Meet Elizabeth! She brings a sweet, nurturing energy to the Tea House that you will want to experience this summer. If your muscles are sore and tense from playing too hard, head to the Tea House for a relaxing, rejuvenating massage from Elizabeth. After your massage, you’ll be ready for more summer activities!
THS: How long have you been a Certified Massage Therapist? Tell us a bit about your training.
Elizabeth: I’ve been a CMT since November 2009–that fall I graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts. I went on to continue my education taking courses in Thai Massage, Prenatal Massage, and Essential Oils Massage in order to enrich my skill set. In 2011 I became a certified Reiki practitioner and certified Aromatherapist. I then completed a two year intensive training in Energy Medicine and Medical Qigong through the Luminous Awareness Institute as well as a year long apprenticeship in Energy Medicine at Source Healing.
I began teaching Swedish Massage courses at Twin Lakes College in 2013 and currently teach “Introducing Swedish Massage” workshops at Five Branches University.
I believe that continuing education is pertinent to this profession and strive to enhance my practice by taking new classes whenever possible.
THS: What inspired you to become a Certified Massage Therapist?
Elizabeth: I originally began my training with the intention to work my way through graduate school. Once I completed the CMT program, I was enamored with the healing arts. I kept taking courses and fell into the profession I never knew I always wanted. Working with diverse populations such as senior citizens, the Santa Cruz Aids Project, and clients rehabilitating from injuries, surgeries, and accidents is deeply rewarding and fulfilling.
THS: What do you enjoy most about your practice?
Elizabeth: One of the aspects about my practice that I enjoy most is being a part of a client’s healing journey. Knowing that I can contribute and provide safe, healing space that alleviates pain and facilitates a sense of wholeness is a gift beyond measure.
THS: What do you love most about working at the Tea House Spa?
Elizabeth: The Tea House is a positive, fun community where I can interact and connect with other like-minded professionals in my field. It’s helpful to have a center as a sounding board for a collective experience where we can support each other–especially in a field of work that can be inherently solitary.
THS: What are some things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Elizabeth: I love to go backpacking and spending time in nature. I walk my dog, read, watch live music, and dance.
THS: What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Elizabeth: Nurturing, Present, Grounded
THS: Thank you Elizabeth! Your presence and loving energy here at the Tea House is appreciated! We hope you’ll continue to be a part of our family for years to come.