The individuals that make up our team are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.
Christine Recar, LMT, Life Coach & Doula
Owner , Massage therapist, Life coach, Doula . I have been a licensed
massage therapist for almost 10 years. I received my certification from A Gathering Place here in St Louis.. My training is extensive as is my
experience. I am a Reiki master, specializing in Craniosacral therapy ,
Myofacial release, Somato Emotional release and Medical massage. With a
30 year medical background. I am able to determine your needs easily. I received Life Coach training and certification from Compass Global Group in 2010. I was certified as a Doula after attending the course studies through Missouri Baptist Hospital in 2007. Two of my favorite Quotes are:" Life is what happens while your busy making other plans." John Lennon " Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" Albert Einstein
Holly Ohmes, Yoga Instructor
Holly Ohmes was bestowed the title of Yoga Master by the founder of The
Spiritual Human Yoga Institute, Master Luong Minh Dang Dasira Narada,
Ph. D. Holly has an ever-evolving personal Yoga practice of over 25
years with an eclectic background. Teaching Yoga for over 17 years, she
has successfully created classes in many expressions & for all
ages, such as...Parent & Child Yoga, Yoga for Golfers, Chair Yoga
& More, Pranayama: Meditation & Visualization, & a complete
Martial Yoga Curriculum for Integrated Martial Arts. She has completed
teacher training through The Spiritual Human Yoga Institute, Experience
Yoga, Progressive Awarness Systems, & The Arthritis Foundation.
Love & Compassion being at the heart of all Holly's internal energy
practices. For private Yoga instruction call Holly at 314-814-2185
Judy Vezeau - Shipp, Yoga/ Tai Chi Instructor
I began practicing yoga in the late 1960’s at the Yoga Center on
Lafayette and Grand. I continued
practicing throughout the years, adding on many other methods of
movement: Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong,
Arica Psychocalisthetics, Tai Chi Chuh, as well as ballet and tap
dancing. My interests and physicality
were not inclined to dancing, and I stayed with yoga, Tai Chi Chuan and Qi
Gong. In order to keep moving
comfortably as I age, I decided to learn to teach Yoga. I completed Yoga Teacher Training, and am
looking forward to sharing my experience, knowledge and love of movement. I love
getting older and using my body more efficiently, without stress. And I thoroughly enjoy encouraging others to
move as their bodies allow them. Yoga and Tai Chi have been important learning
tools in my life; I want to share the abundance of health through gentle breath
work, postures, meditation and relaxation.
Cassie Harrison, Yoga Instructor
As a very busy Yogi, I’m always striving to simplify simplify simply. Yoga helps me notice and give meaning to small things in life. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 18 years; yoga found me in a college classroom as a non-credit course, that I decided to take anyway. Yoga took me hook, line, and sinker. I’ll never forget the day I decided to become a Yoga Instructor, it was a dark
and stormy night… okay actually it was a sunny winter day and I decided to teach yoga so that others would benefit from it as I have. My favorite quote is "You are not a helpless victim of your own thoughts, but rather a master
of your own mind." – Louise Hay
Cassie Harrison is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She received her instruction through Urban Breath Yoga in Saint Louis taught by Dr. Jaime Sanchez. In her yoga practice, Cassie employs numerous styles of Sivananda Yoga complimented by various other styles of Hatha Yoga.
Cassie incorporates the words of Swami Vishnudevananda into her teaching philosophy...
"Health is wealth, peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way."
Barbara Stout, Yoga Instructor
Barbara Stout started her journey
to Yoga looking for a way to keep in shape and restore flexibility after a back
injury, then discovered that Yoga was much much more than mere exercise. Starting out in Astanga and Power Yoga
inspired by Beryl Bender Birch, brought a true understanding of how important
breath and alignment are to the body.
Practicing yoga for over 20
years, Barbara is a 200+ hour certified teacher, studying under Dr. Jaime
Sanchez, founder of West-East Natural
Healing, the oldest teacher training program in St. Louis in the Hatha
discipline of Sivananda Yoga. Barbara’s teaching
style is based on the traditions of Astanga, Vinyasa flow and Hatha Yoga and
brings together meditation, pranayama, core movement and physical awareness to
every aspect of yoga practice.
