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Our Story


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Our Story


 
 

We have created a relaxing and therapeutic approach to healing

 

 
 

Zenergy Massage and Wellness was an inspiration created by Amber DeFazio, while working in establishments that left her yearning for a more healing environment. Soon after completing her Associates Degree in Massage Therapy in New York, Amber moved to California to pursue her career. She explored Massage Therapy in a few different types of businesses while building her own personal clientele. The time came to turn her ideas into a passion and manifest a business of her own.

A place where healthy communication, fair wages, and a friendly vibe make our jobs not feel like work. A space became available in the Pioneer Center. She inquired around Tahoe to begin selecting the finest therapists available. A little shopping and a few coats of paint and It all fell together as we opened our doors December 26th, 2012. Our wonderful neighbors at Studio Tahoe Yoga gave us rave reviews and began the web of what is now our faithful clientele. Two years later Namaste Yoga offered us space in their building downtown as we jumped on the idea of being downtown.

For the last four years we have continued to grow and collaborate with the kindest, most talented, therapist in Tahoe. Many of our Wellness Program clients have commented on how incredible it is that of the eight therapists, they know they can book with anyone of can expect an incredible massage. It has been a grateful and humbling experience to create such a healthy working environment for our healers, which in turn allows them to give 100% to each client.

 
 
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In 2014, James Hainsworth began working at Zenergy Massage and Wellness and soon came to see the potential for growth. With his help as partner we have been able to continuously grow both in success and closer as a team. From our first client in 2012 to the clients that just left today, our gratitude for being able to provide such a beautiful environment and top notch service leaves us as blissed as our clients

 
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Meet our therapists


Meet our therapists


 
 

Meet our therapists

 

 
 
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Amber Defazio, CO–Owner & Founder, LMT

Amber has been interestedin healing and bodywork since childhood. Her passion grew while studying to get her Associates degree in Occupational Science at New York College of Health Professions. This 2600 hour program opened the door to vast array of modalities for her to include in her massage practice. The extensive knowledge of kinesiology, myology, and pathology taught in this program gives her an exceptional understanding of the human body and the tools to treat each patient in the most unique, productive and healing way. As part of the healing process Amber integrates European (Swedish), Amma (Oriental), Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Reiki, Prenatal, Reflexology, and Hot Stone therapies to treat everything from stress and sore muscles to chronic pain and energetic imbalances. When she is not taking the time to heal others her passions include family, nutrition, yoga, art, music, dance, and almost everything outdoors.

 
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James Hainsworth, cO–Owner, LMT, HHP

James has been interested in healing and massage for almost 20 years. After beginning a daily yoga practice in his early teens, he self-experimented with many nutrition, cleansing, and meditation techniques. He began doing massage on friends and family and found he had an intuitive sense as to where people held tension. He later became interested in energy work, and shortly after, received his Reiki I and II certifications. James attended Body Mind College in San Diego and received a 1000 hour Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate. During that time, he learned many modalities including Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release. He also gained experience in spiritual and nutritional counseling, as well as pursuing interests in shamanism and Tai Chi.

James tailors each massage session to the client’s needs. His focus is on creating a therapeutic and healing experience for his clients that relieves stress and improves the function and feeling of the body. He blends different styles and techniques to create a very nurturing, relaxing, and effective massage. His attention to detail, ability to go very slowly, and comprehensive knowledge of the body are excellent for post-injury and post-surgery applications.

 
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Emily Dettling, CMT

Emily been interested in the healing arts from childhood. At the age of 19, she attended a 280 hour program at Phillip’s School of Massage in Nevada City, Ca. The school focused on a holistic approach, considering the importance of whole body healing. In addition to Swedish, Reiki, Acupressure, and Deep Tissue, the school taught the importance of caring for one’s self by introducing yoga, daily meditation, nutrition, and self awareness. These all enabled Emily to provide a very nurturing and compassionate massage.

