Gretchen Retka

Gretchen Retka is a Cypress Health Institute Certified CAMTC massage graduate and University of MN Music/Theatre graduate with a passion for healing and performing arts. Gretchen finds joy in the articulation and cultivation of refining the body as a tool to simultaneously evolve the mind, emotions and spirit for healing or personal expression! Massage techniques include Swedish, Thai, Myofascial, Prenatal, Postnatal, Abdominal massage and energy work in Reiki and Cranial sacral. 

With 13 years of yoga practice and teaching since 2008, Gretchen’s training (350 hours CYT) includes Living Yoga Program with an emphasis in yoga combining ideokinesis, Prenatal Yoga with Hannah Muse at the Mount Madonna Center, Baptiste Power Yoga, and Yoga Behind Bars. Gretchen has dived deeply into Iyengar, Kundalini, Ashtanga, and Tao Yoga, while traveling to India and Thailand for Thai Yoga Massage training and Eastern Secrets of Love (Tao & Tantra)

Prior to moving to Santa Cruz, with a love for travel, Gretchen has attended births in a variety of settings ,including home births with traditional midwives, hospitals alongside nursing staff, and birth centers internationally. Passionate to provide care which empowers each and every family leading to healthy birth outcomes, Gretchen is very grateful to be a part of the diverse Santa Cruz community, as a prenatal yoga teacher, massage therapist and doula. When she is not helping families through this life changing transition, she loves to play music, read, dance salsa, be in the ocean, hike, be with family, and travel.