In Barbara’s classes, you can
expect to be met where your abilities lay, and travel through a core enhancing,
flowing yoga sequence that is fun and challenging without being
overwhelming. You will learn alignment
cues to make all your yoga poses more effective. At the conclusion of class you
will come away feeling centered, relaxed and energized.
Thomas M. K. Stratman, ThM
Thomas has worked with the military, hospitals and prisons since 1991.
His Masters Degree in Theology with special focus on Comparative
Theology allows him to help people of diverse belief systems. He works
from religious texts spanning both time and distance as well as philosophical text such as the Dao-Teh-Ching and the Dialogs
of Plato. His classes and individual spiritual councel here at Breath
of Life Health & Wellness Center focus on mindfulness training using
the eight limbs of Yoga: Yamas-External Restraints, Niyamas-Internal Restraints/Observances, Asana-Sitting/Postures, Pranayama-Mindful Breathing, Pratyahara-Turning Inward/Withdrawal of Mind from Senses, Dharana-Concentration, Dhyana-Meditation, and Samadhi-Spirituality/Bliss.
Thomas can be reached at 314-603-8311
Jaime Sanchez, ND Yoga Instructor/ Natruropath Physician
Sanchez, ND started practicing Yoga at the age of 8 and became a Yoga
instructor in Venezuela in 1967. He has learned the Solar, Iyengar and
Sivananda methods through various courses in North America, South
America and Spain and has extensively studied the Yoga philosophy and
Sanskrit language. He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (500 hours),
founder of a number of Yoga and Wellness centers in Venezuela, and
America and has established the East-West Natural Healing, Inc.. Jaime
taught Yoga for
almost 10 years at Saint Louis University and Christian Hospital in St.
Louis, Missouri and has become an international lecturer in Spain,
Mexico, Venezuela, China and the USA. Jaime runs the oldest
has been a naturopath since 1995. He studied acupuncture in mainland
China with Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is an East West Natural
Healing, Inc. International lecturer in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela China
and the USA. C0ntact him at 503-810-6708 for an appointment and consultation.
Kristen Banocy, Yoga Instructor
Kristen’s love and appreciation for the power of movement
first came through dance. She has been studying many styles for 22 years and is
currently a member of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. She found yoga
while in college and quickly fell in love with the way the practice centered
both the body, and, more importantly, the mind.
She became a yoga instructor
with the hope of sharing with others the healing power of yoga that she
continues to experience daily.
Diane Villani , Yoga Instructor
Diane’s passion for yoga began in the mid 90’s with an emphasis on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She knew yoga was a path with a heart, and after feeling the benefits of yoga first hand she was hooked. She began studying yoga, different types of natural healing, and attending workshops. After she gave birth to her daughter she knew yoga would be a fun way to raise a happy, healthy child and studied with Marsha Wenig to become certified with YogaKids International. Continuing to grow in her own practice she became Yoga Alliance certified with a dynamic and comprehensive study in the practice of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and meditation practice. She is currently working on her Yin Yoga certification.
“I want to help as many people as I can to feel healthy, peaceful, and connected. When you feel peaceful you help others around you to feel peaceful”.
Diane likes to create a space where people can connect with their breath through body movement and feel firsthand the benefits of mental clarity and mind, body, spirit connection. She feels it is important to be comfortable with your body and who you are as a person.
Jeffery Hoffman, DC
Jeffrey Hoffman is a 1997 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He is a former Teacher of Anatomy for 2 St.
Louis massage schools and a former teaching staff member for Bio-Geometric
Integration (BGI), a leading edge Model of Chiropractic. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical
Engineering from University of Missouri – Rolla and worked as an engineer for 8
years before going to Chiropractic School.
changed my life! My goals are to bring
the same qualities that I experienced in my healing to my clients. This means healing, education, compassion,
and commitment. I hope to offer in
service that which people are looking for and goes beyond normal health
You can reach Dr. Hoffman at
Ginger Rasmussen, LMT
came after a lifetime of studying art. I found it to be a great outlet
for creative energy and a wonderful medium for helping people. In 2007,
I became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage. I've studied
several modalities including Sports massage, Trigger Point Therapy,
Swedish massage, and Deep Tissue. The instructor who taught me studied
Thai Massage in Thailand and she influenced a lot of the techniques I
still use. I try to be flexible and adjust every massage to achieve the
best results for each client. One of my favorite things about Massage
Therapy is that there are so many types and each Therapist uses
techniques differently. And, much like art, each person feels
differently so they receive the massage differently.
