Sabita Kanhai started Sabita Holistic Center Nov. 15, 2003 because of her strong desire to belong to a group of ethic driven professionals that chose to combine the best of both Eastern and Western Medicine and the quality of individual care. Coming from a Corporate Communication background, she realized after only a year of the "real world" she needed to go back to school. "I became more aggressive instead of assertive," said Sabita. "Attending Memorial Sloan Kettering Integrative and becoming a Cancer Massage Therapist gave me the empathy I needed to find my place in the world again." Sabita brings over 8 years of experience to the practice as a Licensed Medical Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Counselor. She provides specific treatments and self-care techniques depending on your needs. She is also accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and sits on many community boards doing local and global service.
Sabita is a Licensed Medical Massage Therapist who uses techniques derived from both eastern and western disciplines including Shiatsu, Myotherapy, Trigger Point, and Passive Stretching. She is also trained in CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Cancer Massage from Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Sabita herself gives medical massages that are personalized to the needs of her clients. In other words, she doesn't follow a choreographed routine like most massage therapists. Rather, she meets with the client beforehand and alters her techniques during the service as she works with your body. When she comes across areas that are particularly tight or problematic, she stays there and works them out. It's a noticeable difference. Afterwards, the client receives a self-care worksheet to take home.
Patrick Casey brings over ten years of experience to his practice as a certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist. He provides specific treatments and self-care techniques depending on your needs. For the past 10 years he has studied Nuad Bo-Rarn (ancient Thai Massage) at the I.T.M. school of Chiang Mai Thailand. Nuad Bo Rarn is a unique form of bodywork that incorporates Hatha Yoga and acupressure to stretch the muscles and open the joints. It is a safe, holistic treatment that harmonizes the body, increases energy, relieves stress and promotes a peaceful mind. He can also radically alter the perception of the self.
This particular form of bodywork dates back over 2500 years. The movement of the gentle rocking, deep stretching and compression assist in the restructuring of the muscular-skeletal framework. The work is done fully clothed and no oils are required. This is an ancient art extending far back in history, yet it addresses the ills of present day society.
Anyone who has had a massage with Patrick walks out happier. Depending if you're in the mood for a restorative treatment that allows you to catch those extra zzzz's, to a sports massage while you train for a triathlon, his experience with never leave you disappointed.
Beth Furman, MALS, E-RYT 500, has been studying yoga, dance and many forms of movement all her life. Her teachers have been many, and her style is eclectic. Graduate work in Movement Studies at Wesleyan University gave her the skills to teach many types of movement. Shiva Rea's trainings have taught Beth about flow and creativity in a yoga practice. Mitchel Bleier's trainings honed in on alignment, and Beth's studies at Kula Yoga Project in the last few years continue to integrate the two. Experience teaching children at Kripalu and locally have given her an appreciation for spontaneity in her teaching. Tari Prinster's work with cancer patients has inspired her to continue to work with the healing aspects of yoga and moving meditation. In addition, with a degree in Psychology, Beth has a strong background in the ways that all sorts of movement affect our psyche and can be a source for deep healing.
Her teaching is a practice of attention to the ways that our bodies reveal our inner workings. Beth aims to create the space in her classes for your own exploration; cultivating comfort in your own body, discovering the many ways your body can move freely and easily, and using the practice on the mat to help us relate to and be present in our lives.
Kerstin studied at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and received her CT State License in 1999. She is licensed to perform Swedish Massage and is also a certified Reiki practitioner. In addition to ten years of experience in her private practice, she has worked with many local chiropractors and in corporate offices around Fairfield County. Kerstin's warm personality will immediately put you at ease. By applying her deep understanding of physiology and well-honed intuition, she delivers results oriented, quality attention for deep relaxation and pain relief. She is often able to permanently relieve muscular pain and chronic stress patterns.
Ruby Laughter began practicing yoga 11 years ago, and has enjoyed every single pose since. Yoga has been one of the most valuable discoveries that she has made in her life. In 2006 she decided to earn her teaching certificate. She is a graduate at Lotus Gardens Yoga and has been actively teaching group and private sessions since. Students at all levels of ability are welcome to join as every pose can be designed to fit individual needs. Classes begin up tempo, then settle into relaxing, always incorporating the breath and how it relates to the movements.
Just remember: Flexibility is not a requirement for yoga - it is a side effect!