Bodywork Staff & Masseuses
Nina attended the Florida School Of Massage in Gainesville Florida in 2007. It was there that she became fascinated by the mind-body connection. Nina believes that therapeutic touch not only benefits the superficial physiological body, but also has a profound effect on the deeper psychological levels of our being. Therapeutic touch can reveal what has been buried, forgotten, or unrealized, awakening an awareness in self. With that new found awareness comes the possibility to take action towards positive change in one’s life.
Yoga led Nina on a journey to the east where she studied Thai yoga massage in northern Thailand at the NCBTMB certified school ITM. There she found that Thai Yoga Massage is a perfect blend of movement, massage, and energy work. Before returning to the States, she also traveled to Rishikesh, India and studied the Astanga yoga form. At Open Space, Nina works to facilitate a safe space in which clients can explore their own healing process, begin to experience a feeling of balance, and enjoy an overall sense of well-being.
After more than 20 years of body exploration through a diversity of yoga modalities, it is not a coincidence that Svia was introduced to and fascinated by the practice of Thai bodywork. After 2 trainings with Lindsey Britt (below), she was inspired to learn more. The double decades of yoga really gave her a boost up as Thai is so clearly related to the ‘bodywork’ of Yoga. Both traced to the sacred and ancient text, the Vedas, it makes sense that they are linked again in growing popularity now. As with teaching yoga, every time she shares this Thai dance with a willing receiver, Svia feels peaceful, present and grounded. It is a practice to give and when lucky, also to receive. Thai feels like a fair trade where all parties come away with a sensation of serenity and well being –we both get a stretch and a chance to step out of the chaotic noise of daily life.
Helen graduated from The New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in 1984 after completing one thousand hours of instruction. She was in private practice for 18 years in New Mexico before moving to Alaska in 2002 where she continues to practice. She has studied many modalities, but specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Reflexology, Trigger Point therapy and prenatal massage. Helen has been practicing massage for most of her adult life. She enjoys the continual learning that comes from both giving and receiving massage on a regular basis.
Lindsey Britt Miller
Lindsey has been practicing Thai massage for 10 years, teaching the art for the last 6. Her first introduction in 2005 was mind opening. She enjoyed an intimate apprenticeship with Jill Harmen for 1.5 years, attended 2 training with Chuck Duff in Chicago, traveled to Thailand twice for 6 weeks each to study with the masters, completed 2 trainings with Jennifer Yarrow on the East Coast and worked extensively with the AcroYoga community. Her sessions are a balance of loving intention and grounded nurturing. Currently she is most inspired by the profound work of Chi Nye Tsang (abdominal massage) and the deep love she has for healing past trauma.
Tim Iliff, L.Ac.
Tim has been a licensed acupuncturist in family practice for five years and currently works with military personnel in the JBER pain clinic. Tim has 3,100 documented hours of classroom and clinical instruction. In addition to being a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM, the system most commonly taught in American schools). Tim is also a specialist in Auricular Medicine, Tung style and a specialist in pain management which he wrote curriculum for and taught. He has been working effectively in the field of pain management for 10 years and now specializes in treating infants & children with asthma. His background includes extensive competitive athletic training including gymnastics, martial arts, rock climbing and weight-lifting. Tim holds a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Arizona School of Oriental Medicine. His certification programs take him all around the country learning from internationally-renowned authorities on non-needle Eastern Pediatrics, Chinese Sports Medicine, Tai Chi & Chi Gong (restorative exercise) and other lesser known cutting-edge hands-on disciplines. Most of his treatments are derived from Tung style acupuncture, a family lineage with over 1,000 years of continuous clinical practice – a preeminent system for fast pain relief around the world. Learn more about acupuncture and Tim at SakuraWellness.com.