I received my first Thai yoga experience from my sister Kim Nichols Cech in the early 1990s. Appropriately, after giving birth and raising three children along with my laborious hobbies, my body was in turmoil from holding patterns, bad posture and poor breathing habits, resulting in lower back pain, sore achy muscles and little core strength. It was my sisters understanding of unique yogic elements, counter movements and her intuitive nature that provoked and ignited a curiosity within me. While her approach was as unique as she was, I often reflect on the times she held me in support poses patiently waiting for my body’s response to the newly found open space, blood flow and rise of energy. At the end of our sessions, I could hardly lift myself from the mat feeling so grounded. I felt as if the mat and I became inseparable. The profoundness of my body opening, expanding, and lifting were all experienced in just one Thai session. Little did I know my course was set to explore, study, and engage in this fine art of Thai bodywork.
I set out on an international journey to immerse in traditional massage, and since then my education has been a journey of continuous unfolding to my authentic self, with the focus of Thai yoga massage. I have had the privilege of learning from many versatile and well seasoned teachers in Costa Rica, Thailand, Bali, France and the United States.
My approach to Thai Yoga Massage infuses many varieties and styles that have been inspired by my teachers. I bring my artistic background of visual fine arts, my love and joy for dance and movement, as well as honor for the body as one’s teacher and laboratory in which one may see and understand the universe more clearly. It is my pleasure to share with you my passion for this practice in a holistic, culturally rich, and playful way. It is my desire you will find what you have been seeking, that this work will awaken you in its own uniqueness.
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Jennifer is honored and delighted to bring almost 20 years of experience offering Women Therapeutic Massage, Prenatal and Postpartum massage, Infant Massage, Thai Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, and Hot Stone Massage to a practice devoted entirely to Women.
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997. An injury while in school led her to receive bodywork for the first time, and after experiencing it’s profound benefits, she decided to pursue a career in massage. She attended Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, Colorado in 1998, where she learned a wide variety of modalities including Shiatsu, Swedish Massage, Injury Rehab for Dancers and Athletes, Treatment for Repetitive Use Injuries, Whiplash Treatment, Reflexology, and Hot Stone Massage. The birth of her 2 children led to her interest in Prenatal, Postpartum, and Infant Massage. Jennifer is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Her ever deepening practice and study of Yoga also led her to complete continuing education in Thai Massage and Ayurvedic Massage.
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Gina is a Licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Spiritual Counselor with 19 years of experience. She uses various holistic modalities that capture the true healing potential in everyone. She is a Reverend with the Center for Spiritual Healing, Tiburon, California, where she frequently works throughout the year.
Gina’s vision is to empower and teach each unique individual how to heal through body awareness and mindful living. Her methods are effective on all ages from infant through seniors dealing with a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions.
Gina’s healing practice utilizes a unique blend of CranioSacral, Myofascial and/or Somato-Emotional release overlaid with energy-based healing and spiritual counseling. The combination of her deep spiritual connection and practical training creates a powerful, natural approach that enables her to connect with clients on both physical and metaphysical levels enabling them to rediscover the path to a pain free body and mind.
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Shelagh moved to Knoxville on January 1st, 2005. Since then she has stayed busy completing her bachelors in fine arts at UTK, worked as an Americorps member at Beardsley farm, volunteered for the city as a bicycle ambassador, and started a puppetry arts nonprofit. She prepared to be a nurse for two years but eventually settled on massage as the best way to help members of her community maintain their health and happiness.
Shelagh attended Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage from 2015-2016. She has been practicing massage since the spring of 2016 in the downtown Knoxville area. She enjoys working with clients suffering from head, neck and shoulder pain, migraine sufferers or anyone who needs healing and relaxation. Shelagh incorporates the problem solving, observational skills, and intuition from her life as a visual artist combined with years of studying anatomy to provide a holistic healing experience with the customized massages she offers.
Shelagh is a Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master. She incorporates energy work into all of her massages. She is now offering massage-reiki combination sessions only at The Glowing Body, as well as relaxation, deep tissue and integrated massages.
You may recognize Whitney as one of our dedicated staff, and she has spent the last year supporting the daily functions of our studio as well as pursuing a license in massage therapy. Whitney looks forward to building a massage practice at the Glowing Body, as she already feels connected to many of our students and clients. Whitney will blend the therapeutic skills she learned in school with what she is learning from fellow GB therapists, including techniques in Thai Massage, myofascial release and more.
• It is understood that massage therapy is intended for relaxation, and that it is not meant to diagnose, treat or remedy any illness, disease, injury, physical condition or mental disorder.
• Except in cases of emergency, I agree to pay for all sessions which are not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.
• Massage therapy is strictly non-sexual. Under extenuating circumstances, either party reserves the right to
immediately terminate the session.
• Practice of all forms of massage therapy are subject to local laws and ordinances.