Meet all our practitioners
Our holistic sanctuary in the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto offers an elite team of practitioners, massage therapists, and mind-body experts who offer holistic therapies, spa treatments and remedies to boost immunity, reduce stress, and increase energy. Our primary focus is to educate and empower people to improve the quality of your life. We look forward to working with you.
Massage Therapy ● Facials ● Acupuncture ● Energy Medicine ● Osteopathy ● Skin Clinic
Rhea Borromeo, Massage Therapist
“For me massage is a form of meditation. Being mindful allows me to support my clients connection to their own wisdom, listening to their own body. I provide each person a safe place to let go for a moment and be. I believe that self awareness is a prerequisite to good health.Aromatherapy, acupressure, Thai stretches, and breath work enrich my massages. I also love doing prenatal work to support women during their childbearing time. Pregnancy is a very delicate process and being able to provide healing and comfort during this time is sacred and empowering”Massage is an integral part of Rhea’s life. Since a young child, Rhea received massage as way to when to relieve pain and encourage sleep. Because of that massage was always seen as part of a lifestyle rather than a job. In 2004, Rhea embarked on a spiritual journey to heal herself; she was trained in California Healing Arts in Southern California. Developing an awareness of the physical systems of the body and the energy within it had made her more in tune with her own body and its needs toward a holistic approach to good health. Her style is a combination of Deep Tissue and Swedish, acupressure and Thai massage. She’s also trained in hot stone and pre-natal massage. Being present and mindful during her sessions connects her intuitively to restoring balance. She is a believer in the spirit of humanity and our interconnectedness.
Damiana Carpizo, Massage Therapist
Damiana Carpizo’s fascination with the body as the abode of spirit and as an instrument and reflection of the mind has defined her exploration and keen interest in the healing and creative arts, meditation and yoga. She has practiced bodywork since 2005 when completing the Holistic Health/Massage Certification Program at the University of California Santa Cruz. Her yoga practice for the past 10 years and careful study of the therapeutic principles of alignment informs her work. In her sessions Damiana weaves swedish and deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, and accupressure/energy work to provide a nurturing, deeply restoring and effective session.Damiana’s passion is working with pregnant and postpartum women. This began with a desire to offer relief, comfort and healing care during this challenging and most beautiful time in a woman’s life. The experience of giving and receiving bodywork is, in her eyes, not only therapeutic but a way of celebrating and enhancing the gift of embodiment.
Bhaskar Benerji, Thai Yoga Bodywork
“Though I primarily teach and practice Thai Yoga Bodywork, I’m a lover of all forms of floor massage and have extensively studied other floor-based modalities such as Shiatsu and Breema which I integrate into my practice. I consider gravity and the floor to be two of my best friends. Thai Bodywork is not just a form of massage but a therapeutic art form – often referred to as “the Dance of Thai Massage” on account of it rhythmic & graceful movements. Part healing modality, part moving body poetry, its goal is not just to relax a person but promote mind-body-soul integration so that an individual can function at a higher level. Most of my training took place in Northern Thailand with numerous teachers over a period of six years. I chose to attend many rather than one school as I wanted to get a taste for the diversity of this therapeutic healing modality and bring that diversity to my practice. Currently, I practice privately out of two studios in Berkeley and Fairfax, Marin. I also teach classes on an on-going basis at the MckInnon Institute of Bodywork Therapy in Oakland, CA. Come check out the Tandem Thai class being offered on June 16th where two people practice on one person, one of the many fun ways in which Thai bodywork is morphing as this ancient practice discovers new wings in the 21st century. In addition to bodywork, I have a Masters in Holistic Health Education and am currently obtaining my PhD in Mind Body Medicine at Saybrook University (SF, CA) where my intent is to revive the ancient Aesclepian dream healing practices of the Greco-Roman period that once helped thousands to get in touch with their Inner Physician and heal from many so-called “incurable diseases.”
Alok Rocheleau, Zen Thai Shiatsu, Acupressure, Deep Tissue and Chi Nei Tsang
Alok is an experienced yogi and bodyworker who has traveled the world studying with various master teachers and styles. Alok offers both floor mat and table treatments. Mat sessions are primarily Zen Thai Shiatsu, a unique flowing style with focussed intention that leaves the body more open, flexible, and relaxed.
Table sessions incorporate long strokes with oil on the skin releasing and unwinding tension. Alok also intuitively incorporates Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal Chi massage) based on the client's needs. Using knowledge of the Chinese Meridians, Alok supports the internal balance of the body, removing blockages to the free flow of healing energy in the body.