Jerry Foster, LMT
Jerry Foster, LMT graduated from the Healing Arts Center in
May of 2010. He opened White Buffalo
Massage, LLC in June of the same year.
Jerry is nationally certified by NCBTMB, and is also certified by the
state of Missouri. He offers Swedish
massage, deep tissue massage, Myofascial release, and Reiki. He recently took a Continuing Education course in hot
stone massage and now offers that as an optional addition to his massage at
Jerry believes that the body itself has great healing
powers, and that massage can help to begin the process of allowing the body to
heal. Massage works well with
traditional medicine to heal the body and provide some much needed relaxation.
Jerry has always been the person that gave a back massage or neck rub to
friends and church members and was constantly being told he should be a massage
therapist. He finally decided to go back to school and use the talents
and gifts God had given him.
Jerry’s happily married and the father of two fine young men. He loves
to do crafts of all types and lately have gotten back into doing leather crafts.
He loves to cook for his family and larger groups at church. For an appointment.You can contact Jerry directly at 314-346-1325
Randy Jones, LMT
• I am a Saint Louis area
native, trained in Seattle Massage School - Seattle, WA, primary focus clinical
& sports massage, graduated November 1992.
• I was licensed as Massage
therapist in Washington State Dec 1992
• 1994-2006 United States Air
Force Reserve medic.
• 1997-2002 Neuromuscular
Therapy American Method taught by Judith Delany in St. Louis & myofascial release at continuing
education massage seminars in St. Louis and Seattle.
• 1994-1997 practiced at Hands
of Life Myotherapy in Belleville
• 1996-2001 practiced at Ritz
Carlton Saint Louis Fitness Club.
•Deployed to Persian Gulf during 2003-2004, continued
to practice massage therapy with my fellow deployed military members
• Fall 2010 became nationally
certified massage therapy and bodywork practitioner and took continuing
education courses to prepare for Missouri state license.
• Spring 2011 licensed in
Missouri as Massage Therapist. Spring 2012 applied for massage therapy
license with state of Illinois. Both
seated massage and table massage work are available by appointment.
provide practical bodywork for balance and flexibility, utilizing a number of
techniques which give the client best results possible. Some of the techniques
I employ are: observation and analysis, stretching, neuromuscular therapy and
trigger point therapy. My analysis takes into consideration my client’s
occupation and recreational activities to identify problem areas and provide
best plan possible to reduce pain and help restore flexibility and balance.
Ellen Rowe, LMT
Each of my clients is important to me. I want each to
experience the benefits of massage and see firsthand the many ways
bodywork can improve one’s sense of health and well being. One need not
wait (as I did) to have a minor health issue before exploring
complementary wellness therapies. YOU are important. A focus on
self-care, with regular massage, is a great way to maintain and improve
the way you feel and look.
I received my training from The Healing Arts Center and completion of their 600-hour therapeutic massage program in 2009. I am Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage, and a member of the ABMP Massage Association. With my many continuing classes in Myofascial Release, Ortho-Bionomy, Reiki, Healing Touch, and Geriatric Massage, I customize your massage to focus on your specific needs.
YOU deserve to feel great. Take time for you and make an appointment.
Call 314 258 1203 or visit my web site
Elaine King, Health Coach
Elaine is a Certified Holistic Health
Coach. She supports women in making the connection to what really
nourishes them: eating well, moving well, and being spiritually well,
believing that the spiritual connection is what supports it all. With
Elaine, you will renew your relationship with food, gain a deeper
connection with your inner spirit, understand how your body is unique,
and more! She does private coaching, group coaching, and leads wellness
workshops and cooking demonstrations. Elaine received her health and
nutrition training with Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is
board certified through the American Association of Drug-less
For more info and to receive her weekly newsletter, visit simply-healthy.com.
