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Massage Therapy School Instructors

Our core faculty of instructors each have decades of professional experience and are renowned in their field, bringing an inspiring sense of mastery to Diamond Light classes.

Vajra Matusow MA, CMT, CHT, director and instructor has a vast depth of experience and a rich and varied background in the healing arts. Practicing and teaching since 1973, her career as a professional Massage Therapist, and instructor spans 4 decades and includes an extensive variety of massage, bodywork and healing modalities.
Her work with the body is enriched by a lifelong passion for spiritual awakening that has led her to study, practice and teach massage, meditation and healing throughout the world. Vajra has a Masters Degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Minister, a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Retreat Guide and Representative in the Sufi Order. Her teaching style blends a powerful combination of technical excellence, spiritual depth, responsive exploration & nurturing gentleness.

massage-school-instructorBashir Kevin Cates LAc, is a Reiki teacher, licensed Acupuncturist and Sound Healer who blends 40 years of musical experience with ongoing exploration into the transformational potential of vocal and instrumental sound. A Reiki Master and teacher for over 25 years and a sound healer all his life, Bashir's specialty is in using Reiki, sound & subtle energy awareness to catalyze physical, emotional and spiritual expansion and healing.

massage School Instructor danaDana Rose Arevalo, MBW, CMP, is a third generation healer. Her grandmother was a massage therapist and infused in her a sense of trust and healing that sets the tone in her practice and her warm and supportive teaching style. Dana has studied and teaches a wide variety of modalities including Myofascial Release, NMR, Advanced Neck Work, Acupressure and more. She has been in private practice since 1987 and teaching since 1995.

Ruben Rocha, has provided on-site chair massage for corporate clients throughout Marin County for many years and and maintains a private massage practice. He has managed the Chair Massage booth at Elephant Pharmacy, ran the massage clinic at BodyWise Massage and has been an associate of Corsano Family Chiropractic in San Anselmo and Adams Family Acupuncture in San Rafael. He teaches Chair Massage, Deep Swedish and PreNatal Massage.

]Patricia Nuovo, LMT, was formerly a stockbroker and excelled in the financial world. She co-founded a wellness center where she taught business ethics and abundance for 15 years. Patty is a Naturopath, massage therapist, business ethics coach, seminar leader and author of Soul Accounting: The Power of Money and Emotions and Solving the Riddle of the Money Mind. Patty teaches business, ethics and abundance across the US and Canada

]Graham Quigley MS, L.AC, Dipl. O.M. has studied Chinese Medicine and Asian Bodywork since 2000. He received his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acamdemy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences. Graham also teaches at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, at ACCHS in Oakland and at Five Branches University in San Jose. He maintains a private practice in Oakland where he offers Tui Na, Acupuncture and Herbology.

massage-school-instructorIrene Smith. A respected author and educator, Irene teaches body workers tactile support skills for caring for ill and dying persons. A massage therapist since 1974, Irene founded and currently directs Everflowing, an educational outreach program dedicated to teaching mindful touching as an integral component to end of life care. Irene has worked with hundreds of persons in hospital, home, hospice, and skilled nursing environments.

massage-school-instructorDevon Carter CMT, has 35+ years experience in Mind/Body/Spirit integration as a teacher and in private practice. Devon has a BA in Dance and is a graduate of the Massage Institute, the Acupressure Institute, the Milne Institute, the Upledger Institute, the Deep Coaching Institute and the Leadership Embodiment Institute. Her vision is to encourage positive change through inspiring others to embody their souls purpose and manifest it in the world.

massage School Instructor LaraLea Wildflower, CMT. Now in her 28th year of massage therapy practice, Lea carries the wisdom of massaging thousands of bodies. She has a Deep Tissue Hot Stone Massage and Thai Massage practice in Marin County. She teaches Hot Stone Massage and Table Thai Massage, as well as Self Care for People with Insomnia. Lea is currently in training with Dr. Ray Castellino in methods to resolve and repattern prenatal and birth trauma imprinting.

massage School Instructor LaraLarry Munn has practiced bodywork since 2001, with a private practice in Berkeley and San Rafael. Larry specializes in NeuroMuscular Reprogramming and Advanced Soft and Deep Tissue protocols in his private practice. He is a well known and sought after anatomy instructor in Northern California. Larry teaches a broad range of Anatomy, Physiologiy, Pathology, Palpation, Kinesiology, Assessment and Exam Prep classes.

massage School Instructor CorinnaLara Stillo CMT has been working as a massage therapist since 2001 and is a Nationally Certified Holisitc Health Practitioner. She specializes in Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue Massage and Pain Management. She has created a comprehensive course in Neuromuscular Therapy, based on her extensive training and experience which we are thrilled to have her teaching at Diamond Light.

massage Tim Holt, CMT, became certified in massage in 1987. Tim teaches Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Traditional Thai Massage and maintains a private bodywork practice that focuses on injury rehabilitation utilizing Deep Tissue techniques from orthopedic, sports and restorative massage modalities as well as a specializing in Shiatsu and Thai Massage. He has lived, studied and practiced bodywork in Thailand and Japan. Tim is among the most experienced and highly respected massage instructors in the Bay Area.