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
Cindy Rose LMT
Certified Thai Instructor
Cindy Rose brings an incredibly lively and energetic component to our introductory Swedish courses and also provides a crucial piece of the whole-bodyworker vision that MAHA has created to ensure that our students are equipped to succeed in durable, healthy careers.
Cindy is a certified instructor of Nuad Bo Rarn, or Traditional Northern Style Floor Thai through the ITM-International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her extensive training covers both floor and table Thai techniques, as well as backwalk and barefoot massage protocols.
Cindy's combined experience of teaching at all of Maui's massage schools, her individual workshops and her ongoing practice within several world-class spa environments over her 14 year career make her a one of a kind asset to our curriculum.
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/
From an early age, massage has been an integral part of Alexia’s life. Her bodywork journey started at five, with her mom as her first client. She supported her mom through the physical changes of pregnancy with foot massages and a loving presence. This ritual didn’t stop after her little sister was born and is still honored today.
Alexia’s childhood dream was to become a teacher. She pursued a degree in secondary special education. She has experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as supporting those with cognitive impairments and behavioral disorders. After witnessing the benefits that compassionate touch had on this population, she decided to pursue her Massage Therapy license. Alexia was drawn to Maui Academy of Healing Arts because of the broad diversity of the instructors and curriculum, as well as the core principle of training for career longevity. Within a few weeks, she packed up her life in the Midwest to start at MAHA in 2020!
The embracing of diversity and the celebration of individuality are Alexia’s core beliefs. It is evident that she is always working in a way that honors those principles. Alexia uses her experience as a MAHA graduate to provide support and perspective to the students and instructors.
Zachary 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).
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/