Monica Varah got her start in the Healing Arts studying yoga and Thai Massage in Venice, California as a way to manage stress while working on a suicide hotline. She has explored many modalities in her 20 years of practice including Shamanic Healing, Reiki, and is an ordained minister. Her favorite type of massage is the Esalen Massage, in which she trained in Big Sur with the sound of sea otters in the background. There, the connection between giver and recipient is most important. This connection is foremost in Monica’s work. She recently moved back to her hometown of Scottsdale after 27 years in California. Even in traﬃc, Camelback Mountain remains beautiful.
Jessica’s core belief is that our true measure of success is cultivating our gifts and talents and utilizing them to bless the world around us. She feels very fortunate to be a graduate of the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. For the past 10 years, her specialties have included Myotherapy seven step release, Neuro-muscular release, Trigger point, Sports massage, Deep tissue, Prenatal, Hot stone, Swedish, Myofascial release and Lomi Lomi. She has also been trained to teach ballroom dance and yoga. This has helped her guide her clients in understanding stretching and body alignment to create balance and well-being. Jessica is very passionate about being a therapist and it is her goal “to be an instrument and not an ego in the peace and healing in others.”
Jewels graduated from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 1997 and continues to learn new forms of massage each year. She is experienced in over 28 diﬀerent modalities, allowing her to create a customized massage for each client, taking into consideration speciﬁc needs, preferences, injuries, and disabilities. Jewels is known for her deep touch, but she is also skilled in giving massages that require a medical touch. In addition, Jewels specializes in working on athletes at all levels, from professionals to weekend warriors. By her manipulation of soft tissue, Jewels helps them unlock, release, and experience a greater range of motion. Jewels’ expertise includes deep tissue, sports, AIS (Assisted Integrative Stretching), therapeutic, Sedona Swedish, myotherapy, pregnancy, Lomi Lomi, and cancer massages. Jewels has worked at ﬁve-star resorts and day spas, and performed pre- and post-game massages as well as sports rehabilitation in both California and
Arizona. Jewels believes strongly in the body, mind and spirit connection. She cares deeply about the comfort and safety of each client. Above all, she considers it an honor to work on each client and looks forward to helping them reach a higher level of health. Jewels loves to travel, participate in sports, meet people from all walks of life, and especially to make a diﬀerence in someone’s life.
Jen has been a massage therapist for the past eight years, the last year at the DC Ranch Village. Her skills include sports massage, prenatal, hot stone, therapeutic, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, cancer, and applied kinesiology.
Jen is passionate and driven by being able to come to work everyday and make a positive healing change in her client’s lives. Her background in competitive tennis puts her in the shoes of her clients who relentlessly train their bodies. Jen’s approach to massage is that each person is wonderfully unique. She is multi faceted and designs each massage to the individual needs of each client.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Mandy moved to the United States in 1997 from England along with her son and twin daughters. She came to the Village right after it opened in September 2005 working in group fitness. She received her LMT license and Applied Science Degree in April 2013 after completing 1000+ hours of training. Mandy specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy, Cranial Sacrum, Reiki, Traditional Thai, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, and Deep Tissue. She is very passionate about finding out exactly what each client needs are and treating them with whichever modality is most suited for them, often including more than one modality at a time.
Mandy’s varied experience in the health and wellness field allows her to understand the various needs of her clients.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lori has been a proud partner of the Village for 19 years! She is certified and specializes in medical massage, pregnancy, reflexology, and deep tissue.
Lori is most passionate about ge ing her clients to understand the mind and body connection. She really listens to what each client’s body is telling her so she can tailor each session just for them.
As a former ballet dancer with 20 years of serving in the traditional health care industry, Lori’s life long interest in movement of the body and wellness led to become a massage therapist. Lori believes that massage is a wonderful and greatly undervalued tool for enhancing overall wellness.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Heather is an Arizona native and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. She has been a massage therapist for over 12 years with over 10 years here at the DC Ranch Village. She specializes in deep tissue, and sports massage but also has certifications in hot stone, pregnancy, and Thai modalities. She has a smooth, flowing style of massage that incorporates trigger point, stretching and neuromuscular work. This technique provides powerful stress relief while still delivering intensive structural repair.
Heather is passionate about massage and its ability to improve mobility, reduce pain and calm inflammation. Adhesions, scar tissue and holding patterns limit the body’s ability to perform at its highest function. Incorporating massage in your health and wellness routine will create both emotional and physical balance in the body and is essential for optimum health.
Acupuncturist/Massage Therapist/Aesthetician/Yoga Teacher
David graduated from University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry where he played NCAA golf for the Wildcats before embarking on his studies and career in complementary medicine. He has studied extensively and practiced worldwide in multiple disciplines for over 25 years:
Over 10,000 hours of training in massage therapy at The Lauterstein – Conway School of Massage, The Austin School of Massage, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and The Upledger Institute with advanced certifications in oriental bodywork, polarity therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, myofacial massage, Feldenkrais work and more.
- Certified advanced rolfer through the The Rolf Institute of Structural Integration
- Nationally Certified in acupuncture & oriental medicine. Graduate of Five Branches College of Traditional Chinese Medicine with board specialties in obstetrics and gynecology from Shanghai College and in orthopedics from Cedar-Sinai Hospital
- Graduate of the Vodder Institute of Lymphedema and certified lymphadema therapist
- Graduate of The IMAJ Institute and licensed clinical aesthetician and laser technician
- Graduate of The Mount Madonna 500-hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Program and certified yoga teacher