Healing Artists

We are blessed by very talented and gifted healing artists in our local community who are willing to come to serve our guests in their rooms. They will bring their own transportable table & set it up in your guest room (or the private deck if you are Jade Studio guests) for the session. If you are interested, then contact them before you come to Santa Cruz to make an appointment. We ask that you pay them for their services if you have to cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Melinda Reece 831-419-7718 Ayurvedic health counselor and certified massage therapist: $90 per hour, $120 per 1.5 hours for house calls

Kevin O’Connor 650-296-9913 Biodynamic cranial sacral practitioner, an axis syllabus movement teacher: $120 per hour for house calls

Lanakila Iesu 831-359-4753 Lomilomi and Eclectic Bodywork Massage: $100, travel fees waived for Jasmine Garden Oasis guests

Suzy Abboud 831-596-2120 Massage, specializing in deep tissue and sports massage: $100 per hour, $125 for 90 minutes, $150 for 1 ½ hours for house calls

See below for full descriptions:

Melinda Reece is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Certified Massage Therapist. Her passion and dedication to health and wellness began with her first bodywork training in 2000, where she completed trainings in Swedish and Shiatsu massage. As her studies lead her to Ayurveda, she dedicated her focus on Ayurvedic Bodywork treatments, as well as currently enrolled in a Masters program in Ayurveda at Mount Madonna Institute. Melinda brings a deeply grounding and nourishing presence to her bodywork practice, offering Abhyanga; a warm oil lymphatic massage, calming to the mind and nervous system. Contact Melinda: reece.melinda@gmail.com 831-419-7718.

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Kevin O’Connor is a bodyworker and contemporary dancer and choreographer. For the past thirty years he has been exploring somatic and movement based multi-dimensional perception. A daily practice of somatic inquiry has led to the unfolding and deepening of awareness with the physical body as medium for that exploration. Kevin completed a PhD in performance studies at UC Davis where he teaches in the Theater and Dance department. His art practice sits at the intersection of ecology, embodying/touch practices, post-colonial studies and site specific performance.  His art practice has been enriched by completing a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of British Columbia, a degree in Circus Arts from the National Circus School of Montreal, a MFA in choreography at the University of California Davis. Contact Kevin: oconnor@ucdavis.edu 650-296-9913.

Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Approach to Healing: The word biodynamic as it applies to craniosacral therapy comes from the innovative research of the embryologist, Dr. Erich Blechschmidt. The descriptors of biodynamic or metabolic fields refer to the slow ordering and organizing movements in the surrounding fluids of the embryo that shape its development. In adults, these therapeutic flows moving through the natural world, serve to maintain, sustain and repair the bodies of infants, children and adults. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a gentle and subtle whole body approach to the human experience. Physically- BCST influences the central nervous system; brain and spinal column, as well as the fluid that bathes it. This fluid is called the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). From our skeletal system and the bones of the cranium to the ebbing and flowing of our endocrine system, this cranial modality is effective, yet gentle.  The person receiving the work lies down on the table.  The practitioner attends to their different systems through specific holds and gentle touch.

Who can benefit from BCST? Everyone potentially can benefit, though with some, the improvement may be more dramatic than with others. Because BCST builds health in the brain and nervous system, it is effective in assisting the prevention of chronic conditions, including the problems of aging, stiffness, dryness, memory loss, inflammation, immune imbalances. BCST also addresses injuries, even those that occurred long ago and that we had no idea were still affecting us. Birth trauma commonly affects one throughout life unless addressed, for example. And how many of us have not had a head or tailbone injury from sports, falls, violence, or auto accidents? Even recovery from minor surgeries, including dental work, which can create strains and anesthesia residues, can be supported by BCST. The beauty of the biodynamic approach is that it strengthens our whole system and creates a safe environment, so that the body can show these unresolved issues, and the BCST practitioner can facilitate a resolution. Our inner Intelligence is capable, when skillfully supported, of presenting the strains one at a time, in priority order, in a way that does not overwhelm the system but makes it increasingly stronger. We do not need to remember or relive our traumas in order to benefit from their resolution.

 Lanakila Iesu practices Lomilomi, Esalen, and Eclectic Bodywork. Lanakila’s massage draws on the Hawaiian lomilomi tradition and on training by the Esalen Institute, making her touch as soothing as it is physically therapeutic. She brings the benefits of massage therapy to the next level through lomilomi’s long, flowing strokes and nurturing rhythms, and Esalen’s emphasis on activating the parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress and anxiety. This eclectic range of techniques combines with Lanakila’s centered, empathic presence, to ease away pain and stress as simply and naturally as a wave returns to the sea. Contact Lanakila: Lanakila@CruzMassage.com  831-359-4753

Lanakila offers her clients:

  • Versatile touch. Hawaiian healing tradition and Esalen training both place a high value on meeting individual needs for greatest comfort and effectiveness.  The pressure used can be easily adapted to the best level for you, from light to quite deep.
  • Pure organic jojoba oil. Jojoba is a premium botanical  oil that closely mimics the healthy moisturizing oils in human skin – hypoallergenic, non-comodogenic, and leaves your skin feeling soft and rejuvenated, not greasy.
  • Over 10 years’ joyful experiencein bodywork. Lanakila has been soothing away stress and tension for residents and visitors to the Santa Cruz area since 2005, and treasures every opportunity to be of service.

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Suzy Abboud is Certified Massage Therapist who specializes in therapetic massage Her love of massage began when she entered the program at Monterey Peninsula College in 2009. This was her stepping stone before starting nursing school at Monterey Peninsula College. Having the education in alternative healing has helped her understand the human body on a more complex level. After completing one year of nursing school, she decided that nursing wasn’t her path in life but alternative non pharmaceutical healing approaches. She has studied Swedish, Sports Massage, Prenatal, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Craniosacral therapy and is still continuing her studies in chronic healing massage techniques. Her massages style is focused, calming,relaxing and based on your  specific needs. She is expanding her knowledge base soon and will be offering lymphatic drainage and scar tissue massage. She also wants to offer cupping massage but only in her Santa Cruz office, which will be a modality offered soon. Contact Suzy: suzan493@gmail.com  831-596-2120 (text is preferred)

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