At age 21, looking to expand her knowledge she attended the Ralston School of Massage in Reno, Nv. The 720 hour program focused heavily on the human body and its function, delving deep into the complex science of anatomy. There she learned a broad range of styles including Trigger Point Therapy, Accupressure, Facilitated Stretching, Chinese Meditative, Chair, and a good deal of Sports Massage. Through the school she had the opportunity to work at different events in the area, including Wheelchair Tennis, the Donner Lake Triathlon and others. This gave Emily the unique opportunity to work with fully functioning athletes as well as those with paralysis.She has been practicing massage therapy for over 13 and considers the practice to be an important and necessary part of her life.

 

Bridgette O’Neill, CMT

Bridgette is an intuitive massage therapist that enjoys all varieties of body work. After graduating Denver School of Massage Therapy, she took her passion of healing to Truckee knowing she would be able to contribute to optimum health in a thriving community.

She has been instructed in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Prenatal,  Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Acupressure & Swedish Massage. You can expect a deep understanding of your body’sneeds while she tailors her way through your muscles, manipulation specific areas of tension you may be struggling with.  Whether you have a certain sports injury or just want to relax, Bridgette can accommodate to all depth of pressure to assure you that your getting exactly what you need in your session. Having the ability to position your body in a correct anatomical position, she believes stretching of the limbs is important to body work as it helps relieve stress in the joints allowing the body to properly adapt to its normal structure. 

Giving she has an incredibly holistic approach to her techniques you can be assured with time, you will be relieved of any stress you may have been holding on to. Bridgette is also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach giving you a wide range of knowledge you may need, to help further you in pursuing any lifestyle changes you may need assistance with.

 
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Kristi Ketting, CMT

Kristi began practicing massage in 2010 after completing over 1400 hours of education at the Swedish Institute in New York.

She specializes in deeper work with a Swedish influence, with the goal of releasing tension in body, mind, and spirit. Kristi has a passion for holistic wellness, and is always seeking to learn more. In 2015 she completed a 200hr yoga teacher training, and is currently in a M.A. program for Health and Wellness Coaching with the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Kristi has lived in Tahoe since 2012, and enjoys playing outdoors in her free time.

 
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Wendy Lautner, CMT

Wendy Lautner is a Certified Massage Therapist with more than 14 years of experience. After graduating from Phillips School of Massage with a concentration in Swedish and Shiatsu massage techniques in 2001, she completed additional trainings in Reiki (2011), Deep Tissue (2009), and Trigger Point therapy (2009). She is also a Certified Personal Trainer (2006) and Yoga Instructor (2015). Wendy’s broad knowledge of the body allows her to tailor every massage to meet her clients’ specific needs and goals.

As a new mother (2012 to baby Archer!), she has a special place in her heart for both prenatal and postpartum massage and believes strongly in its benefits for both mom and baby. Sore muscles aside, Wendy believes massage therapy is an integral component of any health & wellness program. Research continues to show that massage is one of the best treatments for stress and untreated stress is one of the biggest risk factors for many of today’s deadliest diseases.

Outside of work, Wendy loves enjoying the outdoors with her family. She’s an avid cross country skier, telemark skier, runner, mountain biker, and whitewater kayaker.

 
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Nikoletta Bersentes, CMT

Nikoletta Bersentes received her massage training from the Holistic Chi institute in San Luis Obispo, California. After acquiring training in Swedish, deep tissue, lomi lomi and Reiki energy healing she decided to dive deep into Somatic body release and the healing arts. She than began studying with Sukha Wellness in Avila Beach with modalities including Cranial Sacral therapy, myofacial release, lymphatic drainage and received her facilitator license to teach and practice access conciouness.

Nikoletta considers herself an art healer intuitively tapping in and listening to her clients needs as well as the body sending messages so she may help unravel, reset and center each individual to balance and homeostasis. Having taught yoga and movement in the body for over 15 years she furthered her studies traveling to Costa Rica and becoming a licensed Clarity breath worker.

Clarity breath assists in the release of emotional baggage, injury and pain stored in the body. Gathering and collecting these teachings and experiences has cultivated in her a unique blend of therapeutic treatments to offer all individuals seeking well being. She incorporates and infuses her practice into the clients needs to create a safe healing environment for the body, mind and spirit.

