We Create the Calm in Your Body and Mind

Our philosophy is that every massage should fit each clients needs individually. We customize your massage to your needs. Each treatment includes several different modalities in order to give you the best results. Massage is very effective and can prevent injury as well as keep your body healthy throughout the year.

Offering only the finest in trained and experienced massage therapists, The Bird Rock Massage Studio features a variety of massage modalities where your individual preferences are always taken in to account. Located in beautiful downtown La Jolla, The Bird Rock Massage Studio invites you to seek relaxation and pain relief in our relaxing and comfortable office.

Don’t let the life’s busyness cause you undue stress, call on the pros at 858-551-0425 to provide you with all the ease and comfort you need.

Our Therapists

Shana Lemon, Owner, CMT

Shana Lemon has been practicing massage therapy and bodywork for over 8 years here in San Diego. She became the new owner at The Bird Rock Massage Studio in 2011, and after renovating the entire studio, has been successful in bringing a new gem to this community with her amazing therapists and massage treatments.

Shana specializes in all of the massage therapies offered at her studio and works with the other therapists to make sure each session is customized to your individual requests. Call 858-551-0425 to book an appointment with Shana.

Heidi Sullivan

A world traveler, humbled by adventure and exploration. I have been a Massage therapist since 1984. This path has taken me to film sets working with the Stuntsmen’s Assoc., Physical Therapists, Olympic athletes, and a volunteer for a terminally ill ward at Scripp’s.

In 1999, I studied in Northern Thailand the (2500 year old) ancient medicinal Thai therapy. I have been a master Thai therapist in La Jolla and Bird Rock for more than 15 years. I was voted “Best Therapist” in La Jolla, and I also trained Thai therapy to the therapists who work with the San Diego Chargers.

This journey is reminding bodies to heal themselves if that is the desire of a client. Combining all of my skills, hopefully will ease the mind, relieve the body, while holding the space for the Spirit to enjoy.

Jaimie Gunn

The bodywork sessions I offer are therapeutic based with deep tissue, injury, triggerpoint, craniosacral therapy, swedish, and energy work incorporated throughout. I enjoy working intuitively, finding areas of restriction and allowing the bodywork to flow as I am guided in the moment.

Lymphatic drainage is another modality that I offer for detoxification. This is a sequenced protocol that is very light pressure to manually flush the lymphatic fluids to benefit circulation, detox, and relaxation of mind and body.

For more information on what I do visit: jaimiegunn.com

Melissa Dice

It brings me great joy working and supporting Shana, and Bird Rock Massage Studio.

In my 35 years of experience in the fitness and alternative health fields, it has come to no surprise, how we all have become much more accountable, and participate more in our health. Shana, and the therapists at Bird Rock Massage, nurture and empower their clients’ quality of well-being.

Carly Janine

Carly received her HHP from IPSB here in San Diego, and has been practicing massage here since 2006. She worked as a teacher at IPSB for several years following graduation, before moving on to focus on her private practice and learning the arts of spa and yoga. She completed Yoga Teacher Training at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga in Normal Heights/North Park in 2013.

Her bodywork comes from a place of grounding and peace. Carly specializes in therapeutic Swedish blends, bringing a quiet flow to your body. Many techniques may be incorporated including Deep Tissue Sculpting, Sensory Repatterning, long flowing strokes, and intuitive touch.

When she isn’t doing massage, Carly enjoys spending time with her daughter, writing, and doing yoga.


Offering a comprehensive, intentional therapeutic body work. My specialty is deep tissue massage, incorporating blended modalities of neuromuscular, myofascial, active isolated stretching, thai, reflexology, aromatherapy, usui reiki, energetic clearing and intuition. Each private session is catered to your individual needs based on your description of how you use your body in daily practices of work, play and life. Its intention is to alleviate stress, reduce pain, create freedom within tense fascia, increase flexibility, range of motion, all the while using muscle aligning and toning techniques. I look forward to working together.

April Ventura

April graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in NY with a 1,000 hours and a national certification from the NCBTMB. She practiced in the DC area for 6 years working with athletes and NFL players in the area, as well as people recovering from accidents or injuries. She has a passion for helping people through pain management with her work. Having a martial arts background and a black belt in Kenpo has given her an understanding for the importance of maintaining good physical health and how massage plays a critical role in that. She has a love of eastern massage modalities and traditional chinese medicine and enjoys sharing these powerful modalities with her clients. April moved to San Diego to bring her skills to the sunny city!

