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 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…]

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.

Julian Campbell

In 2014 Julian began his work as a massage therapist. He graduated from National Holistic Institute in San Jose and is a Bay Area native. When he’s not practicing he enjoys trail running and spending time at the beach. His technique is centered around balance; not too firm or too soft, too fast or slow. His favorite modality to practice is Deep Tissue but he also specializes in Swedish and Prenatal Massage. He’s passionate about wellness and strives to give the best massage each and every time. A massage with him will leave you feeling loose, relaxed and ready for more.

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…]

Katy Edwards

Katy can barely remember a time in her life where massage wasn’t a part of it; she just took to it at a young age — walking up and down her mother’s back and even giving chair massages to her fellow students throughout grade school. 

Shortly after graduating high-school, Katy realized she could make a living doing what she loved, so she got certified in 2002. She started her career in the spa environment, and has since worked with chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors and has even taught massage herself at the National Holistic Institute.

Over the years, Katy has developed a relaxing, yet productive, massage style by combining a unique blend of Western and Eastern techniques — Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and Acupressure to give her clients a custom-blended massage that fits their needs. She looks forward to working with you!