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!

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AMANDA CECCARELLI

Spa Manager/ Medical Aesthetician

Amanda has over 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 a Senior Medical Esthetician.  

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.

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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.

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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.
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TAYLOR BHOJA

Registered Massage Therapist

Taylor is an RMT and Transformational and Energy Healer who orchestrates powerful, simple energetic shifts to augment restoration and rejuvenation.   


As an Energy Healer, Taylor is passionately committed to the healing arts using holistic healing practises.  He expertly deploys sound and energy healing in conjunction and coordination with body work to bring about energetic release, vibratory attunement, physical relaxation and stress relief.   Taylor's sensitivity and delicacy allows him to facilitate processes of grief, transformation and optimal attunement.


As an RMT, he offers swedish massage, cupping therapy, deep tissue and rehabilitation massage, myofascial and trigger point release, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy applications, and can address musculoskeletal impairments, scar adhesions, spinal cord injuries. He is also experienced in treating patients with neurological and pathological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson's, Auto-immune issues such as Multiple Sclerosis and cancer.  Taylor's techniques have been beneficial in assisting in recovery from aches, pains, injuries, stress relief and relaxation.  

 

He creates immersive environments that deepen the impact of his work. Taylor believes in educating his patients on how they can play an active role in their health by providing a rounded approach to psycho-physical awareness combined with healthy and mindful living including remedial exercises for them to follow at home.


Taylor has honed his craft and has developed particular expertise in highly sensitive dynamics such as  working with the elderly, facilitating trauma release and aiding recovery through Energetic Healing, Soundscaping and as an RMT.


Taylor continues to attend workshops to advance his present modalities and learn new and complementary techniques. Taylor is a registered member with CMTO.  As a mindset coach, he leverages his expertise in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help people identify and adopt winning perspectives and life strategies. 

 

In his spare time, Taylor loves drumming, spending time in nature and within the community, tending to his backyard,  caring for wild life in his backyard, playing with his pets and being with his family.

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ISABELLA DE CARVALHO

Registered Massage Therapist 

Having immigrated from São Paulo to Toronto in 2015 to study Massage Therapy, Isabella has practiced Physiotherapy for 9 years in Brazil.
Having been a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor for 11 years, she is very comfortable creating a friendly client-therapist relationship and is committed to help her clients reconnect with their bodies in a healthy way.
Practicing under the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) since 2019, she has been part of the Laya team since 2016. Isabella is passionate about using her knowledge and intuition to provide a remarkable experience for her clients. For her, touch is a powerful form of non-verbal communication.
Her specialties are Deep Tissue, General Swedish Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage.

When she is not working she likes to spend time biking, running, reading, playing the piano and connecting with friends and nature.

Isabella’s favourite quote is by Carl Jung:
“Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside awakens.

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LYNNE NEUBERT

Registered Massage Therapist 

Lynne has been practicing massage therapy in Toronto since 2000 and has all the experience you need to help heal any acute or chronic muscular conditions.  Most of her earlier years as an RMT were spent in rehabilitation clinics treating car accident injuries and more severe neck and back pain gaining knowledge in remedial exercises and overall health management.  Her specialty is relaxation massage, stress relief and pain reduction.  If you love a soothing massage her traditional Swedish technique is for you.  Neck treatments are her best treatments followed by a head and scalp massage to put you into a deep sense of relaxation.  Available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1-8pm.

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TAYLOR TIMONEY

Reiki Practitioner 

Taylor was introduced to holistic healing at a young age when her aunt, a Reiki Master, taught her to work with her own energy through the use of meditation, visualization, and bodywork. Taylor has been inspired by the benefits of these incredible tools and has followed her calling to become a healer herself receiving her Reiki II certification this past June. Taylor’s mission is to bring more love into the world through the beautiful healing of Reiki by bringing her client’s energy centers into balance and connecting them with their true power. Taylor is continuing her education in other modalities such as Ayurveda traditional healing and plant medicine. When she’s not working, Taylor finds joy in listening to music, singing while playing guitar and connecting with nature.