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Ritual Self Care
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About Nissa

  • Spa Wellness Coaching, ASTECC. 2020

  • NLP Master Practitioner, iNLP Center. 2020

  • Life Coach Certification, iNLP Center. 2020

  • Inner Dynamics Practitioner, iNLP Center. 2020

  • Aveda Institute, Minneapolis, MN. 600 hours in Esthiology Science. 1998

  • Dr.Hauschka Skin Care. Advanced skin care training, approximately 150 hours. 1999-2009

  • Oncology Esthetics Certification. 2014

  • Manual Lymph Drainage, Basic & Advanced Neck & Face, Vodder School. 2016

  • Holistic Esthetics Certification, ASTECC. 2019

  • Forrest Yoga Teacher Training Course. Yoga Teacher Training – 619 hours. 2003

  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Prenatal Yoga Training – 32 hours. 2005

  • Therapeutic Yoga Training. White Lotus Foundation – 35 hours. 2011

  • Mind Body Solutions. Adaptive Yoga Training. 2012

  • iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training – 36 hours. 2012

  • Board Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NCBTMB) since 1997

  • Licensed Esthetician since 1998

  • Certified yoga instructor since 2003

  • Member of the Society for Oncology Massage

  • Certified Clinical Wellness Therapist through The Vodder School

  • Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist – RCST

  • New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Santa Fe, NM. 157 hours training in massage therapy. 1996

  • Scherer Institute of Natural Healing, Santa Fe, NM. 680 hours training in massage therapy. 1997

  • Bodywork for the Childbearing Year. Prenatal massage certification – 34 hours. 2001

  • Craniosacral Therapy, Upledger Institute – completed levels 1&2, 48 hours. 2003, 2004

  • Heated Stone Massage, Scherer Institute of Natural Healing. training – 16 hours. 2004

  • Strain Counterstrain, Jones Institute – 20 hours. 2008

  • Infant Massage Instructor Certification, International Loving Touch Foundation – 24 hours. 2009

  • Oncology Massage Certification, Peregrine Institute of Oncology Massage Training – 300 hours. 2009-2011

  • Manual Lymph Drainage Certification, Klose Training. 2010

  • Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy, Milne Institute. 2010

  • Pediatric Massage Certification, Liddle Kidz Foundation. 2010

  • Manual Lymph Drainage, Basic & Advanced Neck & Face, Vodder School – 40 hours. 2016

  • Manual Lymph Drainage, Basic Body, Vodder School – 40 hours. 2017

  • Manual Lymph Drainage, Therapy 1, Vodder School – 40 hours. 2017

  • Manual Lymph Drainage, Clinical Wellness, Vodder School. 2017

  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Santa Fe School of Massage – 3 year, 700 hour certification program. 2015 – 2018

Therapeutic Massage Training

In 1996 I decided to be trained as a massage therapist in hopes of finding some proactive ways to deal with the pain I felt in my body on a daily basis. What I found in massage school was a way of living that was based on caring for myself and others in the most thoughtful and deliberate ways. Since then, the healing arts have been my way of living and my way of being in service to the world we share.


I have been guided by my clients the entire way and today most of my clients are living with chronic illness, or in recovery or treatment for cancer. After two of my clients were diagnosed with cancer in 2008, I found an oncology massage certification program and started learning about how I could work with people with cancer safely. During my first class in 2009, one of my sisters was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after that, my husband was diagnosed with lymphoma.


My mission is to help people connect to the beautiful stranger within, to feel at home in their bodies, and to fortify their allegiance to themselves. I am committed to helping people access their innate ability to heal themselves, in connection to the Earth and in partnership with one another. I am devoted to living in the path of beauty. 

I founded my business in 2002 with a vision to create a sanctuary centered around beauty, sustainability, nourishment, and peace. I am committed to empowering people in the courageous act of learning about themselves by lovingly tending to themselves. I believe that when we care for ourselves, we are then able to build fulfilling and rich lives, and that ripples out into the world.

I aspire to affect not just the individual but also the community, through compassionate self-discovery, and products that foster health, beauty, and sustainability. I have years of experience working with people living with all stages of cancer and chronic illnesses.​ To learn more about my work with people with cancer check out this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

I acknowledge and offer gratitude, respect & love to the Dakhóta Oyáte  land where I create, work and grew up, and to the Dakhóta Oyáte people who tended and cared for the land for many, many generations. I would also like to honor my ancestral homeland, colonially known as northern New Mexico and the San Luis Valley of Colorado, where I have done much of my learning, growing and experiencing. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for my mentors and teachers, many of whom are clients. I am honored and humbled to be entrusted with the knowledge that has been passed down to me by many special people and so happy to be using these skills to help others in my life’s work.​

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