Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.

These Practitioners can offer Sports Massage in their Sessions:

Adrian Kyle

A good massage will activate a deep state of relaxation and well being throughout the whole body. It is my hope to facilitate a pain-free, balanced state of being for each client. I use an integrated and compassionate approach that combines over eighteen years of professional experience. [Read more...]

Amy Katz

Amy values listening to the wisdom of the body to return to a natural state of ease. She practices Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Biodynamic Craniosacral, and Barefoot Deep Tissue/Sports Massage. Amy received her training at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute, in 2008. 

Cecily Heath

I truly believe in the work that I do and I put my heart and soul into every massage. My passion comes through in my touch. I have a very compassionate and intuitive touch that allows me to feel patterns of tension in the body, often finding tight spots my clients didn’t realize were there. I use intuition, breathwork and mindfulness techniques, to increase my clients’ awareness and assist the body in its natural ability to heal and relax. The work I do is rooted in my belief that the body already knows how to heal itself, all I do is facilitate that process.

My love for massage began very early in life. I come from a family of massage therapists and grew up giving and receiving massage and understanding its therapeutic benefits. I decided to turn my interest in massage into a career. I graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Colorado, in 2010 and have been loving my career ever since.

I lived on the front range of Colorado for four years while attending massage school and college, but I couldn’t stay away from my home state for long. In 2012 I decided to move back to California and surround myself by the beauty of Santa Cruz. Since moving here, I’ve worked in several high-end spas, including The Ritz Carlton, but none have ever been as nice and as welcoming as the Well Within. I love looking out onto our tranquil Zen garden and hearing the trickling of water while I work. I have built a community of clients, colleagues, and friends at Well Within that I hope to nourish for years to come.

When I am not at work I likely have my nose in a textbook or my feet in the sand. I am currently studying Nutritional Science at San Jose State and will be a registered dietitian by 2020. The relationship between food and health is fascinating to me. My education allows me to have a more holistic perspective on the body and informs my approach to massage. I also enjoy walks on the beach, meditation, running on West Cliff drive, hiking in the redwoods, and cooking for family and friends.

I am so delighted to be a part of the Well Within family and to be contributing to this beautiful sanctuary for our community.

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.

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…]

Laury McInerney

Laury is a Santa Cruz local and has been in the health and wellness business for almost 30 years.  She began her studies at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in 1988 and became certified in Swedish, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Acupressure, and Polarity.  She has also worked with several chiropractors from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz and has a Chiropractic  Assistant certification as well.

Currently she is employed part time as a personal fitness trainer at Bodyworks private gym on Seabright Avenue  and has been there since 1997.  She became certified to teach Yin Yoga in 2014 and is now taking the Yoga Teacher Training program at Pleasure Point Yoga to teach Vinyasa flow.

Laury’s favorite activities while she’s not providing massage are, attending jazz concerts at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, performing locally with her band, swing dancing, being in nature, running and swimming.  She is  to be a part of the Well Within team!

Lotus Salvatore

Lotus was born in Mountain View, California, is a Bay Area native and always enjoyed giving massages growing up. After getting her BA in Psychology from Humboldt State, she traveled to Asia and studied massage styles such as Shiatsu, Thai and Indian styles. She went on to Bali and studied Balinese massage and Indian scalp massage as well.  She decided to get her full training in a massage school and got certified at the De Anza massage program for two years, covering Myofascial Release, Sports, Swedish, Craniosacral, Acupressure, Reflexology, Tapotement and more.  She is also Yoga Certified with Yoga Alliance and knows the body well, as she is also an active fire dancer and believes massage therapy is great for healing the body, circulation and good health.  Other useful healing tools she has acquired are aromatherapy, Reiki and bamboo massage.  She uses all her knowledge and intuition to give the best quality massage for each individual she can offer.