Meet the Massage Therapists

HanjaHana 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.

 

Jeff Rafelson, Registered Massage Therapist

Jeff began his massage career in 1996 at The Florida College of Natural Health in Pompano Beach, Florida.  His work experience includes a variety of settings such as physical therapy offices and even spas at five star resorts.  In addition, Jeff has had further training in modalities such as Neuromuscular Massage, Reflexology, sports massage, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching and cranial sacral therapy.  Recently, he went to Thailand to learn Thai Massage!  Jeff is currently in a masters degree program studying Oriental Medicine and acupuncture where he has learned shiatsu and tui na.

 

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.

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