Practitioner Bios

Barbara Roettger

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. 
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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.

Felicity McKnight

Felicity tailors each session to specifically meet your needs. Practicing for over 25 years and teaching for nearly half that time, Felicity brings warmth and care to each session. Modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, NMT, Shiatsu, Reiki/Energy work, Kripalu bodywork, Pre & Post Natal, Lymphatic drainage and specializing in chronic pain relief.

Gianluca Ciulla

Gianluca has been doing massage and bodywork on and off since he graduated in 2006 from the Arcata School of Massage in northern California. At ASM, he learned many different bodywork modalities including Deep tissue, Swedish, Trigger point, Myofacial, Shiatsu, and Cranial sacral as well as Somatics and Trauma work. Aside from working on bodies, he also likes to fix and build things. The fascination of how things work, and problem solving how to fix them when they stop working, carries over into how he sees the movement and function of the human body. 

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.

Jason Mandell

Jason Mandell has been offering massage to the world since 1995.  Initially trained in Swedish and Polarity, Jason has gone on to study and incorporate into his own unique style other various modalities including Shiatsu, Thai massage and Phenomenal Touch. He views his mission in massage as a way to locate holding patterns held in the nexus of the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual body. Once found, an invitation is given to redirect the energy of these holding patterns, offering a release of tension and an opportunity to find more groundation in one’s body and one’s sense of self. All is connected. The less tension in the body, the less tension in the world.  The less tension in the world, the less tension in the body.

Jeanne Thompson

My massage interest and studies began early in the 1980s, when I was a founding member of Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz. As a Certified Massage Therapist, my bodywork experience over the past 40 years has included Swedish Massage, Polarity Therapy, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Shiatsu, Lohan, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki Energy Healing, and Reflexology, as well as studies in aromatherapy, nutrition, herbs and natural health care. [Read more…]