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About Us

Abby Skidmore

Director, Serenity Spa
Founder, North Star Healing Institute & North Star Scholarship Fund Corp.
Certified Massage Therapist
Yoga Instructor
Marconics Certified Recalibration Practitioner


 

A Bennington, Vermont native, Abby received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2011, where she also studied Business and Spanish. 

After taking some time to travel, Abby came home to start massage school at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, Vermont in 2012. There she was attuned to Reiki and her whole world opened up. She became a Certified Massage Therapist by the end of 2014. She completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Heart of the Village Yoga in Manchester, Vermont and was certified to teach in 2017. Abby went on to study Shamanism in Pownal, Vermont and in an apprenticeship at The Roost.

Abby has worked at daycares with children, in nursing homes with the elderly, and in respite care for people with special needs and trauma. She uses this experience and knowledge to create a safe, comfortable space for her clients. She may be called a “healer” but believes she simply helps open the window of opportunity for her clients to do their own personal healing. 

In early 2019, Abby became a Reiki Master Teacher, and completed extensive coursework in Florida in 2020, in preparation for launching her reimagined healing practice and school, North Star Healing Institute.  Abby continues to offer massage, body wraps, and energy work at Serenity Spa's two locations as well as teaching and hosting other healing arts providers and teachers.

Since November 2021, Abby started training with a new energy modality called Marconics. She is excited to offer this ascension energy for those feeling called.

Book a session with Abby at both Serenity Spa locations in Manchester and Wilmington Vermont.

Monika L

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Massage Therapist

Monika began her studies in 1985 as a Pre-Med major with a minor in Social and Behavioral Science. In 1991 her EMT licensing propelled her to study eastern teachings of mind, body and spirit and received a certification in remedial massage therapy from Melbourne, Australia. Later, her journey led her to Maui, Hawaii where she to become a State Licensed massage therapist from the Maui School of Therapeutic Massage and Body Works. She found her purpose in integrated manual therapy and orthopedic massage. The belief that massage isn’t just a treat, it’s an opportunity to restore wellness, to disconnect, allowing clients to move closer to actually being creatures of learning how to free their body of habitual tension. Further certifications and studies under James Waslaski, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Lomi Ili, NMT, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Massage for PTSD, assisted stretching, sports massage, polarity techniques, Thai massage, KT taping, cupping 

Jennifer Bryan

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Massage Therapist

Jennifer is a native Vermonter and has been a certified massage therapist since 1995. She received her training from Touchstone Healing Arts in South Burlington, Vermont in Swedish and Easlan Massage deep tissue massage and chair massage. Jennifer also incorporates energy work into her practice after receiving her first degree of Reiki from the Diowanahowa Sanctuary and School in Shusan, New York.

 

“Massage is a powerful mind and body healing art, relieving the body of stress mentally and physically. Stress is the main cause of illness and massage is the perfect preventive modality.”

Rebecca Nenno

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Massage Therapist

Rebecca attended a 600HR course at The National Massage Therapy Institute of Philadelphia in 2008-09, graduating with a national certification and PA License. Since then, Rebecca has gained experience working for spas, chiropractors, and in wellness centers. She has been trained in Thai Bodywork by the Vedic Conservatory. With her extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, her work has been best described as 'corrective', but her spa experience adds an element of comfort and luxury to each treatment.

Learn more about Rebecca here: 

https://sites.google.com/site/mindnbodywellness/welcome

Massage Students

North Star Healing Institute's Massage Therapists 

As student massage becomes available, we will post appointment times online!

Reform Body Coaching

Felicia Leighton-Ibbotson obtained a B.A. in Dance, a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and A STOTT Pilates certification. She also became certified as a Pelvic Floor Specialist through the Center for Women's Fitness.

 

After running an intimate Pilates studio for over 4 years, her desire to serve a wider population, combined with her conviction that the uniqueness of each individual body must be at the foundation of any efforts to improve its function, led her to create ReForm Body Coaching.

Sign up for her classes on our Events page!

Pilates

Tracey Diehl teaches 1M=X Pilates floorwork program ranging from beginner to advanced levels by a series of modifications working toward advanced positions. She will teach you the fundamentals of spinal elongation, forced exhale, pelvic, rib cage, spinal stabilization and choreography using the Pilates ring, individual weights, flex bands and balls. Routines combine elements of strength training with Pilates style exercises to challenge the student in a safe and progressive manner. 

Sign up for her classes on our Events page!

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