Meet the Massage Therapists

Hana Knotkova, Registered Massage Therapist & Rolfer™

Hana (Hanya), is originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, and is a recent transplant from California.  She is a Certified Rolfer™ and Colorado state registered Massage Therapist.

Hana’s passion is helping people find better health and balance in their bodies, thus enhancing the quality of their lives.  Many of the advanced techniques she employs come as a result of her experience with Czech Physical Therapy.  In her opinion, Rolfing® is the modality that addresses the issues of better health and balance the best. She also performs the Schmitt method of massage therapy. This amazing technique was developed in 1930s by Doctor Schmitt, a German physician highly interested in yoga. It enables the clients to explore how breathing, followed by therapist tissue manipulation, can bring on tension release, peace of mind and a deep connection with one’s body.

Hana also utilizes other soft tissue mobilization techniques and a wide variety of therapeutic exercises. The exercises are simple and enable her clients to enjoy and sustain the effects of the treatment longer. Clients then report the ability to better perform daily activities without pain as well as increased healthy mobility. Her experience ranges from elderly clients seeking better movement after injuries to toddlers with spastic disorders.  Anyone who wants better, more natural movement and oneness with their body would benefit from a session with Hana.

Brian Smith, Registered Massage Therapist

Brian grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as one of seven children.  Early on in life he developed an interest in caring for others.  In 1994 he completed a 900 hour Medical Assistant Program and later, in 2010, he went through the Massage Therapy program at the National Massage Therapy Institute in Philadelphia.  Brian is currently certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

His bodywork techniques consists of Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, PNF stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, and neural pathway recognition, with a specific focus on joint rotation, postural awareness, and pain reduction.  In session, clients describe their pain sources and he, like a firefighter, goes right to the fire and puts it out!  He also enjoys other modalities like Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage, and Bamboo Fusion.  Recently, he has had the opportunity to work with ALS patients which has broadened his awareness and perspective of the diverse nature of providing wellness for others.

Rick Pebbles, Registered Massage Therapist

Richard is a legacy massage therapist. At age 12 he was introduced to massage therapy through his mother while she was studying Shiatsu.  He was very impressed with the relaxing sensation of applying the right amount of pressure to sore muscles.  At age 17 he had another opportunity to reap and exchange the benefits of massage as his older step brother attended the Chicago School of Massage Therapy.  The two would trade as his brother learned new techniques.  Again, Richard found that he had a natural inclination for healing the body through the vehicle of therapeutic massage.  His brother prompted him to attend massage school in order to hone his natural talents.

Massage became a very passionate hobby for Richard as he traveled through the United States in order to,” find himself”.  Returning to Chicago at age 27, Richard achieved National Certification through the Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2004.  He has been practicing massage in Chicago for the past 14 years, working with Chiropractors and performing onsite massage.   He has recently chosen to make Denver his new home and brings his passion for helping and healing aching bodies to Berkeley Community Acupunucture & Massage.  Richard is proficient with Shiatsu, Swedish, Thai Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage and Ace Cupping Massage.

Nicholas Rostocil, Registered Massage Therapist

Nicholas has been practicing massage therapy since 2005.  His training focuses on those suffering from chronic pain and debilitating injuries with the understanding that pain free movement is not only necessary for daily activities, but for the overall enjoyment of life. Nicholas also spent time at The Denver School of Massage Therapy as an instructor, passing his knowledge and experience on to future generations of massage therapists, as well as continuing his own education. In addition, Nicholas is a certified Kinesiotaping Practioner and Lomi Hawaiian temple bodyworker.

Nicole Hernandez, Registered Massage Therapist

Nicole has spent the majority of her years living in beautiful Colorado, a state she is proud to call home. Nicole’s interest in healing and wellness started at an early age, and began to take off with the completion of her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. Following this accomplishment, Nicole continued on her path by completing both an Herbal Medicine certification as well as a Reiki level 1 and 2 practitioner certifications. In April 2017, Nicole enrolled in Healing Spirits Massage Training Program in Boulder, Colorado.

Nicole’s style of massage is intuitive, inquisitive, treatment-oriented and client centered. Using a variety of tools helps her assess an individual’s body physically, energetically, and somatically. Nicole’s goal as a practitioner is to provide an environment for clients that drops them into a deep place of regeneration and healing. Throughout her massage training in Boulder, Nicole was able to hone in on a variety of different modalities. These include Integrative Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Lymph Drainage, Pre-Natal, Reflexology, Hot-Stone, Shiatsu and more!

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