Dance of Healing - Deana Challis
1054 E. Grand Ave, Ste E, Arroyo Grande 805-710-4868

Deana Challis

Certified Massage Therapist #26677

Certified Practitioner of Visionary Craniosacral Work®

Reiki Master


Deana came to massage therapy through an unusual route. She visited a canine rehabilitation center in New York City, where massage was done on dogs in warm water, for rehabilitation after surgery or injury. This was an epiphany for her, and she realized this was the work she wanted to do. She was told she had to either be a certified vet. tech, or human massage therapist before she could take this canine hydrotherapy training. She left her career as an Interior Designer, and entered a small massage school in Eugene, Oregon.

At the Cascade Institute of Massage and Body Therapies, an entirely new world was open, and she tapped into her intuitive healing abilities. She quickly realized she didn’t just want to massage dogs, but wanted to help everyone feel better, and guide them to find balance in body and mind.

Deana has been in practice since 2002, and employs many modalities in her customized massages, including Swedish, deep tissue, acupressure, Reiki energy work and myofascial work.

Her specialty is Visionary Craniosacral Work®, which has traditionally focused on the bones that make up the human head, the vertebrae and sacrum. Delicate holds of the head and sacrum seek to create balance in the position of the cranial bones, spine and sacrum, and balance the cerebrospinal fluid system. Clients often report a deep sense of relaxation and stillness, pain relief, and sometimes great clarity and clear thinking after a session. This powerful modality can help with headaches, migraines, spinal problems, hip and low back pain, TMJ disorders, neck pain, and others. Deana traveled to Hamburg, Germany to complete her certification. Deana has seen profound changes in clients with long-standing issues, and clients seem to get the most benefit from these sessions.

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