About Banyan Massage

Our Company

Banyan Massage is a well-established, peaceful and professional massage therapy studio located within the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Banyan Drive. We are a team of experienced and licensed professionals focused on providing comprehensive quality care. We are committed to supporting our clients in their health maintenance and long- term wellness goals. This thriving massage practice has been owned and operated by Anne Nuttall and Melissa Cardwell since 2008 when we came together as good friends with a shared vision. Our mission is to provide extraordinarily compassionate and skilled massage therapy to each person who walks through our doors. Over the many years, we have built a strong team of highly skilled massage practitioners and have established a wide range of clientele whose needs are equally varied and diverse. All of us here believe in the profoundly healing benefits of massage therapy and have witnessed the positive effects particularly in the clients with whom we’ve established long-standing relationships. We understand that each person is a unique individual with his or her own specific needs. We are committed to addressing each person’s challenges and goals so as to be powerful allies in health and healing. Our aspiration is to provide a calm and therapeutic space in which you can relax and rejuvenate in the midst of your busy life.

Our Space


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Our Team


Melissa Cardwell, LMT #8868
Co-Owner of Banyan Massage

melissaMelissa moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2002 after receiving her B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio. After a few years in social work, she decided to pursue Massage Therapy and attended the Big Island Academy of Massage. After completing her apprenticeship at Island Therapeutic Massage and receiving her massage license in 2005, she worked at a number of places including Kalani Honua in Puna, Mauna Kea Resort and Kona Day Spa, Olena’s in Hilo and Kulaniapia Bed and Breakfast. She finally arrived at Banyan Massage where she teamed up with Anne in 2008 to establish a thriving massage practice.

Melissa considers herself an on-going student and, as such, continuously seeks to deepen her massage practice. She offers a wide-range of modalities including Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi, Hawaiian Hot Stones Massage (Pohaku Wela), Pre-Natal Massage, Cranial Sacral and Myofascial Release. Melissa also received her Level I in Reiki and is currently a devoted Ashtanga Yoga student. Though she has experience in the spa industry, her passion is therapeutic massage and assisting people in improving the quality of their lives. Melissa strongly believes in having an unconditional regard for her clients and seeks to support them by drawing from her deep well of knowledge and compassion. Every session is unique and based on an individual’s particular and distinct needs. Melissa feels tremendously grateful to have found a professional path that is as rewarding as Massage Therapy and to be a part of the phenomenal team of therapists at Banyan Massage.

Anne Nuttall, LMT #8073
Co-Owner of Banyan Massage

AnneAnne moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2003 after graduating from Massage Therapy school in Boulder, Colorado. She completed Hawaiian Lomi Lomi training at Aunty Margaret Machados’ in 2004 and became a Hawaii Licensed Massage Therapist shortly thereafter. She continued her education and was employed at the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage in Kona where she studied Medical Massage, Hawaiian Hot Stones Massage (Pohaku Wela) and Thai Massage. She also worked as an Administrator, Student Counselor and Massage Clinic Manager. In 2008 Anne came together with Melissa as Co-Owner of Banyan Massage.

Anne specializes in Integrative Massage, Lomi Lomi and Deep Therapeutics applying techniques such as Myofascial Release, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy and Joint Mobilization. Her sessions are always customized to each individual’s specific needs and she takes great care in providing a personalized experience for every client. She has a kind and nurturing presence and an open heart. With a deep passion for massage and bodywork Anne feels very fortunate to be a professional in the field and to be a part of the team at Banyan Massage.


Ariel Tergeoglou, LMT #6106


Born and raised in Hawaii, Ariel received her massage license in 2000 from The Big Island Academy of Massage and a B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in 2006. Her massage therapy work since then includes a wide range. She has experience in medical massage, working closely with physical therapists and chiropractors on specific pain management issues. She has also worked in luxury hotels and B&B’s providing a more relaxation style massage. She offers a unique blend of bodywork designed to both relax and mend the aches and pains caused by our daily lives. She incorporates Lomi Lomi, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones and a host of other modalities. Ariel is very passionate about her field. She nurtures this passion by maintaining a sense of balance in her everyday life through things like surfing and hanging out with her family. Ariel is clear and present, and always ready with a smile for everyone she meets.

