Get to Know Us

Our Team

Maria Carranza

Founder

Maria Carranza

Maria earned her Masters Degree in Medical Qigong from the Sentient Temple National College of Medical Qigong. In addition, she earned her Certification in Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapy from the Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School.

In addition to being the founder of Awakening Into Wellness, Maria is also the founder of the non profit annual wellness event, Awakening Into The Sun. As a Certified Laboratory Supervisor in Hematology, Maria has extensive training in Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology and Molecular
Biology.

She currently shares her time between the clinical field and that of Alternative Medicine and Holistic Arts where she practices as a Medical Qigong Master, Certified Tibetan Bowl Sound Therapist, and Reiki Master Practitioner.

Natalia is a certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar therapist specializing in a fusion of Thai, Indian and Chinese barefoot techniques. This massage is by far one of the most effective forms of bodywork, integrating the use of energy or chi regeneration, while also soothing chronic tension and stress in the body. How does Ashiatsu work? Depending on the location Natalia employs the use of aerial silks and or bars attached to the ceiling for stability. Natii uses these to apply deep compressive force throughout the entire body. This is an excellent massage for anyone looking to experience something new and innovative. Ashi is great for pre/post fitness routines for all body types. Great for chronic tension and tight tense muscles in the upper and low back.

Natalia studied massage therapy in Sunstate Academy and specialized in “Ashi” under mentor and teacher Pilar Hook with DeepFeet Bar Therapy in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. As an active Ashiatsu practitioner, Natalia strives to facilitate personalized sessions that help you connect, relax, and revitalize.

Ashiatsu 60-90 minute
Natalia offers a deeply therapeutic massage using her hands and feet. Natii tailors each session to meet the needs of each clients using various modalities such as cupping, reiki and reflexology and many more. We warmly invite you to discuss any concerns or conditions you may want addressed so as to work towards effective, balanced solutions together.

To book an appointment CLICK HERE or call: (727) 550-6686

Natalia Lopez

LMT

Natalia Lopez

Natalia Lopez

LMT

Natalia Lopez

Natalia is a certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar therapist specializing in a fusion of Thai, Indian and Chinese barefoot techniques. This massage is by far one of the most effective forms of bodywork, integrating the use of energy or chi regeneration, while also soothing chronic tension and stress in the body. How does Ashiatsu work? Depending on the location Natalia employs the use of aerial silks and or bars attached to the ceiling for stability. Natii uses these to apply deep compressive force throughout the entire body. This is an excellent massage for anyone looking to experience something new and innovative. Ashi is great for pre/post fitness routines for all body types. Great for chronic tension and tight tense muscles in the upper and low back.

Natalia studied massage therapy in Sunstate Academy and specialized in “Ashi” under mentor and teacher Pilar Hook with DeepFeet Bar Therapy in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida. As an active Ashiatsu practitioner, Natalia strives to facilitate personalized sessions that help you connect, relax, and revitalize.

Ashiatsu 60-90 minute
Natalia offers a deeply therapeutic massage using her hands and feet. Natii tailors each session to meet the needs of each clients using various modalities such as cupping, reiki and reflexology and many more. We warmly invite you to discuss any concerns or conditions you may want addressed so as to work towards effective, balanced solutions together.

To book an appointment CLICK HERE or call: (727) 550-6686

Phillip Walker

LCSW

Phillip Walker

 Phillip Walker, LCSW and Reiki Master, has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2004. During his own inner transformation, Phillip found trauma work, energy healing, spiritual connection, and a holistic approach in therapy highly effective. He spent several years practicing therapy with good results, but knew there was more. Phillip’s spiritual awakening helped him put together what assists people, including himself, on a deeper profound level. A level that actually leads you to the truth of who you are and how to successfully navigate that. Guiding people through the depths of their transformation became Phillip’s passion. He has a variety of ways to assist with your transformation. Phillip is trained in and practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), which is a highly effective trauma therapy. He is also a Reiki Master Teacher, trained in hypnotherapy, and other interesting therapy practices.

Phillip sees clients at Awakening Wellness Center throughout the week by appointment only. Services include Transformational Guidance through Counseling, Trauma Work (EMDR), and Energy Healing. Call (813) 817-7000 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. To learn more visit www.aligningtrueself.com

Besides being a personal trainer she is also a Corrective Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Pilates instructor, expert on D.L. nutrition, nutrigenomics and phytonutrion and has a Master level in DBS Assisted Stretch Therapy.

Melissa earned her B.S. in (Pre-med focused) Biology and Chemistry which gave her an extensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. She is committed to the ultimate goal of giving her clients
stronger, healthier, and pain free lives.

