Jessamine Walker began studying massage in 1998 at the American Institute of Massage Therapy in Costa Mesa, CA. She completed the 1,029 hour clinical massage program under Dr. Myk Hungerford, PhD PT, a prominent leader and innovator in sports massage. Jessamine has worked in management and in practice at renowned spas such as Burke Willams, Equinox, and The Sports Club Co. She established a clientele of well known celebrities and professional athletes while in private practice in Hermosa Beach, CA.
In her pursuit of expanding and refining her knowledge base, she studied clinical techniques with various chiropractors, orthopedists and massage practitioners throughout the last twenty-two years. She has completed over 1000 hours in additional education and massage modality certifications including the study of orthopedic massage with Frank Sanborne, RMT for which she obtained a certification in orthopedic techniques for the head, shoulder & neck. The quality of massage education available to aspiring students has always been a priority for Jessamine and to that end she was an instructor at South Bay Massage College for years and later developed continued education training at several workplaces.
An eclectic and all encompassing approach to wellness is key in Jessamine’s practice. She believes in employing a wide variety of methodology in order to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. This includes the incorporation of Eastern philosophies alongside traditional Western approaches. She completed a year-long apprenticeship with Valorie Knutson of Topaz Visions in Hermosa Beach, CA to attain her Reiki Master certification.
Jessamine studied psychology as an undergraduate at Antioch University in Culver City, CA and is now pursuing a certification in trauma informed massage techniques and working with clients suffering from PTSD.
Jessamine began working for Rachel Brawner, CMT here at Brawnergy in January of 2020. She worked closely with Rachel, collaborating on techniques and treatment philosophies. She feels privileged to now take the reins of the clinic after Rachel’s move to the East Coast early in 2021. She believes the team at Brawnergy represents the best the field of bodywork has to offer and looks forward to creating a treatment plan for you!
“Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul, be just another human soul.” ~ Carl Jung
Lydia Emery, CMT
Lydia has well over a decade of experience. She gives an intuitive massage, slow and specific as your body leads. Trigger point, myofascial, and PNF stretching are some of the techniques in her MMA (Mixed Massage Arts) tool box. Lydia specializes in relaxing deep tissue, and works with minimal conversation to create space for both mental and physical rejuvenation. Her ability to put clients at ease and work within their comfort zone is remarkable.
In 2005, Lydia graduated from the massage program at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. She had fallen in love with therapeutic massage after receiving her first professional massage. Lydia went on to own and operate her own massage clinic, Stress Knot Massage, in Mt Vernon, IL for ten years before moving to CA.
“It is my goal with every session to help my clients love massage just as much as I do. I believe in practicing what I preach and set the goal of a monthly massage for myself to keep my body at its best!”
Shannon Stephens, CMT
Shannon’s love and ability for healing touch began very early in life, spending quality time massaging her family members and friends while growing up. Her professional massage therapy experience began in July 2011 when she completed the 720 hour Massage Therapy Certification from Kaplan College, in Riverside, CA.
Now, after ten years in the profession, her experience consists of working in a clinical therapeutic setting addressing an array of conditions ranging from physical to mental and emotional. She uses an integrative approach to massage to customize each massage experience for the unique needs and wants of each individual client.
Her modalities range from neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release, and Thai massage, to subtler energetic therapies like craniosacral and Reiki. Her specialties include working with clients experiencing chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back/neck/shoulder pain and dysfunction, anxiety/depression management, pregnancy (pre & post-natal), infant massage education, recovering oncology, trauma-centered and stress relief.
“I love massage because of its powerful healing capabilities on many different levels, and I aim to move into Somatic touch therapies to further help people heal personal trauma and live their lives to the fullest.”
Antonia Raquel “Rockie” Mendoza, CMT
Rockie went to Marinello school of beauty in 2015 and completed the 600 hour massage program along with getting her certification in manual lymphatic drainage. Additionally, she has 200 hours in education towards her yoga trainer certification from YogaRenew. She began working for Brawnergy years ago and mentored under Rachel Brawner, CMT.
Rockie prefers to focus on firm to medium pressure modalities with a focus on trigger point muscle release. She also enjoys Tai style stretch therapy. She specializes in cupping as well as other Eastern modalities. With her clients goals in mind, she works to provide long term relief of chronic conditions.
“What I love about massage is that I help people find relief from pain that might be years in the making, along with helping people understand where their pain and bad habits come from and how to prevent it.”
Jennifer Pfaff, CMT
Jennifer’s journey began in 2013 when she became a student at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in the 500 hour program. She has also completed additional education in cranio-sacral therapy and other advanced massage modalities. She is currently pursuing certification in manual lymphatic drainage. Jennifer began working at Brawnergy in 2019 mentoring under Rachel Brawner, CMT.
She focuses on a functional kinesiology approach to massage, blending sports and deep tissue techniques together guided by postural and range of motion assessments.
“I have always been fascinated by how the body is designed and what it is capable of doing. I love what I do and feel privileged to work on others, helping them to realize what a magnificent machine the body truly is.”
Stanley Derain, CMT
Stanley has been an MT for 9 years. He went to Everest College for their 750 hour massage program. He specializes in blending sports, myofascial, deep tissue, Swedish and trigger point therapies in every session depending on your personal needs. He also plans on adding cupping and shiatsu to his massage education.
Stanley’s focus is primarily on sports massage, including offering stretch therapies. He enjoys incorporating hot stones, warm towels and using aromatherapy to complete your spa day.
“I believe even therapeutic work should aid in relaxation. My goal is to aid in your wellness with excellent customer service and outstanding massage therapy.”