Jennifer Calabrase

I am a proud San Diegian born and raised. My journey into massage therapy began on a day when I felt strongly compelled to be a healer in this world. That same day I did my research and enrolled in Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. I completed my licensing in 2011, and have since, had the pleasure of working with many Chiropractic and Physical Therapy patients. Through my experience in these fields, I have been able to witness the number of benefits that therapeutic massage offers on the body and the mind. One of my favorite modalities is working with connective tissue. It is the substance that hold us together and creates balance and harmony with our muscles, bones, and organs. It is important to have strong connections between muscle and bone for our bodies to move properly. Therefore, I find it especially important and beneficial to incorporate deep tissue (connective tissue) into each massage I perform. I feel so grateful to be able to work in a field that aids and facilitates in the healing of others. Nothing fulfills me more in my practice, than when a client tells me of the long-lasting relief they experience from their chronic suffering. That is exactly why I began my journey into massage therapy 6 years ago.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, joy.”~Rumi

Angela Gerhardstein

Angela is a graduate of the distinguished Massage Therapy/Asian Bodywork program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine located in San Diego, CA. She is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and is a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). As an experienced professional in her field, Angela has a demonstrated history of working in the alternative medicine industry. Skilled in Thai, Swedish/Circulatory, Tui Na, Deep Tissue, and many other specific massage modalities, Angela strongly believes that massage has the reparative ability to heal and reinvigorate the human body. She actively strives to create a unique and personalized session for each of her clients as she holds a strong understanding that each body needs and responds differently to various techniques and approaches. She considers it a great privilege to be able to bring your physical body back into equilibrium, returning it to its original state of symmetry and balance. She can most often be found playing beach volleyball on the sands of beautiful San Diego or hanging out at a local coffee shop staying up to date with all the up and coming research into the ever-growing field of massage and bodywork.

Angela is currently working towards receiving her Associates in Applied Science from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine as she strongly believes continuing education is an important principle to uphold in her practice.

Milly Reed

I love massage for several reasons. First being, massage gives us a unique body awareness many of us don’t have on a daily bases. It’s much like yoga and other bodywork practices that it improves our awareness of what is happening in our bodies.

Second, massage is a beautiful and simple way to improve our recovery from injury and chronic pain. I was blessed with the opportunity to work in a wellness center for the first several years after I graduated school. I worked with a Acupuncturist, Chiropractor and Physical Therapist. I received a lot of experience working with clients with acute injuries and chronic pain.

Third, massage is effective for many issues that many of us deal with at one time or another. Many people are surprised that simple bodywork can be effective for issues such as Carpal Tunnel, which simple bodywork on the forearms, hands and shoulders can be very effective. Or Headaches which can be reduced with neck, chest and upper shoulder work. Also Sciatic issues can be reduced with hip, quad and low back work. And Plantar pain can improve with extra work on the calves and feet.

I love to help bring all this awareness to the table in my sessions. Working with a deep tissue approach or a lighter, relaxing touch. Depending on your preference. If you are dealing with any of these things I would love to work with you and help you find relief for these common issues.
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 15 years strong and I love to see people’s wellness improve with bodywork.

Gabriela Samaniego

I started my journey in the Healing Arts at Body Mind College, the school was known for its open-minded and creative approach, where students learn everything from medical massage to chakra balancing. After the school closure in 2012, I transferred to International Professional School of Bodywork where I specialized in Asian Healing Arts, including Table Thai and Thai Massage. Soon after that, I begun to study the Fundamentals of Ayurveda and certifying in Abhyanga and Panchakarma therapies at San Diego College of Ayurveda.

I practice a form of integrative massage, which means I combine techniques from different massage modalities based on each client’s need and guided by my intuition offer a deeply intuitive and connected healing session using your body as the guide.  Deep relaxation is crucial to allow the body to let go and receive the therapy. For deeper massage and injury recovery I Use at least three combinations of techniques such as, deep tissue sculpting (allowing muscles to melt) acupressure, neuro muscular therapy and Yoga-Thai style massage stretches. This fusion of massage will leave you with a smile, feeling revitalized and relaxed at the same time, increased range of motion and a total sense of rejuvenation.

I love what I do, this is my soul call and it is an honor to walk this journey with my clients.