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Meet Our Practitioners

Christopher Nathan

Our new entry-level Professional's specialty is Deep tissue with Swedish-style included.

Where did you study massage?  I completed 500 hour program at Diamond Light in San Anselmo. 

What is your specialty or most requested style? My specialty is a relaxing Swedish style massage, with deep tissue modalities included when needed or preferred. 

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? I offer Deep Tissue combined with Swedish, and I incorporate the wisdom  from the acupressure/pressure points technique.  I also rely on knowledge from Western Medical Anatomy in my massage approach.

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less? I incorporate the law of Karma. When I help others  relax or help them with pain, the universe in turn helps me with my own relaxation and pain management.  Also, I incorporate the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Sometimes, when giving a massage, I imagine I am the one on the table and ask myself how would I like to be massaged.

What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker?   Being a bodyworker gives me the opportunity to help others through life's trials and tribulations in a very peaceful way . 


                                                                                     Alexandra Oviatt

Alexandra is also our newest entry-level Professional who will be offering a combination massage  incorporating both Swedish and Cranial Sacral modalities.

 

Where did you study massage?  I began studying Cranial Sacral Therapy in 2012 through the International Upledger Institute.  I studied massage in 2014 at San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork and received my practitioner’s license in 2015. I also studied Reiki at Vibrant Reiki in San Francisco. 


What is your specialty or most requested style?  Cranial Sacral Therapy and  Therapeutic Swedish Massage
 

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? I incorporate Swedish Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and energy work into my sessions depending on the client’s needs.


What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less? The body is giving us a lot of information all the time. The more we can listen and understand these messages, the more fully we can be our true and authentic selves. Touch is not incorporated enough in our society, and it is an important human need. My goal is to provide a safe and compassionate presence and touch for my clients and to assist them in becoming more aware of their bodies and themselves.


 What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker? I feel passionately about the benefits of bodywork, especially deep, gentle practices such as Cranial Sacral therapy as these have helped me greatly in some of the hardest times of my life. It brings me satisfaction and is a true honor to assist someone on their healing journey in whatever way I can. 


 

                                          Hilary Riddle                                      

Where did you study massage?   I studied basic massage at Mount Madonna Institute in Watsonville, CA, which is known for its Yoga and Ayurvedic training. I studied Tai Massage at the National Healing Institute in San Diego, and I studied Deep Tissue massage in Marin at Alive and Well.  Recently, I completed a Masters in Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

What is your specialty or most requested style? I like working deeply, incorporating deep tissue techniques, but I also enjoy giving a relaxing, healing massage.  Ideally, I like to incorporate both into my sessions.

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? I incorporate deep tissue, trigger point and cranial sacral modalities into my sessions.  I especially love releasing tension held in the neck, upper back, and shoulder muscles.

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less?  I believe when we take the time to care for ourselves, we are much better able to care for the people around us.  When we are not taking care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally and physically, our bodies often tell us so through pain and injury.  Receiving regular bodywork is an excellent way to prevent injury and maintain optimal health physically and emotionally.

 What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker? For me, there are many benefits to working as a Massage Practitioner.  It gives me a unique way of connecting with people and a sense of satisfaction knowing that I’ve made a positive difference in the quality of my clients' lives.

 


 

                                                                       

                                                                                      Nathan Gist

Where did you study massage?  I studied bodywork while living in a martial arts school owned by Grandmaster Quoc Dung.  We studied 16 martial arts, and he showed us how to work on injuries.

I studied bodywork at the McKinnon Institute, The Academy of Chinese Medicine and Health Sciences, The World School of Massage, and I did my internship for 1 year in the  Wei Style  of Chinese Traumatology with  Professor Greg Zhang

What is your specialty or most requested style?  I get called for deep focused work on acute and old aches and pains.

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions?I use a combination of Swedish Deep Tissue, Sports, Tui Na/Accupressure and Reflexology, and several other techniques, if they’ll help my client feel better.

What’s your bodywork philosophy?  To help people be more comfortable in their bodies.

What you feel you can offer to a client?  I can draw from decades of experience to meet their personal massage needs.

Why do you enjoy performing massage?  It just comes naturally to me, like a calling.

 


 

                                                                                          Kam Leitner

Where did you study massage?  I studied massage principally at NHI Petaluma and NHI Emeryville. I have also taken workshops elsewhere, such as Mount Madonna Center in Watsonville.

What is your specialty or most requested style?   At my last job I did a lot of Trigger Point massage (with creams and oils), and most of my volunteer work has been athletic massage and MFT (non-lubricated massage), but I am also reasonably fluent in Swedish and various  deep tissue techniques. The main request I have from clients is for deep work that causes tight muscles to release tension.

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions?  I currently incorporate Trigger point work, Swedish & Deep Tissue massage, Zen Shiatsu & Thai, Myofacial techniques, Abhyanga Ayurvedic work and various athletic massage techniques.

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less?  My goal is to make each client delighted with my work on their body. I always listen to the client, trying to give them exactly what they want, but I will also talk to them when I find something that they haven't mentioned, but which feels like it needs work. They are often happy with my massage suggestions, which I will implement if they wish.

What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker?  After a day of massaging clients, I am typically relaxed and content.  I really love making my clients feel better.

