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Brandi M. Bovell

Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist

Licensed & Insured Aesthetician


Certified Natural Health Practitioner


Marketing Coach


Business Owner

My goal in life is simple:  I want to help others feel less broken.

I prefer to work with clients who come in to treat specific issues, as opposed to people who come in for simple relaxation. I am a healer, one who mends others. I use a whole-person approach. If a client comes to me with skin issues, for example, they may, or may not, be a result of the skin-care products they are using. Their skin issues may be caused by diet or lifestyle choices. The same holds true for a client presenting with sciatica pain. It may be due to naturally-aging hips, or it could be due to faulty body mechanics. I work with my clients to figure it out together and get them on the right path to whole-body homeostasis.

I began attending the American Institute of Massage (now called the Lotus School of Integrated Professions), under the instruction of the famous Joseph Schibner in 2005, taking my national exam in 2006 to become State-licensed. I have taken over 4,000 hours-worth of continuing education since that time in various massage techniques. My favorite types of massage to perform, however, are sports massage, trigger point therapy, and western style table Thai massage. In 2008, I began attending Trinity College of Natural Health, and received the designation Certified Natural Health Practitioner in January 2009.

I began attending the American Spirit Institute in 2017, under the instruction of Melissa Deaton (local Aesthetician rock star, with over 25 years of experience), taking my state boards in January 2018 (which I passed with a score of 93), and receiving the designation Licensed Aesthetician. My passion for skincare came from dealing with my own adult acne after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 and coming to the realization that my body wasn’t properly absorbing nutrients, which was causing my skin issues, along with other problems. Because of what I went through, I made it my mission to help people with autoimmune disorders and the related skin problems. I know that I have found my true calling when I see the sparkle back in my client’s eye, and know they are now comfortable with the skin they are in, as we all should be.

I love all aspects of the Spa & Wellness Industry, but I consider my specialties to be migraine relief, sciatica relief, weight loss, and the treatment of autoimmune disorder-related skin problems. I founded my first business, Affordable Spa Services, in August 2011, in one rented room. Affordable Spa Services now occupies five rooms, employs two other licensed Aestheticians, six other licensed massage therapists, and has relocated to the eclectic Scott’s Addition Historic District. I pride myself on being an equal opportunity employer with a diverse, inclusive and highly-ethical practice. I founded my second business, Savasana Yoga Mat Bag Company, in 2017. Savasana makes yoga mat bags from 100% recycled linens and donates 20% of all proceeds to a different charity each quarter.

I really enjoy learning any aspect of holistic health because, in addition to utilizing my skills to help my clients, I apply these principles in my daily life to avoid colds and the flu from all the germs my little ones bring home from school and daycare. I believe that living a Paleo lifestyle, daily yoga practice, regular massage therapy care, and drinking enough water on a daily basis is the foundation for living the life of natural wellness inherent in our bodies’ design.

When I am not seeing spa clients, I handle all the marketing and administrative aspects of both of my companies. As a Marketing Coach, I have started assisting other small business owners in their own marketing efforts. My goal with this is to teach other small business owners the basics of popular online marketing platforms, so they can market their businesses effectively and empowering them to put their own core values and mission statements at the forefront of their brick and mortar establishments.

I have one strict rule for myself:  Mondays through Wednesdays are dedicated to operating my businesses and pursuing my continuing education, whereas Thursdays through Sundays are dedicated 100% to spending quality time with my family. This is how I maintain balance in my life. My Number One supporter, my husband Steve, and I are the proud parents of a daredevil 7-year-old son, who loves reading and practicing Taekwondo, and a sassy, but entirely adorable 3-year-old daughter, who loves playing outside and creating artwork. We also have a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier, named Shadow, who still has a lot of puppy in her, and loves running up and down stairs, and spending time at doggie daycare visiting her buddies. When I have time to myself, I enjoy reading, traveling (especially camping), running, practicing yoga (especially hot vinyasa, and rocket yoga), and just hanging out and enjoying my kids.

My Qualifications:

Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Licensed Massage Therapist by The Virginia Department of Health Professions

Licensed Aesthetician by Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

Certified Natural Health Practitioner

Active Professional Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Active Professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals

Professional Member of The VA Chapter of Certified Natural Health Professionals

Certified in CPR/ AED through American Heart Association

Over 4000 continuing education hours since 2006

Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner

Advisory Board Member for ECPI, and Chester Career Colleges

Prenatal Massage Certified

Techniques Practiced:

Aromatherapy

Reflexology

Swedish Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Trigger Point Therapy

Neuromuscular Therapy

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Prenatal Massage

Infant Massage

Thai massage

Thai prenatal massage

Pet massage

Natural Health Services Provided:

Paraffin treatments

Ear candling

Nutritional & Herbal Counseling



Amanda Roberto
Licensed & Insured Aesthetician

Hello! My name is Amanda Roberto and I am a recent esthetics graduate and master esthetics student of American Spirit Institute. I also received my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and Management from Longwood University in 2016. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I realized beauty and skin care was the field in which I truly belonged. Skin care first became an interest at the age of 13 when I began struggling with severe acne. I had been seeing many doctors, however, it wasn’t until I began seeing an esthetician when my skin became manageable. I spent a lot of time learning new makeup techniques to cover my acne, which ultimately lead me to becoming a makeup artist. Although makeup is a passion of mine, I felt a stronger pull towards skin care and educating those who struggle as I did. My goal is to bring out the confidence in my clients that I know they deserve. “The best foundation you can wear is glowing, healthy skin”.


Brianna Cardella
Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist
Emergency Medical Technician

Hello all! I am a newly certified massage therapist looking to help relieve the stress and pain of others as well as facilitate healing of the body and mind. One of the things that motivates me is aiding the community and the people within it. I started helping people when I was 16 by becoming and EMT and volunteering in my county. I was working on my Associates and took Introduction to Massage Therapy as an Elective, after recognizing how effective massage therapy is towards pain relief and healing I decided to become certified. I strive to cater to the needs of each of my clients and provide the best therapeutic treatment to achieve their goals. I look forward to working with a wide variety of clientele and giving them the quality treatments they need and deserve.

My qualifications include:
Massage Therapy Board Certified for the state of Virginia
Certified Emergency Medical Technician
Certified in CPR/AED through American Heart Association

Practiced Techniques:
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy
Hot Stone Massage
Sports Massage
Chair Massage
Active Isolated Stretching
Proprioceptive Muscular Facilitation Stretching
Orthopedic Assessment and Massage Therapy