Anna is a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist and certified massage and yoga therapist with a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Outdoor Education and Social Environmental Issues. Anna's massage is unique blend of modalities based on extensive training and experience with Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports/Injury, Shiatsu, Tui Na and Prenatal massage. Her approach to bodywork is an intuitive and grounded response to each individual at the time of treatment.
Having given birth to three children in three very different ways herself, Brandi recognizes first-hand the questions and concerns that a woman may have during her pregnancy and birthing journey. She is a DONA Int’l trained Birth Doula, and a member of the Luma Doula Team offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. Brandi has supported all types of births while offering an engaged presence to empower every family through their transition into parenthood. Brandi lives in Ben Lomond with her adorable children, supportive husband, and dog. She is also passionate about experiencing new places, playing in the kitchen, homeschooling, and volunteering at the local children and family center.
Gemma has been a dedicated massage therapist in Santa Cruz since 2001. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UCSC, she completed post graduate education at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and became a certified bodyworker trained in Acupressure, Shiatsu, Traditional Table Massage, Thai Massage, Pre-Natal Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Intrinsic Touch.
As a mother, Gemma recognizes the importance of making time for self-care and wellness. It is her practice is to listen to the specific goals of her clients for each session, and to intuitively blend modalities, creating a personalized, custom massage. Whether you would like a nurturing, relaxing massage - or focused attention on specific areas of the body - Gemma will strive to create a therapeutic, healing space to address your unique needs.
Jeanne Feeney is a bodyworker and movement therapist who has been a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering ® since 1989. She brings her creativity as a dancer and choreographer to her work with clients of all ages, encouraging and facilitating their individual paths to health through the lens of movement repatterning and awareness. Jeanne is also attuned to the subtle energetic healing of cranio-sacral therapy as a hands-on way of integrating the fluidity of a renewed and healthier adult, child, or infant.
She directs the Movement Laboratory where she has a private practice and teaches movement and yoga classes and workshops at Luma. At the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Jeanne leads classes for parents and toddlers. Jeanne also teaches parenting workshops with Inspired Family Life, together with local Santa Cruz parenting experts Cindy Brooks MFT and Joya Birns.
Joy's deepest satisfaction in life comes from empowering others to be their best selves. She believes that the body can heal itself given the proper tools to recover. She began her career as a massage therapist in 2004 upon graduating from Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health in Atlanta, GA with training in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage and Neuromuscular Therapy. In the years following, Joy expanded her skill set to include Prenatal Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Pranic Healing, and Reiki. Throughout her career as a massage therapist, she has partnered with doctors and other healthcare practitioners to provide quality, integrated care. Joy also works as a life coach, a massage instructor, a facilitator of personal development courses, and a student of yoga. Her approach to care involves connecting first with the priorities, goals, and physical condition of each person she treats.
Julie is a state certified massage therapist who has been practicing bodywork for more than 10 years. Having recently relocated to Santa Cruz from the Bay Area, Julie is delighted to join the Luma community. A mother herself, she knows first-hand how vital it is that parents and parents-to-be take the time to recharge and reset. Julie specializes in acupressure and perinatal massage. She holds a Master's Degree in Holistic Health Education and has trained as a postpartum doula with Tracy Massillon. With a nurturing combination of Swedish strokes, shiatsu, deep tissue and cranial sacral therapy, Julie's bodywork addresses your whole being - leaving you revitalized and peaceful.
Kaili Reynolds is a Certified Childbirth Educator through CAPPA, a DONA Int’l trained Birth Doula, and she holds a B.A. in Community Studies. She teaches ongoing Natural Childbirth Prep classes at Luma, and is a member of the Luma Doula Team offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. As a Birth Doula, Kaili takes pride in her ability to serve as a model of patience. She is uniquely talented at calming mothers and putting birth partners at ease by teaching them a variety of ways to support and enhance the birth process.
Kaili's goal is to facilitate connection, mental awareness, and self compassion for her clients. Parents in her Natural Childbirth Prep. classes are encouraged to consider all of the birth choices and resources available so they can feel empowered to make their own decisions and feel satisfied with any kind of birth outcome. Kaili is a mother of three children and enjoys living in beautiful Santa Cruz with her husband.
