Carmel Andrews LMT BCTMB
Mindful Massage, Ashiatsu, Pre-Natal, Cranio-Sacral
Assuming the legacy role of Principal and Director of MAHA in March 2017, I have transformed my 18 years of passion and excitement for grounded and effective bodywork into a new and exciting vision for massage education. My background is diverse and encompasses clinical focus in pain management, inter-state private practice and world-class spa leadership. Many years of core curriculum instruction for the massage field are brought together with my specialty experience and education to create a program that regards current research and application, along with longevity by way of whole-body training, as the future of bodywork professionals.
My teaching specializations include Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Ashiatsu (Barefoot Massage), Traditional Thai, Pre-Natal Massage and Mindful Massage foundations. I hold Board Certification through NCBTMB, and I am a member of AMTA, ABMP and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. I am also licensed in Texas and Washington to practice and teach Massage Therapy.
As a life-long student myself I am deeply fulfilled by engaging with my classes throughout their transformation and self-achievement as highly effective and passionate bodyworkers. Loving and being present for those I serve is the most important part of my vision for our school. I can't wait to learn from YOU!
Monique Jutila LMT
Kinesiology and Movement Therapy
Monique’s 26 year journey in health began on Maui in 1990 teaching group fitness and personal training. She obtained multiple certifications through AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) and ACE (American Council on Exercise). She became an LMT in 1995 and went on to teach Sports Massage and Structural Kinesiology at MAHA. Monique has also worked in upper management of several world class resort spas both on Oahu and Maui.
She has studied Pilates for over 17 years and is certified in all levels through Stott Pilates. She holds a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness from Bastyr University where she was an adjunct faculty member and taught courses in Pilates and Integrated Movement.
Monique’s love of health and fitness is not limited to her profession. A competitive triathlete since 1994, her superior performances have earned her top age-group rankings for many years. She has completed five Ironman distance triathlons including three times at the World Championships in Kona. She currently operates her own thriving Pilates studio in Kihei, Fluid Motion Maui. You can learn more about Monique at www.fluidmotionmaui.com
Jay Schultz LMT
A&P, NMT, Pathology, Deep Tissue
Jay graduated from MAHA in 2002 and went on to establish a thriving private clinical practice, Kihei Massage Therapy. Jay's passion for teaching lies within the building blocks of Anatomy and Physiology, Structural Kinesiology, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy and the treatment of common soft tissue conditions.
His instruction weaves together the fundamental body systems and structures with a broad understanding of movement and observation. This is the achievement we strive for in massage practice in order to be effective and dynamic in our work, and he conveys this to our students masterfully.
Dr. Maka'ala Yates DC LMT
Dr. Maka'ala Yates D.C. is a Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian Ancestry) who specializes in Hawaiian medicine. His studies began at the age of 6. He has been teaching Hawaiian medicine and practices for 35 years. He is the founder of Mana Lomi® and Indigenous Botanicals. Maka’ala received the Kaonohi Award in 2005 for his excellence in Hawaiian medicine and community support. He is author of "Na'auao Ola Hawaii: Hawaiian Practices and Principles of Being Well."
The Mana Lomi® technique is available for all those who are open to learn the traditional Hawaiian ways of healing. We welcome all backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities, and encourage our connection by eliminating separation. You can read more about Maka'ala at his website www.manalomi.com
Valerie Passionflower Mandall LMT
Certified Thai Massage Instructor
As a teacher and practitioner of massage for 35 years Valerie has only broadened her love of helping people out of pain, have a more optimistic view of life and create tools to help them help themselves. She has never stopped wanting to learn more as new and exciting information comes available. She has a solid foundation in the ancient healing art of Traditional Thai Massage that is over 5,000 years old. It is magical to blend the old with the new. She has much gratitude for what therapeutic massage can do for the body and for finding in her life. She works to inspire others to feel that way too.
Valerie's training is extensive and began in 1976 with her foundational program at Tallahassee School of Massage. From there she embarked on an odyssey of education in Traditional Thai Massage practice that included the prestigious Old Medicine Hospital, the Thai Massage Institute and a long list of deeply respected, traditional and cultural mentors across Thailand. Valerie went on to teach these traditional approaches across Indonesia, Asia, Australia and Europe for over 25 years. Valerie also specializes in Lomi Lomi and is a regular TA with James Waslaksi LMT for his upper and lower body seminars.
