Educator Profiles

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Educator Profiles 2018-05-10T20:59:24+00:00
Kristin ShawSince 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.

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Stephanie Churn LubowStephanie 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 Hansen-MetcalfeKimaya 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.

Beth Griffing, L.Ac, Thai Massage Therapist

Beth Griffing is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine provider at All and One Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon. She gained her Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) in 2011, after four years of study including extensive training in Chinese Herbal Medicine, at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She focused on the Japanese bodywork practice of Zen Shiatsu as part of her MAOM degree as well, followed by Thai Traditional Massage training at the Wat Pho Chetawon School of Medicine, Bangkok, in early 2012. She was led to all of this study via a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College in 2006, studying the intersections of nature, health, and community. This study revealed the yearning for balance and connection to nature that exists consciously or subconsciously in us as humans. Beth found that this connection can be directly supported by sophisticated medicine such as acupuncture and advanced herbal medicine prescription, while providing a shortcut to a healthy body along the way.

Beth uses external herbal treatments in her acupuncture practice, allying Thai herbal poultice massage with Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. She is an avid proponent of herbal foot soaks, steams, balms, serums, and more, and is constantly astounded at the depth of knowledge packed into each traditional herbal formulation, whether it be Chinese, Thai or many others in origin. Beth believes we are here to preserve and honor each others’ traditions, and to treat each tool with the highest level of respect. Beth has been utilizing Gua Sha clinically for over five years and is constantly inspired by the many aspects of healing opened up by facial and body gua sha massage, as well as by Thai Herbal Poultice Massage.

Ultimately, Beth is honored to assist in leading health professionals to the melding of the art of healing touch and the science of advanced herbal combination verified by pharmacologicaltesting and contextualized by traditional practice.

Education:

Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR

Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Reed College, Portland, OR

Continuing education and specialties:

Study of Advanced Shiatsu with Susan Hare, Portland, 2010-11

Certification for Thai Traditional Massage, Wat Pho School of Medicine, Bangkok, March 2012

Society for Acupuncture Research Conference, University of Michigan, April 2013

Teaching Assistant at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for Living Anatomy, Advanced Acupuncture, and Structural Diagnosis, 2013-2014

Thai Herbal Poultice Facial Massage at Beauty Secrets with Cecily Braden, 2014

Certified Nefeli Gua Sha Educator Training at Beauty Secrets with Dr. Ping Zhang, Feb 2016

Licensed Esthetician and Certified Nefeli Educator
Founder Private Moments Natural Skin Therapy

Since 2003 Wellness and Holistic care has been my focus as I navigate through the spa industry.  After obtaining my esthetic license in 2011 I began working in the traditional way of skincare. Like the majority of many in the industry I did chemical peels, used products that contained synthetic ingredients, relied on the latest technology and equipment to achieve results in the treatment room. But what i found was that although those type of services were in high demand they lacked some key factors that I feel are important to having truly healthy and beautiful skin. I remembered what I learned in the early stages of my career…the power of healing touch, creating an environment within the body that facilitates self-healing, the effect of aromatherapy on the mind and body. So I began to incorporate this more and more into my work, focusing my continuing education classes on holistic approaches to skin and body care, gradually weeding out the other stuff.  I find that as I worked more in this heart centered way the effects were wonderful! And I eventually decided that I only want to work in this way, so I went back to my roots! I most enjoy working with my hands combined with ancient techniques of skin manipulation and using quality ingredients and tools that are of the earth much more than anything else. I am a low tech, high touch skin therapist who believes in the power of stress relief and nature to accomplish skincare goals.  My studies have led to several certifications such as Reflexology, oncology skincare, Gua Sha, Japanese facial acupressure and massage face lift, traditional Chinese medicine for skincare and several other modalities. I enjoy being a student of holistic care to master my crafts to offer the best services and care to my clients. My career is always an exciting adventure.