Like all of us at Harmony, our massage therapists have a passion for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care of moms and families, going way beyond the minimum requirements for a “safe” massage during this very special time in your life.
They are each additionally certified in the specialty of prenatal and postpartum therapeutic massage, and have each dedicated a minimum of 2 years (in most cases many more!) towards this dedicated specialty.
Jessica Argüello, CMT, TCM
Jessica cultivates trust in her relationships with her clients though intentional, compassionate care. She specializes in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) massage, using highly adaptable techniques tailored to the client’s specific needs. Her presence is calming and she creates the space for the re-connection of mind to body, allowing for very deep relaxation to occur.
Jessica is a California state licensed massage therapist and graduated from Five Branches University in San Jose. Specializing in pain management, Jessica uses acupressure hand therapy and Tui Na.
Julie Lefmann, CMT, CD, CWP
Julie has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 2001, specializing in Pre & Postnatal Massage, and is a Birth Doula, as well.
She was also a nanny for 15 years, a singer all her life, a Certified Reiki (energy healing) and Watsu (warm-water massage) Practitioner since 2004, a Birth Doula since 2006, and is a member of BABI (Bay Area Birth Information).
Julie grew up in South San Jose, graduated from Pioneer High, and earned a B.A. from Chico State. She then went directly into massage school, and has worked for day spas, chiropractors, physical therapists, and for herself over the past decade plus.
A Triple Pisces, Julie is very much a water-baby, and this informs her bodywork, both on the table and in the water. Her fluid-like movement is a combination of Hawaiian LomiLomi (patterned after the ocean) and deep tissue, both of which she has studied extensively for over ten years.
She enjoys using acupressure (sometimes to stimulate labor), long yummy strokes to relax and nurture, passive stretching, and more. Julie feels her best service is the presence she brings to each client; her greatest joy is “mid-wifing” others into finding Presence and Power within themselves.
For more about Julie and her services, visit her website at www.WithMyOwnTwoHands.net.
** Scheduling Note: Since Julie is a practicing Birth Doula, she occasionally gets called to assist a client in labor on a massage day. Sometimes we will be able to cover her massage appointments with one of our other massage therapists, at each client’s option, or sometimes if no one else is available on short-notice, we would need to reschedule her massage clients for another day.
Kristyn Powell, CMT, NCBTMB, AMTA member
Kristyn Powell is an active mother of 2, nationally licensed massage therapist (NCBTMB), and an avid yoga and meditation practitioner. She is experienced and certified in pre and peri-natal massage, and has been providing a variety of massage for private clients, teammates, physical therapy clients, and mothers for over 10 years.
Kristyn’s voyage into mind and body oneness started during college, where she rowed varsity womens crew for 4 years at California State University, Long Beach. After years of working on her teammates’ aching muscles, Kristyn committed herself to professional massage and began a life long pursuit to help others find their own unique, personal balance.
In each massage, Kristyn strives to incorporate whole body consciousness, carefully guiding her clients to a place of healthy wellbeing.
Kristyn’s professional massage career began in San Diego, where she studied at Mueller College of Holistic Studies. Through word of mouth, she built a private clientele of professionals, athletes, and moms. After the birth of her first child, she became instantly interested in pre and peri-natal massage, and the idea of building personal mind and body strength for a richer birthing experience.
After becoming certified in prenatal massage, Kristyn moved to the Bay area and shortly thereafter had her first fully natural child birth — thus, putting into practice everything she’d studied for so many years. She has added to her expertise in supporting birthing parents through the Birthing From Within Teacher Training.
Kristyn believes in helping others better understand how their body and mind work together and enjoys being their guide, through massage, breathing, and full harmony with one’s self.
Shannon Schetgen, CMT
Shannon has been a certified massage therapist for over 12 years, and is a Harmony Mama of a beautiful son.
As a mother, she is particularly drawn to supporting other parents, and came to Harmony in order to participate in a world where mothers, fathers, and babies are given the special attention that these stages of life require and deserve.
Shannon is trained and experienced in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Thai and Pre/Post Natal massage. She creates a massage that is specifically tailored to each individual’s needs that helps them become more aware of and connected to their body.
