As an SF Bay Area native, Upuia grew up on the Peninsula and now lives in Pleasanton, California. After earning her M.S. in Counseling Psychology at Chaminade University of Hawaii, she spent 7+ years in education as a school counselor and teacher, and 15+ years as a volunteer. Upuia’s plan was to become a School Administrator, but life took a different course and lead her to seek out the art of Massage Therapy.
Upuia is inspired in her practice by her paternal grandmother, Upuia Tuialu’ulu’u, who is from the rich cultural islands of Samoa and whom she is named after. Her grandmother was considered a Village Healer, or a Fofo, of her time. Upuia was fascinated at the early age of 4 by her grandmother’s use of native plants (taulesea) and massage in her home to heal the Samoan families in her community. Read more
Upuia is an awesome massage therapist. She listens and finds my areas that need help, but also gives such a relaxing, amazing massage. I always feel so wonderful when I leave.Original recommendation
Amazing, awesome, relaxing massage by the BEST therapist ever, Briana Renshaw, at the Pleasanton location. You know how you turn your head, or reach for something, or just doing almosr nothing, you "tweak" that muscle and you're in pain for a week and a half? Well, ever since I started seeing Briana regularly I no longer have that problem. One less annoyance in life and so relaxing. Thank you Briana!!!Original recommendation
Upuia was one of the best massage therapists at Google.
Amazing. Upuia is such a gem. Her Thai Massages are ace - have been seeing her ever since she opened her Los Altos location (as she was always booked up at Google!). Please come see Upuia or one of her lovely massage therapists ASAP!Original recommendation