Whole Body Wellness is located in the middle of Santa Fe, making it only a short drive away. We offer top-quality sports and medical massage. We also offer in-house acupuncture and chiropractic therapy.
Whole Body Wellness is a privately-owned practice specializing in sports/medical massage and other manual therapy treatments. While Swedish or relaxation massage has its place, our offerings are outcome- and goal-driven. Our team of licensed massage therapists are trained to provide customized treatments for each individual. You will receive the highest level of care and treatment for your health and wellness concerns.
Our Whole Body Wellness Approach
We’re honored to be part of our clients’ health and wellness teams—and we take this trust and responsibility seriously. We’ve recently added expert practitioners including state-licensed Doctors of Oriental Medicine (DOMs, or acupuncturists), chiropractors (DCs), as well as the highly trained medical and sports massage therapists (LMTs) that our practice was founded upon. We also continually work to expand coverage of our services under various health insurance plans, as well as auto and personal injury cases, toward reducing financial costs to our clients and patients. We seek to work closely with you and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to provide highly effective adjunct rehab, and acute or chronic pain therapies that are non- to minimally-invasive and pharmaceutical-free.
While our practitioners draw upon a variety of holistic health modalities, we are all focused on using science and evidence-based protocols that are both safe and reproducible in their results. We believe in an approach that makes you, our client, central to your own health care decisions and successful treatment. Toward this end, we will work with you and your PCP in developing rehab/health restoration strategies that are safe, effective, and understandable to you.
How Can Blending Our Modalities Help Achieve Your Health Goals?
Many clients tell us they attempt to avoid pharmaceutical and surgical interventions related to their health concerns and challenges. While we know Western medicine offers remarkable treatments for many diseases and injuries, and we frequently refer clients to physicians and other health care professionals, we also understand the reticence these clients have toward invasive procedures and drug therapies. This is the reason we’ve teamed together to offer medical and sports massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic, individually and together.
By example, combining massage with chiropractic often allows for easier spinal and joint adjustments, as attached muscles are deeply relaxed by massage. The adjustments that follow also often last longer, as relaxation of taut or hypertonic musculature stops pulling ribs, discs, etc. out of alignment. Similarly, relaxation of the neck muscles often diminishes or temporarily ends headache pain, such as those accompanying migraines. Incorporating acupuncture or other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine can help reduce the inflammation that underlies chronic headache pain, as well as uncover and treat the systemic aspects of it. In this manner we address both the symptoms and underlying causes of your pain and discomfort.
We welcome your questions and inquiries concerning our offerings, and how they can be tailored to achieve your health objectives. We’ll gladly discuss the benefits of blended approaches to your health issues, toward the end of creating and maintaining your own whole body wellness.
Our Professional Team
Jennifer Fowler is the head of our practice, guiding us all on our journey to whole body wellness!
Jennifer received her massage therapy certification at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts (NMAHA), receiving over 1,000 hours of hands-on training and massage experience. Jennifer has a passion for educating her clients and empowering them to take control their own health and well-being. Her areas of expertise are: Sports Massage, Medical Massage, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and Myofascial release.
Jennifer has many years of experience working with clients recovering from accidents, injuries, and chronic pain. She has successfully assisted adult and young athletes in maximizing their performance and reducing injury risk through massage.
While her work is based on her clinical training, Jennifer works intuitively, always beginning at her client’s point of concern. Her compassion and empathy for her clients and her ability to educate them on ways to unwind their pain patterns has dramatically improved the lives of many grateful clients. Jennifer is now certified in the Kinesio Taping Method, excellent support for athletes and student athletes.
Nancy McManus is a dedicated body work professional with a compassionate and intuitive touch.
Originally from the Northeast, Nancy received her initial training at the Massage Institute of New England in Cambridge, MA graduating in 1994 with a focus on Swedish Massage. Her experience working in a wide range of medical massage environments led her to enhance her training with an Associates in Applied Science and become licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Nancy understands the difficulties her clients face in committing to long term recovery while trying to keep up with daily obligations. As a therapist she is a great choice for our clients struggling with recurring or long term issues. Her combination of healing touch and genuine concern for the welfare of her clients has made her an invaluable member of the community and our practice.
