Meet Mana Team

The Spa Team

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Sandy Hankins

LMT, NMT

I have been a licensed massage therapist for eighteen years and I am also a certified neuromuscular therapist. Neuromuscular therapy consists of trigger point therapy, myofascial release, positional release and neuromuscular energy technique. I was director of a massage therapy program in the State of Illinois. During this time I taught Anatomy and Physiology, chair massage, Swedish massage and reflexology. I have been affiliated with the Chiropractic profession for twenty years. Our Veterans are near and dear to my heart. I began working with my son, a Veteran of the Iraqi War. I am a volunteer at the hospice unit and NVDA. Reaching out with a compassionate heart and safe touch can transform lives.

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Giselle Blanchard

Makeup Artist

I was born in Temple, Tx and raised in Pinamar, Argentina. I am a student at the Paul Mitchell school in Austin and have seven years of makeup experience. I have six years experience in the customer service industry and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I work with Urban Decay, Smashbox and Ultimate Face Cosmetics and am able to contour and define all face shapes and eye shapes. I am knowledgeable in the Dermalogica skin care line and am proficient in bridal makeup and party makeup. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve the ideal look you have always wanted.

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Carla Craft

LMT

Carla has been helping others with her skills since 2003 and is a proud member of the AMTA. She has also studied and utilized therapeutic grade essential oils for over 11 years. Incorporating these high grade oils has assisted in helping clients suffering from many different ailments. Carla is excited to be a part of the Mana Yoga Health and Spa team and this wonderful practice. She looks forward to meeting and helping you and all that walk through our doors.

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James Chambers

LMT

I became a massage therapist because of the many benefits that massage gives my clients. I’ve been doing massage for a year and specialize in swedish massage. I also use specific modalities like trigger points, deep tissue, and hot stone to help relieve stress and pain. Before massage, I spent five years in the NAVY and learned many skills that helped me become focused and driven in whatever I ventured to next. I’ve done two semesters at Central Texas College before finally enrolling into massage school, the rest is history. When i’m not doing massage, I enjoy playing video games and watching movies/animes. I’m a big car guy and like to tinker with my car. When I’m not working I am practicing and honing my techniques and plan on continuing my education further and delving into other modalities.

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Marisol Mendoza

Spa Consultant

Marisol Mendoza has spent more than a decade in the skin care and makeup industry. Marisol is a professional licensed esthetician, makeup artist and educator. She received her Florida board license and immediately starting working in the beauty field. Her continued interest led her to complete her studies at The International Dermal Institute in which she holds an honor student diploma. She is recognized as a Dermalogica Expert. She then became an educator in skincare preparing students enrolled in the vocational program to obtain their skin care & full specialist state license while she continued to work as a makeup artist and skin care therapist. Her ongoing education has earned her recognition and certifications from Dermalogica, PCA, Jane Iredale, Miami Dade College, Robert Morgan Educational Center and MA school. In 2013 she moved her expertise to the beautiful state of Texas where she received her Texas board license. She continues to enhance her skills with ongoing education and enjoys to incorporate the very best to her clientele.

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Sophie Forwood

Reiki

I am originally from London, UK and I have been practicing Reiki since I was attuned in 1999. From 2000-2005 I worked in the health and fitness industry, first as a receptionist and later as an assistant manager. I qualified as a gym instructor, completing Levels 1 and 2 in Fitness Instructing with The YMCA in 2001. I then completed my Personal Trainer Diploma N/SVQ Exercise and Fitness level 3 with The YMCA in 2003. I enjoyed helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. From 2005-2013 I lived in South Africa where I owned and managed a picture framing business. I spent 3 months living on camp as a volunteer at a tiger conservation reserve in SA which was an amazing experience. In 2013 I moved to Texas with my 2 dogs. I married my husband David, and have decided I would like to use Reiki to help more people. I love the way Reiki feels and how it works. Its so gentle, safe, and relaxing. With Reiki people can enjoy a de-stressing and revitalising treatment that is non-invasive. Reiki works on balancing the body’s energy centers called Chakras and by clearing negative energy. This in turn helps the body to improve the immune system so that the body can heal itself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

The Yoga & Tai Chi Team

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Noelani Perry

Yoga Instructor & iRest® Teacher

The pursuit of Yoga has integrated Noelani’s diverse background (which includes but is not limited to formerly practicing as an obstetrician) with her continuing desire to help and guide others. Noelani completed her 200 hr RYT training in Hatha Flow in 2014 with Yoga Yoga Austin and is also an iRest® Level 1 Teacher in Training. Both the Viniyoga tradition (which emphasizes function over form) and Core-Strength Vinyasa (which advocates integrated whole body movement engaging the deep core line) largely influence her movement-based classes. Noelani is pursuing individual mentorship in prenatal yoga and Viniyoga, along with 500hr training in Hatha Yoga Studies with a focus on Therapeutic Yoga. This completes the circle of her past professional life and current passion for helping people restore and nourish themselves from within.

