Nicole began her career as an engineer. She graduated from Northeastern University, Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. After starting her full time job as an engineer, she decided to attend massage school during the evenings as a personal interest. Nicole graduated from SpaTech in Ipswich in December, 2005 and opened her tiny, one room Skin to Soul Massage in January 2006. Massaging most evenings after her engineering job, she grew her practice easily. After about 4 years and much thought, Nicole took the leap and decided to follow her true passion and become a massage therapist full time.
Nicole completed John F. Barnes Myofascial I, II and unwinding courses in Sedona in February, 2011. She became very focused on myofascial work and transitioned to mostly Myofascial work in February, 2012. She realized a life long dream when she decided to expand her massage business into a Self Improvement Center in September, 2011.
Nicole’s passion is growth and progression. She is dedicated to giving her clients results and a different way of approaching life. Nicole lives in Wakefield and in her free time enjoys walking the lake with her boyfriend, cooking and trying to get her red canary to sing.
Luis Ortiz, NCLMT, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute Boston-a nationally accredited school; he has completed a rigorous 750-hour Professional Massage Therapy program, and specializes in Swedish relaxation massage, deep-tissue massage, myofascial release and hot stone therapy massage. Luis has recently passed the National Certification for Massage Therapy He is also qualified in a variety of other modalities such as Trigger Point Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports massage and chair massage. He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Luis is a trained professional with extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and body mechanics. His mastery of various massage techniques delivers a massage experience that is specific to a client’s needs and results not only in a relaxing and pleasant experience but also delivers many health benefits, such as improved circulation, greater range of motion, and elevated mood, among many others.
Daniel graduated with a BS in Geophysics from the University of Chicago and worked in a paleontology (dinosaur bones) lab for several
years before becoming a massage therapist. Working with people was a welcome change from working with microscopes. After getting his license for massage therapy in January 2010 he worked for a number of years at hotels, spas, and a gym.
Daniel enjoys both therapeutic and relaxation work; he feels that finding a balance between relaxation and treatment of physical pain
leads to a treatment of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
Katie Brockway attended The Massage School in Acton, MA where she completed their 800hr program including 200 clinic hours.
Before pursuing massage, Katie majored in Fine Art at Skidmore College she started to explore yoga and meditation. In 2011 she completed Prana Power Yoga’s Assistant training program and assisted students in classes for a year. During her time as a yoga assistant she learned that she had a rewarding gift for bodywork.
Katie is currently being mentored in Zen Shiatsu and Tai Chi and has completed her Level 1 and 2 Reiki certifications.
Marisa graduated from Simmons College in 2009 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She had previously graduated from Simmons College in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Marisa has a clinical background in treating patients of all ages with varying orthopedic issues and excels in educating patients about the etiology of their symptoms.
Not long after Marisa graduated and implemented her training, did she realize that something was missing. Traditional treatment only took patients to a certain level of healing.
Marisa’s continuing education includes Craniosacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute, Reiki level II with Usui lineage, Biosynchronistics through Quality Physical Therapy, Total Body Balancing through Kerry D’Ambrogio and finally, where her passion lies, Myofascial Release through John F. Barnes.
Marisa works individually with each of her patients altered movement patterns and posture to restore balance within. Marisa promotes full body healing through her work.
Marisa is available for myofascial release sessions only.
Sarah attended Framingham State College and earned a degree in Communications. After graduating from college, Sarah worked for the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a legislative aide but maintained an interest in massage, working on friends and family. It wasn’t until 2002 when she injured her neck and shoulder while working out that she trully saw the benifits of massage and bodywork and decided to pursue massage therapy as a career. In the fall of 2003, with the support of family and friends, Sarah began her training in massage therapy at Palmer Institute of Massage and Body Work. She has studied trigger point therapy, shiatsu, pregnancy and deep tissue massage. With the knowledge and experience she has gained, Sarah’s goal is to help reduce pain and stress that is associated with chronic pain.
Sarah enjoys meeting new people and has traveled through Europe, China and Thailand. When she is not working, she spends her time with family; her husband Steve and son Ethan. They enjoy being in the outdoors, hiking and going to the beach.
As a former professional in the IT industry, Krystal worked long hours at a desk. Massage Therapy helped her to recuperate physically from the demands of her job while reducing her stress levels. Krystal’s interest in integrated nutrition and alternative health care inspired her to take a leap of faith in leaving the IT profession and pursue Massage Therapy. Since leaving the IT field she truly believes she have found her passion in life – Massage Therapy and Wellness.
At Cortiva, Krystal studied Trigger Point Release, Neuromuscular Release Therapy, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, as well as Prenatal, Hot Stone and Chair Massage. After graduating from Cortiva Institute-Boston in 2009, Krystal continues to learn and improve her techniques through her assistant teaching position at Cortiva. Being well informed allows Krystal to better serve and guide her clients on their journey to wellness.
