Knoxville massage therapist Lisa Birnesser has been helping people overcome pain and injury for more than two decades. In her nearly 30 year occupational therapy career, she has held a variety of positions as an occupational therapist, therapy supervisor and therapy instructor. She has experience in geriatric care and has practiced in home and outpatient as well as clinical settings.
In her massage practice,Lisa draws from expertise in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques to focus on your individual needs. She is certified in Myofascial Integration Structural Technique (a deep tissue technique) and has attended multiple workshops in craniosacral therapy, both as a student and as a teaching assistant. Lisa also focuses on sport massage, assisting athletes prepare for Ironman competitions. She specializes in the soft tissue treatment of back, neck and shoulder pain, headache relief and temporalmandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD. She also has long experience in pregnancy massage.
Lisa received a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1985. She graduated from the Center of Rehabilitation Education massage program in Knoxville in 2005.
Tara Banks graduated Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage in 2010, and has since been licensed to practice massage in the state of Tennessee. She is trained and certified in Hot Stone massage, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, and Aromatherapy. Tara’s next focus is becoming certified in Thai Yoga massage and Ashiatsu.
In 2010 she also earned her Reiki Master/teacher certification. She incorporates energy work into her massages in order to promote wellness of the mind and spirit in addition to the physical body.
In her spare time she practices yoga and plans to complete her yoga teacher certification. She also loves outdoor adventures such as hiking and scuba diving. Tara is currently a student at the University of Tennessee where she is working on a Biology degree, concentrating on Microbiology.
Danny Hageman, LMT
Danny is certified in Geriatric Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Lymph Drainage Massage, Prenatal Massage and Reiki.
He received massage training from the Holston Institute of Healing Arts, where he graduated in 2004. While at the institute, he received extensive training in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, and Reflexology.
Danny earned a bachelor of science in 1980 from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he majored in physical education and worked with injured athletes.
Danny is a licensed massage therapist certified by the National Certification Board for Massage Therapy and Bodywork. He is a member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
Camille Watson began her quest for vibrant health over 30 years ago as she earned her degree in Nutrition. Her personal health adventures with celiac, food allergies, and digestion made her realize the value of having an informed advocate, and inspired her to share her expertise with others. Today she teaches individuals and groups how to restore their own health through delicious whole foods and lifestyle transformations.
Camille’s pursuit of vibrant health extends beyond private consultations and the classroom to the hiking trails of the Great Smokey Mountains where she can be found many a weekend morning in the company of her very significant other, Brad.
Emily Dameron, Reiki Master, Minister and Intuitive Healer, has created a system of healing and support where one can receive holistic healing for the body, heart, mind, and soul. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
Emily received her call to help others heal and live happily in 2012 after spending prior years in search of her own physical and spiritual healing. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Ohio University in 2005 and began her Reiki and Ministry training in 2012.
In addition to being called to the healing traditions of Reiki, Emily has a passion for living life from a heart centered space free from judgment and ego and she is ready to help begin your healing process from the inside out.
Kristen Evans is a certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor receiving her certification from Asheville Yoga Center in 2013. Kristen was first introduced to yoga through a study of yoga philosophy which led to her curiosity in the “asanas” or physical practice of yoga. The transformation she discovered on her matt empowered and inspired her to share what she had learned. She brings to her practice over 10 years of experience in many different styles, from many different teachers around the world.
Kristen is an energetic person with a great passion for life and a desire to make a difference. She spent 4 years traveling in the U.S, Canada, Thailand, and Spain, completed a trans-American/Canadian bicycle tour, and worked as a guide in wilderness therapy, sharing her love of life, nature, and yoga with at-risk youth. These experiences have made her appreciate the world and given her a great passion for empowering others to find and travel their path to healthier, freer lives.
Kristen is a believer in the profound and life changing benefits of yoga from increased strength, flexibility, vitality, and endurance, to a greater sense of well-being, inner-harmony, and mental focus. Her mission as both a yoga practitioner and teacher is to understand the goals of her clients and join them in creating a practice to achieve their goals. Kristen teaches with much gratitude for and celebration of the body, mind, and spirit, using a combination of Vinyasa flow coupled with deeper longer holds with breath as the guide. She looks forward to meeting you and sharing the yoga journey! Namaste