Meet our Staff


Susan has been working in the field of massage since 1998. She received her training at Brenneke School of Massage (now known as Cortiva Institute) in Seattle, Washington.

After graduating she returned home to Michigan to be close to family and set up her practice. She was the owner/operator of her own studio, A Peaceful Place, for six years. After a successful run, she closed the business to focus on her growing family. She is the proud mama of three beautiful boys. She enjoys spending time with her sons laughing, playing and loving life.

Susan has such a vast knowledge of the field and the way the body works. She assesses her clients’ posture, gate, tissue condition, joint function, muscle strength, and range of motion, and responds with all of her skills to what she feels your body needs. She provides clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation.

Susan incorporates many different modalities in her massages. She works from a base of Swedish massage and includes elements of deep tissue, reflexology, trigger point therapy and shiatsu. Based on the clients’ individual needs, she will customize each session to ensure that those needs are met.

Her work is an art, and she is a therapist who loves what she does, continues to learn, and, with her intuitive touch, she enhances her client’s well-being. A massage with Susan is an experience to be remembered. She gives your body what it needs to be healthy and whole. She guides your body into remembering how to feel strong, flexible and relaxed.

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Bekah is a licensed massage therapist who is dedicated to wellness. She is active and enjoys sports, meditation through yoga, and the beauty of nature. She hopes her healthy living inspires clients to embrace positive change and take care of themselves beyond the treatment table. She trusts in the body’s innate capacity to heal and that there is an energy within us that when open and unobstructed promotes our health and well-being.

Bekah works with a variety of clients and her massage style is one of subtle intensity. Her hands see beyond skin; molding, reconnecting, and reminding. Her work inspires a sense of renewal to restore optimum function throughout the body. She allows the body to de-stress, helps alleviate discomfort from fibromyalgia and other chronic pains, trigeminal nerualgia, repetitive motion syndromes, and tendonitis. She has continued her education and today integrates cranial-sacral work from the Upledger Institute, neuromuscular massage, deep tissue, Swedish massage, reflexology, and is trained in hot stone massage.

Bekah attended Bowling Green State University, and graduated with a degree in Applied Health Science, which prepared her to further her education in the medical field. Questioning which avenue to take, she became intrigued with the idea that simple touch can be so healing and so powerful affecting all of your body’s systems in ways that can influence much more than just the physical body, but also the mind and spirit. Many students chose medical school, nursing, or physical therapy work as subsequent education. Bekah chose massage therapy to address pain and offer a preventative medicine using natural hands-on methods, which best fit her creative ideas, yet scientific education. She attended the Northwest Academy of Massotherapy and graduated in 2004.

Bekah truly enjoys her work in massage and believes the power of therapeutic touch with the right intention has the potential to holistically change lives.

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Birgit holds a degree in physical therapy and has been working as a licensed PT and MT in Germany, her home country, since 1999. With a great passion for natural health and holistic therapies, she soon pursued further training in osteopathic manual therapy, reflexology, lymph drain, and Craniosacral therapy. She skillfully integrates these modalities into each clients session.

Through her work as a PT, she gained a lot of experience with clients recovering from injuries or surgery, suffering from chronic pain, or dealing with postural imbalances.

After taking some time off to devote herself to her growing family she relocated to Michigan in 2008, excited to have the opportunity to explore the field of natural health in the States. She completed a therapeutic bodywork program at the Naturopathic Institute in Mt. Pleasant, MI, where she fell in love with aromatherapy and energy work, which she added to her repertoire of bodywork.

No two sessions with Birgit are ever the same. Each client is thoroughly assessed, and then the session is tailored to the individual needs and can range from deep tissue work with joint mobilization and stretching techniques to Craniosacral work or healing touch session.

When Birgit is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in various outdoor activities.

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Maekena became interested in massage therapy to connect with others in a meaningful way. She enjoys the learning experience for both client and therapist. She first noticed the physical need for massage, but also found massage very beneficial for mental health, and inner peace.

Maekena is a graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield Michigan. While attending Irene’s Maekena trained in Structural Evaluation, Muscle Mechanics, Reflexology, Shiatsu, and Thai.

With a previous Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Washtenaw Community College, Maekena appreciates the creative and artful aspects and flow of massage. Through intention of touch and a therapeutic approach, which aims to address all areas of her clients’ specific needs, she creates a personalized massage for each client. She is honored to be a part of others’ healing processes.

