From a very early age, Gladys Ayala has always held a deep passion for healing, helping others with their pain and giving back to those in need. Gladys began using massage techniques with family and friends, and it quickly grew from a hobby to a passion. As a licensed professional with 11 years of hands-on experience, she remains a strong, highly skilled therapist who strives to improve and prolong the overall health of every client that she sees. Gladys began her educational journey at Irene’s Myomassology Institute, graduating in 2008. She worked as a volunteer with hospice patients and began her practice with us when we opened in 2012. Her greatest strengths lie in her progressive treatment plans for pain, ability to deliver outcome, deep tissue work, and her gentle, nurturing personality. Gladys enjoys utilizing the ancient Chinese practice of cupping in addition to kinetic release techniques, sports massage, and deep tissue work. Her goal for every session is for her clients to leave feeling better than when they came in and for them to find improved mobility as a result of massage therapy, no matter what their age or physical type.
Bridgette currently works in secondary education as a health and physical education teacher. Her experience has allowed her to instruct and facilitate learning within the school, community and worksite settings. Bridgette was drawn to massage therapy as a result of her background in exercise science. She is a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute and desires to advance her skills in massage that is medically therapeutic. Bridgette’s massage experience has been centered around working sporting events, triathlons and most recently with a professional sports team. Her massage interests include Sports, Orthopedic, Thai and Therapeutic Stretching techniques. Bridgette comes to AHH growing into her massage identity as she is preparing to advance her skills in massage. It is her plan that under the guidance of AHH, she will be able to transition into a more permanent massage career. Bridgette enjoys being physically active, outdoor activities and a nice quiet place to read. She loves to travel and create new experiences. Bridgette advocates for and encourages healthy lifestyle choices. She believes in naturopathic healing and the role it plays in life longevity. Bridgette’s career achievements demonstrate her ability to work independently and as a team player, communicate effectively within diverse populations, as well as coordinate, facilitate and market various initiatives. Combined with her progressing massage skills, Bridgette is eager to be a valued asset to AHH and its surrounding community.
Jennifer attended Everest Institute in Dearborn. She was in a 9 month long Massage Therapy program and competed her graduation in 2014.
One of her goals as a Massage Therapist is to raise awareness on the benefits massage can have physically and emotionally. Her favorite type of modailty to use in her sessions is aromatherapy because of all the benefits that different aromas and/or combination of aromas provide. Her favorite part about being a Massage Therapist is knowing that she is helping her clients have a little peace of mind and some time to themselves. While she is still working on her eating habits, she does go to the gym on a regular basis and likes to go for walks on nice days with her children. She is looking forward to being a part of the Advanced Holisitc Health family and is very excited to see the new additions we have planned.
Devin came to us after completing his education in massage therapy at Schoolcraft college and gaining experience at several different work settings over his 4 years practicing as a massage therapist. Devin has a heavy hand and laser focus but don’t let that make you shy away, he can employ a lighter touch as well. Over his 4 years of experience Devin has fine tuned his skill set. Using tmodalities like MET (Muscle Energy Techniques), ART (Active Release Techniques), trigger point therapy, and myofascial release just to name a few.
Much like our senior therapist Gladys Ayala, Devin shares a passion and specialization in prenatal massage and women's health. Devin is also a newly trained doula and is looking forward to seeing what a calm and constructive masculine energy has to offer laboring mothers in the delivery room.
Devin spends his days with his wife Samantha and their three beautiful daughters. When not with his family, Devin spends his time bettering his health via long walks with his dog Honey, weight lifting, and spending time in the ring as Devin is also a professional wrestler.
McKenzie is an RYT 500 Yoga Therapist extern in the Beaumont Integrative Medicine Department. She treats clients with Yoga Therapy here at Advanced Holistic Health as our resident Yoga Therapist. As a Reiki level l & ll practitioner, Mckenzie offers Chakra/Energy balancing sessions, to help one understand their universal energy better. Since receiving her RTY 200 in 2015, she has taught the Little Yogis class at Yoga for peace (a non profit organization) which inspired her to start her own non profit, an outdoor sunset mediation club (Prana Mediation Club) where all ages are welcome.
Mckenzie is also deeply passionate about sound therapy and hosts a Yoga Nidra with sound therapy class here at Advanced Holistic Health on Saturday mornings. She also is known for hosting drum circles & sound therapy sessions in the Detroit area. McKenzie’s goal is for clients to enjoy the practice of yoga, & embrace the breath and motion connection. “We all get caught up in the hectic everyday life. Yoga helps us to re-center and balance ourselves while achieving inner peace.”
Cecelia discovered yoga in her early 20’s. Her martial arts training led her to research Bhakti yoga (the practice of inner devotion), she developed an affinity with it’s wisdoms and continues it’s practices today. She began training to advance and expand her studies with focus on the Spiritual aspects of yoga, transformative meditation, breathwork (Pranayama), and Qi Gong. In 2011, she began teaching Hatha Yoga in training that honors the Iyengar style. Her classes are filled with the teachings of balance in all aspects of the self, in each posture. Cecelia is set on a path to partner with students and colleagues to expand the chief principles and practices that lead to our true power through devoted and personal practices. Her constant study and experience has gained her several various certifications, allowing her to be exceptional in sharing these practices with diverse and underserved populations. She enjoys helping students customize routines that ease the pains of the physical, mental and spiritual bodies. Whether practicing with her for a moment or a lifetime, she strives to impart the tools you need to enjoy your journey toward your greatest self. Cecelia is also a wife of 19 years and a mother of two boys.
Peg is a certified Reflexologist (2014), Reiki Master Level 2 (2014), and Animal Reiki Practitioner (2016). She started her own yoga journey at 55 years old in 2007. She felt as if she really needed to find a way to honor her own personal challenges. Initially, just to adapt her own practice, she became a yoga instructor and meditation teacher. She is nationally certified through Yoga Alliance (RYT 2009), achieving ERYT status (1,000+ teaching hours) in 2011 and YACEP (teacher’s teacher for continuing education) in 2016. To date, she has spent thousands of hours teaching and specializing in adapting the practice to allow everyone (and everyone else) to find a practice that fits their individual needs, regardless of physical challenges.
Areas of specialization include arthritis (OA and RA); cancer warriors, survivors and thrivers; replaced joints; chronic pain; and stress reduction. Peg teaches our RESTORE yoga class on Wednesday nights, which features gentle restorative yoga postures interrupted by brief periods of guided meditation. This includes basic meditation techniques, with guidance through difficulties in achieving stillness and comfort. Think of it as easy yoga with frequent rests, or meditation with a chance to move whenever needed. The best of both practices. Since retiring from a corporate day job in 2017, Peg has been making Reiki-infused bracelets in various minerals, crystals and metals, with a table at various art shows, special trade events, and outdoor markets/fairs. She enjoys spending her free time riding her bike, walking her dog at a local nature trail, or rustic camping.