Owner | Licensed Massage Therapist |Yoga Teacher
Since receiving her licensure from the Florida School of Massage, Jackie’s focused practice resides in the hands-on art of massage and bodywork. In her experience she has found that when the human form is able to move fluidly within the skin and tissue, freedom echoes through all walks of life. She experiences human touch as a powerful tool to reclaim the expansiveness we all have a chance at. Strength and structure are equally as important to a body, and her yoga teacher certification, expertly taught by Melissa Montilla, has laid solid groundwork for supporting her client’s movement practices as well.
Prior to opening her massage and yoga practices at House of Yin, Jackie spent 9 years providing manual therapy to patients at ReQuest Physical Therapy, working alongside specialists to aid in the pain relief and rehabilitation of clients with injuries, various pathologies, and/or chronic pain. Through her work here, Jackie gained thorough experience treating a vast range of acute and chronic injuries, general pain affecting the joints, post-operation, and pregnant women. She has also spent joyful, illuminating, years of her life working in the special needs community, providing in-home respite care, and within behavior analysis support systems.
These days Jackie experiments with the use of herbal remedy, essential oil and aromatherapy, acupuncture, and conscious interaction with nature and her seasons as avenues for deepening her understanding of the human experience. She is currently enrolled in an aromatherapist certification course through Aromahead Institue to deepen her knowledge of aromatherapy as medicine and further serve her clients.
Licensed Massage Therapist | Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Diana received her education at Florida School of Massage where she is grateful to have been given the tool of massage therapy to accompany her desire to help those around her heal. She currently practices out of a healing collaborative in Gainesville, Fl, House of Yin. Although clients would describe most of her work as “deep tissue”, mindfulness and compassionate intention guide every single session. Through her time practicing bodywork she has gravitated mostly towards deep/connective tissue massage, however, she believes deep work is only effective alongside genuine presence and intention to engage the whole person into deep levels of relaxation.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”– Pema Chodron
Aside from happily working to grow her private bodywork practice out of House of Yin, Diana spends much of her time practicing and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She began her transformative BJJ journey at Marcelo Garcia Jiu Jitsu Academy of Gainesville where she now has the privilege of co-leading the children’s program (4-19), teaching co-ed and women’s only classes. The academy offers a donation based women’s self defense class intended to empower the women in our Gainesville community while raising money for Peaceful Paths, a local domestic abuse organization. Diana also offers private Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons out of the academy.
Diana believes her love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fuels her passion to be a skilled and knowledgeable massage therapist and bodyworker. Having dealt with multiple sports injuries of her own during her BJJ journey, she is passionate about helping workers and athletes in her community keep doing what brings them joy. She strives to meet her clients exactly where they are in their process in order to begin authentic and lasting healing.
Diana is available for last minute bookings on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s between 10-6. Contact her directly at (352)301-2076 to schedule.
Licensed Massage Therapist | Pilates Instructor
Kaleigh’s career in movement and bodywork began when she immersed herself in a Pilates instructor training program at Evolve Pilates & Fitness here in Gainesville. Teaching Pilates brings her much joy, but watching her mentors use structural integration techniques alongside movement inspired her to enroll at Florida School of Massage so she could integrate bodywork into her approach. She graduated from FSM in 2015 and opened her own office in downtown Gainesville for providing massage therapy on days she wasn’t working at Evolve. Shortly after becoming a licensed therapist, Kaleigh completed an internship at University Sports Massage where she learned top-notch sports massage techniques for working with athletes. She continues to work and travel with UF athletes through University Sports Massage.
In addition to athletes, Kaleigh loves working with clients living in chronic pain— her measuring stick for helping solve this pain puzzle is posture and her most valuable tool in changing posture is her client’s own nervous system. She strongly believes that our bodies are brilliant, designed to last, and equipped with everything they need to recover and heal from most types of pain. Her intention is to arm her clients with knowledge by teaching them how their bodies are designed to move. This gentle but empowering process tends to demystify pain which is the key to eliminating it. In Kaleigh’s approach, massage is simply a helpful tool for quickly addressing soft tissue restrictions impacting joint biomechanics and strengthening the connection between the myofascial system and the nervous system. Getting moving is really where the work happens for treating pain. Get in touch with her here to schedule your next session!
