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About Me

"Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.

When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions,

the gates of the soul open."

- B.K.S. Iyengar​

Joy's Story

Joy Ebuen-Yra

CA Certified Massage Therapist


Joy, who has been known as having the “healing hands”, brings over ten years of experience in the spa industry. She studied to become a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA.


Soon after graduating, she began her massage journey in Los Angeles, CA and worked at a spa start-up doing chair massages on Hollywood sets, such as the Desperate Housewives television show. Her early career involved working for both chiropractic offices and luxury spas. Fortunately, she fell in love with working at Trinity Therapy Center in West Hollywood performing therapeutic massages alongside chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists all under one roof.


After three years, she and her growing family decided to move back to the Bay Area. She then joined the high-end Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in San Francisco for four years as the Department Lead and Trainer. During her last year with Elizabeth Arden, she was anointed to be their National Training Director in the Body Department. This amazing promotion gave her the opportunity to travel to numerous spas and work closely with exceptional therapists. She realized then that it didn’t matter whether she was performing treatments in a medical or spa setting.  It truly was all about giving her undivided attention and personalized care to whomever was on her treatment table.


Soon after, she continued her spa journey with Mandarin Oriental San Francisco as a Spa Therapist. She was able to apply all that she learned from her previous work experiences – incorporating medical massages in her treatment, delivering impeccable service, and utilizing her leadership skills. As a team, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental achieved the highest ranking as a Forbes Five Star Spa in 2013 and 2014. They were also the only Five Star Spa in Northern California and was named the Most Intimate Spa in the World by Forbes.


Presently, Joy manages and operates Relax with Joy. 



I’ve been in the spa industry for many years and have received massages from many talented massage therapists, but Joy is by far one of the best I’ve ever had.  Her hands are magical, she not only heals you physically but she helps you heal emotionally as well. If you’ve never had a massage with Joy, you are missing out. Once you’ve tried her, you will never go to anyone else!


- Linda T., San Francisco


There are massage therapists and then there are HEALERS. Joy unquestionably falls within the latter category. Her unique approach to body work goes beyond the physical as she intuitively treats with compassion guided by her holistic understanding of the body. Her massage is not only therapeutic, it also has the potential to change you for the better.


- Joyo S., Berkeley


Joy has been my trusted therapist for many years.  Like many people, I do not always treat my body with the care that it deserves.  But, when I give myself into Joy’s hands, the magic happens.  Within just a few sessions with Joy, I came to fully appreciate her gifts, knowing that she will carefully direct her efforts to the areas that need the most attention while remaining aware of my sensitivities.  As a result, I have followed Joy from spa to spa over the years.  After a session with Joy, I always feel relaxed and renewed and recommitted to taking care of myself.  She is truly, truly that good!


- Nicole C., San Francisco


We all desire to have the massage therapist that is perfect for our specific wants and needs.  With over 20+years of massage therapy, I have found that individual, Relax With Joy!


Joy is the best combination of knowledge, experience, insight and professionalism that I have had the pleasure to interact with. Her training, personal coaching and ability to detect where you are in your day to day issues is truly amazing.


I have introduced Joy to my wife and she, as well, was amazed of her ability to understate what her stress issues were - "unstated" - she was experiencing in life.  This "healing hands" insight is a gift and her clients receive every session.  If you believe in the power of massage - I strongly endorse Joy as the right massage therapist for you.


- Tony B., Daly City


I worked with Joy for about 18 months meeting weekly to help fix the kyphotic curve in my upper back. She takes a very holistic approach to massage and is extremely effective. I would not have been able to accomplish the muscle and body transformation goals I set for myself in the gym without Joy's help.


- Adam L., Los Angeles

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