Robert Costa, a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, has been practicing full-time in NM for twelve years. He’s worked primarily in medical massage environments including wellness centers; a physician’s pain management practice; and at an occupational health clinic and nearby offices, treating a major technology manufacturer’s employees and their family members. He’s worked with clients who’ve suffered from occupational and sports injuries, migraines, sciatica, adhesive capsulitis (“frozen shoulder”) and other rotator cuff injuries, FMS/CFS, cerebral palsy, stroke, and a host of other serious medical conditions.
Robert uses techniques and protocols largely garnered from Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) and myofascial release. He believes that deep tissue work, very slowly applied, can spare clients from further pain and injuries. Robert also deals with his own chronic pain condition, and is accompanied at his medical massage sessions by his rescue service dog, Cash, who is named after Johnny.
Dustie Jo Mares, LMT, NMT #8840
Dustie Jo graduated in 2005 from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in Colorado Springs, Colorado with 1150 hours in Neuromuscular Therapy, Joint Movement, Trigger Point Release, Anatomy and Physiology, Deep Tissue, Swedish and Sports Massage. She takes interest in, sports injury and non-injury specializing in rotator cuff, sciatica, low back, knee, neck pain and chronic pain patterns. Dustie Jo has been treating athletes and injured clients since 2005. She holds a valid license in the following states Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. As she remains current, she traveled the three states treating clients in thier own homes. Dustie Jo has helped clients improve performances, day to day activities, avoid surgery and help correct improper ergonomics. In addition, she uses various modalities combining Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Strain/Counter Strain, Trigger Point Therapy, and many more.
Outside her work life Dustie Jo has wonderful family, her partner Elizabeth, son Glenn, and their dog Haven. She enjoys the outdoors and loves camping with her family. She is an avid golfer when she can. Dustie Jo is currently attending Highlands University majoring in Health with a concentration on Preprofessional Health. She became a member of the National Honor Society in 2019 and remains on the Dean’s List.
Jason R. Hackler, DOM, DAOM(c)
Dr. Hackler began his studies of Kototama Inochi Medicine in 1994, completing a 4,000-hour apprenticeship training program with Dr. Thomas Duckworth, and became licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) in 1999. He is a third-generation practitioner, teacher, and lineage holder of Kototama Inochi Medicine, founded by Sensei Masahilo Nakazono.
Dr. Hackler has maintained a busy family practice, including pediatric care, for nearly 20 years. He grew up in Santa Fe and completed his apprenticeship and early years of practice in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. He then relocated to the Midwest, where he spent years practicing and teaching the medicine with his mentor, Dr. Thomas Duckworth, in St. Louis, MO. In Missouri, he served as President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Acupuncture Association, and was also was appointed by the Governor to be a member of the Acupuncture Advisory Committee for the state. In addition, for 18 years, Dr. Hackler was the Project Director for the Institute of American Acupuncture and Life Medicine (IAALM), a 501(c)3, not for profit organization, offering health care to the underserved community of the St. Louis region. Dr. Hackler has also trained students through extensive apprenticeships who have become successfully licensed as Acupuncturists over the past 18 years.
Presently, Dr. Hackler is completing a specialty doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, in Austin, TX. The doctoral work has furthered Dr. Hackler’s knowledge of bio-medicine and assessments, as well as, advanced techniques and practices in Eastern Medicine. His specialties include working with all types of chronic pain, autoimmune conditions, depression and anxiety, and symptoms and conditions that have arisen due to physical, sexual, and emotional trauma. Dr. Hackler is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dr. Hackler is very happy to be back in his home city of Santa Fe with his wife, JennTara, and his son, Isaiah.
Linda Carr has specialized in Pain Relief and Injury Rehabilitation for 15 years. As a life long athlete, competitive cyclist and dancer she knows both sides of the experience of living with and recovering from injury and overuse. Her own injuries led her into the field of healing and restoring her body with Manual Therapies.
Linda is trained in an Osteopathic Manual Therapy called Wholistic Manual Medicine. Her teacher Dr. Keith Barbour is a practicing Osteopathic physician for 30 year’s. She is trained in Advanced Myofascial Therapy by the staff at the Rolf Institute.
In addition to her Manual Therapy practice Linda holds a level 3 Certification in Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping. This Therapy is extremely dependable for eliminating stress, anxiety and trauma. Over time Tapping creates powerful changes in the Central Nervous System as it down levels your “go to” response to stress. The regular use of Tapping will provide more and more peace in your system and in your life. One side effect of personal peace is personal strength. Clear calm thinking and feeling allows you to make clearer stronger choices for yourself.