Licensed Massage Therapist | Yoga Instructor | Thai Massage Practitioner | Cacao Ceremony Facilitator
Elaina began her studies in yoga and meditation at age 18 with Juliana Trejo Bossano in Coral Springs, Fl, completing a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training. She is now RYT 500, E-RYT 200, RPYT through the Yoga Alliance. Elaina’s yoga and meditation studies are rooted in Hatha, Kundalini, and Mystical yoga philosophies with a deep emphasis on Thai yoga assists. She completed a 108 hour Thai Massage certification through the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage here in Gainesville, Fl in 2016. In May 2016, Elaina studied with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at Golden Bridge Yoga NYC and completed a Kundalini Prenatal yoga teacher training. In December 2017, Elaina completed a 300 hour Mystical Yoga teacher training on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala through School Yoga Institute with in depth focus on the Andean medicine wheel and shamanic practices. Elaina’s yoga, meditation, and thai massage studies guided her to continue learning more about the art of bodywork. In November 2019, Elaina graduated the Florida School of Massage with studies in Massage Therapy & Hydrotherapy. Elaina believes in the support and integration of her work in different, yet complimentary practices. She provides a space for clients to ask for what the need with the encouragement of breath and energy to explore.
Elaina was introduced to the medicinal plant cacao in 2015 attending a meditation at a friend’s home. Continuing to sip and experience the healing properties of this warm drink led Elaina to taking a Cacaoga guide training with Liz Getman in June 2016. Elaina has traveled to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala and attended private and public cacao ceremonies led by local shamans. Elaina traveled to BFREE Reserve in Belize to further study the plant. Elaina believes in a regular practice of preparing, sipping, and meditating with ceremonial cacao.
Cacao is heart medicine, meeting us where we are and facilitating healing and nourishment. Elaina has found a deeper connection with sensitivity and emotions, trust in her voice and writings, and a grounded sense of being through studying and working with this sacred plant.
Elaina is elated to be apart of the awe-inspiring space and home of House of Yin. Her intention is to create a practice implementing her range of knowledge in different healing modalities and connecting with others to find comfort, support, and trust in where they are. Presence is the most important aspect of this journey.
Elaina believes there is much to observe, give, and receive from each other and this beautiful land of Mama Earth we are apart of. These practices have allowed her more space for learning and understanding this wild human existence. She loves being able to share these tools with others.
PHD | CGP
Jen Martin is passionate about supporting others to live in a more purposeful, elevated and balanced way. Jen earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and has had the honor of supporting clients for over 10 years. She enjoys helping people who feel stuck and want more in their life. She affirms the personal and cultural identities of others and offers confidential services that promote healing, change and growth. She is especially excited to be teaching mindfulness meditation and qi gong to her clients as a way to connect more fully with their bodies and mind.
Jen lives what she preaches and is intentional about doing something every day that she looks forward to. She loves being outdoors (hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding), traveling, having meaningful talks with friends and family, eating dessert, and engaging in mindful movement (yoga and qi gong). She is delighted that her clients can experience the beauty and holistic healing approach of the House of Yin, and its practitioners. Contact Jen if you are ready to start a new chapter in your life. You too can achieve a higher level of inner trust, abundance and clarity.
Licensed Massage Therapist
“In my massage practice I draw my knowledge and experience together with patience, presence, and intuition to work with the body to offer relief and the possibility for change. I like to life in that spot where technique meets magic. I am fluent in many styles but gravitate towards connective tissue therapy and myofascial release, using slow, melty strokes and very specific work to get deep, gently, and without pain.
… And in my spare time I play music, make art, and have as many nature adventures as possible”.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Kirill came into massage therapy because of a desire to help people, and after experiencing the potential for real, positive change firsthand from a knowledgeable massage therapist, he felt drawn to share that experience with others. Since graduating from the Florida School of Massage in 2015, he has sustained an average of one thousand hands-on hours per year, developing his specializations in postural assessment, myofascial release and treatment of trigger points in muscle tissue.
In 2018, he completed the Florida School of Massage’s teacher training program, in pursuit of a better understanding of massage therapy, and a better way of communicating and educating his clients. He believes in empowering his clients with working knowledge of their bodies and in working as a team during the session to achieve an optimal outcome.
Kirill’s work focuses on treating chronic pain, acute injuries and postural imbalances. It is not uncommon for clients to have an interwoven range of symptoms stemming from a myriad of reasons. His approach attempts to unlock the body’s puzzle, in a safe and effective manner. His clients range from professional athletes and fitness enthusiasts to those that spend their workdays either standing on their feet or sitting behind a desk.
