Since 1994, Kristin’s massage career has taken her from chiropractor offices and gyms to traveling worldwide with touring musicians as well as working in some of the most prestigious hotel spas in NYC. She later gained invaluable experience as a Corporate Spa Director where she developed spas from the ground up, led the creative direction, and provided training for spa teams. It was in this role where she discovered the importance of and the passion for education. In addition to maintaining her private practice, Ayatana Massage, in NYC and NJ, she is a National Spa Educator for Beauty Secrets and other holistic product lines. Kristin’s wide-range of spa and bodywork experience, knowledge of essential oils and herbs, continued education in Thai massage, and hands-on working expertise with Ytsara allows her to provide an in-depth understanding & instruction for all the therapies she teaches and the challenges of sustaining longevity as a therapist. Her recent studies in Healing Touch have inspired her to incorporate aspects of this energy modality into her teaching style to help therapists deepen their connection with and cultivate more positive, meaningful experiences for their clients.
Kristin strives to live a healthy lifestyle with a devoted yoga practice, surfing, eating a vegan diet, and receiving regular massage and acupuncture.
Stephanie has been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 1994 and originally studied and began practicing traditional Thai Massage in 2006. In 2012, she furthered her studies at Baan Hom Samunphrai in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she earned a Certificate in Traditional Thai Massage from the Thai Ministry of Education.
Formerly, Co-Director and Instructor at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy she taught Massage, Anatomy & Physiology, Body Awareness and Personal Growth. She continues to share her passion for Thai Massage as a National Spa Educator for Beauty Secrets developing continuing education programs and providing instruction throughout the USA and Internationally. As a Yoga Instructor since 1996, she is also able to expand upon the Ayurvedic influences and correlations within Thai Massage.
Stephanie offers traditional Thai Massage to clients in private practice and as Lead Therapist at Mandala Med-Spa in Sarasota, where she specializes in Thai and traditional Asian body treatments using the Ytsara & Dewi Sri Spa products. Her daily, hands-on experience provides a deep understanding and insight into the intricacies of all Beauty Secrets holistic spa therapies, helpful tips, product knowledge and treatment benefits.
Kimaya has been practicing massage therapy since 1998 when she started her career as the Lead Bodywork Therapist at a resort in Colorado. After leaving Colorado and moving back to New Jersey, she continued her education at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage (ITM), graduating with honors in 2000. Through the years, she has continued her education with countless CE Classes and traveled throughout the world to participate in workshops such as Thai Massage and Hawaiian Lomi.
Her training in Thai Massage took place at the Nerve Touch Institute, International Training and the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai. Her Hawaiian Lomi training took place on the mainland and island of Maui. Other CE classes include Iridology, and most recently, Mayan Abdominal Massage. In addition to these exotic techniques, Kim has studied medical massage techniques with several teachers in the USA, became certified in Pre-natal Massage Therapy, is a Certified Herbalist through Sage Mountain, started a holistic body product line and is currently the Assistant Director of Education at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage (NJ) and National Spa Educator for Beauty Secrets.
Kimaya’s wide range of talents, interests and global experiences, including practicing yoga and a vegan diet provide a holistic foundation that is seamlessly integrated into all facets of her life and shared through her education. One of her greatest passions is to help future professionals become massage therapists, shiatsu practitioners, and personal trainers. She maintains a small private practice and most importantly, married her soul mate and is raising her daughter; who at 6 years old is addicted to massage.
As a child Beth was drawn to herbalism and massage, treating her family during week-long backpacking trips with yarrow poultices and chamomile-oil calf rubs. Then at Reed College she experienced the remarkable physical and mental benefits of Taiji Chuan, leading to an interest in East Asian medical thought. As an adult she wanted to provide preventive, effective, low-cost medical care that empowers people to feel in control of their health. Acupuncture and East Asian medicine fulfill this goal in an elegant and enjoyable way, using the principles found in nature to embody optimal health. She views the body as an ecosystem, and draws inspiration from time spent in wild nature and from the fields of neurology and microbiology. She is passionate about both the art and science of acupuncture, and loves the opportunity to create lasting change within moments.
Beth enjoys treating people who are new to acupuncture (especially skeptical folks!), and she combines acupuncture with two effective and gentle acupressure massage techniques: Thai traditional massage and Zen Shiatsu massage. Both types can be used in place of needles if necessary, and they enhance the treatment effect of acupuncture. Thai massage works on the musculoskeletal level to integrate the body’s structures while harmonizing the immune system. Zen Shiatsu creates a deep relaxation that calms the mind and rejuvenates the over-worked body. Beth also gives self-care homework and constantly strives to help you manage or prevent illness by actively coordinating care with your other health care providers.
She maintains a strong interest in acupuncture research, especially clinical effectiveness research and interdisciplinary studies of pain, fascia, and neurology. She runs a small website (TEAM Research) to describe some of the trends and questions in acupuncture research.