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Josiah Peffer, LMT

Josiah graduated from The Hawaiian Island School of Massage, which focused on integrated medical massage. He is specialized in modalities such as, Swedish, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Pregnancy and Infant massage, with an emphasis of therapeutic bodywork. Growing up in Kona, Hawaii, the origin of The Lavaman Triathlon and The Ironman World Championship Triathlon, has given Josiah as a massage therapist, experience working side by side with trainer s, doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors and has left a profounding impact on his life and in-tune with people that need relief. His integration of modalities and quiet strength provides his guests with a unique, relaxing, and effective massage.

Shauna Fuentes, LMT

Having a dance background, Shauna's body awareness brings a fluidity of movement to her bodywork style that creates a soothing and relaxing experience. She integrates her understanding of the body/mind from years of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine with a strong knowledge of anatomy. Drawing upon a variety of eastern and western bodywork modalities, with close attention to your specific needs, she creates your unique and personalized massage session. Through her presence she facilitates a warm and comfortable therapeutic atmosphere where you can free yourself from life's pressures.

Rhea Borromeo, LMT

Rhea has found her calling in life as a massage therapist, in which she views it much of a lifestyle rather than a career. Seeing herself as a healer and having the intention with people she works with, she incorporates deep tissue, acupressure, lomi lomi and sports modalities in her style. Rhea is a graduate of the California Healing Arts College located in Los Angeles and is passionate about the healing arts, therefore believing in continuing her education to address varying client needs.

Eve Gutierrez, LMT

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 with dance, culture and travel.

Kyle Woolley, LMT

Kyle's years of experience as a massage therapist coupled with his background as a distance runner have given him insight into the workings of the human body and the toll both exercise and everyday stress can take on it. He has worked in a variety of environments such as hotel spas, health clubs, and sports clinics, and has developed an effective portfolio of techniques to treat clients from all walks of life. Whether he's using Swedish techniques to relax sore muscles, deep tissue techniques such as trigger point therapy and myofascial release for chronic pain management, or a well-rounded blend of both, Kyle will work closely with you to assess your personal needs.

Anne Amis

Anne is a California Certified Massage Therapist and a Certified Yoga Teacher, specializing in deeply relaxing therapeutic sessions designed to help reduce muscle aches and pains and the effects of stress on the body. Anne believes that incorporating regular massage into your health maintenance program will allow you to be more productive -- and, ultimately, to enjoy life more. With her extensive training in bodywork, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Craniosacral techniques, Anne will customize your session to your current needs, and leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated. Anne's approach to wellness is guided by daily meditation practice and decades of study in yoga, dance and other healing arts.

Alena Bolten

Alena has six 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 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.

Annie Lesley Holt

Annie 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, for 2 1/2 years. Her love of Lomilomi Massage can be felt in just about every massage. Annie began working for Kabuki Springs in San Francisco in 2012 and later joined the team at Spa Vitale in April of 2013, also completing a training in Pre-Natal Massage with Carole Osborne during that same time. She recently became Reiki certified. She looks forward to sharing her heart-centered massage with you.

Tlielaxu Miykel

As a graduate of the National Holistic Institute of Massage Therapy, the training Tlielaxu has received allows him to tailor each session to meet the individual needs, whether therapeutic or for relaxation purposes. He integrates techniques from Classical Massage (Swedish), Esalen, Sports, Somatic Neuromuscular Release, Deep Tissue, Aromatherapy, LaStone/ DeepStone Therapy, Tui Na, Shiatsu, and Thai to aid in restoration, balance and energetic flow to fatigued muscles and chi.

Dasha Rafalovich, CMT

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. Dasha is a Certified Level 2 Esalen® Massage Practitioner. 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." Dasha is also fluent in Russian.

Amal Abbara, CMT

Amal is an integrated and dynamic holistic therapist with 19-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. Amal is also fluent in French, Arabic, Italian, and Spanish.

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