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Frank Cimino

Yoga Instructor

I roamed the planet in search of something, trying many conventional and some not so conventional ways to find my inner peace. Only in 1999 when I first learned Kundalini Yoga, did I feel like I had found my niche and was where I was supposed to be. I completed a Kundalini teacher training program, took a level 11 kundalini class, and evolved personally through persistent practice, classroom work, various workshops, a lot of reading (especially Drunvalo’s various texts), and many YouTube sessions and programs. Yoga has given me the ability to help heal my clients by giving a sympathetic ear, and guide them through their transitions by being knowledgeable, and speaking directly to their soul with a healing, caring and open minded perspective. I personally look forward to having you in my classes and to help you on your path to harmony and tranquility.

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Rosie Coelho

MAcOM, Dipl.OM, Lic. AC 01539,

The foundation of my work is the healing arts of Taoism with a specialty in Acupuncture, Zen Shiatsu (ABT), the ancient Taoism Healing Art of External Qi Healing (EQH) and Qigong. My training in Chinese Medicine began in 1997. I realized instinctively this was my path and journey. I am blessed with ample opportunities to continue studying, researching, connecting with other teachers, and healing others.

My mission is to follow this healing path daily with utmost integrity, patience, and dedication so that each and every person that comes to Kantua Acupuncture and Herbs and Mana Yoga Health and Spa will feel the benefits of this ancient and proven practice. It is my sincere goal to facilitate the re-connection of body and mind, manage pain – while embracing the inevitable bodily transitions with grace, and calmness of heart. As my master says: “Return to simplicity and live our true nature.”

I received a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a certification in ABT (Zen Shiatsu) from AOMA, I received my certification in External Qi Healing (EQH) from Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), and have a bachelors in Psychology from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE). I am also certified to teach Wudang Hun Yuan (Primordial) Qigong, Yang Sheng Qigong and Taichi Qigong 18 Movements–Part 1.

Specialties: We provide healing services to everyone but especially to women and children to help manage stress, pain, and anxiety. The aim is on clearing the mind and bringing the serene equilibrium and light to each person.

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Mitchell Austin

Tai Chi Instructor

Mitchell Austin was first introduced to Taichi through philosophical study of Taoism. It eventually became clear that to fully understand Taoism meant also having a practical understanding of Taichi. A practice. This eventually led him to study in Wudang China. The Wudang mountains are reputed to be the birthplace of Taichi as well as having a history of being the primary home of Taoist Temple culture in China. Mitchell has much gratitude for the time he been able to spend in Wudang and especially for the time he has been able to spend in Colorado studying with a Wudang Priest who is his Shifu. Mitchell considers himself to be an eternal student of the Tao and has no strong ambition to teach. Yet it became apparent over the years that the best way to express his gratitude is to personally share the philosophies and energetic arts of Taoism through formal teaching. So in the summer of 2014 he pursued and got instructor certifications from Master Yun Xiang Tseng, a Taoist Priest of both San Feng and Long Men(Dragon Gate) lineages. Mitchell has studied with Master Tseng for nine years now and was initiated into the Long Men lineage by him about four years ago.

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Surya Ritzell

Yoga Instructor
Hello My name is Surya Ritzell,
I have been deeply invested on the spiritual path of Yoga for the past 4 and a half years. I found my spiritual home with a group called New Future Inspirations in the summer of 2010. This group brought my attention to the spiritual philosophies of India entering into the system of Yoga with the intention of illumination. We have a choice in each moment to create anew, free of the past. What would we like this to look like? Hatha Yoga is a system of Asanas meant to purify the body, mind and spirit. My training was integrated into the teachings of great spiritual masters Sri Aurobindu and Sri Ramana Maharishi. I hope to share this wonderful knowledge with all who seek it. There is so much we can create with our time together on this beautiful planet. Much love and blessings to you all.