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Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers
Sheila Scheick is a licensed and Nationally Certified muscular therapist and the founder of Zen Muscular Therapy & Wellness Center. She holds a certificate in Advanced Massage Therapy from the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork. She is also a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Sheila specializes in providing pain relief for sciatic problems and other back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and neck and shoulder injuries. Her methods of bodywork include Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, and Prenatal Massage. Since becoming a muscular therapist, it has been Sheila’s mission to help people achieve a balance of mind, body and soul by providing clients with pain relief, relaxation, education, and overall well-being.
Keri DeFrancesco is a licensed Muscular Therapist. She is a graduate of the Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork where she holds a certificate in Advanced Massage Therapy. She is also a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Her methods of bodywork include Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Sport Bodywork, Swedish and Prenatal Massage. Upon graduation Keri continued her education and has earned a certificate in Advanced Myofascial Sport Bodywork through the CORE Institute; School of Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork. She specializes in preparing athletes for competitions as well as pre and post sporting events. It is Keri’s goal to educate her clients in the importance as well as the benefits of therapeutic massage.
Kate King is a licensed massage therapist and professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She holds a certificate in complementary care from Berkshire Community College as well as certificates as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master and in Positional Release Therapy. Her methods of bodywork include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Hot Stone Massage, and Chair Massage. Kate specializes in bodywork that balances the physiologic and energetic needs of her clients.
Birgit von der Heide is a Massachusetts Licensed and Nationally Certified massage therapist and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She graduated from the Massage Institute of New England and has been practicing massage therapy since 1996. Her education and expertise include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Prenatal Massage, Chair Massage, and Reiki. Birgit’s goal for her clients is to achieve relaxation, relieve tension and pain, enhance range of motion, and create a general sense of well-being and comfort.
Marcia is a licensed massage therapist and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is trained in various modalities of Massage Therapy, which allows for the customization of individual massage treatments. Her trainings include Swedish Massage, Hot Stone, Pregnancy, Reflexology, and Chair Massage. She is also certified and trained in Spa Treatments that include paraffin wax treatments, salt and sugar glows, Mudd, Seaweed and Linen Wraps as well as Hydrotherapy. Marcia is a certified Level I and II Reiki practitioner and holds a certification in The Foundations of Essential Oil Therapy.
Lauren Nelson is licensed muscular therapist and also a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. After graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage in 2006 and the National Personal Training Institute in 2008 she decided to pursue a career in the fitness/wellness field by attending Salem State University and Northshore Community College for degrees in Sports & Movement Science as well as Physical Therapy Assisting. It is Lauren's goal overall to educate others on the importance of structural bodywork in combination with physical fitness. Customized massage treatments and exercise together help to achieve overall comfort and well-being: 'If you don't use it, you lose it.' Her methods of bodywork include Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial work (stretching), Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Spa Reflexology, and Swedish Massage.
Beth has been a licensed massage therapist since August 2007. Beth’s clinical skills include protocols in various therapeutic modalities; deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Prenatal massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Thai Yoga Therapy, Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Personal Trainer. Beth's extensive knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, pathology, and massage has helped her to become an outstanding therapist and wellness professional. She has over 13 years as an educator in the field of health and wellness. This amount of time lends to the skill to be a teacher of those subjects, as well as documenting the assessments, treatments, and results observed when working with clients.
Yinh completed the 750-hour program at Cortiva Institute to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in 2014. Yinh's interest in holistic health started from childhood. Some of her earliest memories include learning Asian folk remedies and basic Buddhist principles from her mother, who left Vietnam shortly after the fall of Saigon. As a teenager, she learned breath and meditation techniques while living in rural eastern Pennsylvania and later continued her meditation practice with The Mindfulness Meditation Group (MMG) of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After moving to Massachusetts, she decided to move on to asana practice and earned her 200-hour certification in yoga, and to explore Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yin Yoga, These experiences helped Yinh find her calling as a massage therapist. Her methods of bodywork include: Deep Tissue, Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Prenatal Massage and Reiki.
