Laura Jarrell, LMT
Massage Therapist License #4363
Hello! Welcome to Spa Jacksonville. I am Laura Jarrell, licensed massage therapist, certified aromatherapist and owner of this little co-op healing retreat we affectionately refer to as Spa. Founded in May of 2000, many healing treatments have graced this space. As a result, you can feel and benefit from the good energy here as soon as you walk through the door…as so many of our clients tell us.
A little about my training and background. My Bachelor of Science is an interdisciplinary degree from SOU in Biology / Physiology / Health with an athletic training certificate and a minor in business marketing. My original plan was to be a physical therapist. However, after work study and practicum experience I decided I wanted to be more hands-on. As a result, I enrolled in massage school. I took course work at Ashland Massage Institute under the guidance of Shari Sunshine. Then I was on my way to becoming the first of our Spa Jacksonville Therapists!
Over the years, my continuing education has focused on various modalities which I’ve integrated into my practice. This includes:
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Energy work
- Sports Massage.
I blend these modalities into a massage rooted in Swedish technique as indicated for each client. When implementing a treatment plan, I like to take a customized approach. Consequently, each massage session is uniquely tailored to the individual client’s needs. I usually focus sessions on problem areas with an emphasis on pain reduction. Over time, we work further toward the goal of increased mobility. Then we can settle into a maintenance routine. We reassess treatment plans at every appointment, taking into account improvements or new issues that may have arisen. If my client is willing, I recommend homework in the form of stretches, exercises, or self trigger-point work to do between appointments.
I also have a passion for aromatherapy. I have over 300 hours of accredited training from Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy. In addition, I am a member of NAHA as a Clinical level Aromatherapist. My Spa Body Therapy line of custom-blended aromatherapy products is available at Spa. This line includes products like
- Muscle Comfort Oil
- Essential (hand) Sanitizer
- Essential Bath Salts
- Lotions and Massage Oils
- Essential Spritzers for face and body, and more.
These products are all available in custom-blended formulations. Individual consultations with clients are really fun. This way we can formulate the perfect essential oil blend and address their needs whether acute or chronic, physical or emotional, skincare based or holistic. Then I wait to hear back that it was a valuable tool that contributed to their overall good health.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about all of our Spa Jacksonville Therapists. See you at Spa!
Yvette Bedrossian, RN, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®
Acupuncturist / Herbalist #AC190746
Yvette started caring for the sick at the age of 16 as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes and hospitals. Specializing in cardiology, she began practicing as a Registered Nurse in 2004. She worked as a travel nurse and gained experience in orthopedics, internal medicine, perioperative care and outpatient family medicine. Then she studied Chinese Medicine and herbology at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX. Now she combines the two approaches to find the most effective treatment strategies for her patients. As a general practitioner, Yvette is particularly passionate about pain management, detox, mental clarity, digestive health and cardiovascular health. She enjoys supporting those on their journey to achieve their wellness goals, especially for patients with chronic conditions.
Yvette believes in taking a holistic approach to wellness. She will assist you in addressing the underlying causes that are influencing your health.
What to expect
In addition to acupuncture, Yvette offers health coaching. This includes:
- Qi Gong instruction
- Nutritional counseling
- Herbal prescription. Depending on your condition, she may also utilize techniques such as
- Electrical stimulation
- Tuning therapy.
See the Spa Menu for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, The Detox, The Refresher, and Fountain of Youth Packages tabs on our Menu page to learn more about the services Yvette offers.
Josette Fithian, LFT
Licensed Facial Technician, License #COS-IC-10117910
Hi, I’m Josette Fithian.
A licensed facial tech, I received my esthetic training in 2007 at the Oregon Institute of Aesthetics. At the same time, I enjoyed working as a teacher’s assistant at the Institute for three years. In 2011, I joined the team at Spa Jacksonville and I have practiced esthetics exclusively here ever since.
I love helping people with their skincare needs and regimen. Providing nurturing, relaxing and effective facial treatments with a loving touch brings me great satisfaction. In order to achieve glowing skin for my clients, I focus on the power of cellular turnover with high speed exfoliation techniques. These include a series of fruit acid peels, monthly facial treatments and special home care products. Of course, all aspects of skincare are important and everyone’s skin is different. Therefore, I address your own skin care needs in a customized facial treatment.
See the Spa Facials tab and Packages tabs that include facials on our Menu page for all the services I offer.
