organs of the abdomen.

After a session of Oriental bodywork, you can expect to feel deeply and wonderfully relaxed, yet also pleasantly alive and at peace. This is because while the therapist is working on your muscles and joints, the massage is also having a very deep and real effect on your body's energy system. Your body relaxes, your energy settles, and your mind is refreshed and falls quiet.

Anma and Thai Massage are best received lying on a comfortable mat on the floor. When you book your appointment, feel free to let me know if you have any particular requirements so that the session can be arranged to meet your needs.

[A word to the wise: As you can see, Simon has chosen to advertise in the Heal Section of this site. His background has been in the complementary health field for over twenty years, and he would like to bring the benefits of Asian bodywork to the users of this site. Simon's massage is for well-being, health and for treating specific problems only.]

About Him

Simon has been a massage therapist for over twenty years. He first qualified in London in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, and then, as he progressed through his training in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he was naturally drawn into the world of Oriental massages, especially those which are based on Chinese medical theory and the meridian system, such as Tuina, Anma and Shiatsu.

Once qualified in TCM, Simon went to live and work in Southern Italy where acupuncture supplies were hard to come by. In order to save on needles, Simon treated as many complaints as possible with massage. Consequently, Simon had to develop his clinical massage skills as much as possible, and was forced to explore approaches that lay further afield: Simon studied Thai Massage for both the body and feet, Chinese head and foot massages, and micro-system massages for the ear and face. Simon also trained in the Usui system of Reiki under Barbara McGregor*. Thanks to the effectiveness of these massage and energy techniques, Simon worked alongside chiropractors and orthopaedic surgeons; with professional athletes and competitive martial artists; in spas and wellness centres, and in community projects and hospices with the terminally ill.

Simon has always been fiercely loyal to the idea of a gay community, and right from the outset of his massage carrier he has worked within the gay world with gay men. He has worked with organisations such as the Immune Development Trust in London during the Nineties, Associazione Solidarietà AIDS Milano during the Noughties, as well as basing his private practice firmly within the gay community.

On his arrival in California, Simon found to his very great relief that he was unable to practise Chinese Medicine, and so he granted himself permission to pursue his first great love, which is massage.

*Barbara received her Reiki attunements from Beth Gray, who was trained by Hawayo Takata, who followed Chujiro Hayashi, who drank tea with Usui sensei himself.


ANMA 60 min. $90.00
90 min. $120.00
AMPUKU 60 min. $90.00
REIKI 90 min. $90.00
THAI FOOT MASSAGE 60 min. $90.00
THAI MASSAGE 60 min. $90.00
90 min. $120.00

Additional Fees

Outcalls $15.00


Near Santa Fe Avenue & Gilman Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
Outcalls within 25 miles