Erin Cahill-Casillas | NMT
CAMTC Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist 33851/AMBP Insured
Graduate of National Holistic Institute Neuromuscular Therapy Program 1350 hours with 4.0 GPA (2012)
Erin’s passion is customizing massage sessions to fit the goals of each individual client. She specializes in rehabilitative massage, chronic pain management, and injury specific work, which can be done at any pressure level. She loves working with all clients whether its relaxation, athletes, chronic pain, office workers, weekend warriors, or those who need a soothing relaxing touch. And she also has experience working with children and geriatric massage. Until June 2016 she worked onsite at Google as a massage therapist with a high approval rating and devoted client base. Additionally she worked for CordeValle in San Martin, Ca. She graduated with her Esthetician license in October 2015, and offers facial services that are customized to each individuals skin care goals. She loves to tailor sessions to her clients needs and personalize each experience.
She is passionate about chronic pain management for orthopedic conditions such as plantar fasciitis, sciatica, neuropathy, rotator cuff injuries, headaches, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, lymes disease, kyphosis, frozen shoulder, cervical fusion, etc…while incorporating a variety of modalities such as Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Body Treatments, Reiki, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Therapy, Reflexology, and Dermoneuromodulation (Nerve Release). At Ling Qi Dao Healing and Spiritual Arts Center with Master Rev. Fa Jun Christian Real she became a Reiki practitioner. She uses a blended neuromuscular technique to do injury specific work in a nurturing manner that produces results at any pressure level, and leaves her clients feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and rehabilitated.
Until December 2014 Erin worked at the Pleasanton Massage Envy Spa which was voted ‘Spa of the Year’ out of 1100 Massage Envy’s nationwide and Erin was the top requested therapist at that location. She externed at Stanford Sports Medicine Department and worked with athletes from all different disciplines. She has done over a few hundred hours in post sporting events such as the Nike Women’s Marathon, The Vineman Ironman Triathlon, Santa Cruz Triathlon, and many more. Additionally, she worked a season for the San Jose Sabercats Indoor Arena doing injury specific work. She continues to work with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Some of the sports Erin has worked with include cycling, tri-athletics, football, track, volleyball, water-polo, aquatics, baseball, wrestling, tennis, golfing, and many more.
At NHI College of Massage Therapy she has continued to help foster the growth of massage therapy working in the capacity of a Teacher’s Assistant, and Ambassador. She takes every opportunity to learn and grow. Taking every opportunity to educate people about massage and wellness. She has done health presentations to help give people a deeper understanding of their body and health. With their wellness goals in mind, she educates her clients to help them reach their individual self-care needs. Working with a very diverse client base she customizes every massage to suit client’s goals, and works to establish a clear line of communication to ensure clients get exactly what they want and expect.
Matthew Casillas | NMT
CAMTC Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist 68310/AMBP Insured
Graduate of National Holistic Institute Neuromuscular Therapy Program 1350 hours (2016)
Prior to deciding to do massage therapy as a career, I worked a 9-5 Office job, which paid the bills, however I knew I needed a career change to discover my true potential.
Several years ago in June 2008, I was mountain biking in the Santa Cruz hills by UCSC. Unfortunately, I mistakenly used my front brake during the ride, which stopped my bike and launched me over my handlebars.
I hit the ground full force landing on top of my head, splitting my helmet in half, I could not feel any sensation from the neck down. I’m very grateful that my Big Brother Victor was riding behind me. He came to my aid and flagged down another mountain bike rider to radio for emergency services.
It’s incredible that after receiving a titanium spinal fusion in my neck, on the sixth day after the accident I walked. My then friend Erin, now wife and business partner, was there to see me through all the pain and recovery. I’m forever grateful of her care and nurturing during this difficult time. I spent 18 days in the hospital which my type of accident usually takes months to recover from. Doctors said it was my excellent physical shape that allowed me to heal so quickly.
Years later, January 1st 2015. I awoke with an interest in pursuing a career in massage. My wife at the time had been massaging for 4 years and loved her job. And i gave her amateur massage every now and then, and she always told me how much she liked my touch. I figured she’s just saying this because I’m her significant other. But she wasn’t kidding, I had an untapped ability that i had not discovered yet. And she also taught me how to stay up on my self-care. Including foam rolling, stretching and self massage. Self care is crucial if one wants to escape the pain they’re in.
I first pursued a certificate in January 2015 at National Holistic Institute (NHI), school of massage in San Jose embarking on a 8 month 900 hour training program. Little did I know there was hard work and studying ahead of me after finishing the core 900 hour program.
After graduating from the 900 hour core program I interviewed at Burke Williams Spa in Santana Row, San Jose. I was very excited and received the job offer same day. Burke Williams was a good stepping stone for me, it helped me hone my skills and give me more experience in the field of massage therapy. I spent 14 months working for Burke Williams, while also working part-time here at R & R Massage Studio.
I took three months off, and returned to NHI to pursue the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist 450 hour program (ANMT). This program helped me gain more insight into trigger point therapy and injury rehabilitation. Basically this program taught me to work smarter by learning advanced skills to help relieve others of pain through finding the root cause of pain and discomfort and applying massage and stretches to relieve affected areas and help give clients a better quality of life. I graduated the ANMT program in September 2016.
Here at R & R Massage Studio, we take professionalism very serious and you are safe here. I have over 3 years experience, receive rave reviews, and trained at National Holistic Institute in San Jose for over 17 months in their 1350 Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy Program (ANMT). I am skilled in Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Swedish and Relaxation, and very intuitive in finding and releasing tight knots.
