Meet The Staff of A to Zen Massage
Felicia Brown is the owner of A to Zen as well as a licensed massage therapist. She has been voted Best Massage Therapist in the Triad by the readers of GoTriad Magazine and has worked with a number of her loyal clients since she began her practice in 1994. Felicia specializes in blending pain relief, pampering and deep relaxation using a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage as well as Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release.
Felicia is also the founder of Balance Day Spa, a full-service day spa which grew out of her original massage practice. Though she sold Balance in 2005, Felicia continues to provide training, education and marketing coaching for massage, spa, and wellness professionals. (Visit her coaching website at www.Spalutions.com.) She is a sought-after public speaker with appearances at many national and international conferences and is a Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach. She is also the author of seven books, including Every Touch Marketing; Creating Lifetime Clients; Free & Easy Ways to Promote Your Massage Spa & Wellness Business; Wisdom of the Stone; The Sunflower Princess; and Sunflower Wisdom, all of which are available at A to Zen and on Amazon. Several of her books are also available in Spanish.
Felicia is driven to inspire her massage clients as well as other massage/spa professionals and entrepreneurs. Her personal philosophy is to share her knowledge and experiences with others to help them become successful. This practice of “cooperative competition” has been a cornerstone of her career ever since she became a massage therapist in 1994. Felicia continues to apply this way of thinking in her coaching, consulting and teaching.
A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Felicia is a casually competitive triathlete who also enjoys running, yoga, reading, cooking, travel, and spa/travel adventures of most any sort. She likes volunteering and has worked in the past with the Melanoma Research Foundation, Greensboro Jaycees, Mobile Meals, Triad Health Project, The MS Society, and MDA to name a few. Felicia is married to David Clayton, and together they have two dogs, Dolly and Buster, both who are rescues.
Silvia Durango, LMBT
NC LMBT #14415
Silvia Durango, LMBT graduated from Body Therapy Institute in 2014. She chose massage therapy as a career because she has always enjoyed helping others. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors and finding creative outlets.
Silvia says: “Being a massage therapist has allowed me to help people and still be creative while on the job, I love it! Educating my clients on things they can do at home that will benefit them and bringing awareness to their body is something I really enjoy.”
Silvia is currently available for appointments Friday through Monday. Call us to request yours at 336.334.0044.
Mark Day, LMBT
NC LMBT #18455
Mark Day is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork. There he learned how to treat chronic pain and remove postural imbalances. Mark strongly believes in massage as part of a whole-body approach to health and vitality. As such, he is passionate about working with clients to achieve specific goals. Sessions are focused on reducing pain by removing dysfunction and increasing pliability of body tissues.
Mark gained an interest in massage and bodywork through training in martial arts. As an instructor in the Russian System of fighting and health, he has explored innovative movement, advanced breath work, and practical relaxation. Massage is an integral part of these explorations and is used to not only restore, but also to make the body and mind more resilient for challenges of life.
Mark is available for appointments Friday to Monday each week. Call us to request yours at 336.334.0044.
Alicia Bonner, LMBT
NC LMBT #17228
Alicia Bonner is a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Living Arts Institute in Winston-Salem, NC. She enjoys providing therapeutic massages with variations of pressure and trigger point work to relieve muscle tension and pain. Alicia also enjoys incorporating stretches during her sessions to enhance range of motion.
Alicia’s passion for massage has led her to pursue more of a sports-based interest in massage. She spends time after each session educating her clients on the benefits of receiving regular massage as well as self-care. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and yoga.
Rebecca Benson, LMBT
NC LMBT# 13277
Rebecca Benson grew up in Rome, NY and was a three sport athlete for most of her younger years. Coming from a medical family, she was always interested in the body and how it worked. After healing from an intense illness in 2012, she deeply knew helping others heal was a life path she was called to serve. Rebecca graduated from the Massage Therapy Program at Forsyth Tech and began her career in the healing arts in 2013. She’s been a full-time Massage Therapist since then and is thrilled to be working at A to Zen.
Rebecca believes the greater her client can relax, the deeper the level of healing can occur. She has a way of making others feel at ease, heard, and understood with compassion. With training in a variety of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, and therapeutic, Hot Stone, Sports, Trigger Point therapy, TMJD relief, pre-natal, Reiki, and stone medicine, Rebecca likes to help her clients de-stress and move out of pain. She believes treating the body as a whole (mind, body, spirit) offers a more healing experience during sessions. As one with a good knowledge of holistic health, Rebecca really enjoys helping others find the keys to open their doors to a happier, healthier life. Rebecca especially has a heart for clients from older generations, those experiencing pain, grief, stress, anxiety, and the LGBTQ community.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys making art and music, camping, skiing, and spending time with her loving community of friends and family.
Rebecca has not yet returned from her our extended “spring break.” Please watch this space for updates on her schedule.
