Our Inspiration? You!


We create moments for people to pause and reconnect with their most expansive selves.


We dream of a day when everybody takes pauses from their busy lives as a core part of health, happiness and personal prosperity.

Pause to honor your busy life. Pause to honor yourself. Pause to honor your future endeavors.

Re-engage the world with renewed energy, clarity and joy.

Brand Truths

Mindful Massage

Pause & receive
the love.

We’re in this together.
Feel the support that’s available.

Wholehearted Living

Pause & trust
your unfolding.

You’re here for a purpose.
Honor your inner knowing.

Mindful Massage

Pause & celebrate
the moment.

Life’s precious.
Witness the beauty all around.

I’m Christina Pyktel, founder & creator of Pauseful. From prayer circles to Peace Corps, from organic farming to massage, I have always searched for answers, from a heart-centered  perspective, about what it means to be a human on this planet.

There was a time when I found myself preoccupied with trying to accommodate everyone else’s needs. Plagued by perfectionism and co-dependence I felt stuck and deeply unsatisfied.

So I began searching, which for me, meant reading books, going to workshops, getting the support of a therapist, cultivating deeper relationships with myself and others, spending more time in nature, and generally doing things that make my heart sing. When I look back on my healing journey, I realize that I explored different forms of what I now call pauses, which have given me the gift of deep wonder and awe.

Today, I feel the freedom to live more from my whole self.
I experience more ease and greater joy.

In my work as a massage therapist, I’ve discovered that our bodies tell stories, stories of alignment and misalignment. If we listen, we can hear our deepest wishes and desires, and start to come home to ourselves.

I created Pauseful as a unique blend of mindfulness, therapeutic relating and massage. Pausing allows your creativity, resiliency and ease to emerge so you can get the most out of life.

Spaciousness is your birthright.
You deserve to live from your heart’s center.

So I ask you:
Are you willing to come with me? To explore with curiosity the reigniting of sweetness and joy in your life?
Who are you, what do you want and are you willing to let yourself have it?
Is your life full and you’re living it to the max, but it’s not fulfilling? What would happen if you paused?

A Pauseful Massage will help.

At Pauseful, we provide a sacred space of non-judgement – accepting that life is a process and you are not broken. Together let’s slow down, get intentional and ensure that all the things you’re filling your life with are filling you up in a meaningful way.

I invite you to join us.
Christina Pyktel, Or LMT #16564
Creator & Pauseful Massage Therapist

Christina Pyktel
  • Everytime I get a massage with Christina I float away on a cloud. ~ Charlene Gernart

  • I feel as if my body has been rejuvenated – not from the outside in – but from the inside out. ~ Gail Young

  • The result is an enlivening of your cells and your soul. ~ Ariel Wolf

  • Not only was I relaxed and peaceful but Christina helped me address issues I’ve had for decades! I will use the affirmations she gave me to feel this way the rest of my life! ~ Alison P

  • Bows of gratitude for the deeply spiritual nature of her work and the healing-blissful experience. ~ Kenneth Enright

  • We need more practitioners like her in our hectic world to help us remember how to relax! ~ Jeremy Sappington

Pauseful Massage Therapists & More

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5 star customer reviews:

Ryan gave me the most thorough massage I’ve ever had. He worked parts of my back, hips, and arms that have never been touched before. Ryan is very kind and gentle, yet he has very strong hands and arms. I loved the eucalyptus-scented lotion (or oil) he rubbed on me head to toe. The warm towels wrapped around my feet for the second half of the massage were a real treat! I highly recommend Pauseful and Ryan. ~ Gregory M.

5 star customer reviews:

I have never written a review before, but wanted to rave about pauseful massage! This was the best massage I have ever had! Steve was so talented, intuitive and thoughtful! Many thanks for making our trip to manzanita so special and relaxing! ~ Emy G.

About Gia:

I began practicing massage by specializing in Sports Massage. Later, I trained in Shiatsu and Thai Massage. I enjoy blending these modalities to create a unique experience just for you. My passions for fitness, health, clean-living, and having a positive mindset all influence my massage offerings.

About Liz Vitale:

Acupuncture and natural medicine have been practiced for thousands of years, refined by physicians as they passed their healing arts down through the generations. My approach to practicing Chinese medicine tends towards the gentle and minimal end of the spectrum, reflecting the knowledge that our bodies are incredibly capable of healing themselves, given appropriate stimulus and space. The myriad interconnections within us and among us, including our environment, mean that healing one part is not separate from healing the whole. A small shift in one system can lead to a sea of change.
I value working with diverse communities – people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life. I have experience in treating a variety of conditions from acute pain to chronic disease, including autoimmune conditions, mental & emotional health, sports injuries, digestive & gastrointestinal issues, respiratory complaints, skin conditions and gynecology. A typical treatment may include acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and an herbal formula to continue the healing process until your next visit.
I am a licensed acupuncturist with a Masters of Science degree from the National University of Natural Medicine and went on to complete a Residency at their teaching clinic in Portland, Oregon. My undergraduate education in Art History & Archaeology still inspires me to attentively and reverently explore the depths and search for patterns. When it comes to health, this means that I am always working towards treating the root cause of imbalance, which can lead to lasting relief from symptoms. Originally from New York, I moved West to study medicine and now find myself at home on the Oregon Coast.

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