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.

Lori Tupaj

Lori has been practicing massage therapy since 1999 and is Nationally Certified. She feels honored to care for the body and spirit of everyone she works on, bringing a fusion of education, compassion, dedication and intuition to each session.

Specializing in Deep Tissue and Sports massage, Relief from chronic pain and Deep Relaxation, Lori will tailor each massage in pressure, style and areas of focus. With a background in Fitness and Nutrition she believes a healthy body will help create an overall sense of well-being.

“I believe that healing and treatment is an art and that communication between the therapist and client is a key component to a relaxing, dynamic therapeutic session.”

In her spare time, Lori enjoys biking, sailing, and other outdoor activities with her husband and yellow lab.

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.

Miranda Nevin

I am a California Certified Massage Therapist (#51955) and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. I graduated with Honors from the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, California, and from the Certified Advanced Practitioner Program at the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My Deep Tissue work combines soothing and invigorating Swedish strokes with an engaged therapeutic touch. Amongst clients here at The Bird Rock Massage Studio I am known for delivering firm pressure, when requested. I am also trained in Prenatal Massage, Foot Reflexology, Zen Shiatsu and Thai Yoga modalities.

After many years in a fast-paced international business setting, I grew to appreciate hands-on work and to value the focus of the therapist-client one-to-one relationship within the nurturing and healing environment of the therapy room. I listen responsively to clients’ varying expectations and requests for their massage sessions, and also make informed recommendations about how to care for their bodies holistically. My goals are to help The Bird Rock clients to reduce their pain and/or anxiety, to minimize their risk of developing disease and discomfort, to continue to engage comfortably in activities they love for as long as possible, to practice being fully in the present moment and in their bodies, and to maintain positive life-affirming thoughts and action.

Maricel Balanza

Maricel was born in San Diego and raised in Temecula, California.  After Summer 2012, she graduated with 600 hours of massage therapy from the Healing Hands School of Escondido and began working for several chiropractors, spas, and resorts. She is now back in San Diego, and ready to continue her adventure in the healing arts. She is happy to be a part of an excellent team of healers at the Bird Rock Massage Studio. As a Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage specialist and Reiki master, she is grateful to see the world through energy and light. Maricel also practices yoga, tai chi, and meditation, which she incorporates into her body work.

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.

Wendy Oliver

I have been a Certified Massage Therapist for two decades, previously operating a busy private massage therapy practice in Central California and Beverly Hills. I am happy to be part of the distinguished Bird Rock Massage Studio team.

While I am certified and competent in many massage techniques, I have found through my experience that the most effective treatment mixes various modalities to meet the individual needs of each client. My areas of expertise: Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Neuro-Vascular Decompression (carpel tunnel syndrome treatment), Prenatal and Postnatal, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Compassionate Touch Therapy, Healing through Touch and Energy, Chakra Balancing, Core Release, Structural Integration. I am currently training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy.

During a typical massage, my focus begins with creating a space for your mind and body to relax, allowing the unwinding of muscle tension and settling the nervous system in order to promote healing and recovery from illness or injury, offering an escape from everyday stress!

Taking direction from what is needed by each individual, I often incorporate Deep Tissue massage into my sessions. I do not believe a massage needs to be painful to produce great results! Deep work combined with proper breathing and holding stretches are very effective, allowing for deeper relaxation, release and healing to occur.

I am passionate about learning and sharing with my clients what I observe and experience while working with them. Facilitating the client’s understanding of how and where the pain or stress started, how to release it and how to avoid it are very empowering practices and essential for wellbeing and overall healing.

I look forward to working with you. Be healthy! Be happy!

Jenette Bachicha

In 1995 I was drawn to the healing arts and learning about conscious touch and healing at The New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. I am devoted to helping clients heal from chronic pain. As a highly skilled Massage Therapist for eight years at a renowned resort, I was trained by Japanese Masters of Shiatsu. Following their philosophy of massage improved my technique making it more effectively healing for my clients. In my years of experience as a Massage Therapist, I helped athletes heal from recent surgeries and muscle pain.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to share my style of massage that involves some of my favorite modalities such as Deep tissue, Myofascial release, Sports Massage, PNF Stretching, Active Release and Warm Stone Massage.

Julie Lieurance

Julie has over 22 years of massage experience. She specializes in therapeutic and prenatal massage for women.

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