Developed in Japan, shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. With the client reclining, the practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians. The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.
Adam started doing massage professionally after attending the Baltimore School of Massage in 1991. Two years later he decided to focus on Asian bodywork and attended the Baltimore School of Shiatsu, which led to a journey through South East Asia in the winter of 1995 -95 to study Thai Massage.
A good massage will activate a deep state of relaxation and well being throughout the whole body. It is my hope to facilitate a pain free, balanced state of being for each client. I use an integrated and compassionate approach that combines over fifteen years of professional experience.
Crystal began her studies in massage at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later on went to receive her 700-hour massage training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona. During that time, she studied Shiatsu, deep tissue massage, Craniosacral, Orthobionomy, Polarity Therapy, Swedish Massage, and Assisted Isolated Stretching. Crystal taught a Swedish Massage class during her time working at the Way Inn neighboring Huaraz, Peru. Crystal also trained with the Kundalini Yoga instructor, Samson Burke, under the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. During her experience, she noticed a sense of clarity in her mind, body, and spirit. Crystal also spent a year studying at Emperor’s College of Traditional Medicine, where she was able to integrate Oriental Medicine into her work, through meridian and point based acupressure.
Nicholette Keel graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She incorporates modalities of Swedish, Shiatsu, specialty Pre-Natal, stretching, acupressure, and Polarity Therapy with her fifteen years of industry experience. Her intuitive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection serves to assist clients in releasing chronic tension and imbalances. Her goal to her clients is for general well-being and optimal health. Her style is best described as slow, firm, relaxing, and nurturing. She accomplishes this by using a combination of long flowing sweeping strokes with specific pressure points that target key areas of stress. Her unique sensitivity enables her to fine tune and craft the massage session around each client’s individual needs. As an active athlete and body-worker, she understands the importance of flexibility and range of motion that massage therapy serves to address repetitive stress injury, fatigue, and tight muscles. She is skilled in using pressure from light to firm with a diverse range of modalities to help clients achieve deep relaxation and recovery.
Barbara is a graduate of the Atlanta School of Massage. She has been doing massage since 1983 and has over 1500 hours of bodywork training. Barbara uses an eclectic approach to massage. Her massage is specifically chosen to fit the client’s needs. Pressure used follows the spectrum, from deeper techniques suchy as Myofacial release, Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular, Shiatsu and Acupressure.
Felicity is a certified 550 hour liscensed massage therapist practicing intuitive and compassionate massage for over thirteen years. Trained at Cypress Health Institute and Twin Lakes college of Healing Arts, Felicity is well experienced with anatomy and physiology, polarity, swedish massage, reiki, deep tissue accupressure, postural analysis and the relationship between mind, body and emotion.
Greta has been a Certified Massage Therapist for 26 years. She is a graduate of Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz (1989) and recently graduated from the 900-hour program at National Holistic Institute. She has experience internationally working in resort spas, health clubs and doing house calls for private clients. Greta has her own unique style, integrating Swedish massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Myofascial Therapy (MFT), Deep Tissue and Sports massage. She is strong if one needs a deeper massage, nurturing if one needs a relaxing massage, and knowledgeable if one is looking for help with specific issues. By targeting specific muscle groups using Deep Tissue massage and MFT, as well as demonstrating stretches, your session will feel productive. So whether you are looking for a stress-relieving relaxing massage, or help with specific issues such as chronic pain, or sports injuries, Greta will tailor her massage session to meet your needs. With years of experience and 1000 hours of training, you will be in good professional hands!