About Us

Liz Yerkes - LMT MA 12474

Liz Yerkes

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.


Chrissy Stites - LMT MA 72369

Chrissy Stites

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.


Brandy Mixon - LMT MA 38967

Brandy Mixon

Brandy Mixon is a graduate of Florida College of Natural Health and has been in practice since 2000. She specializes in several styles of Massage: Neuromuscular, Oncology, Lymphatic Drainage, Therapeutic, Reflexology, Thai on the Table, Shankara Natural and Sports. Brandy has practiced with local Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physicians, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Personal Trainers. She is well known for relieving physical, mental, as well as emotional acute/chronic pain. Each modality applied is a viable enhancement for overall health and well-being. Her serene approach offers harmony, balance, and ease to your busy life. Her passionate touch exudes through every healing session, while customizing each client's needs.


Chrisi Santana

Chrisi Santana

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.


Contact Longboat Massage today to discuss your personalized options, or browse our massage types and services for additional information.

Cancellation policy: Your massage appointment time is reserved especially for you. As a courtesy to our therapists and other clients, please allow 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or change your appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a $25 cancellation fee.

Schedule an Appointment

We look forward to helping you
rejuvenate and heal.

Schedule an Appointment

Nothing compares with the professional massage I received from Liz Yerkes. Her kind manner and her professional skills make for an experience that is not only therapeutic, but incredibly enjoyable and relaxing. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to be in "good hands".

Susan, Longboat Key

Liz is one of those rare massage therapists who can "listen" to your body and know just what is needed for healing. She works miracles daily! My weekly 90 minutes with Liz is heaven!

Flinn, Longboat Key

I recently had a Body Scrub with Ellen Cross. While the Scrub itself was fantastic, Ellen's professionalism, experience and intuitive response added immensely to the benefits - including relief from chronic pain. I felt totally relaxed, rejuvenated and very grateful to have been on her table! Highly recommended!

Deidre, Longboat Key