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Eve

Eve has developed a custom blend of Thai, Swedish and Deep Tissue through her studies over the last ten years. Being a long time patient of acupuncture, she resonates strongly with the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has recently incorporated Acupressure into her sessions. With the intention of broadening her education she obtained a B.A. in Anthropology at SFSU in fall of 2011. Her passions outside of the healing arts are dance, culture and travel. She has brought her knowledge of movement (especially belly dancing!) and energy work to Spa Vitale as a special service for couples that incorporates yoga/dance movement with energy work to creating a unique bonding experience that generates good vibes and good fun. Eve's openness to the variety of ways in which healing and wellness can be performed makes for a creative and inspiring experience for her guests at Spa Vitale.

Josiah

Josiah graduated from the Hawaiian Island School of Massage, which focused on integrated medical massage. He specialized in modalities such as, Swedish, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Pregnancy and Infant massage, with an emphasis on therapeutic bodywork and stretching. Growing up in Kona, Hawaii, the origin of The Lavaman Triathlon and The Ironman World Championship Triathlon, has given Josiah the opportunity to work side-by-side with trainers, doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Those unique experiences have had a profound impact on his life and his approach to helping those that truly need relief. His integration of modalities and quiet strength provides his guests with a thoroughly relaxing yet highly effective massage. Thanks of his sports background, Josiah is also particularly suited to working with clients who are looking for even more results from their bodies and the body work they receive. At Spa Vitale, he often works with individuals and groups alike to guide them in intense but safe stretching sessions that are effective in toning and balancing the body.

Alena

Alena has several years of massage experience working in spas, with private clients and as part of a chiropractic team. She graduated with honors from the National Holistic Institute where she received extensive training in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Trigger point therapy as well as Shiatsu and Thai. She can seamlessly incorporate these modalities into your customized session, and her intention is to create a shift that leaves you feeling revitalized and relaxed with a style that is therapeutic without discomfort. She follows her own intuition along with your body's intuition to manifest the balance you seek. Alena's ability to communicating with her client's verbally as well as with their bodies intuitively gives her a special advantage in relating to the issues often found in the tissues. At Spa Vitale, weary travelers and locals alike find just what they need and how they need it with Alena's gifted hands.

Anne

Anne graduated in 2007 from the American Institute of Massage Therapy (later to become the Hesei Institute) in Kailua, Hawaii. She worked at Lomilomi Hana Lima Healing Center and Spa, in Kailua. Her love of Lomilomi Massage can be felt in just about every massage. Anne began working for Kabuki Springs in San Francisco in 2012 and later joined the team at Spa Vitale in April of 2013, also completing her training in Pre-Natal Massage with Carole Osborne during that same time. The ability to connect on many levels with our guests at Spa Vitale is a gift that Anne is consistently able to give. Her passion for healing shines through in each and every service. As a certified Reiki practitioner, she demonstrates a remarkable talent for authentic energy work, and sincerely looks forward to delivering a truly heart-centered service with all her clients.

Amal

Amal is an integrated and dynamic holistic therapist with almost 20 years of experience in Holistic Therapy. She has gained extensive knowledge and skills from attending various workshops in France, England, U.A.E and the U.S. Amal has always had a passion to connect with clients and share her therapeutic expertise. She customizes each session according to her client's needs, ranging from Swedish massage, prenatal and perinatal massage, aromatherapy and reflexology to deep tissue. Amal follows her true passion for the healing arts by helping guests establish harmony and balance in body, mind, and soul. Her positive energy and healing hands make a big difference for each and every guest seeking authentic relaxation. A giver in the purest sense of the word, a session with Amal makes you feel like royalty. Amal is also fluent in French, Arabic, Italian, and Spanish.

Dasha

Dasha considers touch to be one of her gifts. She chose Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA to be the base for her bodywork training, and the choice was clearly a great one. Her training includes CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger), Spinal Awareness (Feldenkrais), Deep Bodywork. Her massage is a restorative full-body experience that integrates body and mind through customized 3-dimensional bodywork. "I approach my work with reverence and I believe it's an honor to touch another person. For me my work is a meditative dance, a time to quiet the mind and fully attend to my client's body." Particularly suited for those who are most interested in relaxation massage that allows for emotional release, her gentle approach belies the powerful transformation that often takes place in her clients. Recently, Dasha has added pregnancy massage certification to her list of modalities, another one that fits in well with her commitment to working with both the body and emotions. Dasha is also fluent in Russian.

Stephanie

Stephanie, Senior Esthetician at Spa Vitale, has enjoyed being a part of the beauty and wellness industry for over twenty years. Stephanie credits the hundreds of clients she worked with in the beginning of her career in San Francisco, New York and throughout the southern United States for extending her education and understanding of the human (skin) condition. She has travelled the country training makeup artists and aestheticians, and her expertise in micro-phototherapy, microdermabrasion, clinical and non-clinical facials, body treatments, and Reiki has made her a beauty and wellness "oracle". Further education in Chinese Diagnosis and Acupressure, Ayurvedic Theory, European Aromatherapy, Vibrational Healing Massage, Reiki and Shiatsu has enriched Stephanie's holistic approach to healing the skin and body. Her understanding of the way the two go together and the practical applications of services and products give her the uncanny ability to provide useful, personalized information to each of her clients in such a way that has them coming back for more.

Debbie

Debbie has been blessed with a passion for helping others find meaningful, fun ways to make their lives more healthy and relaxing. As a holistic health counselor, massage therapist, and aesthetician since 1997, she approaches wellness, body work, and skin care with a focus on helping you discover effective practices for relaxation and rejuvenation. Sharing skin care tips and helping you create a more balanced lifestyle for yourself is at the core of what she does. By combining wellness consultation with holistic aesthetics and therapeutic body work, she guides you in creating gentle yet effective possibilities for both inner and outer wellness. As the Spa & Wellness Director at Spa Vitale in Hotel Vitale, Deb and her team of expert practitioners and therapists co-create holistic wellness experiences at San Francisco's only luxury waterfront hotel for travelers and locals alike. Debbie is also fluent in Spanish.

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