• Massage Therapists

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Stephanie Jeon

LMBT 18330

Stephanie Jeon joined the Okra team in fall 2018. She specializes in Swedish, Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork and uses all these techniques in her massage to heal and make her clients feel better. Stephanie began her journey of helping others by becoming a certified yoga teacher in 2014. In 2016 she received her Thai Yoga training from her teacher Debby Stanley. She uses Thai Yoga techniques to assist her clients in various yoga stretches to help them with flexibility and to reduce pain and tension. In 2018 she received her license from massage school at NC Advanced Bodywork in Charlotte, NC.

Grace Millsap

LMBT 21407

Grace Millsap (she/they) shares her magic by supporting others on their individual paths to integration using the tools of Yoga, breath, Ayurveda, traditional massage and bodywork. Grace believes in joy as a path to freedom, while recognizing that our true liberation is tied together. As a former research scientist and forever student, Grace is committed to a lifetime of growth and (un)learning of the beauty that is life. Grace also leads Yoga retreats and trainings locally, and internationally. In addition to traditional massage, Grace is also trained in Craniosacral Therapy, Thai Massage, and integrative bodywork which can be booked individually or blended seamlessly into one session.

Hal Smith

LMBT 18053

Hal offers specialty massage services and hosts various workshops at Okra. He is licensed in the state of North Carolina as an Advanced Bodywork and Massage Therapist, as well as being a Licensed Spiritual Healer nationally, Certified Raindrop Technique Specialist, RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Yoga Instructor, Certified Aroma Yoga Instructor, Certified ChiRunning Instructor, Certified Triggerpoint Myofascial Release Specialist, and Crossfit Trainer.

Jen Strassberg

LMBT 8600

Jen Strassberg (LMBT #8600) came to massage therapy in 2008 after spending many years working in performing arts management. She graduated from the Edmund Morgan School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in Cornelius and while her style is more on the deeper, therapeutic level, her primary goal is to help the client feel better and she will tailor her sessions to meet the needs of each client. She has spent the bulk of her career in high volume spas, in addition to several seasons as the Resident Massage Therapist for the American Dance Festival in Durham and Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, as well as backstage massage at concerts and special events. In 2009 she received her Ashiatsu (barefoot massage) certification – stay tuned for announcement on booking that service soon! When not massaging, you will find Jen walking her rescue pup Walter around town, seeing live music, or playing her trumpet.

Mercedes Umpstead

LMBT 19015

Meet Mercedes, our seasoned massage therapist with over 5 years of experience in the art of healing touch. Passionate about holistic wellness, Mercedes seamlessly integrates energy work into her practice to nurture not just the body, but also the mind and soul.

With a deep understanding of massage therapy techniques and a keen intuition for energy healing, Mercedes creates a transformative experience for her clients. Whether you’re seeking relief from physical tension, emotional stress, or spiritual imbalance, Mercedes offers a personalized approach to address your unique needs.

Through her skilled hands and compassionate presence, Mercedes guides you on a journey of self-discovery and healing, helping you unlock the innate wisdom of your body and tap into your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Experience the profound benefits of Mercedes’ holistic approach to massage therapy and energy work. Schedule your session today and embark on a path towards greater well-being and vitality.

Catherine Warner

LMBT 19976

Catherine Warner is a new-ish Charlotte transplant from Los Angeles. She is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, Certified Reiki & Energywork Practitioner, Certified Neurofeedback Technician, and an Elemental Craniosacral Student. Her scope of practice is mainly focused on mental health & trauma, digestive & gynecological disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions, especially of the head & neck. She is sooo excited to be joining the Okra team and to be spending more time with a community that has been so welcoming since her arrival!

Victoria Winchester

LMBT 18783

My primary goal with every client is to make them feel comfortable and safe so they can truly enjoy and benefit from their treatment. Unconditional positive regard is at the heart of every session. My style blends relaxation with deeper work, and it is highly adjustable. I am certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork for those seeking a more holistic & unique approach to massage. I thank my teacher, Michael Sitzer, for his stellar training in Asheville, NC. Thai Bodywork greatly influences my table sessions, which can include stretches, deep compressions, acupressure, traction, heat, and aromatherapy. I attended the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Dilworth in 2019 under local instructors from the fields of massage therapy & research, yoga therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic.

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