Jocelyn Benigno | LMT
Hi, I’m Jocelyn. Growing up I never knew I wanted to be a Massage Therapist. Once I took a look back on my past however, I realized how I took interest in massage starting when I was young! One week after graduating High School, I started my massage journey. In 2012, I graduated from National Holistic Institute as a Certified Massage Therapist.
I am happy to have worked in a variety of different massage settings in my career, from gyms to shooting ranges. I have worked for Thao Chiropractic since 2012. I also work onsite at Google and of course here at R&R Wellness. All of these opportunities and differences have allowed me to grow, learn, and become a well rounded Massage Therapist.
No matter where I am at, what brings me the most joy is being able to give relief and improve the wellbeing of everyone I can with custom massages designed specifically for each client’s individual needs! Therapeutic Massage is my true passion and I am so very grateful for this gift and that I get to share it with my clients!
Sheri Garma | LMT
Sheri has almost 6 years of training in massage. Sheri graduated from National Holistic Institute – San Jose in 2013. Since then she has worked in many different settings such as spas, corporate offices, and chiropractic offices. Prior to graduation, she was hired at Massage Envy Spa – The Plant where she was employed for 2 years. From there she went on to become a therapist at Cisco Systems for 2 years and The Spa – Los Gatos where has currently worked for the last 3 years. Sheri is also attending Foothill College to study Sports Medicine and in one day hopes to become an Athletic Trainer. Sheri has a unique and effective touch, with her background in Sports she is able to assess certain injuries and help engage the correct muscles to ensure better sports performance. Sheri is also specializes in IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) and RockTape.
Karen La Croix | NMT
Karen has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years and now brings her passion for the industry to R&R Massage Studio. Karen brings 14 years’ experience in Therapeutic and Medical Massage Therapist. She is licensed in California (CAMTC), Washington (LMT) and Nationally Accredited (NCBTMB).
Karen’s professional expertise is a balanced blend of bodywork and modalities. She is trained in Ayurvedic technics (Specializing in Abhyanga), Myofascial release, Trigger point therapy and TMJ Disorder. It is very important to Karen that she closely works with her clients to assess and develop treatment plans based on the client’s injury and/or recovery goals utilizing Therapeutic, wellness, relaxation and deep tissue massage along with certified techniques including Intra Oral massage, Breast massage, Pre and Post Natal massage, as well as injuries due to motor vehicle collision injuries (MVC), and Workplace injuries.
Her true passion is working on head, neck, shoulder issues and challenges (i.e. headache, migraine, head forward positioning (computer workers), whiplash, and TMJ (grinding or clicking jaws)
Her client’s comfort, confidence and safety are always Karen’s focus and priority.
Emily Erickson | LMT
I am passionate about helping others create a healthy balance in their lives by relieving any aches and stress, or to obtain a sense of ultimate relaxation. I have found my niche in combining different techniques from light Swedish to Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal and Relaxation massage, as well as treating many clients for common neck, back, hip, and shoulder tension.
Bianca Pardo | Esthetician
My name is Bianca and I have been in the Beauty Industry for over seven years. I took it upon myself to learn more in depth about beauty and become a licensed Esthetician. I graduated from San Jose City College in 2015. Since graduating, I have expanded my knowledge by learning new traits and services and training with the best in the industry!
I specialize in Eyelash Extensions, Facials, Make up, and Waxing services. In the Beauty Industry there is always more to learn and I pride myself on being able to keep up with the newest and latest techniques! I truly enjoy being an Esthetician because my passion is helping people with their skin issues, teaching them how to take care of their skin at home, making them look and feel gorgeous, and helping them to feel their best!
Natalie Vijil | Esthetician
Natalie has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2007. She has several years of experience in Make-up Artistry, starting her career with Lancôme Cosmetics. She has advanced training with Eyelash Extensions, Lash Lifts, and Microblading. She also specializes in Eyebrows and Waxing.
Holistic medicine and practices using Ayurvedic principles for healthy skin is her passion. Natalie gives her clients ultimate pampering and relaxation with special attention to individual skin care needs, helping them achieve their skin care goals.
Allie Bradley | Office Administrator
For the last decade I have struggled with chronic pain. I have bounced around from different doctors and specialists at least a dozen times over the years. I have a laundry list of ailments and diagnosis. I was told that I was disabled and that I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of what I used to love doing, including work, drive, and be able to take care of myself daily!
But then I started being my own health advocate, asking questions, researching, finding alternative treatments, and finally finding some pain relief! In my progression to becoming independent and self sufficient again, I was introduced to the amazing world of Therapeutic Massage! It was incredible! When I started receiving regular massages, did my own self care at home, and used all of the tools I had researched and learned, I was feeling the best I had in years! I now work full time here at R&R, I bought a car, and I am continuously defying all of the promises that I would never have a “normal life” again!
With my 10+ years of customer service and 9+ years of living with an invisible disability, I strive to provide our clients with compassionate, understanding, patient, and genuine service. I know first hand what daily pain feels like and I also know the relief you can achieve if you take good care of yourself, listen to your body, and not wait until it is an unmanageable amount of pain before coming in to see a Massage Therapist!
I hope that this little insight into my life will help you feel comfortable to talk about your own pain issues and goals and let us help you feel less pain and live a better quality of life! I know it has changed my life and now it can change yours too!