Founder of MetaTouch | Alternative Health Practitioner
Founder of MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center in Culver City, California, licensed massage therapist Holden Zalma, brings a new treatment philosophy to the practice of massage – addressing the source of physical and medical problems, not just the symptoms, to treat the core issues at hand behind physical pain or ailments.
Holden, now with more than 16 years of experience, began his career in massage therapy as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Southern California, where he worked with the football, basketball, volleyball, and swimming teams treating – and preventing – sports injuries. While holding this position, Holden completed his degree in psychology and piqued his interest in physical therapy, massage, and preventative medicine.
Throughout his continued course of study, Holden has pursued alternative and complementary therapies for both treatment and prevention. He is specially trained in the Myofascial Release Approach, a form of soft tissue therapy that helps relax contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying soft tissue. In addition, Holden has been trained in oriental medicine, including Tuina massage, a form of massage that utilizes mobilization and acupressure techniques, as well as more traditional therapies, such as assisted stretching and rehabilitation.
Combining his passion for holistic healing modalities and his vision for treating the whole, not just the parts, Holden established MetaTouch Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center in 1996. The center’s approach to wellness utilizes therapeutic massage as a unique form of healing perfectly suited to treat the core problem in addition to the symptoms. Treatments make it so people feel better not only on the massage table, but long afterwords.
Acupuncture and Energetic Medicine
With over 20 years of experience as a practitioner of Acupuncture and Energetic Medicine, Norma treats the whole person – the underlying emotional, social and lifestyle issues of her patients – not just their symptoms.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, her knowledge includes western sciences which help to inform her of how best to provide the treatment necessary for optimum results. Traveling extensively to work with healers of different cultures, she has implemented many of these ancient modalities as a way to connect back to nature and our deepest well-being.
Born and raised in Ohio, Seika began taking classes at Cincinnati School of Medical Massage in the fall of 2009. She worked for a spa as a sales associate to get an inside look of the field. Immediately taking interest in Anatomy, she paid special attention to body mechanics, developing a desire to specialize in pain relief. Throughout the term, Seika dreamed of beginning her career by the beach and soon after moved to California. The opportunity to work with Holden for Metatouch made a great impact on her career as she began studying under him, learning his techniques, and applying them to her own practice. Today, she continues to love living by the beach and following closely under her mentor.
Sharon believes that Massage Therapy is a key factor in helping to maintain and improve one’s general health and well-being. As a Massage Therapist she takes great pride in helping people help themselves. She is a California State Certified Massage Therapist, a Certified Member of ABMP, and received her massage training at the National Holistic Institute. She has studied a multitude of modalities and offers therapeutic massage blending techniques such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Therapy, and Acupressure. Sharon finds her one-on-one interactions with her clients extremely rewarding. She listens carefully to ensure each Session is individually-tailored to address the specific needs and concerns of her client.
Cody Christensen, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist (CNMT) specializes in acute and chronic muscular pain relief. Cody has studied soft-tissue techniques up and down the coast of California for the past 6 years to optimize his techniques in Neuromuscular/Trigger point Therapy and soft-tissue therapy. Cody gets right to the source of clients muscular pain, helping them remain pain-free. (Cody is only available for on-site and corporate massage)
Christina began working in the health and wellness field in 2000. She is an honors graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City (BFA, Graphic Design) and of the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (Massage Therapy Certification). Her interest in healing has traveled her from the ancient ceremonies of the Shoshone Indians to the Mayan traditions in the lush rainforests of Belize. Along the way she has been a student of both ancient healing and modern science that support the body and spirit into wholeness. (Christina is only available for on-site and corporate massage)
When working with Christina, you receive the benefits of her experience and certification in Swedish and deep tissue massage, sports therapy, lymphatic drainage, holistic lifestyle consultation, Harmonyum energy healing, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage™, as well as pregnancy and infant massage. With a specialty in Clinical Therapy, Christina is gifted at alleviating chronic pain and treating issues relating Fertility & Female Health as well as Digestive Disorders.
Therapist/Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
Lisa Gold is a Massage therapist that specializes in the treatment injuries by to helping to create balance within the body. Lisa uses her 15 years of experience as Yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner to bring a massage experience second to none. Her passion for her work, kindness and nurturing touch are felt by every person that crosses her table.
Life is unpredictable.
Life took a turn when a friend, a healer, introduced me to bodywork after I injured my shoulder while surfing. I took serious interest when I realized that it was a powerful way to restore the body and promote good health. I earned my license, volunteered for physical therapists and began working for chiropractors. I was really interested in working with orthopedic injuries. I was great at using modalities such as acupressure and deep tissue. Many clients found it to be very helpful, but I could not confidently say I could work on people in extreme pain or have been given a serious diagnosis. As a matter of fact, I was taught that I couldn’t touch anybody diagnosed with something ‘serious,’ for instance, a herniated disc. Out of the blue, I crossed paths with Dr. Brian Bronc and Advanced Muscle Reconditioning. I learned new truths about body pain and a new approach to working. I became a fan of the work instantly and increasingly as I see amazing results! This refined technique is so empowering and has given me great confidence to say that most musculoskeletal pain, even the toughest cases, can be eliminated with honest hard work that is AMR. I am passionate about healing and I believe this work is special.
When I was 17 I started to get into body building which got me more into nutrition and natural supplements. I trained diligently in body building for 18 years before I decided to focus more on wrestling and martial arts again. During this time I fell in love with Acupressure massage and decided I wanted to learn to do it myself. In 2003 I started going to school for massage. I started with Acupressure at CPC, then to CHAC where I studied deep tissue with John Burnson. Then sports massage at SBMC where I learned about Orthopedic massage. I did massage for years before I realized I wanted to learn more. I took some personal training courses at NCEP which led me to study exercise therapy and getting certified as a Nutritionist. From there I worked as a personal trainer, for a short time, before I realized I wanted to learn even more about the body and be able to really make a difference with someone in pain. Then I was lead to John Iams the inventor of PRRT (Primal Reflex Release Technique). Using PRRT, I have helped people, who were in pain for years, after only a few sessions. I am a Certified Advanced Level 2 – PRRT Practitioner, which at this time is the highest level. I love working with clients on a one on one basis, from nutritional suggestions and supplements to massage and posture strengthening exercises.
I got interested in massage when one of my yoga instructors started doing body work and used my body to practice on. I am a runner and a martial artist, and although yoga helped with my hip pain from a deviated L5, her body work made it go away. I was hooked. I was working in the IT industry and also had my EMT license but thought if the opportunity arose I would go back to school learn massage and make it my career. In 2007 I was laid off and I moved to MA where I am from. There I went back to school and graduated from SpaTech Institute in Ipswich, MA.
I have worked with Chiropractors and in 5 star Spas . I believe everyone should incorporate massage into their preventive maintenance/health routine. I use a variety of modalities from deep tissue, myofacial, and positional release. I look forward to continuing my education with Holden in this amazing field and being able to add more tools to my practice to better tailor my massage for my clients on their journey towards health and wellbeing!
I am currently State licensed in both MA and CA and I am also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist.
Therapist/Certified Personal Trainer/Certified Pilates Instructor
Stone started out as a personal trainer focusing on alignment, movement and structural integration. His knowledge of Pilates and other methods of exercise has shaped the bodywork that he does today. His massage begins from the ground up. By beginning at the feet and working his way up, Stone is able to create balance in the body while reducing pain and helping to create total alignment. In addition to his treatments, Stone gives detailed exercise recommendations to help his clients reach their total heath potential. For fun he plays basketball, guitar, tennis, golf and drums.