To schedule an appointment with Melissa, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Melissa Luna-Nash

Personal Trainer

Melissa Luna-Nash

Melissa Luna-Nash

Personal Trainer

Melissa Luna-Nash

Besides being a personal trainer she is also a Corrective Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Pilates instructor, expert on D.L. nutrition, nutrigenomics and phytonutrion and has a Master level in DBS Assisted Stretch Therapy.

Melissa earned her B.S. in (Pre-med focused) Biology and Chemistry which gave her an extensive understanding of anatomy and physiology. She is committed to the ultimate goal of giving her clients
stronger, healthier, and pain free lives.

To schedule an appointment with Melissa, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Art D’Agostino had a lifelong love of Chinese martial arts, philosophy, meditation, and natural health practices. Over the last 50 plus years he had an uninterrupted education and practice having trained directly with numerous Chinese Masters both in the United States and Mainland China. When arriving in Tampa in 1986, he established the first natural health program at Tampa General Hospital, taught Qigong at the institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and accredited a tai chi program at USF.

His personal accomplishments include receiving a master’s acknowledgement by the United States Chinese Martial Arts Council, as well as at the Shao Lin Temple in 1986.

Call us to schedule an appointment with Art at 727 289 4747

Art D’Agostino

Tai Chi and Qigong Trainer

Art D’Agostino

Art D’Agostino

Tai Chi and Qigong Trainer

Art D’Agostino

Art D’Agostino had a lifelong love of Chinese martial arts, philosophy, meditation, and natural health practices. Over the last 50 plus years he had an uninterrupted education and practice having trained directly with numerous Chinese Masters both in the United States and Mainland China. When arriving in Tampa in 1986, he established the first natural health program at Tampa General Hospital, taught Qigong at the institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and accredited a tai chi program at USF.

His personal accomplishments include receiving a master’s acknowledgement by the United States Chinese Martial Arts Council, as well as at the Shao Lin Temple in 1986.

Call us to schedule an appointment with Art at 727 289 4747

Carolyn Luna-Nash

Yoga Instructor

Carolyn Luna-Nash

NASM Trained yoga instructor, DBS Stretch Therapist as well as a
personal trainer. USF Bachelor’s degree in communications, Certified
group fitness and Zumba instructor. Her mission is to help people with full body movement.

To schedule an appointment with Carolyn, call 727 439 3237 and to learn more about Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.com

Meet our resident Herbalist Adam Hubbard! Adam and his family have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 100 years! As a Clinical Herbalist trained in indigenous Northern American, Southern American, Celtic, and broader European Traditions, Adam uses ancient techniques and practices in assessing your needs, and formulating a path towards balance. Adam believes strongly in the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing properties of our Plant Allies. He is also a Meditation practitioner and facilitator, crediting these practices of Awareness in his own personal and Spiritual Growth, emphasizing their value with his clients. Along with Stillness, Conscious Breath, Emotional Awareness, and our symbiotic relationship with Nature, Adam creates a plan to bring you back, to you.

To schedule an appointment with Adam visit sanctumstpete.com or email [email protected]

Adam Hubbard

Clinical Herbalist

Adam Hubbard

Adam Hubbard

Clinical Herbalist

Adam Hubbard

Meet our resident Herbalist Adam Hubbard! Adam and his family have lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for over 100 years! As a Clinical Herbalist trained in indigenous Northern American, Southern American, Celtic, and broader European Traditions, Adam uses ancient techniques and practices in assessing your needs, and formulating a path towards balance. Adam believes strongly in the Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Healing properties of our Plant Allies. He is also a Meditation practitioner and facilitator, crediting these practices of Awareness in his own personal and Spiritual Growth, emphasizing their value with his clients. Along with Stillness, Conscious Breath, Emotional Awareness, and our symbiotic relationship with Nature, Adam creates a plan to bring you back, to you.

To schedule an appointment with Adam visit sanctumstpete.com or email [email protected]

Anthony Aleman

Sound Healer & AlchemisT

Anthony Aleman

Los Angeles grown with Cuscatlan, El Salvadorian Roots: Anthony has been teaching with, performing with, and making Didgeridoos for over 16 years. He is an advocate for healthy living and self-expression, and practices healthy eating, nature living, community healing, plant medicine, energy work, & meditation!

Anthony’s way of teaching his own practice of health & self-expression is through the Didgeridoo! It has a wide range of applications, including meditative practices and chronic illness support. The resonance of the Didgeridoo enables the listener to ease symptoms of chronic illness and release stored negative energy and emotional stagnation.

How? 

The unique tones of the Didgeridoo allows listeners to effortlessly enter a deep meditative state, activating the delta and theta brain waves: these specific brain waves help us achieve our highest healing potential for both physical and mental health, by re-engaging our mind-body connection.