She brings a strong sense of empathy, caring, and a skill for listening and holding a safe space for each client with whom she works.
Cherish Drivas, CMT, CD, RYT
Cherish has been practicing massage therapy for over a decade. Taking continuing education classes at least once per year has helped her not only expand her knowledge of different types of massage but has also opened up some very exciting doors. read more
One really amazing door opened 9 years ago when she helped deliver her nephew. This totally changed her outlook on birth and gave her a new respect for women’s health. Before she knew it all of her friends and clients were having babies and she was right there caring for them throughout their prenatal and labor process.
Since then Cherish has become a Certified Fertility, Birth & Postpartum Doula. She offers a special way for mamas to heal postpartum by coming to their home to care for them with homemade teas, oils, belly binding and much more.
If you are looking for a customized healing massage by a therapist with a loving intuitive touch, then Cherish is your girl!
** Scheduling Note: Since Cherish is a practicing Birth Doula, she occasionally gets called to assist a client in labor on a massage day. Sometimes we will be able to cover her massage appointments with one of our other massage therapists, at each client’s option, or sometimes if no one else is available on short-notice, we would need to reschedule her massage clients for another day.
Nanci Shakti Nardona, CMT, E-RYT500, RPYT, YACEP
Nanci’s energy, passion, and experience are a real gift to Harmony and to the students with whom she works. This comes across clearly as her classes are always in high demand. Her classes are fun and full of variety with focus on safe alignment and healing the body with yoga. Building community is something she valued during her own pregnancy while practicing Whole Birth Yoga which is one of the many reasons she loves teaching Harmony families.read more
She was introduced to yoga in 1990 while on an Ayurvedic meditation retreat and has been passionate about it ever since. Her yoga studies begin in L.A. with world-renowned teachers Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, and Bryan Kest. She has been a TM meditator since that first retreat almost three decades ago.
In 1995 Nanci attended the California Healing Arts College in Santa Monica, CA. Moving to San Jose in
1998, she graduated from Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto, adding Jin Shin Do and Reiki Levels I and II to her skill set. She worked as a Massage Therapist at Watercourse Way all the way through her eighth month of pregnancy.
While pregnant in 2001, Nanci attended a Whole Birth yoga class and found her true calling. When five months pregnant, she became certified in Whole Birth Yoga specializing in prenatal and postnatal yoga with Robin Sale. Continuing her yoga studies with Joyce Anue in 2003-2004, Nanci completed the Y.E.S.
Teacher Training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200-Hour) of Hatha yoga with Yoga
Alliance. In 2009, she was certified in Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Nanci completed an Anusara Immersion with Samantha Shakti Brown and Kenny Graham in 2012, and another teacher training in March 2013. She earned her advanced 300 Hours with Samantha and Kenny, along with Siri Peterson, Alice Kennedy, Ashleigh Sargeant, and Kelly Blazer, who formed the Balanced Action Yoga (BAY) School. In February 2015, Nanci accomplished her goal of an E-RYT 500-Hour certification, which is the highest yoga certification available with over 10,000 hours of teaching experience to her credit.
She is a long-time member of BABI (Bay Area Birth Information). An important part of her life is being a student of Ayurveda (a Vedic way of living in accordance with nature, your personal constitution, and the seasons). She is currently expanding this education learning Marma (a Vedic way of moving energy through bodywork) with Vaidya Priyanka. Nanci leads weekly yoga classes in San Jose in prenatal and postnatal yoga, gentle yoga, restorative yoga, and Hatha. Here at Harmony she facilitates the monthly Friday Night Prenatal Couples’ Yoga Date Night, as well as her popular quarterly Prenatal Couples Yoga & Massage Workshop. She also leads restorative and other workshops at Almaden Yoga and at the Aum Aradhana Retreat Center. She loves teaching students of all ages and stages of life.
Besides yoga and meditation, she especially enjoys being in nature, all types of music, spending time with friends and family, and especially with her teenage daughter, Gia
Visit www.aatmayogawithnanci.com for a complete list of her classes and workshops.