Lauri Stokes, Life Coach
not working? Emotions getting the best of you? Why would anyone need a
personal coaching process? Very simply, There's more to life. Coaching
process will help you discover:
Why change is vital to growth
Why your belief system dictates your behaviors
How to let go of your fears , How to reclaim your power
How to use silence as a teacher,
Who you really are and so much more.
" You can not heal or change what you do not acknowledge"
I received my intensive training and certification for Personal Life Coaching in 2009 from Compass Global Group.
It's my passion in "Helping others find their significance and inspiring life vision"
It's Your Gift Life Coaching
Laurie Stokes 636-248-4577 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucy Moorman , LMT , B.A. in Media
Lightworks Energy Therapy
Moorman has been a massage therapist for 22 years. Her initial
training was at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1990. She has
continued her education to include Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Reiki Master, Craniosacral Therapy, Universal Healing Master, Hawaiian Lomilomi and
many more workshops in personal and spiritual growth. Lucy combines
massage with energy work taking you into a transcendent state of
relaxation. She offers Chakrassage (combining massage with clearing and balancing the 7 major energy centers), Balinese
(a deeply relaxing massage with long flowing strokes along the entire
length of your body. The gliding rhythmical massage and light pressure
from warm stones bring a deep sense of well-being). Lucy’s massage is a
melting away of tension-- like a mini-vacation. She also offers Quantum Release Work (chakra balancing during a visualization process that takes you into a theta mind state for healing).
She also works with clients (off the massage table) who are trying to make changes in their lives using PSYCH-K and Emotional Freedom Technique.
Energy Therapy clears emotional energy that is the result of negative
thinking or self-limiting beliefs. It helps you to identify patterns
that are often unconscious and change them in surprisingly simple ways.
is also a published writer and photographer. She previously worked in
television for twenty years as a video editor. Visit her website at www.lucymoorman.com 314-308-6440
Stan Brooks - Martial Arts Instructor
I began training in Chinese Gung-Fu in the fall of 1970 under Sifu Mike Sanlin. In 1972, Carl James, a senior student of our
school was granted permission to train with a select group of martial artists
under the direction of Guro Dan Inosanto in Torrence, Calif. There have been many teachers who have
contributed to my growth, however. I feel that
I owe a special debt to these 3 individuals for
their knowledge and wisdom which
guided me in the beginning of my journey.
I have served as an instructor at California Martial Arts
Academy (1984 to 1992) and Ron Smith’s
Muay Thai Academy (1993 to 1998). I have taught classes on self defence at various locations
( S.I.U. Edwardsville, St. Louis
University , midtown YMCA & YWCA
In 1992 I became a practioner of Human & Universal Energy ( founded by Master Luong Minh Dang)
and later served as co-director of
‘Spiritual Human Yoga of South Grand’ (H.U.E. teaching & healing center).
The practice of Universal Energy has enabled me to explore
the subtlety and nuance of martial arts movement which helps to enhance self-
expression and creative flow.
Phone # 314-322-2387
M.A., Certified EPT Works Practitioner Dorothy has an Advanced Certification in EPT Works (Emotional
Polarity Technique) a mind/body/spirit healing technique that facilitates rapid
emotional release. Forgiveness is the
cornerstone of this natural healing process.
Dorothy’s passion is helping people gain awareness about “heart issues”
- emotional patterns or blocks in their life that prevent them from reaching
their life goals and gaining peace and balance in their relationships and
health. When addressing these issues
through EPT, a shift happens not only in the mind, but also in the body. Dorothy is currently working on gaining certification as an
Emotion Code Practitioner to further help people with the release of “heart
walls” and other trapped emotions that no longer serve them.
Dorothy is married and a mom of two terrific kids. She is an animal lover and has three cats who
happen to love energy therapy! Dorothy loves dabbling in decorative art - from
painting faux finishes to making draperies.
She is currently interested in giving new life to old furniture through
various painting and distressing techniques.
To visit Dorothy’s website and learn more about EPT Works,
please go to:
www.myessentialconnections.com. To contact Dorothy, please call 636.821.1158.