Tonic Trails Lead Therapist
The power of touch is something I’ve been aware of since I was a child. Whether it’s the calming effect of a parent rubbing a child’s back, the healing warmth of a hug, or the love of holding someones hand, touch can have a profound effect on one’s well being.
At a young age I was always asking for someone to rub my neck or starting a massage train with my friends. It was no surprise to many that I found myself in massage school after 7 years of trying to ﬁgure out what to do with my English Literature degree from The University of Maryland. I was waiting tables and bartending, enjoying mountain life, when my right leg started to occasionally give out from under me.
I spoke to a friend who had just graduated from massage school and she knew immediately what I needed. I went to her office and she worked the trigger points in my piriformis muscle along with the many other knots and dysfunctional parts of my body. Heaven. Leg healed. The next day I was filling out an application to massage school. I graduated from The Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2000. While in school I focused in Neuromuscular Therapy, I wanted to heal peoples aches and pains. I had amazing teachers that went above and beyond to share their knowledge of the body with me. My first internship was at Mapleton Rehabilitation Center in Boulder.
There I worked with people recovering from various surgeries and learned a tremendous amount about not only the healing process, but the emotional tole of being in pain for so long takes on people. I quickly had patients asking to see me and I found great joy in watching them progress in their rehab. My second internship was at the University of Colorado working with the track and football team. Here I got to work on athletes after practice, games, and meets.
It was at this point that I really started to build the foundation for my future as a massage therapist. Recognizing repetitive use disorders in athletes, how the body responds to massage before and after exercise, stretching, listening, and watching bodies move. After graduating I immediately rented an office with a Chiropractor near where I lived in Nederland. I will never forget that old office with the wind blowing right through the walls, some days I was sure we would get blown to Kansas.
From the beginning I aligned myself with Chiropractors and Physical Therapists offering therapeutic massage and injury recovery. In 2009 a Chiropractor in Golden encouraged me to move my practice down the mountain so she could refer her patients to me. I went for it and my practice has thrived ever since. Throughout the years I have helped people recover from such things as whiplash, migraine headaches, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, low back disorders, repetitive use imbalances, computer neck and arm, and more. Many of my clients come to me after they have tried everything, they are defeated, and looking at surgery or have just decided they will have to live with the pain.
I work with an incredible team of professionals here in Golden and together, we strive to get people back to life and back out on the trail. When I’m not working you can find me running on the trails, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, taking pictures, and all around adventuring. I have lived in the mountains along The Peak to Peak Highway for the last 20 years.
I am at peace here, these woods are my home. I have the great honor of raising my son, Dagan, in this beautiful place. Being outside and active is what keeps me going. I believe what adds to my skill as a therapist is that I have experienced many injuries myself and I deeply understand the pain process as well as the emotional toll it takes on a persons spirit. I look forward to helping you find your healing trail!
I graduated from Carrington College in Tucson, AZ in 2010 as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Prior to this, I worked in the I.T. field for 15 years where I sat at a desk for hours at a time. I was also dealing with a shoulder injury that resulted in reconstructive surgery. It was during my rehab for my shoulder that I became interested in massage therapy as a healing modality. The bodywork I received post surgery greatly helped my recovery and I knew this was something I wanted to pursue as sitting at a desk all day was also beginning to take a toll on my body.
I specialize in deep tissue, sports massage, range of motion, pain management, injury/ surgery recovery and prenatal. I truly understand how sitting at a computer all day can cause great stress to the mind and body. This, combined with the knowledge I gained going through reconstructive surgery myself has helped build upon the skills I learned while in school. I am very aware of the ups and downs that come with healing an injury and enjoy helping clients on this journey.
When I’m not doing massage therapy I enjoy skiing, hiking, music, and billiards.
Hi, I’m Kayla, 32 years old. I have lived in Colorado my whole life. Graduated from the Colorado school of Healing Arts in 2019 where I studied for 720 hours. I absolutely love being a massage therapist. I love all different types of massage, Sports, Deep Tissue, Swedish. I would kind of describe my style of massage as a mix of all those things added into one. I love doing cupping and am certified in prenatal massage. I plan on taking courses to expand my knowledge even further in the future.
I have two amazing kids, I love reading, hiking, painting, skating on my roller skates, being on my paddle board, pretty much any activity outside. I would love for you to put your trust in me as your massage therapist and I look forward to working with you.
I have done bodywork for as long as I can remember. My Grandpa was a mechanic and would spend long, tireless days bent over or reaching up working on other people’s cars. In the evening he would come home, shower and then sit backwards in a kitchen chair and “Susie, will you rub my back?”. With my little hands I would push and knead his tight shoulders and arms until my Grandma had supper on the table. I don’t think I actually released any muscles but I do know that it was relaxing to him and it made me feel good to help him out.
When I was a teen, my Mom was in a horrible car accident. To manage pain from her injuries she would go to a massage therapist every 2 weeks. After her sessions, she would come home, have me lay on the floor and show me what her MT did so I could, in turn, do it to her. In-between her massage appointments I would use those techniques she showed me to help relieve her pain. I saw what a value human touch to a healing body could be.
After highschool I went to Metro State in Denver. My major was meteorology, a far cry from bodywork. I worked towards my major but it didn’t feel right. It seemed that I was going down a path laid for someone else, not me. I decided to put college on hold and join the workforce full time. This also felt like someone else’s path.
I decided to go to Heritage College of Massage Therapy. I thought that at least I could gain my massage certification and have a profession while I was figuring out what I wanted to do (when I grew up). Well that was 23 years ago and I either haven’t grown up or this is really my calling.
In my 23 years of practice I have work with people from all walks of life, from all around the globe. I have studied and put into practice; structural assessment, deep tissue, sports/event massage, prenatal and lymphatic massage. I have worked on people from the beginning of their life, as early as 6mo old to the end, patients in hospice care. I have had professional athletes on my table, congressmen, lawyers, teachers and the hardest profession of them all, stay at home parents. I love what I do.
It is not lost on me that I am blessed to be able to work with people, one on one, gain their trust and help them heal their bodies in the most natural way. Massage therapy is the oldest of health care. Just think about the first this you do when you have a sore muscle, you rub it. I’m pretty sure that has been the same practice since the beginning of time. I’m am lucky to have found my calling and I’m even luckier to be able to share it with you.
Lisa graduated in 2020 from The Colorado School of Healing Arts. She specializes in custom integrative massage by using a variety of techniques including deep tissue, sports, swedish, cupping and essential oils in each treatment. She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner and incorporates this modality with bodywork upon request. As a Colorado native, she loves spending free time exploring outdoors with her
Meximut Luna, hiking, traveling and visiting all the hot springs.
“Changing careers and becoming a massage therapist was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. I am truly in my element and enjoy helping clients on their healing journey.”