His company, West Wind Vibes, was born from an inspiration to educate students on the history of the Didgeridoo, and the freedom of self-expression through art, music, and of course, the Didgeridoo!

Anthony offers beginner-advanced level Didgeridoo lessons; along with Infrasound Massage, Didgeridoo Sound Therapy, Instrument repairs, workshops, one-on-one lessons, and custom work!

Contact us today at: (727)289-4747 to set up an appointment!

 Loretta McGrath, owner of Body Therapy Spa, is known as the Intuitive Stretch Therapist. She has been studying Range of motion along with stuck emotions in the body for over 22 years. She studies your body by applying range of motion to each muscle group while logging the information into her proprietary software program that she has created. The software generates a 10-page detailed report on where the person is tight, weak, and imbalanced. These patterns tell a story of past emotional and physical trauma. These visual reports allow an individual to see where emotions are stuck in the body which can cause pain, stiffness and or injury.

At Body Therapy Spa, Loretta offers a mixture of holistic modalities that promote mobility, longevity and injury prevention. Services include: Massage Therapy; Full Body Range of Motion Assessments; Stretch Therapy; Structural Integration Therapy; Corrective Therapy; Acupuncture/Acustim; Myofascial Release; Silicone Cupping Therapy; Individual Aerial Yoga; Individual Yoga Training and Private Personal Training.

Text or Call to 424-262-1327 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about Loretta and Body Therapy Spa, visit www.BodyTherapySpa.comwww.DynamicBodyStretching.comwww.BodyAlignmentForLife.com

Loretta McGrath

Stretch Therapist

Loretta McGrath

Robin Smith

Sound Therapist, Stretch Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Robin

Robin is a holistic wellness advocate. She uses a variety of tools such as yoga, meditation, and sound therapy to help people access their innate self-healing capabilities. Healing is a journey with different paths not a “one size fits all”. Robin holds space for each individual she works with and meets her clients where they are. Her positive attitude is contagious and leaves you feeling light and uplifted long after your visit. 

Areas of Specialization:
Hatha + Vinyasa Yoga
Stretch Therapy
Sound Therapy

Email: [email protected]
Call or Text (407) 342-8028

Laura is the Founder of EmbodyTouch is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher, also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) with specialization in Thai Massage and Thai Yoga Stretch.

Laura is a certified as a Yoga Teacher (CYT-200), and over the past few years, she has advanced her knowledge and broadened her offerings by becoming a Certified Budokon Yoga and Mobility teacher. Well versed in various methods of Body-work, Yoga, Fitness, Martial Arts and Meditation Laura seeks to develop a unique and innovative experience for her clients and students. Laura’s devotion to plant-based nutrition and clean and green eating inspires her to also offer her culinary creations through nutritional guidance to those seeking to experience the taste of wellness.

In summary, Laura is on the path toward continual discovery through actualizing and transforming the pure nature of well-being. Her mission and living goal is to empower others towards self-discovery through recognition and care for the physical, mental, emotional, and spirit bodies as integrated parts of a whole. 

For more info and to schedule your session visit embodytouch.com or contact Laura personally (704) 965-9606, email [email protected]

Laura Lauraityte

Thai Stretch, Massage, Yoga Teacher

Loretta McGrath

Ellie Vates

LMT, Wholistic Embodiment Coach, Reiki

Robin

Ellie is the human heart behind Lucid Love Life Center. She is a loving life catalyst, enabling joy filled embodiment. She is an ordained Minister, Shamanic Practitioner, Wholistic Coach, Reiki Attuned Licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Somatic Health Practitioner and a Hospice Palliative Caregiver. She believes in the miracle of the human body, and the ability to heal oneself through breath, sound, movement, mind-body re-patterning, healing touch and deepening awareness. Her path has taken her around the world, journeying through many holistic modalities and shamanic rituals, receiving wisdom from plant allies, and powerful realizations that support the omnipotent relationship of Body, Mind and Spirit. Her education is bridged into the western mind through neurological science and quantum physics. Modalities that she may include in sessions are Reiki, Deep Relaxation and Restorative Medical Massage, Bioenergetic-field Tuning, Neuro-stimulation, Cupping, Thai bodywork, Guided Meditation, Breathework, Sounding, Movement, Emotional Release Techniques, and doTERRA Aromatherapy. Ellie’s Neuro-stimulation treatments utilize the Dolphin MPS, which integrates the principles of Chinese Acupuncture and modern neurology to give a harmoniously stimulating approach to treating the energetic and physical body. Identifying with her feminine expression, she also facilitates Feminine Flowship Circles, empowering women to understand the rhythm that is unique to the women’s body. Her ability to listen and tune into you, your goals and concerns will offer an experience that is uniquely crafted for your Body, Mind and Spirit.

