Our Staff

Linda Marrical, ABT

Asian Body Therapist, Owner/ Director

Linda Marrical, is a certified Acupressure and Shiatsu Therapy Practitioner. Linda received her Shiatsu Certification from the Meridian Shiatsu Institute /and became a registered Jin Shin Do Acupressure practitioner May, 2000. She studied Tibetan massage and basic principles of Tibetan medicine under Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, an internationally renowned Tibetan physician trained at the Tibetan Medical College in Lhasa, Tibet in June 2004. Linda is a NCBTMB approved continuing education provider for massage pactitioners. She also studied Martial Arts, Chi Kung and meditation for 8 years from March 1994 to 2002 under World Champion martial artist, Taoist/Buddhist Master Phuoc Gia Phan. July 2018 Linda completed Level 1 (105 hours) training in IFS, Internal Family Systems a psychotherapy model open to body workers that brings concepts and methods from the structural, strategic, narrative, and Bowenian schools of family therapy to the world of subpersonalities. She is working to become a certified IFS Practitioner working with the effects of trauma on the body.

She is the founder/Owner of the Healing Touch Center, LLC, October 2005 to present. She was a Director/Owner and Instructor of Shiatsu and Acupressure at the Meridian Institute and Wellness Center where she Co-founded and taught WellSea Chi Kung Body Therapy. Linda also developed the Women’s Holistic Health & Fitness program and worked as a health and fitness trainer for 20 years. Linda’s most current development is the Acupressure/Shiatsu Facelift which uses the principles of Chinese Medicine to relieve chronic stress and tension from the neck, neck and upper shoulder muscles. This provides a more youthful appearance by promoting beauty from the inside – out and is an alternative to more invasive procedures.

Along with The Healing Touch Center Linda currently has her private practice and teaches continuing education for massage therapists and estheticians and teaches Tai Chi Kung classes. She has applied Asian body work to relieve the pain of terminally ill patients through the Wissahickon Hospice program of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She has addressed the pain and distress experienced by the elderly working at various Senior Centers in the Philadelphia area.

Linda is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place for people to receive the tools the need to heal the body, heart and mind.

Laura Arena

Massage Therapist

Laura has been a licensed massage therapist since 2015. She discovered her passion for massage therapy while seeking her life purpose after suffering a trauma that resulted in the full loss of her eyesight at the age of 19. Her goal with each client is to not only provide an exceptional massage to improve physical wellness but also to promote positive energy to help obtain serenity and peace of mind. She wants every session to end with her clients feeling physically, mentally and emotionally refreshed.

Laura specializes in deep tissue and therapeutic massage. She customizes each session to the individual and works closely with the client to determine the best method to dissolve their pain. After warming up the superficial muscles, she uses a combination of firm brought strokes, sustained pressure, muscle stripping and stretching to penetrate the deeper muscles in the body. Access to the deep muscles allows for a more accurate and pinpointed massage two a problem area. Deep tissue massages are most beneficial for athletes, those who suffer from chronic muscle pain due to illness or injury and those with an acute injury.

All of Laura‘s treatments have the option to add on a foot scrub with hot towels and/ or face and scalp massage with essential oil.

Kobi

Kobi is a passionate massage and yoga therapist whoʼs mission is to help facilitate in others the healing they would like to see in their life be it physical emotional or spiritual. He skillfully combines his knowledge of traditional yoga sciences and more modern western manual therapies to help each client achieve their goal and be the healthiest, most at peace version of themselves.

After being diagnosed with PTSD and in the wake family tragedy, Kobi, left his home in the Pacific Northwest on a pilgrimage of healing and self discovery. He studied traditional Hath yoga and yoga therapy in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga. Immersing himself completely in yogic life, releasing the trauma from his body and thus creating space for himself to heal his mind. The realization that all beings have the innate ability to heal themselves, physically emotionally and spiritually has had a profound impact on his massage practice and the facilitation of this self healing is the primary inspiration of Kobiʼs practice.

“I believe the body and mind are one system and that every thing in the b body is interconnected, my approach is a holistic one. Combining elements of massage, breath work, and connection with the subtle body I try to address each clients need individually and help them cultivate good health, deep relaxation, mental clarity, and an over all feeling of general well being. I want every one to leave a little lighter than they arrived.”

Linda Lutzvitch

Retired from 40 years of women’s health nursing Linda brings her skills to our front desk. She has a passion for education on health and wellness and is known for her fabulous baked goods which are enjoyed at the Center.

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Greeter in Training

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