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Hand Massage


Vela draws the highest level of professionalism and skill available to deliver therapeutic massage in a relaxing and peaceful environment. We hope that your experience at Vela Massage Retreat is exceptional. Please keep in mind that massage is a very personal experience and it may be necessary to try several massage therapists before you find your match. Feel free to express what you are looking for in your massage so we can better match you with one of our excellent massage therapists.



Certified Massage Therapist since 2006, CAMTC #1406

Massage or Related Schools:

National Holistic Institute, Petaluma, CA

Western Institute of Science and Health, Rohnert Park, CA


Areas of Study:

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre Natal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Myofascial Therapies, Sports Massage, Shiatsu Massage, Aromatherapy, Body Scrubs, Rehabilitative Techniques, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Passive Stretching, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology


"My goal is to help improve the quality of life for all who cross my massage table. I believe it takes teamwork: with conscious effort in the client's daily life, and my intuitive and firm, yet gentle, healing massage, a life of less pain and decreased stress can be accomplished."


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Certified Massage Therapist since 2019, CAMTC #81696

Massage or Related Schools:

National Holistic Institute, Sacramento, CA


Areas of Study: 

Swedish, Shitasu, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release 


“It’s my job to create a space where the facilitation of healing can happen. I believe with knowledge, intention, listening ears, intuition, and an open mind, anything can happen. My work is based on what you need during your session. It’s my goal to help you feel like the best version of yourself you can possibly be! “


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Certified Massage Therapist since 2014, CAMTC #61932

Massage or Related Schools:

McKinnon Body Therapy Center, Oakland, CA

Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA

Reiki training with Anna Dorian, SF, CA 

Ayurvedic training at Hale Pule, NZ

Yoga teacher training in NYC & India 


Areas of Study:

Swedish, Prenatal, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Hot stones, Lomi Lomi, Reiki, Craniosacral, Deep Tissue, Yoga, Ayurveda 


“I love offering sessions that combine sensitivity and strength to support deep relaxation of the nervous system and allow for deeply held tensions in ones body and mind to release. The sessions i offer are often a blend of flowing massage to support relaxation, combined with deep tissue to ease restrictions. I also incorporate the occasional Thai massage stretch to help open up the joints & promote more energy flow throughout the body. On occasion I also bring in the subtle art of acupressure for emotional balancing if this is wished for."


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Certified Massage Therapist since 2021, CAMTC # 85852

Massage or Related Schools:

Halau Uhane Lomi Lomi Lapa’au, Big Island, HI

Kalani Massage School, Big Island, HI 

Tara Process, Chakra Healing with Dr.Beatrix Pfeiderer, Big Island, HI

Universal Therapy, Osaka, Japan 

Sunshine Massage School, Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Reiki training with Renee Adolphe, Bahia, Brazil 

Yoga teacher training 200YTT, Rishikesh, India

Fair Oaks Massage Institute, Fair Oaks, CA


Areas of Study: 

Lomi Lomi, Japanese Moxibustion, Swedish, Craniosacral, Reflexology, Deep tissue, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Thai, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki, Chakra healing, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology



“My foundation in the healing arts started as a child with my mother, a Japanese moxibustion massage practitioner. I saw so many miracles of healing during her sessions. I lived in Hawaii for 16 years studying Hawaiian healing, including Lomi Lomi, dance and chanting with various Kumus (teachers). I bring this body and energy knowledge to the massage table.”

Shanna Johnson

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Certified Massage Therapist since 2022, CAMTC #92451 

Massage or Related schools:

National Holistic Institute -Sacramento, CA

Advanced Muscular Therapy- NHI-Sacramento, CA


Areas of Study:

Swedish, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, trigger point release, assessment skills, R.O.M tests, aromatherapy,

Thai Massage, hot stone, sports, prenatal, lymphatic, anatomy, pathology, and kinesiology


I love helping people be able to feel and move better! I often tell my clients I know how to speak “musclese”.

I’m also good at smoothing and calming the tension between you and your body, including knowing how to put knotty muscles back in their place. Helping people gain mobility and feel more in tune and at peace with their bodies is always my goal!

Angel (Sarah) Jacobs

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Certified Massage Therapist since 2005, CAMTC #63996 

Massage or Related Schools
Myotherapy College of Utah SLC, UT
Reiki Masters Program SLC, UT
Neuromuscular Facilitation Program Kauai,HI
Maori Healing Retreat Nevada City, CA
Isha Institute of Inner Sciences McMinnville,TN
Isha Yoga Center  Coimbatore, India

Areas of Study
Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Facilitation, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Reiki.

Stephanie Neely

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Certified Massage Therapist since 2013, CAMTC #47014

Areas of study:

Relaxation/Swedish, Hot Stone Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Post Isometric Relaxation Stretching, Marma Therapy/Reiki, Aromatherapy, Guided Meditation, Lymphatic Massage, and Prenatal.


Massage or related schools:

Skyline College Massage Therapy Program, San Francisco, CA

La Stone Therapy, Oakland, CA

California College of Ayurveda, Nevada City, CA

Dhyana Center, Sebastopol, CA


Massage has been part of my life since I was a young child. I have a deep connection with my hands and allow my hands to guide me to the muscles that need relief. My intention is to offer a safe space where one can deeply relax and drop into the body. I individualize each session based on the client’s specific needs, add guided breath work, stretches, and use flowing massage strokes to encourage relaxation.

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