Please help us welcome these new therapists to our team at Elements Therapeutic Massage at University Park; Bart, Alliena, and Heidi!
Bartholomew was born and raised in Chicago, the oldest of six children. He first attended the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, majoring in Landscape Architecture, and then went on to get a degree in Technical and Applied Sciences from Harrington College in Chicago.
Making the move to Florida, Bartholomew decided to follow up on a ten-year desire to get into the Healing Arts. Intent on learning to help people heal themselves, he attended the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, obtained his LMT license, and NCBTMB certification. Bartholomew followed his interest in Energetics Medicine and is a self-taught practitioner of Kundalini Yoga, and a certified Xi-Gong practitioner. Bart specializes in Neuromuscular and Myofascial Therapies, and having an intense interest in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, he has made it a future goal to become certified in this modality as well.
Bartholomew prides himself on following universal standards and giving a soothing and calming massage, with the goal of putting you in the parasympathetic state.
A self-titled “military brat”, Alliena was born in Barcelona, Spain and has lived in Taiwan, Greece, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois and finally Florida. In her other life (before she found massage therapy), Alliena was among many things; a radioman (satellite communication for the Navy) and drove a trator (farming)!
She attended the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy and has been a practicing massage therapist for over 7 years. Alliena believes the mind and body work together and customizes her massages to each client, giving each client “whatever your body tells me it needs”.
Her favorite modalities include Swedish, sports, and deep tissue massage. Alliena is always seeking to learn new modalities and looking forward to learning hot stone and bamboo massage in the near future.
Massage has always been a part of Heidi’s life. She began receiving massage regularly before age 10 from her Aunt, a licensed massage therapist. Heidi has always been interested in massage and after a year of traveling the world decided that the Florida College of Natural Health would be a perfect fit. There she received a Bachelors of Science in Natural Health and Spa Management which included education in massage, personal training and spa treatments.
Heidi believes the power of touch is an amazing thing, whether for rehabilitation purposes or relaxation. “I love seeing my clients feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and better than when they walked thru the door.” Her favorite modalities include deep tissue, pre-natal, and relaxation massage.