Meet the Practitioners

Nicole Russo, Founder of Skin to Soul, BS, LMT specializing in Myofascial Release

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. She continued with her MFR coursework after opening her center and has completed classes up to the Advanced Level and will be facilitating John Barnes Study Groups in the North Shore Boston Area beginning October 2013.

Nicole’s passion is growth and progression. She is dedicated to giving her clients results and a different way of approaching life.

Luis Ortiz, NCLMT

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 Bourgeois, LMT

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.

Having worked for years as a massage therapist, in the past year he has taken courses in John Barnes Myofascial Release – Myofascial Release I, Myofascial Release II, and Rebounding. These courses have opened up a whole new world of therapeutic possibilities for him and his clients.

 

Katie Brockway, LMT

Katie Brockway attended The Massage School in Acton, MA where she completed their 800hr program including more than 200 clinic hours.

Before pursuing massage, Katie studied Fine Art and French at Skidmore College graduating in 2008.  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 how rewarding the healing power of touch could be.

In addition to traditional massage Katie studies and practices the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, Zen Shiatsu and is a Reiki Master.  In her free time she is learning Tai Chi, practicing yoga, making arts and crafts and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Antonia Longo LMT

Antonia Longo is a graduate of Cortiva Institute – Boston. She graduated with honors and was awarded the President’s Scholarship for her class. Driven by her passion for health and wellness, she stays informed regarding the latest research in manual therapies. Antonia specializes in Therapeutic Massage and Specific Injury Treatment. She is currently undergoing training in NeuroKinetic Therapy, an approach that utilizes manual muscle testing and the connection between the brain and the body in order to understand and treat muscular dysfunction and imbalance. Antonia recognizes Myofascial Release as a powerful and effective method of treating dysfunction and plans on furthering her education in that modality. Her styles range from Intuitive Energy Healing and Swedish Relaxation Massage to Deep Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage Techniques. It is her mission to minister to her clients as the unique individuals that they are. Antonia believes in creating positive energy by promoting and facilitating well-being in the lives of the individuals whom she cares for.

In her spare time Antonia enjoys all aspects of being in nature including gardening, hiking, and foraging for edible and medicinal plants and fungi. Antonia finds great joy in using the power of food to heal through preparing toxin free and organic meals and herbal preparations such as tinctures, teas, and infusions. In her personal life she incorporates all aspects of wellness by practicing many forms of exercise and movement such as yoga and functional training in mobility, strength and stability. Antonia is the proud mother of her three house bunnies; Bambina, Rocco, and Flippy. She has plans of volunteering with The House Rabbit Network, and contributing to other Animal Advocacy Organizations and Rescues. Antonia strives to immerse herself in positive and productive thoughts and activities with the hopes of leading by example.

Sandy Lyons, LMT/RPP /BCPP

Sandy Lyons received her license for massage therapy from Spa Tech in Ipswich. She is skilled in several different techniques such as, Swedish massage for relaxation, Deep tissue, Neuro Muscular Therapy and Hot Stones. Sandy uses her techniques to encourage healing to sore muscles and bothersome knots while maintaining a conscious touch keeping your comfort level in mind. Her philosophy is “massage does not have to be painful to be effective.”

Sandy is also a holistic practitioner.  In these types of sessions Sandy works with your energy field to restore the flow to the meridians by removing blockages that affect your body mind and spirit while holding you in your highest energetic alignment. Sandy holds a certification in Reiki as well as being a Registered and Board Certified Polarity Therapist; polarity is derived from ancient Ayurvedic knowledge. Sandy uses Reiki energy in all of her massage sessions to enhance the work being done. Polarity techniques are available upon request before the session begins.Sandy’s passion is traveling and education in the healing arts. Most recently she had traveled to Egypt and then on to India to learn about their spirituality and Ayurvedic healing techniques. This knowledge has had a profound effect on the clients she has worked with.

Sarah Huskey, LMT

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.

Marianne Ciulla, LMT

Marianne Ciulla, LMT is a graduate of Spa Tech Institute, a nationally accredited school. She has completed the comprehensive 650-hour Therapeutic Massage Program and has experience in a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, Chair Massage, Hot Stones, Prenatal & Infant Massage.  She is a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Marianne is a nurturer who enjoys helping her clients to relax and destress, allowing the body to be more receptive to therapies for reducing muscle tension, increasing range of motion and providing pain relief.

Sean Fagan, LMT

Sean studied at Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA, where he received the accreditation required for his license in Massage Therapy. Sean is a Native New Englander that grew up sailing the North and South Shores of Massachusetts. He has a BSME from Lehigh University and a successful twenty plus year career in the field of Process Control designing and implementing automated systems. He now brings his intuitive three dimensional approach of analyzing electromechanical systems to the field of bodywork. By listening, questioning and educating he works with the individual to resolve issues of tension or pain in their body. Sean’s passion for understanding the root cause of the problem helps to ensure the client’s good health.

Kayla Driscoll, LMT

Kayla Driscoll is a young recent graduate of Cortiva Boston, where she completed the 750 hour comprehensive program before becoming a licensed massage therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.  She is an enthusiastic bodyworker with the ability to create a beneficial session and massage suited to a client’s specific intentions and needs.
Kayla entered the massage field with the focus of facilitating healing to those suffering from chronic pain or injuries, after learning the basic connections between the mind, the body, and the soul, and the affects it can have on such healing.  Her array of focus work includes a collection of modalities and massage styles ranging from stress reduction to sports massage ; using everything from Swedish style, deeper tissue massage and stretching in order to work with the client towards pain relief and management.
When not massaging clients Kayla spends most of her time playing with and practicing Myofascial techniques on her adorably wrinkled Shar-pei puppy, who provides her with plenty of skin and fascia to palpate- as she prepares to become certified in Myofascial Release in Septmeber

Laura Lee Medeiros, LMT

Laura Lee received her massage therapy license after completing the 650 hour massage program combined with 128 hands on hours at Spa Tech in Ipswich. Prior to pursuing massage therapy, Laura Lee received her certification in phlebotomy with the National Phlebotomy Association, chiropractic assistant certification and medical assistant certification while she worked as a chiropractic and medical assistant for large hospitals. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner, and thoroughly enjoy incorporating energy work in with her sessions for the best massage experience possible. Her passion is to create and customize sessions for individual clients so that they always leave relieved and satisfied with their treatment.  ”My goal is to always provide the best sessions for my clients possible, as it is a rewarding feeling to know I have provided that relief. ”

Dorothea O’Regan, MHt., I.H. B.S.

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. Dorothea is available to book by appointment only through a short phone consultation. This consultation is completely FREE. Please call Dorothea directly at (781) 720-9216 to schedule your Reiki or hypnotherapy appointment.

 

Cindy Gittleman

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 Record, Reiki Master, Professional Psychic

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