Who We Are

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, my philosophy is 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. 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.

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.


Gavriela Burston

As a massage therapist, I am endlessly fascinated by the human body and how it reflects our lived experiences. I use my curiosity about anatomy to get granular with pain relief. I put together subtle cues in order to discover and care for muscles that are carrying too heavy a burden. I utilize clinical massage techniques including trigger and tender point release to enable my clients greater comfort, range of motion, and physical freedom.

I believe that every therapeutic relationship is based on mutual respect and genuine care. Finding the right massage therapist-client fit is essential to the healing process and I work best with people who are curious and present participants. I respond swiftly and sensitively to client communication and understand it as being crucial to the safety and efficacy of my work. I enjoy working with clients from all walks of life. My areas of specialization include working with PTSD and trauma survivors, clients in eating disorder and addiction recovery, neurodivergent individuals, and people with disabilities.

I did my massage training at Arbor College School of Massage in Knoxville TN. Prior to that I attended Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 hour RYT yoga teacher training and went on to get further education in trauma-informed and nervous system informed yoga. I applied these skills as a yoga teacher and caregiver for people with disabilities. I earned my BA in Anthropology from Bard College.

Charity Johansen, CMT

I’m Charity Johansen, Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist and Reiki Master. I help my clients get back into their flow by using therapeutic and energetic techniques. I have a comprehensive approach to massage using all the tools in my arsenal to help promote healing in the body, mind, and spirit!

Caelyn Ellsworth, CMT

Hi, I’m Caelyn, a CMT and 3x Reiki Master (Usui, Holy Fire, Karuna) specializing in Emotional Release Therapy (ERT) and Inner Child Work. I help adults and children process and release emotions and trauma from events that occurred yesterday to 20+ years ago. I also offer Reiki sessions, massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Thai) or a combination of both Reiki and massage.

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.