We are excited to have gathered a team of highly qualified and experienced instructors to bring massage education to our local Chico area.
Aaron has more than 10 years of experience as a massage instructor. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Nevada, he attended the Ralston School of Massage in Nevada. After completing the 710-hour program, he taught there from 2001-2011. He has also taught anatomy & physiology for the Truckee Meadows Community College massage program. He is passionate about being a teacher in all settings. Since moving to California in 2013, he has been tutoring college students in anatomy & physiology and practicing massage therapy in a variety of settings. He loves helping people, playing with his two children, dancing to live music, and exploring the world. Aaron is our head instructor and will be teaching the majority of the level 1 program.
Candi has 16+ years of experience as a Massage Therapist. She has won the title of best massage therapist for her exemplary service and skill set. “Best of Del Norte,” in 2006 and “Best of Chico” 2017, 2018 and 2019. Candi specializes in Pre and Post Surgery, Specific Injury, Scar Tissue and Sports Massage. She believes in assisting with the healing process to produce a life without pain as well as educating her clients on how and why the pain exists, with hands-on training to manage the pain at home. As a business owner, teacher, and Chico Massage School President, Candi is devoted to sharing her talent, knowledge, desire to help and educate others. She provides a positive, ethically sound classroom and clinical environment. Her skills and experience allow for mechanical precision, as well as clearly communicated lessons and encouragement of self-care for all of her staff and students.
Since 1991, trained with Dr. Ida P. Rolf’s first generation teachers. From 2004-2018, Green taught Basic and Advanced level Deep Tissue classes at Chico Therapy Wellness Center, as a California state certified teacher of therapeutic massage. Her knowledge and skill with body mechanics, and the structure of the body and its’ energetics, made her classes highly valued among the students. Jean Louise Green has loved the years of teaching and is featured on radio and podcasts as the author of the newly published STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION & ENERGY MEDICINE: A Handbook of Advanced Bodywork. She maintains a full-time practice in Chico, California.
Steven is a registered Nurse with a BSN from CSU, Sacramento and is certified in massage therapy from Chico Therapy Wellness Center. He continued advanced training in Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Women’s Health bodywork, Craniosacral Therapy and orthopedic massage. Steve received certification in fertility, prenatal, postpartum and breast therapy massage. He teaches pregnancy, postpartum and women’s health bodywork massage at Chico Therapy Wellness Center and is one of the few Sacramento therapists certified to massage women before, during, and after pregnancy. His advanced training in with fertility massage, lymphatic drainage and other women’s health therapy makes him a holistic provider for women in the childbearing years. He is in awe of the miracle of life and feels honored to contribute to the health and wellness of a new mother, baby, and family.
Steve has been a registered nurse for over 35 years. For the first eight years of his career, Steve served as a nurse or assistant head nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, where he worked in the intensive care, critically ill, and surgery units, and where he helped found and manage the orthopedic trauma unit. For almost 30 years, Steve served as a nurse manager at Kaiser Permanente, where he has specialized in managing inpatient and outpatient departments, including a surgery center.
As part of this work, Steve has instructed nurses, midwives, nursing assistants, home health aides, and clerical staff; he has served as an interpreter for Spanish-speaking patients; and he has worked with a diverse range of people – from doctors and ministers to prison inmates and gang members. Whatever their path in life, and whatever their condition upon arrival, Steve approaches people from an accepting, compassionate, and nurturing place, with the sole interest of optimizing their healing and recovery.
Catilin is a Chico native with 3,000+ hours of experience in 4 years as a Massage Therapist and 5 years as a Registered Yoga Teacher. Caitlin is cross trained in Vinyasa and Restorative yoga as well as several types of massage including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, and Ashiatsu. She specializes in integrating her training in anatomy, functional movement, stretching, and strengthening to help her clients foster their own mind/body connection, which she believes is vital to living as pain-free as possible. Caitlin is dedicated to providing an accessible and encouraging education to her students and clients alike.
Katarra is a California Licensed Midwife, Massage Therapist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who has been working with midwifery and botanical medicine for fifteen years. Her midwifery education includes a comprehensive academic and clinical training at Maternidad La Luz, a busy birth center in El Paso, Texas and attendance at many homebirths in California. She started attending births in 2009 and opened her own practice in Chico in 2013. Katarra’s massage training includes Maya Abdominal Therapy, Rolfing Structural Integration and CranioSacral Therapy. She has studied with Chico Therapy & Wellness Center, Jean Louise Green, Michael Turk, Debbie Pierce IBCLC, Cathy McLendon IBCLC, Theresa Watson IBCLC, Heartwood Institute, Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Dr. Aviva Romm, herbalists Susun Weed, Matthew Wood, Lise Wolff, Upledger Institute, Milne Institute, Carol Grey and Rolf Guild for Structural Integration. Katarra also serves on the board of directors for the Rolf Guild of Structural Integration.