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

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."

Vive Curran

Certified Massage Therapist since 2002, CAMTC #62827

Massage or Related schools:

Santa Barbara Body Therapies Institute, Santa Barbara, CA.

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.

Diamond Light, San Anselmo, CA.

Massage Therapy Institute, Davis, CA.

Ho'omana Spa, Maui, HI.

Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage, Nevada City, CA


Areas of study:

Esalen, Traditional Thai, Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Hot Stones, Deep Tissue


"My flowing massage style incorporates deeper work in specific areas, while balancing energetic pathways. With the spirit of loving kindness, my intention is to create a nurturing, sacred space for my clients to deeply relax and connect with healing energy."

Todd Thompson

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."

Sarah Griscom

Certified Massage Therapist since 2001
Massage or related schools:
Phillips School of Massage, Nevada City
Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center, Mysore, Karnataka, India
The Folkloom School, Nevada City

Areas of study:
Swedish, Deep tissue, Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), Somatic bodywork, Doula.

"I have been practicing massage since 2001. During that time, I have developed an intuitive touch that is both strong and nurturing. Taking time to truly inhabit our bodies is something I highly value. Massage is such an enjoyable way to do that. I bring my compassion, grounded-ness and gentle nature into sessions with my clients helping them to feel safe and cared for."

Kevin Ruszel

Certified Massage Therapist since 2017, CAMTC #74082

Massage or Related schools:

Massage Therapy Institute, Davis, CA.


Areas of study:

Swedish, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, Thai, Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Acupressure

"My path to massage therapy unfolded slowly. In my teens and 20's, something was constantly urging and coaxing me to not settle into the groove I had been excavating for myself. Wild swings through interests that resided solidly in the material realm had me rapt on the good days and searching for meaning on the bad. Over much time I noticed that my desire to help other people was strong enough to help me finally start to help myself. This was the first of many gates. Bicycling and running allowed me to see around my depression enough to eventually land me in yoga classes, casting more light into ebbing darkness. Only after I started to actually breathe in life did this perpetual succession of breadcrumbs lead me here, free enough to allow compassion to materialize as work in the world. I'm here, on my path, to aid you on yours." 

Sarah Partington

Certified Massage Therapist since 2014

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 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."

Zonia Lucero

Certified Massage Therapist since 2006, CAMTC #30145

Massage or Related Schools:

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

Yoga Dance Teacher Training, Sedona, AZ

Tantra Hatha Teacher Training, Co-founder, Curiculum Developer, Live True Yoga, Worldwide


Areas of Study:

Esalen Long Stroke, Swedish, Deep Bodywork, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofacial Release, Brazilian Lightbody Infusion, Reiki, Mayan Abdominal, Visceral, Reflexology, Passive Movement, Trauma Release, Craniosacral, Prenatal. Influenced by Lomi Lomi, Shiatsu, Matrix Energetics, Zero Balancing, and Feldenkrais Method.


"I believe in the interconnection of all things and each session is a journey of connecting with yourself, and whatever is needed for your well being.  Each session combines knowledge and intuition, utilizing various modalities, in order to lead each person towards a whole body experience of health and relaxation."

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, as 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." 

Kelly Mayer

Certified Massage Therapist since 2017, CAMTC #76068

Massage or related schools:
Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork, Kauai, Hawaii
Upledger Institute, Big Sur, California

Areas of study:
Lomilomi, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue Therapy, Structural Integration, Hot Stones, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal, CranioSacral


“My passion for bodywork stems from my own healing and transformation through receiving deep bodywork. I hold a safe and loving presence for relaxation and unwinding through touch, breath and movement. I want to help you feel more calm, comfortable, and capable in your body so you can fully express yourself with no limitations.”

Angel Jacobs

Certified Massage Therapist since: 2009 CAMTC #8153

Massage or Related Schools:

San Francisco School of Massage, San Francisco, CA

Upledger Institute, Esalen- Big Sur, CA


Areas of Study:

Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Somatic Emotional Release, Myofascial Release, Prenatal Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Chakra Balancing, Aromatherapy


“I like to describe the foundation of my massage as “Dwedish”, using slow deep strokes to clear muscle fibers of both constricted tissue and energy blocks. I use my training in Cranio Sacral Therapy to tune into the subtleties of the client’s body and feel that while my massage is quite deep and physically therapeutic, the energy body needs acknowledgment as well. Each massage I give deserves presence and focus and it is my passion to listen to the body while artfully applying healing touch to what the needs are of each individual. My work is deep, focused and detailed.”

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