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.

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

Kent Halpern  831-428-5641.  Barefoot Shiatsu Acupressure:  $100 per hour session, delivery to Jasmine Garden Oasis complimentary

Johanna Kinter  310-567-7224  Sports and deep massage: Massage $100, plus $20 for delivery to Jasmine Garden Oasis guests

See below for full descriptions:

 Lanakila Iesu

Lanakila Jesu

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.

Johanna Kinter  

Johanna Kinter

I am happy to deliver sessions to Jasmine Garden Oasis guests or they can schedule at Wellness Medical Center on 200 7th Avenue at 831-479-1592. I give deep tissue and sports massage, which constitute a large part of my practice. I’ve worked in physical therapy clinics and with chiropractors and other acupuncturists. I’ve also worked on professional athletes from many different sports.

Massage $100, plus $20 for delivery to Jasmine Garden Oasis guests

Contact Johanna Kinter at 310-567-7224

Kevin O’Connor

Kevin O'Conner pic

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.

Kent Halpern            831-428-5641.

I provide Barefoot Shiatsu Acupressure massages. It is done on the floor on a futon, with clothing on the client. I start the 50-minute session by inquiring as to areas of focus, pain, structural issues, emotional issues, and past Shiatsu experience.  I studied for three years in Tokyo Japan at the major Shiatsu schools and with private practitioners. I returned to Santa Cruz California, where I taught Shiatsu locally for twenty-five years. I am available to deliver Shiatsu on weekends only.

$100 per hour session, delivery to Jasmine Garden Oasis complimentary