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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

 


Jenita “Phoenix” Booker
Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist
Law Enforcement Officer

You are cordially invited to an hour (or more), VACATION on my massage table!  As a young child I would rub my grandmother’s legs. In later years that turned to friend and family asking me to rub their feet and backs. I noticed that my hands never became tired and I thought about massage therapy as a career. Life happened and I steered another direction. An accident in law enforcement caused me to be in physical therapy for months. This brought back my desire to work in this field. I put it off for four years before I finally enrolled in the massage program at Fortis College Richmond, Va. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The instructors were amazing! I’ve learned so much and will never forget them.

I have a passion for helping others. I believe this is my purpose. I love what I’m able to do. My modalities include: Swedish, PNF Stretching, Hot Stone, Sports Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy.  Being a fairly new therapist, my techniques will not be limited to those just mentioned due to the fact that I’m always learning and life never stops teaching. I am CPR/AED certified. In my spare time I customize shoes/clothes and occasionally tattoo for relaxation. Got issues with your tissues? Book a massage with. The “Phoenix”. Sky above me, Earth below me, Fire within me.

“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising”  -Rumi


Britney Boswell
Administrative Assistant, and Aspiring Massage Therapist

Relax, heal, balance, and let go.

Hello, my name is Britney. The first time I received a massage,
I absolutely loved everything about it. The effect that massage had
on my body, mind, and spirit
was amazing. A feeling I’ll never forget. I believe in the body’s
ability to heal itself and
with massage therapy, my goal is to help unify and aid
in healing the whole self. I am currently
finishing schooling in massage therapy through the Chester Career College.
Whatever situation you are experiencing, physical pain, a stressful life,
or both, massage can definitely help.
I will customize your session for your specific needs. It’s all about YOU!

My qualifications include:

Massage therapy student
Certified in CPR/AED through American Heart Association

Practiced Techniques:
Swedish Massage
Deep Tissue Massage
Prenatal Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Sports Massage
Chair Massage


Starr Beach Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist

Starr Beach Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist Hi! My name is Starr. I am born and raised in Virginia, originally from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Growing up, I did not see Massage Therapy in my future but I am happy to have found the profession. Massage is my therapy; it gives me peace, while helping others, which is all I ever wanted. I specialize in Deep Tissue and Sports massage but I believe firm Swedish massage gives the ultimate relaxation to the client and therapist. I graduated NMTI of Falls Chruch, Va in 2013 and 5 years later, I am still excited about learning more and perfecting my craft. On my spare time, I like to find attractions, such as waterfalls, lakes, rivers and trails to hike. If not out enjoying nature, I am spending time with my 1 year old Brindle Bulloxer named Cali. I am excited to meet you all!! Book with me today! You’ll be in good hands!

Qualifications: -Sports Massage -Trigger Point Therapy -Deep Tissue Massage -Swedish Massage -Hot Stone Massage -Chair Massage -Neuromuscular Therapy -Myofacial Release

Susy Vargas

Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist


Hello! My name is Susy Vargas, I recently graduated from Lotus School of Integrated Professions where I earned my license as a Massage Therapist. I went into the field of massage therapy because I understand the power of touch therapies. I do my best to live a lifestyle where my self-care adds growth to my abilities. Nourishing my mind and heart with light is the beat I march to. I believe the effects a massage has to your mind creates energy throughout your body that enhances inspiration and dedication to your own body. To create a healthy mindset, one must create a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to direct you to the open energy you hold that gives you inspiration to accomplish your goals. I prefer to work with open minded athletes performing sports massage and assisted stretching to help them increase performance, by decreasing pain, improving range of motion. I also really enjoy working with the elderly because they offer very honest feedback which allows me to provide them my most detailed, customized work, and help them live their best life. My most accomplished modalities are deep tissue, sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point because getting you out of pain is my mission. Let me help you see the light.

“Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open.” – Thomas Dewar

Lauren Pleasants, Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist (pic coming soon)

Hi, everyone! My name is Lauren Pleasants, and I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Virginia for a little over two years. My interest in massage stemmed from watching ASMR and massage therapy instructional videos on YouTube for relaxation. I began to learn a lot about the healing power of massage this way, and decided to go to school for massage therapy in 2015. During school, I found that I had a natural touch and desire to heal people, and felt at home. Since graduating school and becoming licensed, I have worked with a large number of clients, and found that my niche in this profession is Therapeutic Massage such as Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial release. I love finding a trigger point, or “knot”, and working it out by compressing it, massaging and stretching the surrounding muscle groups to help a client feel relief from pain and muscle tension. I have always been told that I have a gentle yet effective approach to targeted work such as this, and my main goal is to ensure my clients are comfortable, minimally sore later on, and ultimately feel better once I finish their session. There is simply no better feeling than having a client tell me I have significantly reduced or completely diminished their pain. In addition to therapeutic massage, I am also proficient in other massage modalities such as Swedish, Hot stone, Lymphatic Drainage, and chair massage. When I am not massaging, I enjoy reading, photography, traveling, spending quality time with friends and family, exercising daily, and focusing on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.