Laura is a compassionate and insightful healer and teacher who is deeply devoted to the well-being and success of her clients and students. Laura offers energy healing services and meditation instruction to help you relieve stress, improve your physical and emotional health, and achieve a state of balance in your life. Let Laura help you along the path to the life you truly desire. Laura’s certifications include: Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) Master/Instructor, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Lightarian™ Reiki Level II, and Magnified Healing® Teacher of Level I. Laura is currently offering IET and other energy work at Zen on Mondays from 3-6pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit her website.

Yoga & Pilates Instructors
Kate has been a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 2002, and a devoted student of yoga and eastern philosophy for over 10 years. She has completed the Spiritual Lifestyle Program, a three-month yoga retreat at the Kripalu Center, as well as a semester intensive in Buddhist Studies through the Naropa Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal and a number of further workshops in Kripalu, Svaroopa and Tibetan styles of yoga.
Cornelia discovered the joy of practicing yoga in the summer of 2004 in a Power Yoga class and later found out how much she loved teaching yoga and this led her down a path towards her certifications. In 2007 she completed the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Certification followed by the Teacher Training Program in Hatha Yoga. She currently teaches beginner classes in the style of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga. Looking to expand her knowledge base, she completed Chakra Yoga and Restorative Yoga certifications and is currently enrolled to study with Seane Corn.
Yoshiko Gray earned her degree in Physical Education in Japan and has worked extensively as a personal trainer. She has also studied alternative medicine techniques including Thai Yoga Body Work and Reflexology. Yoshi began practicing Yoga under Connie Glore in the United States in 2002. After years of practice she decided to study to become a yoga teacher. She is now a registered yoga teacher and is trained in Hatha Yoga. She enjoys practicing different types of yoga and currently studies the Iyengar Yoga style under Patricia Walden, Liz Owen and Karen Wenc
Rashmi’s foray into the practice of Yoga began when she started practicing Hatha Yoga in India, involving cleaning processes, Suksam Vyayam, Pranayam (Breathing), Poses and Meditation. Shortly thereafter, she started teaching Hatha yoga. Currently in the United States, she is a registered yoga teacher and has a certification in Vinyasa Yoga. She has also mastered Iyengar Yoga, Pre-Natal yoga, Kundalini Breathing and Thai Massage. Additionally, Rashmi specializes in Suksam Vyayam, which pertains to the practice of short interval exercises accompanied by rapid breathwork. These are highly effective body sculpting exercises that are done from head to toe and are beneficial in preventing and curing various ailments. Rashmi usually teaches fusion classes that incorporate different styles and her classes are tailored according to specific needs, especially if anyone is encountering a particular health issue.
Marjorie completed the 500 hour teacher training with Master Yoga Foundation, including Embodyment® Yoga Therapy, and has 10+ years of teaching Svaroopa® Style of Hatha Yoga in the Boston metro area. Currently she also teaches in Melrose, Sudbury, and Watertown. Marjorie began practicing yoga and meditation in 1981 and has a background in Physical Therapy. Since her introduction to Svaroopa® Yoga in January 2000, Marjorie has had significant positive changes in her scoliosis. Using a light-hearted, personal, subtly spiritual teaching style, Marjorie assists students in releasing tension, developing body awareness, learning the anatomy and physiology of yoga, and bringing yoga into every day life, helping to create and support a more peace-filled world.
Marie is a registered yoga teacher and has certification in Vinyasa yoga. Her goal, as a yoga teacher, is to entice her students to fall in love with yoga, like she did. All her life, she has been interested in keeping active and fit. As a result of natural aging, she was subtly losing her range of motion and flexibility, which she noticed in the simplest daily actions, her careless ease, had become more deliberate and sometimes painful. After a few yoga classes, Marie found more energy, less pain, improved strength and flexibility and as a result more confidence with her health and wellbeing. Marie would love to provide this gift of wellbeing to others.
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