MEET ALESSANDRA

Owner & Director

Alessandra's life philosophy is growth, evolution and a steady flow of energy. She believes that continuing education is a key factor in providing her clients with the most informed advice and treatments. 

She began her career as an aesthetician in 2002, working at a  holistic spa, here, the practices of natural wellness sparked her interest and she set off on an adventure to learn the best ways of healing the skin and body in the most natural and holistic way. Growing up in Brazil for the first few years of her life, she was also exposed to beauty treatments like Brazilian bikini wax, which is one of her expertise.

In 2010 Alessandra set off on a new adventure to learn the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. She completed her 500HR YTT at Downward Dog Yoga Center and Trained with Andrea Oliveira at Rituals Ayurveda School. Her education did not stop here, in 2018 Alessandra was certified as  Registered Massage Therapist. She's also completed training in Yoga Nidra Meditation, Theta Healing Meditation and Restorative Yoga.

Most recently Alessandra has been pouring her energy into completing her herbalism certification at the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont. She has completed 340hrs of training in Traditional Herbal Medicine and plant spirit communication. Her love for plant medicine continues to grow, along with a deep belief that plants are our allies and in order for us to help bring healing to  the world we must work in council with mother nature. In the spring of 2020 Alessandra will be teaching plant medicine as a faculty member of The Gaia School of Healing where she will teach year one apprentices how to step into this journey of self healing and empowerment.

Stay tuned for plant medicine workshops coming this January!

AMANDA CECCARELLI

Spa Manager/ Medical Aesthetician

Amanda has almost 20 years of experience in the spa industry.   As a previous Esthetics business owner, she understands the value of great services paired with excellent customer experience.  She began her career with a love of natural and holistic views on treating the skin.  Over time, her passion for the clinical side of the industry blossomed and she became certified in IPL and Laser Hair Removal.   Amanda works not only as the Spa Manager, but as the Senior Medical Esthetician on site at Laya's new division, Laya Medi Spa.  

LYNN JANKOV

Registered Massage Therapist 

Lynn is a graduate from Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic and is a registered member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).  She practices therapeutic Swedish massage and within that context has discovered there is a lot of room for flexibility.  Her treatments vary in style from deep tissue to a lighter lymphatic drainage approach.  Experienced in Hot Stone massage and incorporates a variety of techniques into each treatment including trigger point therapy, passive stretch & myofascial release.  She has trained to treat women in all stages of pregnancy, as well as neurological and pathological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy.

JOCELYN BOGNOT

Registered Massage Therapist 

Jocelyn views massage therapy as the perfect integration of science-based techniques with a holistic approach to achieve wellness in assisting the body in its natural healing process.

As a graduate of the Sutherland-Chan School and Teaching Clinic, Jocelyn has worked with conditions ranging from musculoskeletal impairments, scar adhesions, cancer and spinal cord injuries.   Her treatments incorporate techniques such as trigger point therapy and joint mobilizations with an element of relaxation to address life’s daily stresses.  Jocelyn believes wellness is a collaborative effort and works with her clients to assess, educate and offer an appropriate treatment to achieve their specific goals. 

LAURA SARGEANT

Registered Massage Therapist 

After working for over 10 years within the Spa industry in England, Cyprus and Toronto, Laura decided it was time to go back to school to further her career in a field that has always been of huge interest to her, Massage therapy. After moving to Toronto 6 years ago she began working in a local gym and  spa, it was then that she discovered Registered Massage Therapy. With history in massage she decided that this was the perfect career opportunity and set about looking into schools. After finding Kikkawa College she dedicated herself to her studies and thoroughly enjoyed her new focus which fuelled her intrigue for progression. Although Laura is a recent graduate she is very excited to be back working in an industry she knows so well and being able to help people as part of the Health care profession.

AYMEN EZZINE

Registered Massage Therapist 

I have always found the human body and soul combination to be fascinating

 

which lead me to understand it from the eastern to western point or view.

 

During my own personal journey of healing and achieving a balanced

 

lifestyle, I discovered a variety of self help tools that helped me and in turn

 

can assist you with your spiritual and physical journey and help you achieve

 

balance in your lifestyle where in today’s society can be difficult to do it on

 

your own.  As a Massage Therapist, I have learned to utilize my hands to help

 

locate the imbalance  and ultimately make my clients feel better.  During my

 

practice as a Massage Therapist, I decided to expand my learning in the

 

world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In 2011, I travelled from Tunisia

 

toToronto to attend the Shiatsu School of Canada where I completed my

 

certification for TCM Acupuncture. The  philosophy of TCM have become a

 

staple in my personal life, I became more

 

aware of how the body functions, the source of health issues, how emotions.

 

eating habits, environment and activities we do can have an impact on our

 

health and bodies. Today, I am able to do what I love – help people suffering

 

from chronic pain  and guide them towards solutions and overall improved wellbeing. By understanding the root cause of the imbalance and using a

 

variety of modalities such as, deep tissue massage, myofascial release,

 

trigger point release, Acupressure, Cupping, Acupuncture, Gua-Sha

 

(Graston), Auricular  acupuncture, Moxibustion and Tuina I help my clients

 

cope with their daily activities with ease.

TANYA PILLAY

Registered Massage Therapist

 

Tanya has been offering therapeutic bodywork since 2004 when she added introductory training in shiatsu to her hobby of massaging friends for fun. These years of experience and growing interest in physical and mental wellness led her to become a Certified Master Hypnotist in 2009, and a Registered Massage Therapist in 2018. In addition to standard training in Swedish massage, Tanya’s massage style is most influenced by Thai (using body weight and leverage), fascial/myofascial (stretching anatomical structures away from each other), rolfing (dragging skin and fascia), active release (engaging muscles during massage to help them release tension), and of course shiatsu (travelling compressions). While her deepest work is done with little to no oil or lotion, your preferences are her top priority.

KATE YOUNG

Registered Yoga Teacher 

Kate began her yoga practice in 2009 (while studying the performing arts at Randolph Academy) and completed her initial Yoga Teacher Training soon after, studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. She then went on to complete The Art Of Mysore, Advanced Teacher Training, which emphasized the importance of hands-on adjustments and therapeutic touch. She is currently working on her 500-hour RYT. Certified in Thai Yoga Massage and as a Level 2 Reiki practitioner, Kate brings elements from both of these traditions into her teaching style. She left her job working as a manager at a local record store to pursue teaching full time but hasn’t lost her love of vinyl. You can expect a strong emphasis on music in class. Through her classes she wishes to enable students to explore the body’s potential. 

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