I’m delighted to be one of our long-time Spa Jacksonville Therapists. Hope to see you at Spa soon!
Savannah Malvini, LFT
Massage License #21543; Esthetician License #10208487
I became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2015 and a Licensed Esthetician in 2018. My specialty blends therapeutic and relaxation approaches to both body work and skincare. I also hold certifications in Dr. Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage of the neck and face, Dien Chan Zone Facial Reflexology, and advanced training for facial Gua Sha.
I first started in the beauty and wellness field as a massage therapist. After a couple of years, I knew I wanted to include skin care for a full-body approach. I’m a firm believer in the connection between stress and inflammation. Inflammation leads to disease. Therefore, my goal is to relieve stress by therapeutic massage and tension-relieving skincare treatments.
I look at a person as a whole. This is because our body systems are not independent of one another. In other words, they all affect each other. As a result, body and/or skin conditions can be a symptom that multiple systems need our attention.
Based on your direct input and what I understand about your condition, I carefully plan each massage and skin treatment. Most importantly, I personalize the experience for every individual. I’m so happy to be one of the most recent Spa Jacksonville Therapists to join the team!
Amanda Hargreaves, LFT
Licensed Facial Technician, License # COS-FT-10213103
Amanda Hargreaves is a licensed Facial Technician who is dedicated to helping her clients feel their best both inside and out. She first discovered her passion for healing arts when completing her yoga teacher training in 2014. This is when she realized that her ideal profession was one where she could help others heal. She combines both a holistic and a scientific approach to her treatments in order to provide the best results possible.
She graduated from the Imani institute of cosmetology in June of 2020, and despite being in the middle of a pandemic, has stayed dedicated to growing her practice, continuing education, and providing her clients with a safe experience. She is passionate about skincare and enhancing each client’s natural beauty.
Facials, peels, dermaplaning, brow design, lash lifts, and tints are some of her favorite services to provide. While in school, she took every opportunity possible to become certified in many different modalities. She is intentional in her work, focusing on breath and a variety of massage techniques throughout each treatment so her clients leave feeling in a meditative state, with glowing skin!
Nastassia Bird, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist, License #24301
I have been a licensed massage therapist in Oregon since 2018 after completing my training at the Rolf Institute® in Boulder, Colorado. I found the Rolfing technique effectively addressed the reoccurring shoulder and neck tension I experienced, so once I decided to pursue a career in massage therapy I naturally gravitated toward Rolfing Structural Integration.
The Rolfing 10 series is commonly how clients experience Rolfing. The ten series is a set of 10 Rolfing sessions that systematically and thoroughly address the entire body. Many of my classmates found their inspiration to practice Rolfing because of the great benefits they received from getting the 10-series, such as alleviation of chronic lower back pain and plantar fasciitis symptoms. For myself, the 10 series increased a sense of ease in my body and fluidity in my movements.
Beyond the 10 series, Rolfing is an effective type of touch. The contact is slow and constant. I seek to move at the pace that my client’s fascia is willing to respond. Despite the reputation for being heavy-handed, Rolfing does not have to be painful. I work closely with each client to modulate my pressure to effectively meet each persons’ needs and desires. Rolfing is considered a holistic therapy; as our bodies change, so can our lives.
Alicia Jasmine Carvalho, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist, License #25442
My journey in the healing arts began at an early age. My Grandmother taught me all about good nutrition and herbal remedies. This information proved to be lifesaving when, as an early teen, I found myself having to self-diagnose a severe food allergy that was life-threatening and had gone undiagnosed by the medical specialist. This started me on the path to investigating all things relating to good health and wellness.
As a massage therapist, my goal is to create a safe, nurturing, and quiet space for people to come in from their day-to-day stress to rest, replenish, and rejuvenate. So much of our tension and emotional trauma is stored in the tissue of our bodies. To help you with this, I offer a soothing, gentle, intuitive touch to help release any stored stress.
I incorporate my love of nature into the treatment space by tuning in to the body’s natural seasons and rhythms This enables me to find what each individual person needs for that moment to restore the tissue and to bring back balance. Through the years, I have worked with a variety of people with various ailments, ages, and body types. The oldest is 95 years of age.
I am thoroughly trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and MFR body therapies, as well as Reiki, Reflexology, and Sound Healing therapies. I can incorporate several modalities within a single treatment or schedule for specific treatments.