 
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Brooke WyrD, LMT, CST, RMT

Brooke Wyrd started learning about bodywork while living in Hawaii and soon realized she was meant to do this work. After finishing her required courses she was later introduced to the world of Chakras, Energy and the subtle body in a Reiki class in Santa Barbara. She fell in love with this subtle world and has since found her work involves the energetic body just as much as the mental and physical.

Brooke’s Integrative Intuitive bodywork tailors individually to each of her clients. She specializes in Swedish/Deep Swedish, Deep Tissue/Sports, Craniosacral, Temporomadibular Joint Disorder,   Prenatal, Compressive Deep Tissue (barefoot floor massage), Reiki/Energy/Chakra/Aura balancing/clearing, and Sound Therapy. The body is integrated and needs to be looked at as such when addressing ailments, disfunction, areas of pain, stress/relaxation, etc.

Brooke has studied at the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage, Santa Barbara Bodyworks, The Upledger Institute, the International Academy of Sound Healing and the Medicine Wheel in Ojai. Always looking for ways to further her education she continues daily self study, and attends classes and workshops often.

 

Monique Council

Monique began her massage therapy career in 2003 after graduating from The Heartwood Institute of northern California. She recently completed an intensive program at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon, which rounded out her extensive skill set. This allows her to offer both highly technical manual therapy and deeply relaxing circulatory massage.

Quality, effective treatment is deeply important to her. Monique is here to provide you with a custom massage that will assist you in achieving your health and wellness goals. Some examples of the therapeutic modalities she offers are: injury rehabilitation, improved athletic performance, motor vehicle collision recovery, soothing and nurturing relaxation massage, chronic pain relief, addressing muscular tension patterns, prenatal massage, craniosacral, and spa services. Whatever your personal needs, she is truly happy to be of service to you.

 
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Yolanda Mayes, CST & SER

Yolanda  is a Craniosacral (CST) &  Somato Emotional Release (SER)  Therapist. She offers a noninvasive,  intuitive, integrative approach to bodywork that addresses  the core issues of “disease” and “dysfunction” throughout the body. She works with the client to unravel these  physical , emotional and energetic holding patterns held  deep within the body, allowing  the body to ReBalance to a state of homeostasis.  By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CST is able to  alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions.

 

Heidi brooks, CMT

I begin my Massage career in 1994 in Austin Texas. There I primarily had clients in the tech, service and music industries. I spent 3 years in Hawaii where my love of sports and deep tissue bodywork grew. Since moving to the Sierra's in 1999, I have taken extensive courses in deep tissue and Neuromuscular bodywork. I strongly believe that a deep tissue massage doesn't have to hurt and can be very relaxing. I pride myself in keeping a quiet non-judgmental space for my clients to get the best results. I am also certified in prenatal and Hot Stone

 
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ANDREW DEMILLE, CMT

Andrew DeMille specializes in providing personalized, intuitively guided, therapeutic massage. His services draw from and combine a unique blend of modalities including; deep tissue, sports, Thai, Jin Shin Do acupressure, Swedish, trigger-point, energy work and more. Andrew is a lifelong student who has traveled to study Eastern therapeutic bodywork in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia. He is also a graduate from the Certified Massage Practitioner program at California Holistic Institute in San Luis Obispo, California, a Transcendental Meditation Practitioner, and Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. 

 
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BRYON HATCHER, CMT

I've been practicing and teaching massage and bodywork since 1997. My career path has woven healing bodywork through many avenues: Orthopedic/Clinical Medical Massage, 5 Star Luxury Resort Spas, Yoga Retreats, Private Therapist for Professional Athletes & Performers (NBA, NFL, PGA, NHL, Grammy winning Artists, Dancers, Winter Sports Enthusiasts, Yogi's) and much more. My sessions range from deeply transformative myofascial -postural therapy to healing relaxing and nurturing touch. I am trained as a Rolfer with a whole toolbox of modalities to choose from (Biodynamic Craniosacral, Neuromuscular, Sports, Deep Tissue, Trauma Release, Somatic Experience, ART, Swedish, Trigger Point, Pre/Post Surgery Rehab, Injury Rehab Specialist, Postural Alignment, Performance Enhancement). I call my work REST- Reflexive Expansional Somatic Therapy allowing the body and its tissues, joints, bones, and mind feel and move better
through life. I enjoy working with those who are motivated to heal and experience the body as a vehicle for consciousness. My hands are healing tools that melt through resistance with ease, bringing connection to the breath and the living vitality within body- heart & soul.