Schedule a free discovery call by visiting her website www.LucidLoveLife.com or emailing her directly [email protected] 

Jill is a well versed Registered Nurse of 9 years incorporating compassion, intuition and holism into her practice. Jill has extensive medical knowledge and understanding how the conventional system works from her time in acute care, clinical and telephonic settings. Her experience ranges from medical/ post surgical floors, Diabetic/Wound care units,  Orthopedics, Spine care, Neurology, Oncology, Psychiatric units, Rehab, Hospice, Mental Health remote care coaching and etc. From her training in aromatherapy, aroma healing touch, psychedelic harm reduction, and self driven research in natural medicine including diet, herbs and supplementation, Jill brings an element of integration to her level of care. After almost a decade of helping patients with acute chronic illness’ and experience with volunteering medical services in Central America, Jill has learned that the most effective approach to healing is through complementary and alternative medicine with a multicultural sensitivity.

Her offerings include; Concierge nursing services, Healthcare advocacy, Pharmaceutical integration, Wellness/ Nutrition coaching with ability to provide aroma touch therapy (combination of reflexology with aromatherapy light touch). Specialties are concentrated but not limited to Weight loss, Diabetes, Stress and Chronic Pain management. She can help you regain control over your care plan and feel comfortable in your body again.

To schedule a consultation email at [email protected] or call 850 879 1750. Website: mystique-rn.wixsite.com/mystiquern. 

Jill Gross

RN, Coach

Loretta McGrath

Rebecca Fox

Herbalist, RYT, Womens Cycle Coaching

Robin

Rebecca is a truth seeker and healer drawing on her own experience while supporting other women’s journey towards deeper connection, greater alignment of mind + body + spirit, and more empowered action. She transitioned from her former career as an attorney by studying plants, alternative wellness, yoga + meditation, and built a more regenerative business that serves her and her community.

Rebecca has over ten years of corporate experience working in law firms, investment banking, non-profits, small business and start-up settings. She weaves her legal + negotiation background with activism, herbalism and her love of nature + wholistic living into unique offerings that support her clients in unexpected, non-traditional and empowering ways.

Currently, Rebecca offers cycle and performance coaching for women through Ascend Within. This work combines the lost cycle wisdom of our ancestors with the best of modern coaching and herbal support to help women transform their thinking and transcend their limits.

Ascend Within coaching supports women in embracing their natural feminine power and harnessing the energies of their cycle so that they can lead happier and healthier lives.

Find out more and schedule a thyme for deeper conversation with Rebecca https://www.ascendwithinco.com/beginher. 

 

Juliana is a sound and vibration healing practitioner and also a Reiki master. She combines different sound healing protocols with intuitive energy work, craneo-sacral massage, breath, and high intention. Juliana was born and raised in Colombia and came to the US in 2005 where she is now based in St. Petersburg! Juliana is also a mother, yogi, immersive travel guide and lover/sharer of transformative plant-based nutrition.

Juliana Brown

Sound Healer, Reiki Master

Juliana Brown

Bronson Bozman

Certified personal trainer, DBS Stretch therapist, yoga teacher

Bronson has been training for over 10 years integrating stretch, yoga, weight training and dedication to the patients needs. He has a passion for fitness and helping people heal, thrive and have a more positive outlook on their day to day life. In his down time he loves walking on the beach and in park with his puppy Jasper.

Our Support Team

Brittany Meyer

Manager, Sales Support

Brit

Brittany Meyer is a Atlanta native and with the love of travel she has made her way to St.Petersburg. Brittany’s many talents make her the perfect fit for overseeing our new business and sales for our center. She is outgoing and loves making connections with new people and helping support those around her. Skilled and certified with her years of experience in construction management, she has learned what works. She is a 200RYT who loves to be working in a field focused on mental health and body care.

Please reach out to Brittany if you like to learn more about how the center can help support you, your mind, body or business

Sarah Doering is originally from Ohio but her free sprit has brought her back down to beautiful St. Pete. Sarah served in the U.S Navy Reserves for 6.5 years where she learned the logistics side of keeping a business organized and running smoothly. Sarah has been teaching yoga for 3 years now where she traveled to the jungles of Costa Rica. Engulfing herself in yoga, energy work, plant medicine and the pureness of sisterhood and community.

Sarah will be the first smiling face you see as you enter in through the doors, her welcoming heart will make you never want to leave! You can also join her in any yoga class, reiki session or one on ones we host here at the center by calling or texting (727) 289-4747   

Sarah Doering

Office Administrator, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

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Saint Petersburg, FL 33712

Phone:
(727) 289-4747

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