Linda is an athlete and spends a lot time outdoors on her bike and in the forest. She loves animals, music, flowers, twinkle lights and quality food.
Michael Hughes, LMT
I am Michael Hughes and have been trained in Massage Therapy with special focus in Oriental Medicine including Tui Na, Thai Massage, Shiatsu and cupping/ Gua Sha. I am well versed in a multitude of Asian Massage modalities and incorporate a combination of acupressure techniques and stretches with western style massage (reflexology, craniosacral, circulatory and myofacial massage) to facilitate blood circulation and muscle release for optimum healing and relief.
My journey into massage therapy stemmed from an injury in my youth while competing in a Martial Arts tournament. I had a hairline tear in my supraspinatus tendon (a rotator cuff muscle) and was devastated when my physician informed me that I would never use my arm the same. Years went by without properly addressing my injury and subsequently the pain and aggravation in my shoulder worsened which at times made daily activities difficult. After some time I finally received acupuncture and massage treatments, which in turn got me to the point of being virtually pain-free. I was very impressed and inspired to learn more to help others heal. As a team member at Reflexion Spa, I plan to promote my alternative knowledge of Eastern Medicine and combine science with holistic massage to help educate the way of achieving wellness.
Currently, I enjoy learning and experiencing new things especially with my family, gardening herbs, and Tai Ji, as well as share my knowledge and experience of alternative healing, encouraging you to try it out.
Christopher Sedillo is from Las Cruces NM & studied at the Massage Therapy Training Institute. He has been a full time massage therapist for two years. He specializes in trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, & myofascial release. He focuses on problem areas, relaxing muscles & increasing mobility while educating his clients on helpful practices to reduce pain. Chris personalizes each clients treatment plan to their needs in order to provide maximum care & recovery.
Vasanta Irina Lidanova
Vasanta Irina Lidanova is a board certified Doctor of Oriental Medicine in NM. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Oriental medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Although she treats various health conditions, such as women’s health: hormonal health, PMS, menopause, weight loss and insomnia, Dr Lidanova specializes in Neuro-acupuncture, which is an amalgamation of neurology and neuroanatomy with acupuncture. She was the first to graduate from a three-level training with renowned Chinese Drs Hao from Neuroacupuncture Institute. Neuroacupuncture is an effective way in treating acute and chronic central nervous disorders, such as spinal cord injury, MS, Parkinson’s, TBI (traumatic brain injury), PTSD, pain management, dementia, to name a few. Vasanta also incorporates supportive modalities in her treatment, such as Food as Medicine (nutrition therapy and Ayurvedic medicine), cupping, Oriental bodywork, yoga, herbal therapy, and laser therapy.
Low level laser therapy (FDA-approved) is designed to effectively promote natural healing in muscles and tissues. Low-level lasers stimulate the body’s light-sensitive components to produce an effect similar to photosynthesis in plants — the cells’ mitochondria are stimulated, encouraging the cell to produce more ATP naturally. The red laser, operating at a wavelength of 635nm, has been proven effective in relieving chronic pain such as neck, shoulder, back, to name a few. Also, it reduces inflammation in post-work out in athletes and accelerates tissue regeneration in joint fractures or sprains. LLL therapy has been used effectively for any brain injury, such as TBI (esp. in football players and other sports), stroke, any spinal cord injury and Alzheimer’s. It can also be used preventatively. The violet laser, on the other hand, operates at a lower wavelength of 405nm and is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. It treats a variety of conditions, such as acne, Athlete’s foot, allergies, eczema, shingles and others. Together, the red and violet lasers provide unmatched treatment flexibility.
Words of Our Clients
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I’m new to town and needed a local sports massage place to deal with a recent injury and to go to for regular body work. Jennifer and her staff are very nice, easy to work with, and really take care of you. Best place in town if you ask me! I’m a very active person and need a goto place like this to keep my body working right. So happy i found them. Highly recommended!
I have gone to Whole Body Wellness about once a month for a coupla years. Jennifer is just the best deep tissue masseuse ever. She is very nice very knowledgeable and very strong. This is not fluffy massage. This is genuinely therapeutic massage which has helped my back, legs and feet immeasurably. I would recommend Whole Body Wellness to any human who has sore muscles that need relief.
Wonderful place. Alex is awesome and helped my neck and shoulder pain. Definitely worth trying.