Liz Yerkes graduated from Boulder School of Massage in Boulder, Colorado in 1989. Her studies included Anatomy and Physiology, Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Neuromuscular Massage, several Psychology classes, Business Classes, etc. Students worked in an actual clinic, which was a great hands-on learning experience. After graduation, Liz worked for two years in a chiropractic office, primarily handling injury cases, then moved to Florida in 1991.
She places a great deal of importance on expanding and sharpening her skillset, and is continually in search of better ways to help her clients. Her continuing education has included two classes in Myofascial Release, additional Neuromuscular classes, Oncology Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Active Isolated Stretching, and Positional Release. One of Liz's special interests is working with people who are having issues with TMJ (temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders). She enjoys helping others reduce discomfort and lessen their severity of headaches and jaw pain.
Liz prides herself on her ability to tune-in effortlessly to a person's pain threshold, and she uses a variety of techniques depending upon the conditions that present themselves, in addition to what the client is trying to accomplish. "No pain, no gain" is not a theory used at Longboat Massage.
Taking each customer's individual needs into consideration and formulating a custom massage session or series of sessions around those needs is Liz's preference and specialty. Every person is different, and so are their lifestyles, needs and wants. Therefore, every massage is different, and is based on those key elements.
Ellen Cross joined the staff at Longboat Massage in 2014. She received her massage therapy license in 2004 from The State College of Florida in Jacksonville. Prior to receiving her license she practiced Complementary Healing Arts, including meditation, Reiki and breath work techniques. Ellen also holds a special interest and experience in hospice care. In 2008 she worked at Haven Hospice of North Florida, where she developed the Palliative Massage Programs in St. Augustine and Palatka.
After moving to the Sarasota/Bradenton area in 2010, Ellen continued her massage practice while working at Freedom Village, a continuing care retirement community. Ellen offers both massage and body treatments to people of all ages at Longboat Massage. In 2017, Ellen completed a Tracy Walton course on oncology massage at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville.
Ellen grew up in central Missouri and also lived in Kansas City prior to moving to Florida. Drawn to the arts at an early age, she did acrobatic dance, played both the oboe and clarinet, as well as working as a professional singer in show and dance bands.
With over 10 years of massage therapy experience, Ellen understands the importance of listening to her clients and creating a massage experience that best meets the needs of the individual.
Chrissy Stites received her first massage on Feb 6, 2000. Realizing the healthful benefits of bodywork, she started her education at Omega Institute to become a Licensed Massage Therapist 2 weeks later. She opened her first office within a year and over the next 13 years had the privilege of treating people in her NJ community at her wellness center Reconnect Therapeutic Wellness. In 2013 she moved to FL and became the Lead Massage Therapist and Lead Personal Trainer at Gasparilla Inn Spa where she had the opportunity to develop wellness plans for golfers and tennis players. In 2015 Chrissy accepted a position in Key West as Spa Therapist Supervisor for Top Spa and Pier House where she created and performed service protocols as well as trained the spa team. She decided to go back into private practice opening Next Level Wellness within BodyZone Fitness Center in Key West where she mainly utilized her extensive training in Sports Massage, NMT and Medicupping. Here in Sarasota Chrissy believes she can have a positive impact on students as an Instructor at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy, where she teaches Laws as well as Pathology. She is excited to be joining the team at Longboat Massage where she hopes to be able to offer a wide variety of modalities that include Swedish, Prenatal and Myofascial Release over the coming years. She is looking forward to meeting you and being a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Mary Tamez graduated from Chicago's Cortiva School of Massage Therapy in 2011. Prior to becoming a massage therapist Mary worked in the customer service industry for over 12 years. She realized that she had a profound passion for helping and taking care of other people, especially in the area of health and wellness.
Mary moved to Sarasota from the Chicagoland area in 2013 and has been practicing massage and energy work locally since she arrived. Mary has a passion for holistic health, natural living and bringing awareness to people about their mind-body connection. She specializes in swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Her continuing education has included reflexology and other various energy modalities such as qi gong and reiki. Mary values her clients greatly and works with them to create sessions that are both therapeutic and relaxing. Mary recently became certified as a yoga instructor and incorporates yogic thought and stretching into her massages. Mary's hobbies include writing, traveling, yoga, music and going to the beach.
Chrisi Santana is the Office Manager at Longboat Massage and owner Liz's daughter. Chrisi enjoys being able to serve her community at Longboat Massage and hopes to provide you with such a positive experience that you remember to return each time you're in need of a professional and relaxing massage.