Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.
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.
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!
I graduated in 1992 from Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, certified with a focus in Swedish and Polarity. I have since studied table Shiatsu, deep Swedish and Prenatal which I incorporate into my work when appropriate. [Read more…]
Laury is a Santa Cruz local and has been in the health and wellness business for almost 30 years. She began her studies at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in 1988 and became certified in Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Acupressure, and Polarity. She has also worked with several chiropractors from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz and has a Chiropractic Assistant certification as well.
Currently she is employed part time as a personal fitness trainer at Bodyworks private gym on Seabright Avenue and has been there since 1997. She became certified to teach Yin Yoga in 2014 and is now taking the Yoga Teacher Training program at Pleasure Point Yoga to teach Vinyasa flow.
Laury’s favorite activities while she’s not providing massage are, attending jazz concerts at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, performing locally with her band, swing dancing, being in nature, running and swimming. She is to be a part of the Well Within team!
Michael has been practicing massage since 2015 after graduating from the Myotherapy College of Utah. He is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Segmental Massage, Thai Massage and is certified in Sports Massage. His goal is to facilitate healing of the body through genuine touch.
Monica has been practicing massage since 1993. She studied in Los Angeles at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB), a school of holistic body therapy. She is trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, and cranial sacral work. Monica enjoys offering a relaxing and therapeutic massage tailored to her clients’ individual needs.