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

Pause and receive the love.
We’re in this together. Feel the support that’s available.

Pause and trust your unfolding.
You’re here for a purpose. Honor your inner knowing.

Pause and 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 and dance! 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 the 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 make sure 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
Founder & Pauseful Massage Therapist

  • 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

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Jamie Taylor:

It is an honor and a joy to be massaging in Manzanita for the last 10 years. My style is intuitive, graceful, flowing and therapeutic. My intention is to tune in to your body and feel what it needs. My hope is to re-introduce you to the blessing your body is. The art of massage has always come naturally for me. As a gift from the universe, my hands know what to do.

These days, I have a one-year-old baby’s love in my life, and I’m lucky enough to be home with him most of the time. I am also an activist, an artist, a wife and a mom to a grown baby too. My life is full and blessed.

About Kundalini Rose:

What draws me most to massage is the sense of relaxation and presence that it brings, not only to my client but also to me. As I drop in, an environment is created where it’s easy for my client to drop in as well. By slowing down, the tissues of the body begin to trust and invite me in, allowing me to work deeper and with greater ease.

When I am not doing bodywork, my greatest joy is Argentine Tango dancing, which is also about being able to perceive another on very subtle levels. It is an improvised social dance that allows two individuals, who may have never before met, to share a profound connection.

About Amity Mead:

My passion for growth, travel and the never-ending wonder of the human body led me to the healing arts. I have been a massage therapist for the past ten years. Additionally, I’m a certified yoga teacher and founder of Thailand Wellness Adventure travel company. My sessions draw from the wisdom of cultures around the world and are influenced by Deep Tissue, Swedish, Thai and Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian) massage. My intention is to blend deep presence, therapeutic techniques and fluidity to offer you an opportunity to connect with your aliveness. I believe being alive and embodied is one of the most incredible journeys to be on. Check out more on my website: www.anthropologyofalive.com

About Lezlie Amara Piper:

Lezlie Amara Piper is informed equally by Earth and Spirit. Long before attending massage, nutrition, or herbal school, there were folk healers and excellent hands-on practitioners influencing her life. She was introduced to massage at the hands of her mother and her Norwegian, massage and physical therapist, grandmother and she began studying with her first herbal mentor at age 15 in South Eastern Idaho. She has attended Lewis and Clark College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Oregon School of Massage, The School of Western Herbalism, and with gratitude, includes among her mentors: Jim Berns, Cascade Geller, Paul Pitchford, Matthew Wood, Margie Flint, Jim MacDonald, Scott Kloos, Rosemary Gladstar, Professor Hui-Xian Chen, Liu He, Kamala Quali, Lydia Bartlow, and Tami Kent.

Her focus is on listening to the body (and the spirit) and letting it guide her work. Her sessions allow for the unity of varying levels of mind, body and spirit with intention to meet each client exactly where they are and the unfolding happens from there. She has been offering sensitive bodywork for close to 29 years. She has given more than 15,000 massages and continues to thrive in the practice. Check out her website: cascadiaelemenatl

Press pause on life to live it fully. Let us help you schedule your next Pauseful experience.