Massage Therapists

Vela draws the highest level of professionalism and skill available to deliver therapeutic massage in a relaxing and peaceful environment. 

 

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MASSAGE THERAPISTS

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.

JEANNE RUSSELL

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Certified Massage Therapist since 2000, CAMTC #61208

Massage or related schools:
Maui School for Therapeutic Massage, Maui, Hawaii
Upledger Institute, Maui, Hawaii
Lifestyle Education Consultant, Kaui, Hawaii

Areas of study:
Lomi Lomi, NMT, CST, Myofasical Release, Swedish, Acupressure, Traeger, Syntropy, Pin and Release.

"I love specific injury work, using breath work and contract/relax techniques to bring people out of pain. I also love the healing benefits of deep relaxation. When a client arrives in pain and leaves pain-free; it is the most rewarding part of my job."

TODD THOMPSON

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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."

HAILY KEMP

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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! “

SIMONE COULARS

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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."

YOKO HASHIMOTO

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.”

 STEPHANIE IRIS 

Certified Massage Therapist since 2013, CAMTC  #47014

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

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 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 upon the client’s specific needs, add guided breath work, stretches, and use flowing massage strokes to encourage relaxation.

  SARAH PARTINGTON

Certified Massage Therapist since 2014, CAMTC  #61166

Massage or Related Schools:

Massage Therapy Institute, Davis CA

Areas of Study:

Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stone, and Prenatal

"Through multiple modalities, and intuitive touch I deliver effective bodywork that provides results. I know that no two people have the same issues, and I perform a custom massage based on the individual needs of each client.  We all deserve to live our lives with the greatest mobility, fullest range of motion, and least amount of pain possible."

CAMILE YAHRMARKT 

Certified Massage Therapist since 2014, CAMTC  #72509

Massage or Related Schools:

Cortiva Institute, Watertown, MA
Villari’s Martial Arts, Natick, MA
Fair Oaks Massage Institute, Fair Oaks, CA

Areas of Study:

Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Basic Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Special Populations, Postural Assessment, Reiki Master

“Your unique session is custom tailored to meet your individual needs. My massage incorporates a balance between relaxation techniques and result driven work. I distinctly value the opportunity to work with special populations, elderly, and people with specific injuries, but above all, I aim to always provide compassion and hold space for healing.”

 MEEGAN FORCHETTE-SHEPPARD

Certified Massage Therapist since 2012, CAMTC  #33588

Massage or Related Schools:

Bryan College, Gold River, CA

Areas of Study:

AA in Advanced Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-- Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Body Scrubs, Trigger Point Therapy

"My massage style is led by intuition, blended with a Swedish flow and interwoven with Deep Tissue detail and focus. My approach to the body does not work against it but rather with it. This allows me to alleviate pain and tension, all the while, bringing relief and relaxation. My intention is to assist your body to ignite it's own ability to heal, a well as, reconnecting your awareness to your body. I absolutely love what I do and that love is an integral part of every session I am a part of."