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Massage - Yoga - Tai Chi - Nutrition
221 E. Center Dr - Alton, IL 62002

Our Staff

Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT, RYT (Co-owner)

Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, is a 2004 Graduate of the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. Olivia developed her technique in Swedish massage including deep touch therapy and related modalities. She is a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher, a graduate of West-East Natural Healing Yoga School.

Olivia specializes in deep tissue massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. Olivia incorporates all of these modalities during a massage session to fit the needs of each individual.

Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT (Co-owner)

Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, became interested in massage therapy while living in California in the 1980s. She graduated in 2003 from the Body Therapy Center, Swansea, IL, where she received training in a number of healing modalities including Swedish, Myofacial, Trigger Point, Lymph Drainage and Reflexology.

Theresa's clients consist of men, women and children of all ages; however, she has a special interest in women's health issues. This has prompted her to further train in massage for cancer, hospice, HIV/AIDS, mastectomy and breast surgery, and has completed the third level of Lymph Drainage with the Chikly Health Institute.

Theresa has been a yoga practitioner for many years and is a certified Yoga Alliance Teacher. She teaches Hatha/Vinyasa style classes at the wellness center and keeps her students connected to yoga by integrating all levels of yoga. Theresa believes that each student can benefit from every style and level of classes offered knowing that self-care, whether through yoga or massage, is key to maintaining both mental and physical health.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Holly Pruiett, LMT

Holly Pruiett, LMT, is a 2010 graduate of Alvareita's College in Godfrey. She specializes in Swedish techniques. Holly served in the Army from 2003-2007, including two tours in Iraq. After leaving the service, Holly decided on massage therapy as a career. She has a particular interest in treating injured veterans.Holly specializes in geriatrics and previously worked at United Methodist Village. When Holly isn't working, she enjoys kayaking and fishing.

Daniel Sheets, LMT

Daniel Sheets, LMT, was trained in massage therapy and bodywork at Lewis and Clark Community College under the instruction of Allison Combs. While completing the 1000 hour plus course he began work with a chiropractor in Alton, IL. He received his NCTMB in spring of 2012. Daniel has great experience treating sciatica, low back and hip pain, trigger points, headaches and poor range of motion. He is also experienced at treating tendonitis, frozen shoulders, plantar facititis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Daniel has a great understanding of the anatomy of the body. His approach blends the relaxation of Swedish massage with the therapeutic benefits of deep tissue, without pain, and increasing range of motion by softening fascia and stretching tight muscles and tendons. He also specializes in sports massage.

In his free time, Daniel enjoys being outdoors. From snowboarding and playing hockey in the winter to hiking in the summer, he likes to stay as active as possible. Daniel frequently participates in the yoga classes at Be Well Now.

YOGA

Sasha Bassett, 200-RYT

Sasha Bassett, RYT, graduated from West-East Natural Healing Yoga School in November 2016. She currently teaches alternate Saturday mornings.

Angie Becker, 200-RYT

Angie Becker, RYT, has a passion and commitment to yoga that is apparent the moment you enter her class. After practicing for 11 years she began YTT in February 2015. In November 2015, she graduated Yoga Alliance certified 200 hours through West-East Natural Healing Yoga School. As a lung cancer survivor, she became interested in the breath and body healing modalities of holistic yoga. Angie's attention to form and breath in Hatha/Vinyasa style is intended to create space and healing. A place where you are motivated to achieve more than you thought possible. Through Karma Yoga, she teaches volunteer classes at The Boy's and Girl's Club in Alton after school. Her other fitness interests include water sports; swimming and skiing, kettlebell, hiking and boating. She plans to reach higher goals through continuing education, workshops and sharing with others all the benefits of Yoga. "There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen."...Rumi

Dawn Gipson, 200-RYT

Dawn Gipson, RYT, decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2016 after nearly 14 years of practice. She trained with Dr. Jaime Sanchez of West-East Yoga in St. Louis, who infused her approach to yoga with a foundation in philosophy and an intense study of anatomy. Dawn learned that while yoga might be universal, it’s definitely not one size fit all. This insight is at the core of her yoga teaching. Dawn’s classes encourage you to study yoga at your own pace in an environment that is welcoming and accepting. A combination of breathwork and postures helps you safely explore and challenge your limits.