Kate is a co-founder of The Birth Point Acupuncture Group of Santa Cruz, a collaboration of acupuncturists with specialized training in pregnancy care offering comprehensive support for the Santa Cruz Birth community for the last eight years. Licensed at both the state and national level, Kate has been supporting women and their families for over a decade in this community. She has received extensive training in Women's Health, including an internship with Raven Lang, OMD. Kate holds an M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Five Branches Institute. As an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, Kate formed a National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (NADA) protocol clinic to help the women of Siena House Maternity Home here in Santa Cruz. Kate is a member of the Birth Network of Santa Cruz and has trusted relationships with many of the midwives (home and hospital) and OB/GYNs in Santa Cruz.
Having worked as a doula and been on-call for Birth Point, Kate has attended many births and has developed a deep respect for the uniquely profound birth process. Kate is a mother of two children, both delivered in Santa Cruz (one via Cesarean section, the other by un-medicated VBAC).
Kaysi is an aromatherapist and essential oils educator. With a background in commercial organic agriculture, she managed two small farms with gourmet salad operations. Edible flowers and the healing aroma of rich humus literally inspired her intrigue with natural healing. To her, essential oils are a beautifully complex alchemical synergy of botany, chemistry, and medicine. She believes using essential oils therapeutically is an integral part of changing paradigms in modern medicine, wherein people must empower themselves when it comes to their own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. As a mother, she is poignantly aware that she is leading by example, and thus, seeks to thrive more and survive less. She regularly teaches in schools, consults one-on-one with clients, and is the blender and creator of Luma's custom blends. She is the co-author of E-book, Smell Good, Feel Better.
The mother of two teenaged boys, Lisa has worked as a licensed acupuncturist since 1994. In 2006 she completed a 2-year, 700-hour foundational training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and has subsequently participated in several hundred hours of seminars focusing specifically on the treatment of newborns and infants. In 2010 she became credentialed as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). When working with babies and moms, Lisa draws upon her knowledge of craniosacral therapy, feeding issues and alternative medicine to create an integrative treatment plan that addresses each patient’s unique needs. Lisa also teaches TummyTime!™ at Luma, as well as breastfeeding classes for expectant parents.
Birthing my two children in 1998 and 2004 taught me so much about what families need and want as children are born and grow. My journey of birth and postpartum doula work started in 2007 and I've been serving birthing and brand new families ever since. I've emerged from many respected doula, midwifery, and holistic care trainings/certifications with the skills and positive mindset to offer clients a full circle of prenatal, birth, and postpartum support. I have learned an incredible amount about family, life, courage, strength, love, and fear; and I take these lessons very seriously. I'm happy to lend all the wisdom I've learned as a doula and as a mother to fully support your wishes and intentions as your family is born and grows. I am honored to be a part of the Luma Doula Team, offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum support.
Sarah is a recent graduate of the Cypress Health Institute massage program in Santa Cruz where she studied Swedish massage, polarity therapy and craniosacral therapy. A long time student of yoga and an outdoor enthusiast, Sarah is passionate about wellbeing and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. After working and traveling extensively, she is excited to be back in her hometown of Santa Cruz. In her work, Sarah focuses on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for her clients, using primarily Swedish techniques tailored to each individual and their specific needs. She is dedicated to learning and expanding her practice as a therapist through ongoing education in modalities such as prenatal and deep tissue massage.
Shannon has been offering massage in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She completed her massage training in 1994 at Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts. She also received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University, and has worked in several Chiropractic and Physical Therapy clinics in both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara. After becoming a mother, Shannon felt called to pursue training in prenatal massage as well as doula work. Her 20+ years of experience as a massage therapist enables her to guide clients through the healing process while offering exceptional treatment delivered with the utmost compassion and respect.
Tamara offers mindful therapeutic massage therapy for the childbearing year and beyond. She believes deeply in the benefits of offering present moment awareness to her clients. Tamara draws on her experience as a yoga/movement therapist, teacher, mother, doula/midwives' assistant, as well as her comprehensive massage therapy training to bring both an informed and intuitive approach to massage therapy. She received her training from The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy (500 hours) in 2004.