Swedish Massage

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

These Practitioners can offer Swedish Massage in their Sessions:

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!

Lisa DiBello

Lisa has been in private practice and employed at note-worthy spa and healing facilities continuously for 17 years since her graduation from the Swedish Institute in NYC. Though originally from NY, she has lived, trained and traveled in Asia, and has resided in six US States on the East and West Coasts, the Southwest and Colorado.

She has studied Traditional Thai Massage extensively in the US and in Thailand as well as one year of formal TCM study at Beijing University for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her work aims at resolving both short and long-term soft-tissue imbalance and her style is defined by quiet, deep relaxation – utilizing Swedish, Thai and Japanese Shiatsu massage techniques. It will include the subtle use of specific points along the energy meridians as well as suggestions for take-home physical/postural behavior modifications. Expect to walk away from the table with your nervous system noticeably calmed and your senses reinvigorated.

Lisa Woffington

Lisa Woffington has been practicing massage therapy in Santa Cruz since 2002.  Lisa intuitively focuses on trouble areas and is strong and nurturing in her technique to create a deep and therapeutic session.   Her intention is to create supreme relaxation and relief from tired, sore and injured muscles, joints and body. 

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Michael Hulse

Michael has been practicing massage since 2015 after graduating from the Myotherapy College of Utah. He is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Segmental Massage, Thai Massage and is certified in Sports Massage. His goal is to facilitate healing of the body through genuine touch.

Nicholette Keel

Nicholette Keel graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She incorporates modalities of Swedish, Shiatsu, specialty Pre-Natal, stretching, acupressure, and Polarity Therapy with her fifteen years of industry experience. Her intuitive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection serves to assist clients in releasing chronic tension and imbalances. Her goal to her clients is for general well-being and optimal health. Her style is best described as slow, firm, relaxing, and nurturing. She accomplishes this by using a combination of long flowing sweeping strokes with specific pressure points that target key areas of stress. Her unique sensitivity enables her to fine tune and craft the massage session around each client’s individual needs. As an active athlete and body-worker, she understands the importance of flexibility and range of motion that massage therapy serves to address repetitive stress injury, fatigue, and tight muscles. She is skilled in using pressure from light to firm with a diverse range of modalities to help clients achieve deep relaxation and recovery.

Rose McPherren

Rose has been passionate about the “Healing Arts,” for the past 12 yrs. She is trained in many different healing modalities: Structual Integration, Sports massage, Swedish, Pre-natal, Lomi~Lomi, Craniosacral and Body Psychology. She takes an innovative approach to her body work by assessing the muscle system on a deeper level, that ultimately addresses “structural” issues that may cause additional restriction throughout the entire body. Her focus is on areas that are injury specific or “trouble areas” in the body that may normally get over looked in a traditional massage session. Rose gives strong attention to detail and has deep listening skills in the subtle energy body, which can invite a strong sense of safety and provides an overall ease for deeper healing. Rose addresses the body with a beautiful holistic approach through seeing it as a whole and complete system.

Sandrah Overton

Certified in 1990, Sandra’s training includes Deep Tissue, Sports massage, Swedish massage, and Ayurvedic massage. She has used massage to help herself rehabilitate from three knee surgeries and other sports related injuries. She works from personal experience to provide her clients with a transformative and healing massage.