Andrew Bushnoe, LMBT
NC LMBT #16242
Andrew Bushnoe, LMBT is a graduate of Kneaded Energy School of Massage in Greensboro, NC. Because Andrew’s mother is also a massage therapist (practicing in South Carolina), he has been exposed to the world of massage since he was 15 years old and a supporter of Alternative Therapies since childhood. Andrew is also a Martial Artist, studying Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.
As a Massage Therapist, Andrew enjoys helping people relax and relieve any stress or tension they may be holding on to. In addition to helping people de-stress, Andrew wants to help his clients attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In the future, he also hopes to become a personal trainer as well.
Andrew has not yet returned from our extended “spring break.” Please watch this space for updates on his schedule.
Mary Stewart, LMBT
NC LMBT #17852
Mary Stewart, LMBT graduated from Kneaded Energy School of Massage in Greensboro in 2018. Mary also has a BS in Early Childhood Education and an MEd in Reading Education from the University of Central Florida. She grew up in Naples, Florida and called the Orlando area home for 15 years. She arrived in the world of massage therapy after leaving a career in public education in Orlando, Florida in 2013. Mary loved working with her students but became increasingly frustrated with emphasis on standardized testing. She decided to follow her heart to be in contribution to the world in a different way.
After relocating to North Carolina to be closer to family, she decided to “follow her bliss,” as Joseph Campbell says. If she was going to make a living doing something, she wanted to love what she did and enjoy going to work every day. She volunteered and worked with dogs before deciding to attend yoga teacher training in Asheville in 2015, where she discovered the importance of therapeutic touch. Yoga teacher training was the final push she needed to realize that massage therapy was something she wanted to pursue as a career.
Mary believes that becoming a Massage Therapist is the culmination of why she left public education. She is a life-long learner and is looking forward to learning different massage modalities in the coming years. For now, Mary primarily offers relaxation through Swedish massage and believes that through relaxation, clients can find relief from stress and pain.
Mary loves dogs (she has two rescues, Lucha and Sagan), hiking, art, science, history, reading, yoga, meditation, and learning new things.
Mary is currently available for appointments Friday thru Monday each week. Call us to request yours at 336.334.0044.
Ke'Andre Stevenson, LMBT
NC LMBT #16469
A native of Shelby, NC and 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.A African American Studies), Ke’Andre attended Kneaded Energy School of Massage, where he received his diploma and license in 2017. While at KESM, Ke’Andre gained essential skills in the art of massage therapy. His specialties are Thai yoga massage and deep tissue massage. His interests in fitness, health and wellness translate into extraordinary attention to detail for his clients, helping them establish and maintain optimal health and well-being.
When Ke’Andre describes his experience after his first massage, he says, “It was the best my body had ever felt. From that point on, I told myself I want to help people feel that way.”
Etiska Goolsby, LMBT Bio
NC LMBT #16080
Etiska Goolsby is a graduate of the Massage Therapy Program at Living Arts Institute in Winston-Salem, NC. She enjoys relaxation massages with variations of pressure to relieve muscle tension, pain, and the daily stress that can leave most of us drained. Etiska enjoys incorporating aromatherapy during her sessions to enhance relaxation and to help relieve congestion, headaches, and seasonal allergies.
Etiska’s passion for massage has lead her to working with helping clients reduce their stress levels by receiving regular massages. Educating her clients on the benefits of receiving regular massage help keep one’s life in balance as a whole, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, frequent weekend get-a-ways, riding her bike on nature trails and exploring new restaurants.
Etiska is currently on a leave of absence. Please watch this space for details about her return to the spa.
Gabriella Spang, LMBT
NC LMBT #12512
Gabriela has the unique benefit of being a second-generation massage therapist. From an early age, she internalized the value of massage, for both relaxation and pain relief, and continues to utilize this wealth of informal training in her own massage practice.
Gabriela completed formal training at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC in 2012. She was affectionately nicknamed “Teacher” by her class because of her natural talent for helping her classmates understand tough concepts and techniques. And in fact, Gabriela is a Credentialed Birth-Three Montessori Educator with 10 years experience working with children. Gabriela puts clients at ease who are new to massage or may be unsure of how massage may benefit them. She loves to talk with her clients about stress, discomfort, or pain they may be experiencing so they can get the maximum benefit from their massage session and leave feeling empowered and educated about their unique situation and workable solutions.
Gabriela is passionate about sharing the myriad benefits of custom massage with her clients at A to Zen. In particular, she enjoys working with clients who are seeking a blend of relaxation massage and pain relief – and who are eager to make regular massage a part of their self care plan! Gabriela welcomes a diverse clientele, including pediatric and geriatric clients. Her goal is to partner with each client so that their session is truly personalized! Her skills include Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Prenatal, and Hot Stone. She also offers hands on, interactive Parent-Baby massage classes that empower parents to use safe, nurturing touch as part of their parenting tool kit.
In her free time Gabriela enjoys spending time with her friends and family (husband, step-children and animals), cooking, doing yoga, and getting outdoors!
Gabriella has not yet returned from our extended “spring break.” Please watch this space for updates on her schedule..
Thomas Annese, LMBT
NC LMBT #17810