With his background in the yogic arts and a degree in exercise physiology, Alok uses this knowledge to unwind both the muscular and energetic systems of the body. Known for his strong, intuitive hands, Alok encourages awareness of the breath to help with release. Alok also does therapeutic inverted massage and personalized yoga instruction with adjustments.
Anjuli Mahendra, LMT, NCBTMB
Connective-tissue, ZenThai, Chi Nei Tsang
Anjuli Mahendra is a multi-modality massage therapist, teacher, and retreat leader. Her Embodied Resonance practice includes integrated bodywork, workshops and retreats, coaching, and consulting that focus on wellness and empowerment. With over 15 years of experience as a yoga teacher and massage therapist and regular trips to Asia for further training, Anjuli brings a wealth of somatic experience to her treatments. She is a nationally licensed therapist with 1000+ hours of training in both Integrated Connective-tissue massage and Traditional Healing arts systems. Anjuli’s bodywork practice is an integrated form of Connective-tissue and Thai bodywork focused on balancing the body with connective tissue elongation, deep stretching, compression, acupressure, and intuitive unwinding. Her practice incorporates a range of techniques informed by traditional healing arts systems including Shiatsu and Taoist bodywork and can include abdominal massage to balance the organs and meridians of the body. Anjuli’s therapeutic, intuitive touch supports clients to work through physical and emotional issues as well as bring them into a deep state of relaxation and connection. By layering in soft toning, breath cues, and energy-work into her practice, she encourages her clients connect to their innate wisdom and release what no longer serves. Anjuli is the co-founder of ContactYoga.org and facilitates workshops and retreats to explore connection and touch through partner yoga, contact improvisation, and Thai Massage. In both teaching and bodywork, her goal is to create a sacred container for healing and growth, heightened listening, and expanded perspective.
Allana Beauchamp, Esthetician
Allana Beauchamp is a Clinical Aesthetician and Holistic Health Educator in Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She is a Certified Massage Therapist and skilled in Herbal body treatments & Aromatherapy, also incorporating her skills and knowledge as a Medical Herbalist.
Skin treatments with Allana will leave you feeling refreshed , renewed , rejuvenated and uplifted. In her customized Facials, she offers a Skin care evaluation upon which she is able to determine the appropriate treatment. This may include: deep facial cleansing with extractions, Aromatherapy, a hot back pack for deep muscle relaxation, appropriate serums, masks & moisture replenishments, hand, shoulder, neck & scalp massages are also offered to deeply relax the body, mind and spirit. After your customized Facial, you will leave with radiant skin and a soothed soul.
She also includes Nutritional consultations for clients with Acne and other health related issues. Available for Raw to Paleo Dietary consults and Catering.
Fanny Clavier, LE, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha karma Specialist
After growing up in France, Fanny pursued her interest of Philosophy and the Visual Arts at UC Davis under the guidance of Wayne Thiebaud, Manual Neri and Robert Arneson. She has since transferred her artistic passion to the Healing Arts, Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy, earning her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Certification from the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City and her Esthetician License from Cinta Aveda Institute in San Francisco. She is delighted to share her passion for healing, using Ayurvedic therapies such as Shirodhara, as well as individualized facials and body care. She is grateful to work with organic, eco friendly, plant based oils and herbs in all of her treatments that are balancing for mind, body and the planet.
Dale Fanning, Acupuncture/Bodywork
Dale Fanning MS LAc, is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist and therapeutic body-worker. He holds a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious ACTCM in San Francisco, and has completed over 3500 hours of training. His post graduate work is in the area of Five Element Acupuncture, a powerful and little known system of Chinese medicine that is able to treat at the deepest level of spirit and produce the most comprehensive transformations in patients. Dale’s specialties include musculoskeletal pain and injury, anxiety and insomnia, hormonal and mood imbalances, and emotional disorders. His mission is to do for his patients what this ancient and profound system of medicine has done for him: Rid the body of illness, nurture the spirit and bring the patient more fully into all aspects of their life.
John Luna-Sparks, Licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist & Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
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John Luna-Sparks is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist who helps patients lead pain-free, active lives. He specializes in sports acupuncture and mental health. After acupuncture school, he completed the intensive Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with Dr. Whitfield Reaves who pioneered the use of acupuncture with Western orthopedics. John seeks to change the public’s reliance on opioids and other drugs by spreading the word about safe, natural interventions like acupuncture that actually work. He suffered a debilitating neck injury over 10 years ago that left him bedridden for 4 months. His true recovery began 1 year later when a friend suggested acupuncture. He was able to come off several pain medications and an antidepressant, and canceled a scheduled cervical fusion procedure.
John is passionate about helping others take charge of their healthcare, as he did, with options that target the root cause of their pain and minimize the use of drugs and surgery.
