Carl Johns, CMT
Carl entered the massage profession in 1996, and began teaching massage in 2001. He is a teacher and practitioner of Swedish massage, shiatsu, acupressure, craniosacral therapy, acucraniatsu, lymph drainage, and reflexology, with a long-time specialization in working with people with complex health conditions, disabilities, and chronic pain. He was co-owner of the McKinnon Body Therapy Center from 2005-2013. He continues to teach a wide variety of bodywork modalities at McKinnon BTC, offers in-service training to spas, and teaches continuing education classes out of state. He has worked as a massage therapist at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Oakland since 2001, and has done on-site massage in a wide variety of settings throughout his career. He is also a life-long jazz musician specializing in flutes, and has created instructional DVDs and soundtrack CDs for Swedish massage and shiatsu.
"As a massage therapist and educator, I want to help students, clients, and the general public understand massage and bodywork. So much more that just "fixing" people's aches and pains, massage therapy can play an integral role in health and wellness and has the potential to help all of us live more fully in our bodies"
Gina Johns, CMT
Gina was taught traditional shiatsu by her Japanese mother at a very early age, and has had a life-long relationship with bodywork and touch. After many years working in the high-tech industry, Gina returned to massage as a profession in 2009. She has extensive training in many bodywork modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, shiatsu, Thai, acupressure, prenatal, reflexology, and craniosacral therapy, and integrates elements of all these modalities into her work. She has worked in high-end spas, acupuncture clinics, elder facilities, sports clinics, and private practice, with the full spectrum of health, from youth to the common chronic conditions of aging, and has found massage therapy to be a major component for promoting health and daily quality of life for all of her clients.
“I have a strong belief in the power and presence of touch, the full range of touch, from deep to subtle, the kind of communication through touch that allows the body to change organically, from the inside out.”