Krystal is member of the AMTA Mass Chapter and ERMI. She enjoys giving back to society by volunteering her massage skills to participants of the Boston Marathon, Pan Mass Challenge and Jimmy Fund Walk. In addition, she donates 3% of all her services to charity. Krystal strongly believes giving is a way of sharing the good fortune that she has been blessed with.
Karen worked in corporate finance for over 25 years before deciding to change careers and focus on the healing arts. She graduated from the Holistic Massage Program at Spa Tech Institute in Ipswich, MA, where she trained in Polarity Therapy, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, as well as Prenatal, Hot Rocks, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage and other techniques. Karen is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She continues her studies in massage and yoga as well as other healing modalities through workshops and various learning opportunities. Karen believes in customizing the massage experience to the individual to ensure a treatment that joins body, mind and spirit. She is passionate about educating her clients and empowering them to take control of their health.
Jenna (Hast) Tibbetts graduated from UMass Amherst with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Holistic Health and Herbalism. She ventured into Equine Myofascial Release, as a way to help her own horse and to her surprise, she really enjoyed the independence the part-time career provided. After working on horses for a year, she found herself in a full-time Holistic Massage Program (for humans) at Spatech in Westborough, MA — and has not looked back since.
While doing bodywork, Jenna strives to put clients in a deep tasmic state. In addition to traditional swedish and deep tissue techniques, Jenna really enjoys incorporating polarity, positional release, pin and stretch, and myofascial stretches. Her goal for each massage session is to aid in increasing range of motion and easing discomfort, while nurturing the need to “shut-off” the mind.
Jill Furumoto has been a therapist since 1995. She graduated from New York University with a Masters in Music Therapy with Honors. She began working in the field of mental health and psychology in the state of Massachusetts where she practiced as a psycho-therapist using music with groups and individuals in order to achieve therapeutic goals. She has a specialized interest in helping individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression and traumatic experiences. After 10 years, Jill became licensed in the state of Massachusetts as mental health counselor and continued working with many individuals who have found benefits of music and emotional connection through Music Therapy and psycho-therapy. Jill’s experience as a Therapist led her to discover that the body holds much emotional truth that cannot be accessed through talk-therapy. In 2000, Jill decided to enhance her training as a therapist and study bodywork at the Muscular Therapy Institute of Cambridge. Jill recently supplemented her massage training at the Cortiva Institute where she continued her study of pathology, myo-fascial release and therapeutic massage. With over 900 hours of massage training, Jill recently completed her training in Reiki I and Reiki 11. She believes in integrating many different modalities of bodywork into her sessions including Reiki. With training in various modalities, she feels she can construct a unique treatment for each unique individual.
Jill hobbies are music and exercise and competitive running. She plays flute, guitar and sings with her husband and son, who also enjoy music. She has also been a runner for over 15 years and enjoys community events such as 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and more. She completed her first Marathon last year and hopes to do more in the future.
Dorothea is a Reiki Master and Teacher. She graduated with a Magna Cum Laude Degree in Psychology, Mathematics and Secondary Ed. She is a Hospital Trained Master-Clinical Hypnotherapist, Instructor of Hypnotherapy and is a member of The Board of Directors of The National Board of Professional & Ethical Standards in Hypnosis. Her interests and avocations include exercising and teaching dance, fashion design & creation, writing poetry (she has read some of her works on local cable TV), gardening, and reading both fiction and non-fiction.
Cindy Gittleman, MA, MA, CAGS, founder of Sunrise Mindfulness,LLC, holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and City University of New York. She undertook additional graduate training in psychology at Adelphi University and earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Cindy completed the Stress Reduction Program, the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and the Teacher Development Intensive training for experienced MBSR teachers offered by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She has appeared as a guest on “America Works Radio,” the local cable access television programs “Shrink Rap” and “Where’s Wilmington,” and has presented workshops on mindfulness-based stress reduction to various organizations and groups.
Cindy established Sunrise Mindfulness as a means of assisting people in living more fully, both personally and professionally, through the use of mindfulness practices. She has extensive experience working with diverse individuals in a variety of settings. A gifted practitioner who quickly puts people at ease through her open, down to earth style, it is clear to anyone who works with Cindy that she is devoted to helping others access their own inner resources.
Ed has been a reiki master and teacher of the Usuii tradition since 1996. He has been a professional psychic for about 19 years. He can use many divination tools including tarot, runes, palmistry and a crystal ball. Ed also does channeled and mediumship readings in addition to individual and past life readings. Ed leads meditation groups in a professional and private capacity. To learn more about Ed and how he came to be at Skin to Soul, check out his blog post: Ed Record