Jessica Ferretti, CMT & HHC

Welcome! I’m Jessica Ferretti, owner and lead therapist of Meditation for Muscles: a holistic healing and bodywork practice that centers around shifting the nervous system.

My training includes the following modalities of massage: Esalen, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Neural Somatic Integration, Hawaiian Sacred Lomi-lomi, Pregnancy and Trigger Point Release. I use a blend of these modalities along with a nurturing and slow flow that makes even deep work feel sedating and hypnotic. From my background in social work, a fascination with somatics and training in massage, I’m of the mind that slow movement and patiently waiting for the body to open and melt, not only feels better, it provides better results. My primary objective is to activate the parasympathetic nervous system so that your whole being truly lets go of tension. Bodywork for me is not only an occupation but a spiritual practice, rooted in mindfulness and a deep desire to connect and be present with others. I use 100% organic fractionated coconut oil along with blends of DoTerra and other essential oils known for their medicinal uses.

My education as a holistic health & life coach took place at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned from Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, and many other leaders of the current health revolution. Most of all I believe in empowering my clients with body positivity and simply supporting them in being who they truly are. This addition to my education has enriched my massage practice as I am now able to make individualized, life-altering lifestyle and nutrition suggestions based on client goals and holding patterns of the body. 

Erika Mitchell, CMT

Hi! My name is Erika Mitchell, CMT and I have been practicing therapeutic massage therapy since 2010. I studied at The National Massage Therapy Institute in Philadelphia, PA which focused on Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal Massage. I have since worked in diverse settings including holistic wellness centers which have provided a wealth of knowledge and continued skill development primarily in the areas of abdominal massage and craniosacral unwinding. I have spent most of my career working closely with acupuncturists, chiropractors, fertility specialists, and other somatic and energetic practitioners as a team. My various mentors and teachers help inform the holistic and integrative approach I take to each session. Every session is uniquely and intuitively attuned to support your healing and optimal health.

Apart from years of hands on experience with an array of massage modalities, my approach to somatic healing is also informed by my higher education in biological and clinical psychology. I love to work with the mind and believe that the mind-body connection is always at play. What I enjoy the most about massage/bodywork is the physical expression of creativity and spontaneity that can arise with healing, as well as the peace and serenity that can fill the room and flow between us as a result. My aim is to ease your tension and help your system find the rest and reset that we all so often need.

Lotara James

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the human body and intuitively believed in its inherent capacities to heal and regenerate. As a young person I was fortunate enough to experience a wide variety of disciplines in Alternative Medicine which focused on the whole person, not just the symptoms. I found, however, that most modalities took many sessions to bring about relief, if at all. In considering my healing needs as an adult, I was searching for something new and revolutionary in its ability to bring about efficient and effective healing at the root causal level. I knew there was something else I had yet to find.

Two weeks prior to September 11, 2001, I transferred to a University in New York City. Six weeks later, I returned home to California, unaware of how deeply I had been affected by my proximity to and experience of that event. I spent the next 11 years trying to determine what had caused my increasing list of health issues in both mind and body, which included chronic disabling pain, anxiety, depression, debilitating sinus infections as well as thyroid and adrenal imbalances. My search shifted when I came across a book on trauma and saw that all of the symptoms I’d been treating individually were addressed under the umbrella of long-term untreated PTSD. I was so relieved to finally have an answer that made sense! After that breakthrough, I searched for a form of somatic healing that might result in the ability to live a full, vibrant life and one that did not require the continued retelling of my story in order to shift the energy that was keeping my body-mind in a state of heightened stress.

I was introduced to and began the study of the BodyTalk System in early 2013 and became a Certified Practitioner in early 2015. BodyTalk resonates with my understanding of the body’s ability to heal itself, and the idea that, in truth, we are Consciousness; that we exist both as, and within, a self-correcting, dynamic system that is always working towards a state of balance.

BodyTalk has changed my life. I am a more integrated person with a full understanding of what my body, mind, and spirit need to stay healthy in the midst of life’s challenges. I have witnessed many healing miracles, in myself and in my clients. I am inspired to continue my studies into the latest scientific research surrounding quantum healing and our ever evolving consciousness and to share this gift with the world.

Arrowyn Ambrose

My name is Arrowyn Ambrose and I am certified in The Resilience Toolkit, Trauma Resource Method, Council Practice, and Race Equity and Healing Justice Facilitation.

I began my career as the Program Director of The Young Storytellers, a theatrical writing and production program for elementary-aged children, drafting their creative writing curriculum and creating training protocols for hundreds of volunteers. In 2013 I created Story Tribe, a responsive and powerful social-emotional program that uses improvisational games, poetry, personal narrative, and Council process to create “pockets of compassion” where high school students, at-risk youth, teachers, and administration can practice compassion, connection, and courage.

More recently, I have taken my work inside probation camps, prisons, educational settings, and social-justice organizations. I am  currently on staff with The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, where I weave The Resilience Toolkit and Council into arts programs for the LA Department of Mental Health, incarcerated youth, and people in recovery.

As a facilitator to vulnerable populations, I have became deeply attuned to the role trauma plays in all our lives. As such, I seek to help people learn how to self-regulate and resource so their stories and sharing are more healing and beneficial. Helping someone discover the language of their own body and beginning that therapeutic process brings me great joy and deep meaning.

I hold Active Certification as a Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit and love working with both individuals and groups.

Tiana Mandrigues

Hi! my name is Tiana Mandrigues and I’ve been providing therapeutic massage since 2015. I received my education of massage at Burke Williams Academy in Los Angeles, CA. I focused on Swedish, Hot Stones, Prenatal, and Deep Tissue. After graduating, I soon discovered I enjoyed working in a medical environment such as a Chiropractor’s office. I am grateful for the experience to have worked with clients that were suffering from severe pain like sciatica, neck and back injuries caused by car accidents, stress or trauma.

I’m very grateful to be able to help others relieve stress in their physical body with deep tissue massage as well as providing a soothing touch to help bring healing to their emotional well being. I personally have gone through several depressions and health concerns in my lifetime due to high stress, loss, and trauma rooted from childhood and I can attest that massage therapy helped me both physically and my emotional health.

I believe massage therapy is not a luxury but should be a lifestyle for all. It’s the greatest act of self love you can do for yourself! I inspire to continue to be a student and learn about this amazing body of ours and how we can heal ourselves and others holistically and naturally!