BIOGRAPHY

Raised by a psychotherapist and a christian minister, my journey into the healing arts has been a gradual integration of body, psyche, and spirituality.

 

At UC Berkeley I began my initiation into deep body awareness through intense training in modern dance: exploring the relationships between muscles, movement, gravity, sensation, & consciousness.  Gradually my focus shifted from dance to Yoga, which I practiced for over a decade becoming a yoga instructor in 2011.

 

I had the privilege of training as a massage therapist at the Esalen Institute, a 50 year-old organization dedicated to human potential and healing.  At Esalen, the therapist is encouraged to work with the whole person - body, mind, and soul - rather than merely focusing on functional parts.  This training included signature Esalen Massage (a holistic evolution of Swedish Massage), deep tissue therapy, holistic and spiritual approaches to healing, and detailed study of anatomy & physiology.


After Esalen, I was certified as an advanced practitioner in Thai Massage through the DeonThai School in Ojai, and completed yoga teacher training at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement.  Meanwhile I returned to Esalen annually to train in the Deep Bodywork method of Perry and Johanna Holloman, and was certified in their method  of deep tissue therapy in early 2015.

 

To further expand my knowledge of the mind-body connection, I completed my PhD in somatic (body-oriented) psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. This degree emphasized the intricate links between mind and body, and the healing that can come from consciously working with them.

 

My intention as a therapist is to support you in healing pain & stress, and equally important, to awaken a deeper, more meaningful sense of embodiment - one that I hope will stay with you for many years to come.


MY BLOG

 

Check back for new writings & insights into integrative spirituality, somatic psychology, bodywork, and yoga at:

 

Embodied Spirit

Credentials

 

- M.A. Somatic Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute.

 

-Certified Massage Therapist with the California Massage Therapy Council.

 

- Certified Esalen Massage Therapist, Esalen Institute. 

 

- Certified Deep Bodywork Practitioner, Esalen Instute.

 

- Certified Holistic Life Coach, Rhema International

 

- Certified Advanced Practitioner of Thai Massage, DeonThai School

 

- Certified Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

 

- B.A. Interdisciplinary Field Studies, UC Berkeley.

 

Jonathan Whittle-Utter is a certified massage therapist through the state of California

License #22344

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