Who I Am & What I Do
"Tatay, sino yun?"
"Dad, who is that?" Young Milo pulled on his father's hand and pointed to a village elder, who was steaming banana leaves to place on the chest of a young man lying sick on the ground. This was Milo's first exposure to hilot, an ancient healing tradition from his native Philippines -- that utilizes both physical and spiritual interventions for curative ends.
This early impression guided Milo in the decades to follow -- first, in his path to becoming a registered nurse in two countries, then to becoming a licensed massage therapist, to his continued study and evolution as a healer with a vast toolbox of therapeutic practices from around the world. His breadth of experience and study of traditions with centuries of history yields an approach to healing that is both universally informed, and totally unique.
Through his work, Milo seeks to offer not only temporary relief from symptoms, but to address the root causes of pain and illness -- a deeper process bringing sustained wellness.
"True healing is holistic: it's the result of opening not just the energy channels of the physical body, but also the channels of the mind and spirit. If you touch one or two, but not all three, the healing won't be complete. Do you understand?"
With the laugh and enthusiasm of a firey Pinoy, the intuitive sense of a shaman, and the robustness and tenacity of an Olympian, Milo's approach to massage and bodywork is a singular blend of Western and Eastern traditions that rehabilitate and nourish the whole person -- mind, body and spirit.
Massage Therapist License: MT.0022333
Registered Nurse License: RN.1637939
Member American Massage Therapy Association
Massage or Bodywork?
"Massage promotes relaxation."
It is important you receive the treatment you need. A massage involves techniques of touch and strokes to the muscles and soft tissue in order to achieve relaxation and to improve your well-being.
"Bodywork promotes healing."
On the other hand, bodywork is the application of a specific set of methods manipulating the body to promote overall health.
If you are experiencing pain, whether chronic or acute or you are looking to improve your function, I recommend my 'Signature Advanced Therapeutic Thai Bodywork' treatment. This individualized treatment is for restoring the body back to balance and health thereby eliminating pain and improving function.
The benefit of restoring your body's balance is a deeper sense of relaxation that is longer lasting than massage.
What My Clients Are Saying
He is very in tune with the body and the flow of energy to a level way above any other therapist I have ever seen.
Milo has worked on me twice and the change in my hips and whole body is profound.
This Is Thai Bodywork
Effective treatment should address more than just the physical body; bones, muscles, nerves and blood circulation. This is what sets Asian styles apart from western massage.
Thai Massage, Japanese Shiatsu, Chinese Tui Na, and Indian Yoga Therapy each find their roots in the Asian family of bodywork styles.
Asian style of bodywork focuses on energy pathways which are the support structure for the physical body. In Thailand this energy is called ‘Lom’ the wind of life, in Japan the vital force or ‘Ki’, in China ‘Qi‘ or air, and ‘Prana’ breath in India.
While there isn't an English equivalent for these words think of it as 'life energy'.
This energy runs in channels called ‘Sen’ line (Thai Massage), ‘Meridian’ path (Chinese Medicine), or ‘Nadi’ channel (Indian Yoga).
Unfortunately conventional "Western Medicine" does not yet recognize this energy, however healing methods based on this energy have been successfully used for millennia in Thailand, China and India until today to treat and, prevent disease.
When our bodies experience motion, movement, and activity they tend to be free of pain. When muscles are under or overused they stiffen and shorten, resulting in restricted movement, tightness and pain which can ultimately lead to disease.
Thai bodywork offers a profound solution to counteract and reverse many of the symptoms that lead to disease.
What time should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at least 5 minutes early. If there is a session in progress it will be noted by signage on the door. In this case please take a seat and I will be with you shortly.
Reschedule or cancel an appointment?
You should reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the appointment. If you do not provide sufficient notice you may be charged the full amount for the treatment scheduled.
What is the best treatment for me?
During the initial assessment we will discuss the best treatment and talk about my recommendation. Please note treatments are for health and therapeutic purposes only. My practice is strictly non-sexual.
What is the optimal length of time for a massage?
A 60 minute massage is of course wonderful for providing quick relief, however it is suggested to schedule 90 minute sessions or more to allow appropriate interaction so together we are able to address your specific muscular discomfort or chronic conditions. This approach results in measurable relief.
What do I wear?
For the 'Thai' massage wear loose clothing. For the 'Swedish + Deep Tissue + Hilot Therapy' massage there will be draping and for my 'Signature' massage it will depend on the therapy so wear loose clothing and we can adjust as needed during your treatment.
Should I eat a meal before my treatment?
I recommend you do not eat prior to a session. If you do plan to enjoy a meal before your session please do so at least 2 hours before. If you are coming from work and must eat something please enjoy a small snack one hour before your session.
Are there any special precautions I should consider?
You are required to fill out an assessment form to note any medical health conditions, allergies you may have or any medications you may be taking. This form is provided automatically after you complete the online booking tool.
Arriving at my studio
My studio is located at 1290 N. Williams St. Please text me when you arrive and I will meet you at the front entrance of the house.
Optimize your experience
Please communicate what you would like in terms of pressure, music volume, or otherwise. Letting me know your key concerns prior to and during the treatment ensures that you will get the most out of your session.
Drinking plenty of water post session
Since possible toxins can be released through effective massage I recommend you drink plenty of water after your session.
Deep tissue and communication
‘Deep tissue’ means I work deeply. Therefore please be advised that it is common to feel sore after a massage. It is also common to experience bruising especially if you already know that you bruise easily. I encourage you to communicate with me and let me know if I am working too deeply for you. This open and honest communication is crucial for your enjoyment and satisfaction with the experience.
Rest after your session
Please allow time after your massage to relax and experience the full benefits of the work that was just performed on your body. Your system deserves time to fully circulate and appreciate the intense work it just experienced.
Pain level of Thai Bodywork
Thai massage uses slow and deep compression with gentle rocking, and assisted stretching on the body’s sen ‘energy’ lines. For some, deep compression can result in some discomfort. As we age we lose flexibility and our joints become stiff and any pressure on the muscle can be painful. This is due in part to a sedentary lifestyle. Thai massage uses yoga influenced stretching and compressions to guide muscles and encourage them to lengthen. This approach ultimately leads to increases in flexibility and decreases of stiffness and discomfort.
Of course this depends entirely on your individual condition. More acute cases benefit from one to three treatments in close succession. Chronic cases benefit from more regular treatments. In order to maintain health and for the prevention of illness I recommend bi-monthly sessions.
Cash is preferred. I accept top P2P payment types such as Venmo, PayPal, and Zelle. I also accept all credit and debit cards.
Frequently Asked Questions
How To Find Me
| 720-453-8225 | 1290 N. Williams St. Denver, CO 80218
Monday - Friday 8a-5p
No appointments on weekends
Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours of 100°F or above?
Do you now, or have you recently had, any respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat, or shortness of breath?
Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has Coronavirus-type symptoms?
If you replied 'yes' to any of these questions, please schedule an appointment when you have not experienced symptoms for at least 2 weeks.
I will take your temperature upon arrival.
Prior to your session please clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. (Hand sanitizer will be provided upon request)
CDC guidelines recommend wearing a face mask that covers your mouth and nose.