Mindy Griggs, 200-RYT

Mindy Griggs, RYT, found yoga around 2010 and began a journey of learning the details of poses and breathwork. Battling a 9-year history of anxiety and depression disorders, yoga gave her life a brand new meaning. Her journey led her to deepening her knowledge through Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. Never thinking she would have the courage to lead a class, 2 years later her commitment to yoga has led her to a passion for sharing her knowledge with anyone wanting and needing a guide to improve the body, mind and spirit. 

She has learned ways to use yoga to teach others an overall well-being and a sense of being complete within themselves. Aside from anxiety relief classes, she also teaches detoxification classes, yin yoga and partner yoga.

Gail Herzog, 200-RYT

After Gail Herzog, RYT, retired from a career of teaching a full range of Communication courses in higher education, she became hooked on yoga, appreciating the vastness of the practice and resonating deeply with its profound philosophical foundations, opening a doorway into another world through its movement, conscious breathing, and mindfulness.

She received the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Studio Gaia in 2016 and completed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (created by Jon Kabat-Zinn) in 2013 from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Having experienced the healing power of yoga in her own life, Gail is very much motivated to explore with others some of the wondrous things that have been shared in the practice of yoga, knowing that there are numerous reasons that drive a person to their mat, but the deeper gifts of yoga eventually reveal themselves. She believes that yoga is for everybody, and is especially interested in sharing Yoga Nidra (“Yogic Sleep”) a profoundly healing, delicious form of yoga requiring no physical movement, utilizing specialized relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery to relax consciously and deeply to reveal one’s True Self.

Danette Watt, 200-RYT

Danette Watt, RYT, is a 2014 graduate of West-East Natural Healing Yoga School and a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher. Danette is a Crossfitter, runner and overall health and fitness enthusiast who seeks to teach with strength and understanding. She strives to show her students the benefits of yoga for all groups of people - athletes looking for active recovery, seniors working to maintain their functional fitness and students who want a more challenging class. Danette is always reading and learning as much as she can about all aspects of yoga - the physical as well as the philosophical and spiritual.

HOLISTIC WELLNESS

Lety Murphy, Holistic Wellness Practitioner

Lety Murphy's journey into holistic wellness began in 2007 when she took a college course called Medicalization of Society. It was an eye-opening experience and one that changed her thinking about women’s health, the mind-body connection and informed consent in healthcare.

Since then, Lety has studied holistic living, healing, nutrition, herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Along the way, she’s become a Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist, Herbalist and Aromatherapist.

She offers services to assist women throughout their pregnancy journey. Her handcrafted teas, tinctures and essential oils are used in her treatments and can be found for sale in our studio.

Lety has degrees from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is accredited through Heart of Herbs, Health Care Sciences and Body-Mind Institute. She recently decided to enroll in Lewis & Clark’s Nursing program and will begin in 2017 to finish her nursing degree. Her ultimate mission is to help people, primarily women of childbearing age through menopause, achieve optimum health through education, consultation and product and supplement creation.

Look for a list of Lety’s Wellness Services posted in the lobby or visit peacefulheartessence.com for more information. You can also contact her at peacefulheartessence@gmail.com or call 618-580-2454.

Conchita Russo, Bars® Facilitator

Conchita Russo became intrigued with Access Consciousness® in 2014 when she heard a radio program while living in Southern California. Access Consciousness® is a set of pragmatic and dynamic tools and processes designed to facilitate more consciousness for everyone, empowering you to create the life you truly desire. Within months she became a Bars® Facilitator (provider and teacher). In addition to basic Bars® sessions, Chita offers Molecular Terminal Valence Sloughing System, an overall body immune system stimulant and Trifold Sequencing, used to clear shock and trauma from the body. To make an appointment, contact Chita at 909-266-6983.

CAPOIERA (Brazilian Martial Art)

Matt Hawkins

Graduado Cebolinha (Matt Hawkins) is one of the principal Capoiera instructors in the St. Louis region. Capoiera is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. Matt began training in Capoiera in St. Louis in 2003 and has been part of the discipline's growth in the area since then. In addition to teaching at Be Well Now, Cebolinha teaches at Sogu Ryu World Arts in Hazelwood, MO. He has also taught classes at Club Fitness in Alton, IL and at the YMCA Carondelet Rec Plex in Missouri. Cebolinha has traveled intensely to further his knowledge of Capoeira. He has trained in New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; Gainesville, FL; Champaign, IL; New Orleans, LA; Miami, IL; and Phoenix, AZ.