MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Jenaveve Biernat, a certified massage therapist, brings custom massage and body work to Corktown, Detroit. A graduate of the Hirudaya Holistic Life Center in Los Osos, California and Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield Michigan, she has over 1000 hours of training and has been practicing the art of massage since 2003. Jenaveve offers custom therapeutic body work based on the individual client's needs. Traditional Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massage are the primary services offered to provide relaxation and to relieve tension, stress and discomfort. Elements of Cupping, Thai, Tui Na, Shiatsu Massage, Stretching and Reflexology are incorporated into each session if necessary or desired. Jenaveve's goal is to enhance the general well being of each client while providing a safe and comfortable environment for each client.
Crystal Teng is a healing arts practitioner, serving the Metro Detroit area. She holds a BA in Theology and Japanese Studies from Colgate University and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She draws from the lexicon of somatic wisdom learned through 10+ years of training the martial & movement arts. During a session, she may hold a point of tension in the body until it releases, this can be a deep and potentially painful myofascial release, or it can be a more subtle touch, working with tissue and energy restrictions around the nervous system learned through her training with the Upledger Institute. Each body has their own unique history, their own unique relationship with wellness and unease, and so each body will need something different.
Corina is a licensed massage therapist and a graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute. She is a Reiki attuned energy-worker. After several close traumatic losses, and doing work with others dealing with trauma and grief, she became interested in the ways emotions can show up as pain and stiffness in the body. Corina specializes in working with survivors of trauma and those who are grieving. Through Reiki, she is able to do off-body work on clients fully clothed. She uses elements of Thai and Shiatsu, which can also be done fully clothed. Corina has been trained in Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Traditional Swedish, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy. She is interested in the ways body work and massage can allow space for deeper awareness and embodiment and seeks to engage her clients to be active in their process of healing.
Annie Masaoka L.Ac is a licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, bodywork, and herbal prescriptions.
Annie completed a four year program at Jung-Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC and also a two year herbal program at Daoist Traditions School in Asheville, NC. And in addition, studied under Andrew Nugent-Head for 5 years which included a 300 hour clinical internship. More information on this tangible style of training here: https:// association-for-traditional-studies.teachable.com/
A typical 1 hour treatment will be tailored to meet the client at exactly where they are mentally and physically. Acupuncture, cupping, gua-sha, bodywork, and possibly an herbal prescription may be included in the treatment with the focus or bringing the body towards a state of balance and relieving pain.
Chaka has been practicing massage therapy since 2009 and has trained in both Oregon and Michigan. He is certified in Sports Injury Rehabilitation, Hot Stone Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release. Chaka’s style is a fusion of multiple modalities and techniques ranging from ancient to modern concepts.
Please note that Chaka provides a deeper massage than most and his massage is not suitable for people who cannot tolerate firm or deep tissue.
Maricela is a licensed esthetician and graduate of Douglas J Aveda Institute in Royal Oak, MI. She has been licensed since 2017 and has a simple yet strong philosophy in skin care: Cleanse, nourish, moisturize. This routine is necessary to counteract the daily effects of environment, stress, and the skin’s natural degradation process. “I choose products that are natural and botanically derived while maintaining a results driven attitude. I love teaching people about their skin and assisting in reaching their desired results. Your goals are my goals.”
ELLEN CORBITT CURRIN
Ellen is a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker, and is a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute. She has completed over 700 hours of instruction, and is trained in a variety of modalities including Reflexology, Thai massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, and Polarity. Her touch is deep, detail-oriented, rhythmic, and intuitive.
Ellen’s work focuses on releasing restrictions and creating space in the body for movement and circulation to happen more freely. A typical session with Ellen might include myofascial work, deep tissue manipulation, gentle stretching, reflexology, and compression techniques. Many of these techniques can be performed fully-clothed, and can be adapted for all bodies.
Bodywork is teaching Ellen to be gentle and forgiving with her own body, and she hopes to encourage all her clients to try this practice as well.