Practitioner Bios

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 30 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…]

Jeremy Kotenburg

Trained in Swedish, Thai, Reiki, Acupressure, Chakra balancing and deep tissue massage techniques.

Jessa Steinman

Jessa studied massage at Cypress Health Institute and the Monterey Institute of Touch. She specializes in deep tissue and myofascial release and draws upon the foundations of cranial sacral to calm the nervous system and invite the client into deep relaxation. Her study and practice of Yoga & Ayurveda initially inspired her to become a massage therapist — as a path to continue learning about the human body and expanding within the field of Healing Arts. Jessa enjoys integrating her education in movement therapy with massage in order to guide clients in caring for their own bodies.

Julie Lefmann

A triple Pisces, Julie is very much a water-baby, and this has informed her bodywork since she began doing massage in 2001. Her fluid-like movement is a combination of Hawai’ian Lomilomi (patterned after the ocean) and Deep Tissue, though she also specializes in the highest quality Prenatal and Postnatal Massage, and more.

Julie studied extensively at Harbin Hot Springs, among other massage schools. She is deeply attuned to energy and breath, and has a sensitive, nurturing presence. Besides offering traditional massage, Julie is also a Certified Watsu Practitioner (warm-water meditation/massage) and a Reiki Practitioner (energy healing). She is a highly skilled therapist both on land and in the water. Julie has happily lived in Santa Cruz since 2002, and looks forward to working with you.

Karuna Gutowski

Karuna offers client-based bodywork that facilitates deep relaxation, stress reduction and relief of chronic pain through an integration of Swedish and deep tissue massage combined with Trigger Point release, and subtle Reiki energywork. [Read more…]

Kyoko Kawashima

Practices Swedish, Polarity, Deep tissue, Shiatsu, Reiki, Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage).

Laurel Wanner

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…]