Jill has been working in the field of holistic health and alternative medicine since 1992. Her career began in bodywork in 1996 after receiving her level II Reiki certification. By 1998 she was a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist graduating from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL. In 2001 she received her certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego, CA.
Jill, a longtime yoga practitioner, wanted to integrate the benefits of yoga with the effectiveness of massage and bodywork which led her to specialize in Thai Massage. In 2003, she took her first trip to Thailand to study at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai.
After this, Jill went on to become a spa trainer and consultant creating spa treatments and protocols to spas nationwide. She also completed two yoga teacher trainings in two states. These experiences helped her to realize her love of teaching.
In 2008, Jill returned to Thailand to continue her studies of Thai Massage and become a Thai Massage Teacher approved by the Thai Ministry of Education. In addition to being an approved provider of continuing education for the NCBTMB and the Florida Department of Health, Jill is also a massage and bodywork instructor for the State of North Carolina and a reviewer for Elsevier Massage Therapy Textbooks.
In 2009, Jill founded Living Sabai, a continuing education company for massage therapists. She teaches Thai massage CE trainings at numerous massage schools and has been a presenter at several massage conventions.
Jill continues to return to Thailand regularly to study with her teachers and bring massage therapists on study abroad trips for advanced training. Jill resides in Asheville, NC where she owns and operates Town Mountain Massage Therapy.
MariJean Rue is an NCBTMB approved Thai Massage Instructor. Marijean discovered Thai Massage quite accidentally and it changed the course of her career and life. When Marijean was in Massage school in 2010 she strained her elbow and feared she would not be able to practice massage professionally. Then an audit by the TN Massage board led her to believe she was short on CEs. She signed up for the next class she could find, Thai Massage. Thai Massage healed her elbow and she became so inspired by the work it became her main practice. It turned out she did not need the CEs but serendipity led her to Thai Massage. She has spent the last 3 years studying to become an advanced practitioner and teacher of Thai Massage. NCBTMB provider # 45102-09
Born in the Island of Puerto Rico, Fernanda Santiago has always had a passion for wellness and helping people get healthy. Her grandmother was a midwife, herbalist and an expert in using natural healing compounds.This knowledge of herbal medicine and natural healing has been passed down for generations.. Fernanda has spent the last decade studying and specializing in Thai Massage and has trained in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is the owner and co-founder of Apex Retreat which is a wellness center focusing on Thai Massage and Thai Healing Arts. Her passion for Thai Massage shines through in her teaching.
Jess Barnwell is an Advanced Thai Practitioner and Thai Massage Instructor born and raised in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Through her training in Thailand, with the International Massage Training School and Thai Master Teacher, Pichest Boonthumme, she gained a passion for bodywork that has extended into every area of her life. She values the combination of traditional, Old Medicine Style massage and intuitive, therapeutic touch, and she has spent the last decade exploring and practicing many aspects of body work. Her vast knowledge and passion for Thai massage and Thai culture comes through in her teaching style.