Nissa’s journey into bodywork began when she was a young aspiring concert pianist. Amidst countless hours of practices and performances, she developed a repetitive strain hand injury that interrupted her collegiate studies at Oberlin Conservatory. While taking a break, she worked with a holistic treatment team and was able to relieve chronic tension, strengthen weaknesses in her body, and learn to move more efficiently. Nissa realized a performance career was not her true calling and instead, discovered a genuine passion in health and wellness. Upon graduating college, she completed a 750 hour massage therapy program and has enjoyed being in the field for 15 years. She is passionate about operating YOUU-NESS, a company embracing an integrative and customized treatment team approach.
As an active person and former marathoner, Nissa developed an interest in working with athletes. She is full body certified in Active Release Technique (ART ®) and Long Tract Nerve Entrapment. Nissa enjoys advancing her knowledge and has trainings in cadaver studies, methods of Structural Integration, Orthopedic Massage, and the Feldenkrais Method. She is certified in SFMA to assess functional movement patterns. Nissa enjoys customizing sessions to meet anyone who walks through the door whether an avid gardener, orchestral musician, computer worker, or athlete. Nissa has a strong interest in injury prevention and pain management and enjoys providing high quality bodywork in San Luis Obispo County.
When not in the office, Nissa enjoys being active outdoors, creating, traveling, listening to live music, cooking, and spending time with her corgi Mocha and partner Tom. She is passionate about building community and supporting social and environmental causes. Nissa has a special interest in working with at risk youth and families.
Lis discovered her talent in massage therapy early on in life. She remembers giving her mother massages as a child using her hands to offer relief. Lis is a graduate from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s Associate of Applied Sciences program with over 1000 hours of instruction in Eastern bodywork modalities. Her work is deeply influenced by the field of acupuncture.
As an avid rock climber, mountain biker, and former competitive ultra marathon runner, Lis's active lifestyle necessitates an understanding of self care that she transfers to her massage practice. Integrating her in depth study of proper body alignment and specialized skills in Tui Na, Thai, & Shiatsu massage, her goal is to restore functional mobility to her clientele. Lis uses oscillating techniques to pacify the central nervous system and focuses on specific pressure points to release adhesions in deep tissue, promoting active range of motion. Lis enjoys working with anyone who may need help and has a special interest in working with athletes and oncology patients. In the past, she worked with patients at the San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Clinic.
In addition to massage therapy, Lis has completed two 250 hr. yoga teacher trainings in Kundinyasa and Hatha yoga. She has taught yoga classes at a yoga studio and Crossfit gym and taught massage therapy techniques. She enjoys teaching workshops and classes and sharing her knowledge with the community. Lis is also trained as a wilderness and urban first responder and EMT.
When Lis is not working on people, she can be found climbing any mountain in the high Sierras, backpacking, hiking with her hound puppy on the central coast, mountain biking, practicing yoga and pilates, or reading by the lake.
Ryan developed a strong interest in health after facing debilitating migraines during his career as a designer. He discovered that his headaches were caused by certain foods and began a quest to understand his own body's form and function leading him to bodywork. Ryan graduated from the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in 2010 with over 1200 hours of training and has successfully worked as a bodyworker at a number of different clinics and wellness centers.
Ryan is skilled in Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Cranial Sacral, Swedish Massage, and Reflexology. He is certified in Contemporary Cupping Methods and uses it to enhance applied bodywork. Ryan's passion to help people with pain relief has led him on a path of continual growth and research. He is a seeker of knowledge and employs a number of different techniques and understanding to each bodywork session. His work restores circulation and addresses tension caused from accidents, stress, overuse, imbalanced posture, or sports related injuries. In addition to his education in massage therapy, Ryan has studied courses in nutrition and health and is a firm believer that the body can heal itself of many different ailments if it is given the right nutrition and tools to do so.
Aside from doing bodywork, Ryan is an active mountain biker, backpacker, hiker, and professional artist. With over 20 years of experience in the arts, Ryan has developed his skill and love for painting specializing in anatomy art that captures colorful dynamic and motion filled poses. Some of his work can be viewed at ryanscreationstation.com. Ryan loves spending time in the great outdoors and seeing all of the beauty in nature. Being able to exercise and stay healthy is deeply important to him, and he loves to help others do the same.
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