“Touching hands are not like pharmaceuticals or scalpels, they are like flashlights in a dark room. The medicine they administer is self-awareness.”
Michelle received her first bodywork sessions from a young age and ever since has held a deep respect for the holistic healing that therapeutic massage and energy work can facilitate. She received her 700-hour massage therapy training nestled among the unique beauty of the red rocks at the Sedona School of Massage and is a Licensed Massage Therapist by the California State Board of Massage Therapy. Most recently, Michelle has enrolled in intensive CranioSacral Therapy training with the Upledger Institute and is enjoying it immensely. She specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Techniques, Neuromuscular Trigger Point and Swedish massage with influences from Shiatsu, Craniosacral and Polarity therapies. Drawing from these modalities, her sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each client.
Michelle is also a certified yoga instructor, practicing yoga consistently since 2005 while living in bustling Saigon, Vietnam. She received her teaching certification in 2008 at It’s Yoga in San Francisco with Larry Schultz, a charismatic, inspiring and thoughtful practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Between 2008-15, Michelle taught yoga in Asia, which included regular group, private and corporate classes, organizing retreats and special events, hosting international instructors and working with resorts throughout the region. She is happy to continue the tradition, now based in Huntington Beach, California. Michelle’s classes are geared for all levels. Encouraging a beginner’s mind, focus on breath, safe alignment and modifications, while keeping a playful and curious spirit.
Relocating to Huntington Beach at the start of 2015 after a decade living outside of the US has been refreshing and surprisingly exotic for this California native. What better place to land and root down a new home base! Michelle is enjoying getting to know the community, smelling the sea air, getting sand in between her toes and mud under her boots as often as possible. Although Michelle is back on her home turf, she’s still got the traveling spirit. Look out for retreat offerings anywhere from Mexico to Transylvania!
Sitting down with Larry Shultz