Our Philosophy

So much of our lives are spent scurrying here and there. Our bodies are in perpetual motion, and our minds tend to follow the same pattern always thinking about something we need to do or mulling over some problem. Our minds are forever dwelling in the past or racing into the future. It is a rare occurrence for the body and mind to relax and be totally in the present. Attending to the present moment is being in a state of mindfulness. When we are mindful of the present moment we are able to feel refreshed and have mental clarity. Mindfully attending to our lives is a practice we can develop through common daily acts such as walking, eating and breathing. Massage therapy and bodywork in general are excellent ways to encourage mindfulness. Therapeutic touch facilitates being present, being in the here and now.

One of our main purposes here at Mindful Massage & Bodywork is to help create a space where you attend to the present moment. Therapeutic touch grounds us in the present, physically and emotionally, and frees up energy that is often bound or scattered as a result of our perpetual busy-ness. This liberated energy creates a general sense of well-being. Our hope is that as we facilitate relaxation, you will find the refreshed and reenergized state that follows in other areas of your life, and you will be living more fully, mindful of all the amazing experiences each moment manifests.

Our Staff

Pat Santas, BA, LMT, graduated from Core Institute of Tallahassee, Florida in 2002. She is certified in Core Myofascial Therapy, prenatal massage, and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. Her training is in the Western tradition; however, Buddhist teachings of mindfulness are the foundation of her work. Pat initiated Mindful Massage & Bodywork and it is there that she holds her practice. She hopes that people will gain clarity and a renewed sense of wonder as they allow massage to be a vehicle of awareness.

Ari Santas, Ph.D., LMT, graduated from Core Institute in Tallahassee, Florida in 2002. He is certified in Core Myofascial Therapy and has trained in Thai Assisted Yoga massage. He has special interest in employing myofascial stretching and spreading techniques to medical and sports applications. He enjoys working with persons to help them reeducate their bodies and minds toward health and working with athletes who are training for excellences of mind and body. Ari is also a professor of philosophy and finds his work as a philosopher complementary to his massage practice. Ari's interest in body-mind connection, and the idea it is united and not dual, allows him to treat clients with a greater awareness that helps them find that connection.

Alethea Santas, BFA, LMT, graduated from the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL in 2015. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuro Muscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Reiki. Her strong belief in integrative living is what propelled her toward the field of bodywork, where she finds great value in facilitating relaxation, grounded awareness, and connectivity between self and community. She also seeks balance through her other activities and passions, which include painting, being in nature, spending time with family, and continuing education.

Alfreda Cochran, LMT. Hello fellow patrons, I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2002, and I take much pride and consideration in what I do. Therefore, I will optimize my clients' experience by maintaining these goals:

* To constantly improve on therapeutic skills through seminar studies and other self-improvement efforts.
* To maintain the proper atmosphere conducive to relaxation, meditation, and healing.
* To offer sound advice to clients that is meant for a greater health and sense of well-being.
* To carry out the healing business in a professional and efficient manner.
* To invoke the Power God and His love to assist in the implementation of these noble goals.

Stephen O'Haire, LMT, graduated from Florida School of Massage of Gainesville, FL in 2007. He specializes in Neuro Muscular Therapy Myofascial, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sinus, Prennatal, Hot Stone and Triggerpoint modalities. Currently Stephen is studying Exercise Physiology at Valdosta State University. Upon completing his degree he plans to pursue further study in the field of Physical Therapy.

Lee McKinney, graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 2009. Experienced in Swedish and deep tissue massage. She believes in the body's tremendous ability to heal itself and strives to aid in this process by creating a safe and peaceful space in which her clients can relax and unwind from the many tensions and stressors of daily living.

Misty T. Humphries, LMT, graduated from Everest University South Orlando, Florida in 2014. She specializes in Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports, Swedish and Deep Tissue and incorporates triggerpoint and hot stone modalities. Misty also studied Human Anatomy and Physiology, and human Biology at Valdosta State University and has an in-depth understanding of the body and its ability to heal itself through the facilitation of massage.

Allyse Hargrove, LMT, graduated from Southern Regional Technical College in 2016 with a Diploma in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. She utilizes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, and Hot Stone modalities. Her main goal in each session is to help clients bring awareness to their bodies. She is currently pursuing a specialty in Sports Massage. Upon completion of Sports Massage, Allyse plans to integrate Sports and Neuromuscular Massage to further assist clients in achieving body awareness and preventing and treating soft tissue injuries.

Patricia C. Hodge, LMT, MS, graduated massage school in New York and from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with an Associate Degree. In school, her studies included the modalities of Thai, Shiatsu, Tui Nai, Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Medicine. Since graduation, Patricia has added Tian Di Bamboo and Myofascial techniques to her knowledge. During her academic training, she also learned principles encompassing eastern medicines and its philosophy of healing. Patricia is fascinated by the field of massage therapy and feels it has much to offer health and the human body in addition to the relaxation it creates for both the client and the therapist.