Practitioner Bios

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Aaron Drake

Aaron is a graduate of Cypress Health Institute  in Santa Cruz. Aaron specializes in Deep tissue, and is trained in a multiple of modalities, including Swedish, Cranial Sacral, Polarity, Reflexology and Structural Integration. Aaron enjoys the symbiotic relationship with his clients. He loves to help people feel more comfortable in their bodies, because it makes him feel better too. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing percussion, juggling, and performing puppet shows for children.

Adam Lacey

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 to study Thai Massage. He attended the basic through advanced massage training at the main Buddhist temple, Wat Po, in Bangkok and completed another course at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Adam began a 3-year sabbatical from massage in 1998 to teach English as a second language and explore Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He joined the Well Within family in 2001 and has been on the Well Bodycare team for over 7 years. Since 2011 he has been training at Esalen in the Deep Bodywork modality created by Perry and Johanna Holloman. And in 2013 he began an intensive training in KMI, a Structural Integration approach based on Ida Rolf’s method and teaching.  

Adam is a Well Within Spa Bodycare practitioner and his specialties are Deep Tissue, Thai Massage and Shiatsu.

Alisa Gonzalez

Alisa is a Certified Massage Therapist and a graduate of Cypress Health Institute. She has been practicing the art of healing touch and massage since childhood and has made it her life-long passion. Her approach to bodywork is of a healing and creative nature and carries a strong connection to energy work. She has been trained in Swedish, Effleurage, Acupressure, Reflexology, Polarity, Hot Stone and Prenatal Massage. Her quest to learn more healing and massage techniques will facilitate her expansion of knowledge and her desire to help others. Alisa’s intuitive touch creates a safe space and allows clients to feel comfortable, relaxed and supported during the session.

Outside of massage, Alisa has a love for making mandala art and a passion for photography as well as making other forms of art. Her meditation and spiritual work has helped her become mindful, grounded and further in touch with body awareness and sensitivity. Her love of yoga and sound healing also helps her to stay connected to healing energies and vibrations.

Amanda Scecsei

I have been a massage therapist since 2005. In my massage, I use a mixture of various modalities including Swedish, Myofascial Release, Lomi Lomi and Foot Reflexology. 

Massage is a wonderful way to balance out the stress in our lives, which allows our nervous system to relax, our minds to let go, and our bodies to settle into the breath. Each person’s body has the innate intelligence to heal itself. A massage is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

Amy Katz

Amy values listening to the wisdom of the body to return to a natural state of ease. She practices Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Biodynamic Craniosacral, and Barefoot Deep Tissue/Sports Massage. Amy received her training at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, in 2008. 

Annamaria Russo

Trained locally at Cypress Institute and at Esalen in Big Sur, I have been practicing massage since 2007. Specializing in Deep tissue, Swedish and Esalen style deep body work. It is my goal to create a safe space for relaxation, stress reduction, and healing on a deeper level.

Bri Weise

Bri was trained in Swedish, Polarity, Craniosacral, and Esalen Massage. 

Cecily Heath

To Cecily, massage is an artful expression that blends her passion for holistic living and her curiosity of the human body. She has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2010, after graduating from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Her love for massage developed much earlier, however. Growing up with massage professionals in her family, she understood the benefits of massage early on and was drawn to the profession. 

Cecily has over 1000 hours of training and still counting. She has been trained in Zen Shiatsu, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal, and Trigger Point Therapy. Cecily’s technique creatively blends these modalities into one fluid and effective treatment. With a focus on promoting anatomical balance and engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, to encourage a sense of wholeness and well-being in her clients. 

Cecily encourages open communication to ensure that her client’s expectations are met, and often exceeded. At your appointment you can expect her to see you as a unique individual and to personalize the session to meet your specific needs and preferences. You can also expect her to actively listen to your insights about your body. With each session, her intention is to bring awareness to tension patterns and stagnant areas so that change can occur. It is her firm belief that when we are aware of what is happening within our bodies, we bring a greater sense of awareness into the world around us. 

Cecily looks forward to working with you to create greater balance and well-being in your body and your life

Chris Hutcherson

Chris studied at Mueller College of Holistic Health in San Diego, where he focused on Shiatsu, Tuina and Chinese Meridian Theory.  He incorporates this into Myofascial, Deep Tissue and Sports massage, helping to facilitate muscle relaxation, stress relief and calming of the mind.  He is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy.  Chris has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2005.

Dan Gill

Dan was first drawn to becoming a bodyworker as a result of a Reiki session he received shortly after moving to the Bay Area in 2015. This session filled his entire being with an inner joy, and he immediately knew that he wanted to share this feeling with the people around him. He was inspired to know that he had found his true calling in life. 

Dan has over 1500 hours of massage and bodywork training from McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, California, and continuing education programs. While the focus of his training and his specialties are Tui Na, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Craniosacral Therapy, he has also studied Thai, Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Manual Lymphat Drainage, Deep Tissue and Swedish massage. He has a strong commitment to continuing education and believes that all bodywork study, inside and outside the primary modalities of his practice, add a depth and richness to his work.

Dom Romano

Dom is a graduate of Cypress Health Institute in Santa Cruz, where he trained extensively in a variety of modalities: primarily Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Polarity Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy. His unique style of bodywork combines these modalities to cultivate meaningful and reflective experiences for his clients. 

After witnessing the capacity of bodywork to manifest healing in his own life, Dom decided to follow his passion and pursue Massage Therapy as a career. He feels privileged to hold space for his clients and to be part of their respective healing journeys as well. 

 

Elissa Cardin

Elissa was inspired to become a massage therapist during the hospice period of her grandfathers passing. He was suffering from bone cancer and she would massage him to help relieve pain. She has been practicing now for 20 years. She graduated with 750 hours from Trinity Massage School in San Jose. She is deeply intuitive and will find the places needed of tissue work and energy movement. She specializes in Swedish, Pinpoint trigger therapy, Prenatal, Reiki, and Chakra balancing. She enjoys the peaceful autonomy that the Well Within provides and has never been happier to work here. She hopes to provide you with utmost care and therapeutic healing time.