PALESTRA BOUTIQUE SPA TEAM
OWNER AND MASSAGE THERAPIST
NCLMBT 15640, SCLMT 4924
Touch has always been one of my talents. Through massage therapy I enjoy the satisfaction of facilitating the body to heal itself. In addition to 14+ years as a licensed professional, I also have a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University which has given me an educational edge in the industry.
In working with my clients I strive to find the origin of your issues instead of merely rubbing where it hurts and treating the symptom.
I specialize in hot stone therapy, cranial sacral, essential oil therapy and prenatal massage.
As the owner of Palestra Boutique Spa and the founding therapist of Blue Heron Massage I am committed to raising the industry bar by providing a superior work culture for our therapists and unparalleled quality of care for our clients.
Native of Toronto, Canada, Colleen orchestrates daily activities for smooth operations and superb guest services. She is the friendly voice when you call to make an appointment, gives detailed attention to your needs and is dedicated to make your visit a long-lasting impression.
Her extensive experience in customer care goes back to the beginning of her career where she attended customer’s at a department store. Throughout her career she worked in various facets of retailing. Excelling in guest services is second nature to her.
My passion for holistic healing began way before I ever considered a career as a massage therapist. More so, my career now falls in line with my personal beliefs. Having experience in both pre and post-operative hospital settings, was the catalyst that propelled me to this career path. I attended Southeastern Institute in Charlotte NC, where I graduated and earned a certification in Massage Therapy. I love what I do and I believe in massage and its ability to heal.
I have a thriving interest in helping people reach their healing and health goals. Using various therapeutic modalities including cupping, myofascial release among other techniques, and a holistic approach, I fully attend to each individual client’s needs by interweaving clear presence with practiced skill.
I am experienced in deep tissue techniques, Swedish, hot stones, Tui-na, myofascial release, and orthopedic cupping.
Whether you desire relief from chronic injuries and trauma, a deeply indulgent massage, or prenatal treatments, I am able to meet you where you are on your journey.
It has been a true joy to be able to practice massage therapy for over 14 years. I found my way to Palestra through Greensboro, NC, where I enjoyed reaching as many individuals as possible with a well-balanced approach with the goal of both pain and stress relief.
Each massage is a new experience, tailored to meeting the client where they are in the moment. I have worked at massage centers, chiropractic offices, college universities, and a yoga studio. Along with deep tissue I specialize primarily in sports massage, essential oil therapy, Tui Na, and hot stone massage among other techniques.
I have a passion for helping people be their best self. This has led me to also achieve my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Science in the area of Nutrition. In the near future I aspire to become a dietitian to increase my ability to truly help people. I also love to cook and to teach others new culinary skills.
Kara is a Charlotte native who has always aspired to find herself in positions where she can care for her community. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Life Coaching certifications, Kara decided pursuing a career rooted in holistic wellness practices was the path meant for her. She attended the Aveda Institute of South Charlotte, and soon after found herself at the North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork.
Kara is passionate about broadening her scope and exploring as many areas of holistic wellness as possible. Her interests expand far beyond Esthetics and Bodywork, including a variety of Eastern modalities, Herbalism, Product Formulation, Healing Touch, Mindfulness Practices, Yoga, and Nutrition.
During her sessions, Kara takes a special interest in promoting deep relaxation, supporting Lymphatic health, and working with clients to refine their skincare routines. She is passionate about meeting people where they are at in their individual wellness journey and making the overall human experience more enjoyable for everyone.
NC-377, ITEC, CIDESCO
Lisa is a 30-year spa veteran who cultivates an East meets West philosophy, mixing cosmetic chemistry and medical training with organic alchemy and Ayurvedic principles. This career path is not a profession; it’s a passion! Facilitating radical self-care for her clients is the objective. She creates personalized treatments using the healing power of touch through Chinese and Ayurvedic massage techniques along with western technology through various treatment machines and chemical peels. Lisa is results oriented. She will leave you rejuvenated from the inside out.
McKenna was born in Southeastern Indiana, and grew up in the Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky Tri-State area along the Ohio River. Although she loves her Midwest roots, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina for adventure and career opportunities, and quickly fell in love with the city.