He strives to tailor each session to his client’s individual needs, and does not believe in a cookie-cutter approach. Consultation before and after the sessions are included, in an effort to help his clients best achieve their health goals.
For more information, and to schedule your next appointment, please visit kikory.com
Thai Massage | Licensed Massage Therapist | Musician
Caitlyn Vinci discovered her passion and talent for bodywork when she studied at the Florida School of Massage. She graduated with a certification in Thai Massage, continues to study at The Shala (local Thai massage school), and has had a practice rooted in the Gainesville community since 2015. Blending Ayurvedic principles, Polarity, Relaxation, Connective tissue and Neuro-Muscular therapies, she takes an integrative approach to bodywork using many different styles and modalities to meet each of her clients specific needs. Caitlyn has provided therapy at various events and locations over the years and has proudly grounded her practice at The House of Yin.
When Caitlyn is not working with her clients she is working on her other projects and endeavors. Her love for music and self-expression has led her to creating the band (V)owls, playing with two other local bands in town, and working on her own solo album. For the last three years she has volunteered teaching with the Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, a girls empowerment program that teaches young women how to play instruments and express themselves. She has also co-founded and run the self-care retreat Movement, Sound, Silence, furthering her dedication to sharing the tools of wellness and self-love.
At home you can find her tending to her garden, playing with her chickens and ducks, and spending time in the sunshine. She believes that we all have the right to live in a world that is compassionate, sustainable, and free for ALL.
Besides therapy at The House of Yin, Caitlyn also offers Music Lessons for adults and children, Guided Meditation sessions, and Private Thai Massage Lessons.
If you are interested in any of her services please contact her directly. (She is happy to answer any of your questions and concerns)
Call or Text (386) 365-3454 or E-mail email@example.com
“The oneness of life is a truth, that can only be fully realized, when all false notions of the separate self, whose destiny can be considered apart from the whole, are forever annihilated.” -Bruce Lee
Diana Rodriguez discovered her passion for helping others during her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University. Since then, she has obtained a Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Diana works at Sage Wellness providing individual therapy. She likes collaborating with her clients to help them with what they have been struggling with for some time. She enjoys providing clients with the necessary skills to help empower them in different aspects of their lives. Diana uses an eclectic therapeutic approach that is tailored to her clients.
Diana is a warm, genuine, down to earth person and loves working with clients to help improve their emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling inside and outside of the US, spending time with family and friends, swimming in the springs, drawing and painting, and relaxing on her hammock or by a bonfire.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” -Lao Tzu
Cathy Tillman is passionate about living life to its fullest and finding the silver lining in even the most challenging of circumstances. Cathy earned her Master’s and Specialist degrees from the Licensed Professional Counseling graduate program at Liberty University and is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern completing her hours towards full licensure. Cathy enjoys providing quality care as she employs elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with a goal of establishing a treatment plan that is personally tailored to meet the needs and experience of each particular client. Her approach is collaborative and based on promoting a sense of hope and healing through holistic, spiritual, and various therapeutic orientations. She desires to help each client feel supported and empowered to move through obstacles and find increased meaning, new perspectives, and learn coping skills to create a life that you love.
Cathy believes it is important to release any painful baggage of the past like worry, guilt remorse, and failure so that balance can be found while re-discovering joy and feeling FREE AGAIN! Cathy enjoys spending time with her family and fur-baby, church service, going to the beach, and being outdoors. My stress relievers are relaxing in the sauna and meditating, cooking, and baking, especially casseroles and holiday desserts.
MEd | EdS | Registered Mental Health Counselor
Sasha enjoys supporting clients in working through challenges in their relationships, past traumatic experiences, life stress, and identity exploration. She received her Masters and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She provides an affirming environment to explore your concerns, identify and utilize your strengths, develop more helpful thinking patterns, learn coping skills, and experience tangible growth. In therapy, she is sensitive to the barriers and unique experiences arising from your various identities, including race, gender, sexuality, and ability.
Sasha is committed to creating a life she is excited to wake up to. She tries to look for the positive and appreciate what life has to offer. Everyday, she sets aside time for mindfulness and to write in her gratitude journal. Somethings that bring her joy are the beach, hiking a nature trail with her two dogs, biking with friends, eating sushi, playing board games, and crafting. For her, a big part of wellness is being connected to herself, others, and the world.