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Maria Willis, CMT . . . .  831.566.8638

Maria graduated from Cypress Health Institute with certification in Swedish Integrated Massage, Polarity Energy Work, and Deep Tissue Massage.  Her most recent certifications have been in Thai Massage and Hot Stone Massage. She has experience working with a wide variety of issues including sports injuries, rotator cuff issues, sciatica, and migraines.  Maria enjoys doing deep work and likes to work collaboratively with her clients to achieve maximum pain and stress relief during each session.    

Maria is honored to have been named the “Best Massage Therapist in Santa Cruz County” by Good Times Voters in both 2012 and 2013. She was awarded runner-up to "Best Massage Therapist in Santa Cruz County" in 2014.

Maria is also the happy owner of Awaken Massage Therapy.    Two of her proudest moments are when Awaken was named the runner-up to the “Best Alternative Health Care Center ” in Santa Cruz County in both 2013 and 2014.  Her goal is to continue to grow and evolve her business in order to meet the growing and changing needs of its’ clients. 


Jennifer Way, CMT . . . . 831.430.6177

Jennifer received her initial training with Cypress Health Institute with a certification in Swedish Massage and Polarity Therapy.  She has gone on to receive certifications in Deep Tissue Massage and Prenatal Massage.  She particularly enjoys soothing neck work and focused work on the upper back and shoulders.  Jennifer uses her sensitivity, empathy and intuition to deliver a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating experience to her clients.  She also offers Hot Stone Massage and recently developed anew series of spa treatments(Coconut Blissed, Pumpkin Blissed and Peppermint Blissed; using an exfoliation scrub, hot towel compress and luxurious body butter). 


Sheri Rath, CMT . . . . 831.359.0917  

Sheri Rath has been practicing massage therapy continuously since 1999. She has worked in health clubs, luxury day spa environments and in close cooperation with chiropractors and acupuncturists in designing treatment plans that best suit client concerns. Sheri has been trained extensively in Swedish massage, Orthopedic Deep Tissue and uses the “listening hands” taught in the Cranial Sacral modality.

“Ideally, we approach the body’s needs by listening first and foremost. Change occurs constantly and we notice this by bringing our presence and attention into each session. Giving and receiving massage is like taking a hike through the mountains. We need to stop and notice the terrain and tremendous changes constantly. Our bodies walk with beauty, mystery and awe at every moment whether we experience the realms of pain or pleasure. We need to be open to what is and be willing to touch Beauty in all her manifestations.” 


Melissa Sisk, CMP . . . . 831.325.9914 

Melissa received her training in Swedish massage from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and became a certified massage practitioner in 2007.  For the past 8 years, she has worked in a spa setting where she received additional training in reflexology, body scrubs and wraps, hot stone, Ayurvedic and prenatal massage.  Her touch is medium to firm pressure and likes to work out areas of tension yet have the client feel relaxed at the same time.  Melissa's massage is very thorough and enjoys focusing on the neck, shoulders, head and feet.  She has a strong intuition and lets her loving heart and hands guide her while using a client-centered approach. She would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.  Melissa wants to help you enjoy your life more and get relief from this stressful world we live in. 


Jessica Kennedy, CMT . . . . 415-624-7162
Jessica Kennedy is a graduate of the Cypress Health Institute with additional training from the Monterey Institute of Touch. She is trained  in Swedish, Myofascial Release, Thai, Craniosacral and Polarity Therapies. She enjoys incorporating multiple modalities in her massages, with a focus on Swedish and Myofascial Release techniques. She particularly enjoys working on legs and feet, and offers focused lower-body massages for interested clients.

As a former athlete and firefighter trainee who has suffered a multitude of injuries throughout her life and career, she is dedicated to helping people rebuild from their own injuries, imbalances and stresses so that they can reach their personal and professional goals. She also enjoys fitness and nutrition, and hopes to be a support as clients embark on their own health and wellness journeys.




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