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Wellness Collective

About Our Therapists

Joleen Tafoya, LMP

Joleen grew up spending summers in the majestic mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and winters in the desert of Palm Springs, California riding horses, enjoying family and being active outdoors. She gained a passion for health and wellness at a young age, but it wasn't until after spending almost 15 years in the financial world before Joleen re-located with her children to the Central Coast of California to pursue a new path in bodywork. 

She is now an experienced practitioner with a healing touch. Her services are extremely unique and effective. She is a graduate of California Holistic Institute in massage and is trained in several modalities. Joleen has the ability to connect with the body and is guided by her intuition using techniques based on structural integration, visceral manipulation, and neuromuscular therapies with the intention of balancing the nervous system with the muscular and skeletal systems.

Joleen's most pivotal training has been with Bob Cooley at the Genius of Flexibility in Santa Barbara and is an Affiliate Trainer in Resistance Flexibility & Strength Training (RFST or assisted stretching), a radical new dimension to physical therapy, yoga, and personal training.  A technique where the fascial tissues are stretched while the person tenses and resists the elongation. This relieves chronic tension patterns of scar tissue, and dense fascia that is restricting your body. You will get immediate, cumulative and permanent increases in flexibility and strength, as well as leave feeling and looking great!

Joleen’s mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance and vitality through personal wellness. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body-mind-spirit, she is a proponent of bodywork for relieving physical, as well as emotional stress and strongly believes in the powerful combination of resistance stretching and massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.

“As we change our bodies, we change our lives and this in turn helps to change the world. I look forward to helping you achieve ease in movement.” ~ Joleen

Kylie Tafoya, LMP

Kylie grew up in Jackson, Wyoming riding horses and enjoying the beauty of the Tetons. She moved to Cambria in 2016, leaving a 4 year desk job that caused a lot of back pain to come to a little slice of magic on the coast of California.

At 12 years old she received her first massage and fell in love with the effects. With her aunt and mother being in the industry she was fortunate enough to be able to be immersed in body work for the past 13 years. Working in the salon and spa environment since 15, she has been around some amazing massage therapists that have given her so much knowledge.

Graduating from training at the California Holistic Institute in San Luis Obispo, she has harnessed her intuitive touch to bring a healing space for your body to heal itself.

Katie Vermillion, LMP

Katie grew up in Clovis, Ca where she spent summers up in the mountains exploring the great outdoors. Katie's love for nature took her all around the world traveling and learning after leaving her hometown.

After receiving her first massage in Thailand she felt an instant connection with body work. She saw and felt how much the healing touch overcame her body and left her feeling revitalized and healthy. She knew that this was a calling for herself to be able to provide that for people.

After returning back the states, 5 years ago,  Katie settled down in San Luis Obispo, where she finally had the opportunity to get the training at California Holistic Institute in massage and start working towards a dream to create healing energy through body work.

For 4 years now Katie has been working as a Massage Therapist all over the county. Now settled in Cambria, CA she has finally found her new journey and path with Vyana.

" I truly look forward to creating a safe and loving environment and helping you reach your physical needs to start the natural healing process that comes with body work." - Katie 

 

Giles Maynard, LMT

 Giles has been a local fixture of Cambria and the central coast for the past 34 years, after having lived on 3 Continents plus the British Isles this beautiful place has reminders of all.

 One of the most rewarding aspects of Giles massage practice for him has been working with the body to mobilize an individual experience to achieve change and balance..."it is a co-operative effort between client and practitioner that effects this motion through the session and individually afterwards".

 Giles adjusts and customizes treatment  dependent on the clients needs...from the slower esalen eclectic style massage to the more vigorous sport massage with a variety of modalities and appreciate tools in between...from hot stone to cupping, to Gwa Sha (scraping) and cold laser.

  His desire to aide personal health and wellness and  body work journey began decades ago, starting by working on friends and family and then moving on  to be a  physical therapy aid and then to professional massage, working at Sycamore Mineral Springs as well as 10 years at Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur. His clients have come from all walks of life, and all corners of the globe. His approach extends the healing touch towards our four legged friends as well.  Current additions to his massage  experience is the study of Auricular Medicine, microcurrent and exercise physiology with a focus to perfectly compliment and enhance massage.

“I look forward to working with you, and hope for your days to be blessed with health, and full of amazement”, Giles.

Mary O'Niel, LMT

Mary is trained and experienced in all types of bodywork. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in deep tissue Thai massage, Shiatsu, and Myofascia. Mary's Mission in life is to facilitate healing and wellness - one body at a time.

 

Joanna Bobbitt

Hello, my name is Joanna Bobbitt and I am 51 years of age. I was born in Chicago, but grew up in the Ventura area of southern California. I have 31 years of experience as a nutrition counselor, 17 years of yoga teaching experience, and 17 years of massage therapy experience. I have lived and worked independently on the central coast of California for 31 years. I love what I do and I love to teach and heal. I am always learning from my students and clients. I am also passionate about nutrition and a strident supporter of the organic food movement and teaching people how to eat locally and to eat responsibly. I have 3 beautiful grown children and 1 amazing little grandson. I'm overjoyed to be so fortunate to share the experiences I have gained over the years with you.

       I have been Jason's apprentice for the past 6 months. Together, we have designed a method using both of our talents. We call it "The Knox Method."

Monica Lynn Remis

Please welcome Miss Monica Lynn to the area.. we are thrilled to be bringing her unique style into what we offer here at VYANA.. Monica has an extensive training and certification in Jin Shin Do Body Mind Acupressure and whole food nutritional counseling based on the five element principles of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine). She has a deep understanding and love of plant medicine and Aroma therapy. She also carries certifications in Shiatsu as well as Thai Massage. 

Because of her broad array of skills, sessions with Monica can be beautifully tailor made to accommodate her clients individual needs and preferences..assisting her clients to re-harmonize the balance within their systems to achieve their optimal potential!

Whether you are interested in a full work up including nutritional counseling and essential oil suggestions or a straight forward rebalancing acupressure session, She will make sure you leave feeling confident in your body's own innate ability to heal itself!!

Monica's style of body work at this time is a fully clothed modality that incorporates point specific acupressure and meridian based full body compressions.

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