Celeste opened Valley Be Well after working as a sought-after massage therapist in the renowned Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara Spa. Previously, she split her time as a resident Teacher Trainer, Gyrotonic Instructor, & Bodywork Therapist at Simpatico Pilates & Gyrotonic, in Montecito, CA, and on the island of Maui, where she was a repeat guest instructor for over three years. In 2019, she expanded her services globally with her signature Embodied Wellness Programs and remote somatic mentoring, originally developed for creative entrepreneurs.
Celeste’s professional experience has included working with elite and VIP clientele at numerous 5-star luxury destinations and spas within Southern California and the Bay Area, including the famed San Ysidro Ranch.
She is passionate about applying holistic methods to foster authentic alignment and enhanced creativity. She has maintained a thriving private practice since 2001.
Education & Backstory:
An original Santa Barbara Native who spent many formative years studiously dancing and growing up between rural Montana and urban Los Angeles, Celeste returned to her hometown in 2001, to attend massage school at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute.
In 2005, she moved to the Bay Area, becoming a Certified Somatic Movement Educator through the Moving On Center- School for Participatory Arts & Somatic Research, followed by continuous Movement Therapy studies and intensive training in New York City, at the Center for Kinesthetic Studies, and Earthdance on the broader East Coast.
In 2010, she commenced her international Gyrotonic Training Certification, which quickly led her to study with the method's founder in Germany and Bali, as well as continued study in the Hawaiian Islands, and numerous metropolitan cities across the mainland US. Along with Level 2 Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, and extensive Breathwork experience, Celeste is a Level 1 Gyrotonic Pre-Trainer, (teacher-trainer) and certified Gyrokinesis instructor. She is also certified on the Gyrotonic Pulley Tower, Leg Extension Unit, Archway, and Jump-Stretch Board Specialized Equipment.
Between 2015-2018 Celeste was a repeat, guest Gyrotonic instructor in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. In 2018 she began an ongoing Yoga Narada apprenticeship under Hilary Cartwright, co-founder of the Gyrotonic system, which took her between NYC, Santa Fe, and back to Hawaii. She also completed an Anusara Yoga immersion course in Northern New Jersey.
In 2019, Celeste created and hosted a virtual masterclass series and summit called Embody Your Authenticity, which featured 22 global experts in the fields of movement and creative arts. (Before ZOOM was a household name!)
Additionally, she has undergone state-certified training in Crisis Intervention through STESA (Standing Together To End Sexual Assault) and is currently completing a Certificate in Somatic Psychology, from Antioch University. As well as Trauma-Informed Continuing Education through NICABM (National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.)
In 2020, at the beginning of the first pandemic shutdown, Celeste relocated to Los Alamos, CA, where she happily resides today with her two adorable cats and three feisty chickens.
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