Ellen Schomer, LMT #13598


Ellen has lived on the Big Island for over 20 years and has loved it even longer. She graduated from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy in 2007 and feels blessed to have found this very fulfilling work. Her style is a flowing, integrative mix of various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Lomi Lomi, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Thai, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Reflexology, Neuromuscular Therapy and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. Those who like deep work especially appreciate her understanding and ability, though she can also deliver more gentle work. Ellen’s clients feel compassion, mindfulness and attention to detail when receiving one of her very thorough massages. When she’s not working she enjoys the ocean, gardening and hanging with her dog, Patches.

Jenn Mahone, LMT #5470


Jennifer has been practicing Massage Therapy on the Island of Hawaii since 1999, in both Kona and Hilo. She specializes in Lomilomi and relaxation massage. Most recently, she completed CranioSacral Therapy Levels 1 and 2 through Upledger Institute and has been integrating this amazing technique into her massage treatments. CranioSacral work assists in deep relaxation and homeostasis of the central nervous system. When she’s not in a massage session, you can find her playing in the garden and bodysurfing on this beautiful island!


Jennifer Dietz, MAT #12317


Born and raised in Germany, Jen’s path led her to Hawaii in 2006, where she received her Massage Therapy license in 2011. Her sessions reflect her varied massage experience and a substantial amount of continuing education. This includes high-end spa treatments, therapeutic and wellness massage, medical massage/injury recovery, and energy therapy. Her table massage style is a heavily Lomilomi influenced blend of light pressure techniques ranging from Swedish to Trigger Point, Thai, Reflexology, and Sports Massage, depending on her clients’ individual needs.

She also created a highly effective Deep Tissue modality called Wāwae Floor Massage, which uses primarily feet to apply pressure. It blends techniques of Thai, Shiatsu, and Hawaiian Floor Massage and is excellent for people who like medium to very DEEP pressure. Her personal goal through her work is to help her fellow human beings to deepen their connection to themselves, each other and the mysticism of the gorgeous world we live in.

Rebecca Canfield, MAT #15720


Rebecca moved to the Big Island from sunny Florida in 2018. She is a graduate of the Florida School of Massage, a consciousness-based massage school. Her personal style is influenced by Swedish techniques, Connective Tissue Therapy, and Polarity Therapy. She feels passionately about providing a safe space for her clients to heal and unwind. She loves to incorporate open communication and engagement to provide the most therapeutic and interactive massage. Rebecca is also an online graduate student studying Sustainable Tourism through the University of South Florida. Her holistic approach to bodywork and self-care is further expressed on an environmental and societal level through her studies. She is elated that she gets to spend her days soaking up the sun, the island culture, and providing bodywork for her community.

Maxwell Stark-House, MAT #7714


Maxwell has been practicing bodywork since he moved to Hawaii in 2001. He began by working with his peers where he discovered a natural ability to listen to a person’s body. He went on to formally train at the Big Island Academy of Massage and graduated in 2003. During this time he also completed his first Yoga Teacher Training with Kathy Elder and began studies in Healing Dance (Aquatic Bodywork) with Inika Spence. Since graduating massage school he has gone on to study and incorporate different modalities such as: Hawaiian Lomilomi, Thai Massage, Reiki, Deep Tissue, Vibrational Healing and Chinese Acupressure.  He continues to explore the healing arts with an open mind and heart, always in search of more ways to cultivate greater health, happiness and peace in our lives.

Sylvie Gendron MAT #7315


Sylvie Gendron has over 20 years of massage therapy experience ranging from Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue and Hawaiian Lomilomi, to several different styles of Aquatic Bodywork. She intuitively uses her expertise in Lomilomi with other modalities when helpful, having learned healing techniques from Big Island Massage School and from eight different Kumus or teachers. Her extensive training, plus her personal experience in overcoming a sport’s injury, has informed and empowered her to offer a deeply profound and effective massage. Sylvie works with you holistically, going deep into the source of pain and facilitating healing on all levels.