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 studying herbalism at the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont. In December she will complete 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.

STEVEN VINCENT

Registered Massage Therapist 

Steven graduated from Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy in 2012. He brings a calming yet powerful presence to every treatment, and has a natural ability to make people comfortable and at peace. His own healing journey has led him to the study of a diverse range of healing modalities, including acupuncture, yoga, qi gong, reiki, and most recently psychotherapy. Steven is a world traveller with a passionate love of the biosphere and a commitment to the highest quality of service. In his spare time he loves drumming, cycling, and exploring the hiking trails around the city.

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.

THEA GREISMAN

Registered Massage Therapist

As a recent graduate of ITC Kikkawa College, Thea is a Registered Massage Therapist, working in Toronto’s downtown core.
While working as a trained Chef in kitchens and bakeries in Canada and worldwide, Thea observed a need throughout the industry for providing ongoing care for everything from generalized tension to repetitive strain injuries.
Thea believes in the importance of client education, by providing clients with suggestions for everyday maintenance or home care exercises, she will allow you to have more autonomy with your overall health and wellness. She is committed to personal development, ongoing education and developing strong, professional relationships with her clients. She uses a combination of massage techniques including deep tissue, swedish, Trigger point therapy and fascial release, to help reduce your discomfort and improve function, while providing relief.

CHARITY LUMEN

Esthetician, Waxologist

 

Charity is an Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist with a passion for

 

creating balance.  An expansive tenacity propels her into greater realms

 

of facilitation.

Providing treatments in Facials, Waxing (over 400 Brazilian Waxes

 

performed in 2017), Chakra Therapy, Dead Sea Mud Wrap, Eyelash and

 

Eyebrow Tinting, Manual Derma Abrasion Facial, Back Treatment,  and

 

more.”

MELISSA LESIC

Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Melissa discovered yoga nearly a decade ago. After her first ever class, she

 

felt like she'd found her home. Yoga made her feel graceful in her body for

 

the first time, plus gave her something no other form of physical activity

 

ever had: an internal journey. Melissa completed her 200-hour Hatha and

 

vinyasa certification in 2010 at Tula in Toronto. She completed her Thai

 

massage therapist certification in 2016 at Thai Massage Toronto, her

 

restorative yoga training with Kim McBean Yoga that same year, and her Yin

 

Yoga training in 2017. Melissa is dedicated to sharing her love of yoga and

 

creating a fun and nurturing class environment that inspires her students.

KATE YOUNG

Registered Yoga Teacher 

Kate began to practice yoga in 2009 while studying the performing arts at

 

Randolph Academy. After graduating she completed her initial Yoga

 

Teacher Training, studying the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and went on to

 

complete The Art of Mysore Advanced Teacher Training. Certified in Thai

 

Yoga Massage and Reiki she brings elements from both of these traditions

 

into her teaching style. Through class she wishes to enable students to

 

explore the body’s potential.

JULES LAWRENCE

Registered Yoga Teacher

Love of gymnastics, philosophy and theatre when I was younger was

 

where the mind body seed was sown. Injuries in my life have become

 

blessings in disguise. A lower spine injury debilitated me to the point I

 

simply couldn’t straighten myself and was in constant agonizing pain.

 

Modern medicine numbed the pain but my discovery of Yoga and Thai

 

Massage not only healed me but inspired me to help others find their

 

path to a pain free life. A more recent bike accident led me to see all

 

kinds of healers, enriching my knowledge and empathy. I now teach and

 

work with limited mobility and hope to inspire all to the fact that anyone

 

can practice yoga.

 

In Yoga, we will connect body and breath while learning to quiet the

 

mind. My classes incorporate strength, endurance, flexibility and

 

playfulness to find our own inner truth through self awareness and self

 

discovery. Returning to the moment and finding freedom of expression in

 

where we are Now.

 

I look forward to seeing you on the mat!

