Practitioner Bios

Jennifer Heminger

With over 500 hours of training in Massage Therapy, Jennifer’s style vacillates between the subtlety of acupressure to the intensity of deep tissue. Her massage education is rooted in Asian systems, where she began her studies of hands-on-therapy in Shiatsu in 2005 with Gary Ruiz, in Sonoma. She continued her education at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, where she obtained a 200-hour program with a focus in Stress Management. Other certifications Jennifer has obtained include: Swedish Massage, Prenatal and Infant Massage both from McKinnon Institute, And The Art of Touch and The Deep Work with Ellen Watson, and Perry and Johanna Holloman, of Esalen. 

Jennifer feels her work is to hold space and be a conduit for the bodywork to flow. Attuned to listen to the subtle cues of the body, Jennifer is known for her intuitive and unique approach. With 13 years of experience, Jennifer appreciates slower-paced and breath-focused sessions that allow clients the space to unwind, and ultimately arrive home to themselves in each session. 

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.

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).

Laura Johnston

Laura has been practicing massage therapy since 2001 when she graduated from The Nevada School of Massage Therapy. She has advanced training in Deep Tissue, Sports, Trigger Point, and Swedish massage. Laura believes in tailoring her sessions to fit each individual client’s needs. Her calming presence and relaxing touch will add an overall peacefulness to the massage. Laura is continuing her education by pursuing a degree towards Physical Therapy Assistant. Her love for massage is based in helping people live healthier active lives with less pain.

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…]