 


 

Catherine Stratton

Where did you study massage?  Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts

What is your specialty or most requested style? Swedish or relaxation massage

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions?  Swedish, deep tissue, energy work

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less? As a body worker my intention is to help clients experience comfort and flow within their bodies and to build somatic awareness so that they feel more connected to themselves in a busy world. I strive to be present and attend to each client individually.

What do you receive from your work as a body worker?  I feel satisfied when my clients experience an improved sense of wellbeing. The body is endlessly fascinating, and I love working at the intersection of technical anatomy and the healing arts.

 


                                                                                                                                             

                                                                   

                                                                                            Jake Musser                                                                                       
Where did you study massage?

Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts Ho’omana Spa, Maui

What is your specialty or most requested style?
Deep Tissue, Relaxation Massage

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? Deep Tissue fused with Joint Mobilization, Thai, Shiatsu, Lomi, Myofascial and Energetic healing.

What's your bodywork philosophy? To create space and balance, providing the physical and mental body freedom from tension, blockage, and build-up.

What do you receive from your work as a bodywork? Practicing bodywork allows me to be a more connected, grounded, present and balanced person.

 




                                                                  

Bee Jones

Where did you study massage? Wat Po Thai Traditional Massage School and Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts

What is your specialty or most requested style? Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? Thai, Reflexology, Shiatsu

What's your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less? My work is aimed at decreasing chronic physical pain, improving flexibility and developing personal relationships with my clients.

What do you receive from your work as a body worker? I never stop learning. Each client's body gives me more knowledge about bodywork. 

 


 

 

                                                                                              Tobi Lessem

Where did you study massage?
The National Holistic Institute 

What is your specialty or most requested style?
Swedish, Deep Tissue

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions?
Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapies 


What's your bodywork philosophy?
Pay close attention to the breath of the individual and the fibers of the muscles and the body will respond in a positive way. Addressing postural issues, emotional guarding, and points of referral pain, a more comprehensive healing can take place. 
 

What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker?
I have become a more balanced, accepting, and grateful person since I have become a bodyworker. The body work I practice is a form of meditation for me and seems to have a very fluid, positive energy transfer. Healing and transformation come in many forms and bodywork is a great canvas for that to take place.

 


                                                                 

                                                                 

                                                                                 Lowell Noble

Where did you study massage?  Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing 2005

What is your specialty or most requested style?  My main techniques are Swedish\Esalen and Deep Tissue massage.

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? I often start with a few minutes of Shiatsu and Myofascial Release in problematic areas.  I integrate a Lomi Lomi rhythm and try to include a few minutes of reflexology.

What’s your bodywork philosophy? I learned from masters, and I try to perfect what I was taught, to develop the right intention, to recognize the body's energy, to learn to be present in the moment, and to develop my knowledge of the structure of the body, which allows me to choose the best techniques based on the person with whom I am working. 
 
What you feel you can offer to a client ?
I'm strong and can reach down deeply into the body, if that is needed.  I am emotionally present and open to an emotional release; massage can bring out emotions, which I believe are best felt and released in the moment, not repressed. My ideal client is someone who wants to relax and get a problematic area worked on to see if massage will help.

Why do you enjoy performing massage? Performing massage is very relaxing.  I need to be present in order to pay attention to what the person’s body is telling me through touch. Massage is also an energetic and karmic balance to my martial arts practice.

 
               

                                                                                                                

                                                                            Jesse Spencer                                                      

Where did you study massage?   The Body Electric School of Massage in Oakland in
2001, National Holistic Institute in Petaluma 2016

What is your specialty or most requested style? Medium Deep Pressure Deep
Tissue, Trigger Point Work, Joint Mobility, Swedish

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions? Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point, Reiki, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentences or less?  Touch is a deeply important aspect of health and well being. Our bodies store information from trauma, repetition, elation and most other experiences.
Embodied and knowledgeable touch helps break unhealthy patterns, retrains the body back to a natural, graceful way of movement and assists us in living a more pleasurable, peaceful and full lifestyle.

What do you receive from your work as a bodyworker? I feel grateful and excited
knowing that I can assist others in becoming more empowered and embodied in their
lives.

 


                                                                

                                                                 

                                                                                    Binh An

Where did you study massage?

Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Art, Wat Po Thai Traditional School

What is your specialty or requested style?

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports therapy

What massage modalities do you incorporate into your sessions?

Certified Professional Bodywork in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Myofacial, Neuromuscular Reprogramming, Structural Integration, Sports Therapy, Acupressure, and Tuina.

What’s your bodywork philosophy in three sentence or less?

The philosophy of my work is to enlighten the mind,  strengthen the body,  expand the spirit, and soften the soul.   Most of all, I want to help you minimize pain so that you are able to enter another chapter of your life.  Also, I like to share my knowledge with you so that you can practice on yourself in order for you to  keep yourselves energetic and centered so that you are able to give back to others around you. With this, we can have a peaceful and loving universe.

What do you receive from your work as a body worker?

I feel joy when I see my clients smile and experience pain less. I also sense a reward when you recognize the benefits of my work. More importantly, when you notice improvements in your energy and progress within your being,  I feel fulfilled because I am contributing to the world to create a better place to live.

 


 

 

                                                                       

 

 

 

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