ALISA DONKERS

Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Alisa has been practising yoga for over a decade and has been a teacher

 

for almost 2 years.  Through her travels in Australia, South East Asia and

 

India she has been fortunate to train with some amazing teachers and

 

friends.  She took her 200 hour TTC in Rishikesh and continued to train

 

and teach in the Himalayas for 5 months after and then hopped over to

 

the Bahamas to live in a Sivananda Ashram for 3 months.  After a few

 

Thai Massage workshops and she started incorporating more touch and

 

applying deeper adjustments into her classes.  In April 2017 Alisa moved

 

to Toronto and has been teaching, training and continuing to study

 

Ayurvedic practises, Thai Massage and working at the beautiful Laya Spa

 

and Yoga.  She teaches a variety of styles including vinyasa, Traditional

 

Hatha, Restorative, Pranayama and meditation.  She’s excited to share

 

her yogic knowledge and deepen her practise with you!   

JANEEN YUSUF​

Registered Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Practitioner 

Janeen is an Ayu-Yoga Instructor and a Registered Naturotherapy Practitioner of Ayurveda. She leads classes that merge the Vedic sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga, applying seasonal routines and bio-energy specific practices, custom designed to balance, maintain and sustain health. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, Janeen supports people through their personal transformation and counsels them to nurture a positive, sustainable relationship with their diet and lifestyle while honouring their innate nature, wholeness and abilities.  She provides compassionate care and integrative health protocols detailing diet, herbs, lifestyle practices and yoga/meditation/breathwork. Janeen offers educational presentations and participatory workshops on yoga, ayurveda, wellness and creative arts. She is inspired to ignite, excite, and support people on their journey of self-knowledge and self-healing.

CLARITY BARTLEET

Registered Yoga Teacher 

Clarity Bartleet is a Shamanic Yoga & Tantra Teacher and an Intuitive Healer. Her path has guided her to live and breath Tantra by cultivating a spiritual awareness based on embodied experiences of pleasure, bliss and emotional work/shadow work.Clarity started her tantric journey by deconditioning herself from limiting beliefs about her body and her sexuality. She later joined a Tantra study group where she met her current partner with whom she has been practicing the art of Tantric Sexual Union orMaithuna. Since, she studied Tantra with many teachers including Gurus in India where she received traditional teachings from the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition. Her mentors also include modern Tantric Teachers from Osho’s Neo-Tantric lineage. As a shamanic Yoga Teacher, Clarity strongly believes in reclaiming Yoga a ritual and ceremony that allows people to connect to the spiritual and energetic realm. Clarity’s wish is to inspire others to find their own expression of Yoga, Tantra and Shamanism by tapping into their intuition and their inner sense of knowing. Her many circles, retreats and workshops have helped hundreds of souls to feel empowered on their journey and to find deeper connection with themselves and with others.

DANIELLE CRAMPSIE

Registered Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer

 

Danielle is passionate about sound, vibrations and

 

their healing effects on the body and mind. Using tuning forks as

 

tools she teaches simple techniques, incorporating sound,

 

breath and movement which help retune the nervous system and

 

harmonize imbalances within the body. 

YAIZA DECAUDIN

Yoga Instructor

"My yoga journey started long before I knew and it

all began out of a need to deepen my understanding of Self; mind, body, and soul. Movement has always been a part of me, whether through dance or functional training. As for spirituality, I’m working on it and believe that is a lifelong discovery.”

JAYLA PEARCE

Yoga Instructor

Jayla loves to make her classes fun and light-hearted, encouraging some laughs. She is warm and welcoming, so you can focus on going inward and listening to your body. You can expect her classes to be somewhat fast-paced but accessible, with options to ease off or add more as you wish. Meaning, her classes are open to everyone! Jayla completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 at Downward Dog Yoga Centre, in Toronto focusing on Ashtanga Yoga. Working in the corporate office for years, she understands the 'office back + body' and has the natural ability to adapt to the unique needs of her students. She currently teaches studio classes, corporate yoga and private yoga. She loves practicing and teaching outdoors whenever possible! For more about Jayla, visit her website here.

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