Maekena is a member of the AMTA as well as being Nationally Certified  and is Licensed in the state of Michigan. Maekena plans on a long career in massage; and is continually  expanding her knowledge base, techniques, and modalities. 

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Amanda Crossley is a LMT in the state of Michigan and a proud member of ABMP ( American body work and massage professional.) She is a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI. While studying at Irene’s exploring a variety of modalities, she grew a love for Thai, trigger points, and reflexology. Amanda’s goal is to help her clients improve their quality of life. Her massage style blends specific trigger point techniques, a deep rhythmic/relaxing swedish, and Thai. In Amanda’s spare time she enjoys painting, drawing, and taking naps with her cat.

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Kirt is a Licensed Massage Therapist. He graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in the 800 hour massage program. He has taken workshops in Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, And other modalities. He has also studied and practiced Yoga for years and completed a 200 hour Yoga teacher training.

Kirt became interested in developing a more ‘western’ approach to body work after some involvement with spiritual/energy work while apprenticing at organic farm retreats and diving deep into holistic lifestyles and nutrition. Kirt has traveled extensively to pursue his studies of sustainable farms and ecological communities, natural health solutions, and reintegration of the body, mind, and spirit. Certifications: Licensed Massage Therapist Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy Yoga – RYT 200. Specialties: Myofacial release Neuromuscular therapy Sports Therapy +others

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Emily is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been in the massage field for three years. She studied at Douglas J Aveda Institute in Ann Arbor, then started at Sha Zen Massage. Her massage style bends elements of Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Stretching, Deep Tissue, and calming Swedish Massage. Emily is also studying Moving Cupping Therapy and hopes to offer it soon.

Every massage given by Emily is personalized and dedicated to helping you relax, targeting problem areas, as well as easing your mind. Emily is passionate about helping others and working with her hands.

In her free time Emily enjoys baking, reconnecting to nature, and animals (especially her three lovely kitties)

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Laura is a licensed massage therapist, she graduated from the Michigan School of Myomasology in 2005. She is passionate about healthy diet, nutrition and wholistic lifestyle. She loves organic gardening, connecting with nature and spending quality time with her family, friends and dogs. Laura has been a Reiki practitioner since 1986 and a Reiki Master (instructor) since 1998. This energy balancing technique’s simple, yet profound ability to improve one’s well being quickly captured her heart. She loves sharing Reiki’s many benefits.

“I love helping people feel their more comfortable in their body and soul!”

In 2003 Laura began studying Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and continues her studies with the Upledger Institute.She offers Relaxation massage, Hot Stone, Prenatal massage and Deep Tissue as well as Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki. She incorporates Trigger Point Therapy, stretching and myofascial release and can blend CST or Reiki into your massage session.


Aric has over 15 years of experience in healthcare and have a full understanding of the therapeutic process. He is thoughtful about a plan for treatment to patients with problems related to neuromuscular or musculoskeletal systems. Aric has used his medical massage experience in treatments working to interpret tests and measurements for muscle strength, coordination, range of motion, along with circulatory efficiency. He also brings a gentleness in his therapy having a healing touch in the spa industry as well.


Amber has been working with the body for many years. After graduating from massage school, she continued her education by earning her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She has a deep understanding of the muscles and movement of the body. Combined with an awareness of the mind-body connection, her approach to massage is a blend of intuition and science. She has the ability to slowly work through tight muscles and provide freedom of movement to sore, stiff areas. She describes herself as a medium to light pressure therapist and doesn’t subscribe to, “ no pain, no gain”. Instead, her focus in session is creating a space for deep relaxation and release.


Eileen graduated from Wayne State University in 1998 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She continued her education in massage therapy at Irene’s myomassology Institute and graduated in 2008. Since then she has been working full time as a massage therapist. Her expertise in massage includes Swedish, deep tissue, craniosacral therapy, myofascial, reiki, and polarity.

In loving memory of Dan Preston

Dan was born and raised in Ann Arbor. He graduated from Washtenaw Community College with an Associate’s degree in Science. He is also a graduate of the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. Dan has amassed a total of 12 years in massage experience, and was the former owner/operator of RUB (Relaxation. Ultimate Bodywork) located in Downtown Ann Arbor before the business closed it’s doors due to COVID-19. Dan specializes in Therapeutic and deep tissue massage. He is also experienced in Swedish massage and reflexology modalities. Dan loves to spend his free time with his wife and his 3 children. Dan’s memory is a light to us. He greeted us with his huge smile, had big hand shakes for his clients and held the door for them as he said good bye. He is a beautiful soul and was a gifted healer and we will keep him in our hearts.