Practitioner Bios

Lisa DiBello

Lisa has been in private practice and employed at note-worthy spa and healing facilities continuously for 17 years since her graduation from the Swedish Institute in NYC. Though originally from NY, she has lived, trained and traveled in Asia, and has resided in six US States on the East and West Coasts, the Southwest and Colorado.

She has studied Traditional Thai Massage extensively in the US and in Thailand as well as one year of formal TCM study at Beijing University for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work aims at resolving both short and long-term soft-tissue imbalance and her style is defined by quiet, deep relaxation – utilizing Swedish, Thai and Japanese Shiatsu massage techniques. It will include the subtle use of specific points along the energy meridians as well as suggestions for take-home physical/postural behavior modifications. Expect to walk away from the table with your nervous system noticeably calmed and your senses reinvigorated.

Mike Artesona

Mike is graduate of the National Holistic Institute. He has completed over 1350 hours of training and is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist. He is trained in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Therapies, and brings in aspects of acupressure and reflexology. 

Nicholette Keel

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.

Pearl Jones

Pearl is native to Santa Cruz, and second generation massage therapist. Graduated locally from Cypress Health Institute in 2011. She has spent the last 8 years practicing massage and becoming the intuitive healer she is today. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Hot-Stone, Chakra- clearing, and Polarity energy work. On her time, off she enjoys adventuring about our beautiful community with her husband and 3 sons. After all of her years in Santa Cruz, she still finds new treasures to be experienced. Change and newness are joys in life.

Sofia K

Sofia has been practicing massage therapy since 1992 and studied Swedish, Deep Tissue, Integration, Polarity, Acupressure and Sports techniques. Her transformational massage reduces depression, anxiety, insomnia and painful injuries, creating a mind, body and spirit alignment.

Stacy Day

Stacy works with Esalen & Swedish Massage and adds stretching and energy work when requested. Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1994, Master’s in Holistic Health and Philosophy.  Graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, certificates for acupressure from Thailand, and Jin Shin Do. Certificates from Esalen Institute for Deep Massage and Pelvic Core. Stacy is also available for Body Care Treatments, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal Massage.

Steven Kananen

Steven practices a slow, thoughtful, and client-centered approach to bodywork. From light pressure to deep, from energetic to orthopedic, Steven tailors each massage to the wants and needs of each individual client. He has studied locally at both Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and Cypress Health Institute, in addition to a private mentorship in Structural Integration. His modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Craniosacral, and Structural Integration.