National Certification Board in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Approved CEU Provider
With a passion for learning, Raizelah was certified in Integrative Massage in 1991, and never stopped taking classes in the healing arts. She followed her initial massage training with certifications in Eastern Massage and Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Chinese and Western Herbology, Aroma Acupoint Therapy and Yoga instruction.
Most naturally, Raizelah began to weave together the modalities she studied, in her work, developing a unique style of Integrative Health Care that combines hands-on Meridian Massage and Aroma Acupressure, with home care regimes that include essential oils, herbs and yoga poses or stretches to address client complaints. Her hands-on work is informed by her own practices in mindfulness and embodiment, providing the foundation for her work and life.
Early in Raizelah’s career, she discovered her passion for teaching. She first started teaching massage in 1998, at Twin Lakes School of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, and followed that with 15 years as a core instructor at the Sebastopol Massage Center and School in Sonoma County. From massage instruction, Raizelah moved into massage management at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary, where her gift for teaching was recognized. She was given the opportunity at Osmosis to train the staff in not only massage modalities, but also aromatherapy, body mechanics and safety. .
Her integrative style of healing is expressed in her teaching. Raizelah taught for many years wellness workshops at yoga studios and the spa, all blending self-massage and self-acupressure with aromatherapy, herbs and yoga, in service of embodiment and self-care.
Her workshops included Tools for Building Immunity, Self-Care to Manage Stress, Cleansing, Natural Remedies to Deepen Sleep, and many more. These workshops were fun for the participants, informative, and packed with tools to take home for ongoing care.
In 2020, Raizelah took a leap, leaving her job as a spa manager, in order to fulfill her dream of opening a massage school. Open Pathways Institute for Integrative Massage is the fulfillment of this dream. Her passion is to support massage therapists who envision themselves expanding into Integrative Health Care, weavers of hands-on healing with herbs and aromatherapy, all informed by the principles of Chinese Medicine, to provide in-depth and holistic care for their clients. Her classes include Eastern massage modalities, Chinese Medicinal Theory and Practices, Aroma Acupressure, Herbal Formulation and more.