Massage Therapy

The dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate massage therapists at NOURISH meet the highest standards for massage therapy and are certified in a wide range of modalities. All of our massage practitioners can help assist you with specific physical issues or just provide a deeply relaxing and refreshing massage. Whether you are interested in simply taking time to reduce stress and tension, or are looking for a more therapeutic massage, the massage therapists at NOURISH can help you find the health and happiness you are looking for. BOOK with one of our expert practitioners today! (831) 359-5335 or

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Tomek Walas

Tomek has been practicing massage for 25 years and has been named The Best Massage Therapist in Santa Cruz by both the Good Times and Santa Cruz Weekly. Tomek's trademark is his ability to find just the right pressure and spots to relieve tension and stress. People also love Tomek's sense of humor, his relaxed attitude, and his deep kindness.

Tomek's training includes medical school for biomechanics, Cypress Health Institute, Twin Lakes College, Upledger Institute, and various workshop trainings. If you are looking for Swedish, Deep Tissue, lymphatic drainage, cranial-sacral, prenatal, postoperative, myofacial / trigger point release, or sports massage, then try out a fabulous massage with Tomek!

Massage modalities: Deep Tissue, Myofascial Massage, Prenatal Massage, Swedish, Sports Massage, Post Surgical Massage, Craniosacral

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Best Massage Therapist -1st place (SC Weekly 2013)

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Rose McPherren

Rose has been passionate about the healing arts for the past 14 years. She is trained in many different healing modalities. Sports, Swedish, Prenatal, Lomi-Lomi, Craniosacral and Body Psychology. She takes an innovative approach to her bodywork by assessing the muscle system on a deeper level that ultimately addresses structural issues that may cause additional restriction in the body. Her focus is on areas that are injury specific or "trouble areas," in the body that may normally get overlooked in a traditional massage session. Rose gives strong attention to detail and has deep listening skills in the subtle energy body, which can invite a strong sense of safety and provides an overall ease for healing. Rose addresses the body with a beautiful holistic approach through seeing it as a whole and complete system. She specializes in injury specific work with special emphasis on the neck in craniosacral.

Massage modalities: sports massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue, Lomi Lomi Hawaiians massage, Craniosacral therapy, structural integration, body talk systems, zen touch (acupressure points) and body psychology therapy.

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Sheri Simpson

Sheri has been practicing massage locally for 28 years. She brings a calm, focused presence to each session. Sheri believes that mind, body, and spirit are best in celebration. With this in mind, she embraces all aspects of an individual to achieve balance and vitality.

Massage Modalities: Esalen, Reiki, Swedish (Light to deep), Acupressure, Sports, Polarity, Pre and post-Natal, Aromatouch technique, Oncology, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Shiatsu, Craniosacral, Prenatal, Postpartum, Acutonis, and Rebozo.

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Austen Brenton

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, trained at the esteemed natural healing arts center The Heartwood Institute, Austen provides an integrated, alternative approach to massage therapy. With twelve years of experience she is an experienced, motivational body worker trained in therapeutic modalities:

Prenatal and Postpartum, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Cranial Sacral, Acutonics (sound healing), Polarity, and Hot Stone Massage.

Austen has practiced with numerous body types, including athletes, and with injury-related cases in health spas, a yoga center, and chiropractors' offices throughout California. She delves deeply into the imbalances of the person's body and helps map a path that leads to better health and relaxation.

She is also a postpartum and birth Doula, ceremonialist, and life long learner. She lives in Santa Cruz with her two sons.

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Substitute Massage Therapists
Andrew Porter

Andrew has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Internal Alchemy for over a decade, including 7 years of focused training as a healer in Classical Taoist Medicine. Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Tui Na (Chinese Acupressure/Sports Injury) Massage form the pillars of his table work. As a recent graduate from Five Branches, Andrew also draws upon the holistic diagnostic lens of Acupuncture and TCM when catering individual massage sessions.

His massage is deeply rooted in the rich soil of these ancient and modern wisdom traditions. Come, see for yourself!

Chella Devoe

Chella has been offering therapeautic bodywork for over 8 years, studying myofascial and structural integration techniques at the Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork on Kauai, Hawaii, as well as deep bodywork techniques at the Harbin School of Healing Arts and Esalen. Spending several years as a traveler and working on small cruise ships, Chella was able continue to grow as a therapist attending trainings in Thai bodywork, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, and Ayurvedic modalites. Grateful to align her passion and heart of service, her sessions open space for communication and deep listening to the individual. Chella provides clients at Nourish an experience of deep work with a nurturing balance, resulting in a restored sense of wholeness and well-being.

130 Walnut Avenue | Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | | (831) 359-5335