Nathan Ng, Acupuncturist
Nathan Ng, L.Ac., DACM, is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and Tai Chi teacher specializing in resolving anxiety, anxiety related health issues, and trauma resolution. He has been a practitioner of Taoist movement and healing arts such as Tai Chi for over 26 years and teaching for over 10 years. His Tai Chi Chuan lineages are 5th generation Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan under his grandfather, Master Kong Pak Yu, and 21st generation Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan under his uncle, Master Wong Wai Yi. He is also a 26th generation formal lineage disciple of the Taoist Long Men Pai (Dragon Gate Lineage) under Taoist Master Yun Xiang Tseng. In addition to his Eastern healing background, Nathan has completed a 2-year comprehensive training in body-oriented psychotherapy, plus 3 years of graduate level education in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Through his unique approach rooted in ancient healing traditions, his expertise is in helping you break free from the grip of anxiety that is negatively impacting your health, relationships and career, so that you can live a healthy, peaceful and empowered life.
Laura Shirreff, Siam Reiki Master
Siam Reiki comes from the traditional “Usui Shiki Ryoho” and is dedicated to the healing art of Master Usui, who developed Reiki in 1922 in Japan. Siam Reiki ensures all practitioners are fully attuned and understanding of the energy they channel to ensure safe treatments with a true intention to help and heal others. It is an energy transfer therapy of holistic nature, which helps heal imbalances of energy in mind, body, spirit and emotions. Reiki helps to clear energy blockages and release toxins that have built up in the system, adjusting itself to each person’s individual needs. It is helpful for relieving stress and anxiety and it also helps boost low energy levels and reinforce the immune system. As an alternative and complementary therapy, Reiki can be efficiently used in combination with conventional medical treatments to help patients recover quickly and reduce the side effects of their treatments. It is also a powerful tool for self-understanding and spiritual development.
Laura was trained in Shanghai under Siam Reiki Master Teacher Sera Shivnan. She is certified from the Institute of Applied Holistic Health Sciences in Siam Reiki Level III (Master Level), Crystals Therapy, Pendulum Diagnosis and DPA Meditation. Laura has offered private Reiki sessions for clients in the U.S. as well as Shanghai, China and the Tibetan Plateau.
Vaishnavi Lewis left the corporate world of cable television in the 80’s to pursue intensive spiritual study, later traveling and teaching yoga and meditation throughout the United States, Canada, India and Australia. Her interest in flower essences and vibrational healing began with the birth of her daughter. Settling into family life, raising her daughter at home, she began to join spiritual insight and wisdom to a study of the subtle energies and gentle messages of the flowers. As a healer, in service of others, she offers her light, her insight, her gentle joy and wisdom, through her loving healing sessions.
Aparna Dandekar, Family Medicine, Osteopathy & Ayurveda
I am a board certified family physician trained in three medical sciences–Western (Allopathic) Medicine, Osteopathy, and Ayurveda.The philosophy that I adhere to is simple: nature knows best. My inherent faith in nature’s self-regulating wisdom is further strengthened by my Osteopathic and Ayurvedic training. Simultaneously, my experience as an allopathic physician has given me the utmost respect for modern science. I believe that balanced health can be better achieved by aligning ourselves with the guidelines handed down from ages past, while availing ourselves to the benefits of today’s technological advancements.
I enjoy being the mother of two growing children. My husband, a pediatrician, and I live in the Berkeley area. I am fluent in the Indian languages of Marathi and Hindi, and have a degree in Sanskrit.
I look forward to working with you to create positive and lasting changes in your health, using techniques that are easily incorporated into your daily life.
Dr. Vera Singleton, ND
Dr. Vera Singleton, ND helps clients improve skin quality and eliminates unwanted growths sprouting from prolonged sun exposure and environmental DNA damage. It's important to maintain healthy cancer-free skin that looks fresh, feels healthy and protects you. After all, great skin makes you feel bold and confident in your life! Since healthy skin comes from the inside out, Dr. Singleton educates clients on how to maximize and protect the largest organ of the body. She helps both men and women improve skin health through nutrition education and eliminating suspicious & unwanted growths with an innovative natural and non-invasive topical treatment. Dr. Singleton and the Ecopolitan network of natural skin doctors host skin clinics in the Bay Area, around the U.S and internationally helping well over 100,000 clients. Ecopolitan is a non-profit internationalorganization who's mission is to build sustainable communities in the U.S. and Nepal. All proceeds from Dr. Singleton's skin clinics support this charity. Dr. Singleton was voted Best Doctor in the East Bay in 2018 & has a thriving integrative natural medical practice in Lafayette, CA.