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What makes a great massage therapist?


What makes a great massage therapist?


Knowledge

The base of all talent comes from a broad understanding of human body.


Experience

Strength and sensitivity can only be acquired from years of practice.


Intuition

Being open to the possibility that the healing process sometimes exceeds knowledge and understanding.


A true passion and gratitude for having a career that allows us to help our community lead healthier,
happier lives.

Love

 
 
 

Voted

"best of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee" Massage Therapy and Best Massage Therapist

2012, 2013 & 2014

 
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Testimonials


Testimonials


 
 

Our 5-star yelp reviews

 

 

What are clients are saying about us

 
The staff at Zenergy truly know how to take care of their clients. Every single time I leave feeling renewed, refreshed and reenergized. Amber always hones in on parts of my body I didn’t even know were tight, leavening me feeling more comfortable in my own body. Thank you Amber for always taking the time to customize each massage based on my needs and issues. Already looking forward to my next visit.
— M E. Truckee, CA
Bridgette is amazing! As an athlete and a craftsman, I put a lot of demand and strain on my body. Through many years of body work and PT, all of which I’ve found satisfactory thus far, I’ve only just found a truly phenomenal massage therapist in Bridgette. She’s an athlete and powerful intuitive which qualifies her as an amazing body worker. Immediately, my first session, she found a clear communication channel with my body and has helped facilitate so much peace and healing for me this summer, it’s almost baffling. Zenergy’s space was also quite comfortable and welcoming, but after settling in to the table, I hardly noticed where I was anymore. Next level, to be sure.
— Logan S. Seattle, WA
James is awesome! I try to see him every time I come to Truckee. He is highly skilled and sensitive, and has been super in treating my chronic aches and pains. I can’t recommend highly enough!
— David F. San Francisco, CA
I had a very good experience here. It was my first time coming to this specific massage place and I really enjoyed it. I had an appointment with Emily and she was very sweet and polite. She made small talk at the beginning which was nice, but then the second half of the hour she just let me relax in silence. Very comfortable and really helped loosen my tight muscles. Highly recommend.
— Laura C. Carlsbad, CA
Tessa did a remarkable job of massaging and stretching my neck, back and legs. My sciatica was so bad I could barely move. Less than 24 hours later the improvement is awesome. Tessa has great knowledge of the body and utilizes that knowledge to truly heal the body. Thank you so much Tessa, you are a truly gifted massage professional.
— Bruce R. Encinitas, CA
I have been going to Amber for massages for years, and whether she’s helping with an injury or just providing overall relief, I always leave feeling improved, refreshed and relaxed. She has a huge knowledge base, and does a fantastic job to provide whatever it is your body needs. I would recommend Amber and the Zenergy Spa for anyone looking for body work.
— Jessica F. Truckee, CA
Patricia was my first therapist and Amber was my second. They were both absolutely amazing! They handled my pain complaints with the utmost knowledge and helped me finally feel some relief. I will absolutely be coming back to Zenergy.
— Jenn K. Tahoe City, CA
First time here, went very last minute while on vacation. I decided I wanted a massage at 8 at night, googled and found this place. It was an easy to use website that let me book a massage for 1045 the next morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect, as last minute as it was, but had a wonderful masseuse named Bridgette. I will return on my next trip!
— Lisa R. Denair, CA
I received an excellent massage from Emily today. I was able to book the appointment the same day with no trouble. Emily was courteous and professional and did an excellent job making me feel totally relaxed. I will definitely be returning next time I am back in Truckee.
— Amy T. Stanford, CA
 
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