Walt Fritz PT
Foundations in Manual Therapy
Walt Fritz is a licensed physical therapist with a B.S. in Physical Therapy (1985) and a B.A. in Community Mental Health (1984) from SUNY Buffalo. He currently teaches his Foundations in Manual Therapy seminars across the world to clinicians of all caliber.
Walt has been using manual therapy (in a Myofascial Release-style of engagement) since 1992. After training and working with some of the well-known pioneers of the Myofascial Release (MFR) field, he began to move the traditional Myofascial Release narrative from its historical roots into more a more biologically plausible explanation.
His approach to manual care is often seen differently from many other lines of training, in that rather than teaching perception of specificity of the impact on tissue, Walt speaks to the cascade of plausible factors eliciting change via manual therapy.
Walt de-emphasizes the ego of the clinician in favor of elevation of patient-driven perspectives. This shift is in keeping with the current view of equal weight contained in the evidence-base model of practice (evidence, clinician experience, and patient perspectives and preferences). Touch and manual therapy have universal qualities that are explainable in a wide variety of perspectives, and these explanations from the core of Walt's approach. You can learn more about Walt and his ground-breaking practice at https://limapainrelief.com/
Zachary Rice MSOM L.Ac.
Naya Cheung Rice MSOM L.Ac.
Eastern Theory, Acupressure, Reiki, Cupping
Zachary is a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Hawai’i. He completed his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii (TCMCH) on the Big Island (a.k.a. Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine or HICOM).
His training at TCMCH focused on the TCM style of acupuncture and herbal prescription. He also uses Usui Reiki, Acutonics (sound therapy using tuning forks), and Kiso Method (a non-force chiropractic adjustment method).
Naya is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Hawai’i, and completed her Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine in April 2011 from the Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii (TCMCH). Her training at TCMCH focused on a diverse amount of styles of acupuncture, herbal prescription, and energy medicine. She is also certified in Acutonics, medical qi-gong, Usui Reiki, Kiso Method, Tui Na and integrates other modalities to the medicine for each individual. She specializes in female health, prenatal and postpartum health, emotional balancing and release, pain management, and energy alignment.
Zachary and his wife, Naya are owners of Heavenly Pivot Acupuncture on Maui. The name was chosen to reflect a space of growth, and a pivotal point in their being to transform and move closer to their destiny. The name is inspired by an actual acupuncture point called, “Heavenly Pivot” also known as ST-25 on the Stomach Meridian. The spirit of this point is described by Lonny Jarrett,
“Heavenly Pivot empowers grace through transitions by strengthening our balanced relationship to center. It empowers the virtue of being able to move dynamically in any direction, and plays an important role in cultivation of primordial Qi as a foundation resource in health and healing.”
James Waslaski LMT, AA, CPT
Orthopedic Massage Techniques
James Waslaski is an Author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 45 seminars per year around the globe and has served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair.
James has developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs, and authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and and his book, Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education in 2011.
James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians. James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the 2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
James teaches a uniquely tailored integrative techniques module privately for MAHA students that is not included in any other school curriculum in the world. You can learn more about James at https://orthomassage-net.myshopify.com/
Courtney Alex Aldor
Certified Qigong Instructor
Courtney Alex Aldor is certified in Holden Qigong. Over the last decade she has trained with Qigong Masters including the legendary Mantak Chia, Minke de Vos, Michael Winn, Eli Cohen, Mingtong Gu, and others. In her work, she offers Qigong classes and private Qigong & coaching sessions, working with clients both online and on Maui’s Northshore, including at the prestigious Lumeria Maui Wellness Center and Spa. In her work, she also borrows tools from Yoga Nidra iRest which she studied with Master Trainer Ford Peck. She is certified to do Intuitive Readings from ISC where she studied and assisted in training students in reading energy or Qi. She is a Masters Degree candidate in East-West Psychology at CIIS.
Courtney’s love of all things health and healing comes from growing up in a family of health and coaching professionals, and from working through her own health challenges. She grew up practicing embodied methods of healing such as Feldenkrais. Her background provides her with the awareness that there is always more to learn about health and healing, her challenges provide her with the motivation to be a diligent student. Courtney is grateful to all of her teachers and is honored to teach Medical Qigong at Maui Academy. You can learn more about her Qigong & Coaching practice at www.CourtneyAlex.com