​James Waslaski

James is an author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He's served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He's developed 8 orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs, and authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education in 2011. James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians. James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award and inducted was into the 2008 Massage Hall of Fame.

Jody McComas

Graduated from Healing Arts Institute in September 2010. During this time in school I found the love of working with Pain Management and Orthopedics. As a past athlete, injury management has been in my forefront more than a few times.

Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist with James Waslaski in 2013 and continue to work with him as a Teaching Assistant.

Kinesio Taping 1,2 & 3 with Karen Woodbeck.

Multiple Modalities to include GuaSha, Deep Tissue, Sports and Orthopedic, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point and Resistance Release work.

Self care modalities for the client and therapist.

As a middle aged person my physical conditioning is so important for work as a Therapist as well as my athletic life. As a Therapist I enjoy working at The Capital Athletic Club downtown as well as an independent Therapist. My client base range from Every day people working in office settings to world class Athletes and everyone in between.

Cycling (Road and Mountain) has taken over as my sport of Passion along with Triathlons as my running improves. Riding Dirt Bikes and trips on the Road Bike are always welcome changes in my routine.

My life at home is rounded off with my Fiancé Susan and our two dogs Ssage (short for massage) and Sasha. I have two children, Calvin who is serving in the Navy and Karly who works and lives in Elk Grove.


Andy Casl

Andy Casl has been practicing massage since 2003, focusing on the needs of other therapists and athletes, from dancers to Tri-Athletes, using an integrated mix of Deep Tissue, NMT/Trigger Point and focused rehabilitative stretching. Andy is also proficient in Eastern and Integrative energy modalities such as Shiatsu and Polarity Therapy.

Andy began his instructing career in 2010 at the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, CA teaching a full curriculum covering anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, body mechanics and massage technique. He expanded his instructing experience by accepting the position of Lab Instructor/Massage Therapy at Carrington College in Sacramento, CA in 2011, teaching all aspects of a 600+ hour massage certification program. Andy took on additional responsibilities as Part-Time assistant Program Dir. teaching all lecture modules and managing classroom dynamics and grading, etc.

Andy maintains a current massage practice with clients ranging from minors to athletes to the elderly and fellow therapists."


Bret Mason

Bret Mason was a textbook example of the American Obesity Epidemic.  At his heaviest, he weighed in at over 300 pounds.  He suffered from sleep apnea, chronic pain, borderline diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol & clinical depression. At the age of 51, Bret’s health had deteriorated to the point of walking with a cane. He took a fistful of prescription drugs daily to manage the side-effects of his unhealthy living.  After watching a marathon of health documentaries on Netflix, including Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead,The Gerson Miracle, Food Matters & Forks Over Knives, Bret was inspired to change his life. He lost over 100 pounds in less than a year, and restored his health, eliminating the need for prescriptions and canes. Bret’s life change was so amazingly drastic that it also had a positive impact on the people around him. Bret feels inspired to share his experience and the things he's learned with others, to inform, to support, to educate, to inspire and to become the  positive change in this world he wants to see.  Bret is happily married to Julie, and a father to six grown children.  He lives,& thrives in Roseville, CA.



Nick Hughes

​Nick Hughes has been practicing massage therapy in North Lake Tahoe for over 12 years. Ni​ck is co-owner of Well Being in Kings Beach, along with his wife, Sarah. Nick's other passion besides bodywork is education. He is a credentialed teacher and has recently earned a Master's Degree in Education. Originally trained at the Esalen Institute in 2000, Nick has furthered his training to include Esalen Deep Tissue techniques. Nick has also trained at Harbin School of Massage in Shiatsu and Integrated Thai/Swedish Massage. Nick is excited to teach massage and yoga at Well Being and to share his passion for wellness with the world.

Joseph Carter, L. Ac

Joseph Carter is former director of the Acupressure Institute (Berkeley, California) and teaches Acupressure and related Healing Arts throughout the Western US. He began practicing Asian Healing Arts in 1978. His teaching career commenced in 1984, and he became a Licensed Acupuncturist in 1987. In addition to his work teaching he has a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in the treatment of gynecological and immunological concerns. The heart of Joseph’s practice and teaching is the skillful use of TCM theory combined with compassionate touch. In 1997 he was selected one of the top 10 experts in Acupuncture for the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Focus Magazine, 11/97), noted specifically for his combination of Acupressure with Acupuncture.

Bob Robinson,

Advanced Certified Rolfer                       

Bob first recognized the tremendous potential for well being through deep and skilled bodywork in 1972 when he received a series of Rolfing® sessions. He is a Certified Advanced Rolf Practitioner trained and currently certified by the Rolf Institute® of Boulder Colorado. He took his beginning and Advanced Rolf Training from Dr. Ida Rolf the founder of Rolfing. He has additional training in CranioSacral® technique, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), and Rolf Movement Training. He has been teaching workshops in Myofascial Bodywork™ at Healing Arts Institute for last seven years.

"Individual needs are assessed to design long-lasting, customized treatment."

~Bob Robinson


Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones began practicing massage in 1981, having been trained in Shiatsu and Massage at the Yoga institute of San Francisco. She apprenticed for 2 years with her Shiatsu teacher before she began teaching in 1983. Since then she has taught massage at schools and hospitals throughout the Bay Area. In 1992 she became licensed as a psychotherapist.Cherry has specialized in working with stressed and traumatized clients and families of all ages from birth to adulthood. She is extensively trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness stress reduction and body-focused trauma resolution techniques. In her work she emphasizes the healing power of playfulness. Cherry was a Supervisor and trainer for mental health clinicians for 4 years at a clinic in Berkeley serving families and children involved in the foster-care system. She also specializes in working with adopted children of all ages and their families. She is a trainer and consultant in birth to 5 years early intervention and teaches infant massage/parent support groups throughout the Bay Area. Cherry has a private practice in Mill Valley and Berkeley.

Kathleen Bailey

A 1991 graduate of Healing Arts Institute and an instructor since 1995, Kathleen’s education in bodywork continues to the present. She has had additional training in CranioSacral Therapy I&II, On-site (chair) massage, Sports Massage, Acupressure, Soft Tissue Release, Zentherapy¨, Reiki I&II, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy and most recently, Maya Abdominal Massage. Drawing from over 25 years of subtle energy healing research and practice, Kathleen uses a variety of effective methods to facilitate the body’s own healing abilities in her active bodywork practice in Citrus Heights. In June of 1999 she completed the International Certification Course in Aromatherapy with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt at Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy which included, structure and energy of essential oils, treatment of disease, cosmetology, and psychology of fragrance, holistic skin therapy, and toxicology. Kathleen brings technical abilities and metaphysical knowledge along with the purest integrity of her profession into the classroom.

Dr. James Mally N.D.

Dr. James Mally is licensed as a Naturopathic Doctor in California, and has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program. Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and was director of Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California for 21 years. He is currently engaged in private practice, DVD production, and teaching advanced classes in deep tissue massage, sports massage, and anatomy in massage schools around the world.

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