Meet the Metta family
Dr. Muscara uses an holistic approach to treat physical and mental illness with acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary, lifestyle and mindfulness guidance, as well as other modalities including cupping, moxibustion and massage. Conditions treated include anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, acute and chronic pain, menstrual and gynecological issues, digestive issues, headaches, post-surgical recovery, respiratory issues, allergies, and autoimmune disorders. Dr. Muscara is a licensed and national board-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He has a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He also has a Master's Degree in Psychology from Hunter College, where he taught health psychology for a number of years.
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Barbara "Riley" Matthews
A graduate of Cortiva Institute Florida, Riley specializes in therapeutic massage and pain management for chronic conditions, trigger points, and soft tissue injuries. She performs 60 - 90 minute bodywork sessions at the Metta Center and can be found doing chair massage every Thursday night from 6 pm - 9 pm at Sumitra Espresso Lounge in Gulfport, Florida.
Riley also runs a small backyard nursery called Every Living Thing---offering many of the plants you would find in a sub-tropical food forest, and is available for gardening and Permaculture design consultations.
For quickest response, text 813-468-0598 and I will follow up with a call.
License # MA77806
Carolina Memória Soares de Matos
Carolina Memória has been certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and professional Belly/Samba dancer for over 20 years. Originally from Brazil, Carolina started to experiment with combining Belly Dance and Yoga (Belly Yoga) in a therapeutic way, 10 years ago. “Yoga prepares you to dance and be connected to the moment. Belly Dance empowers you to have more self-esteem, corporal conscience and acceptance of your unique person." Classes offered privately or in groups are: Hatha Yoga, Belly Dance, Belly Yoga, Latin Dance (Samba & Salsa) and Sensual Arts (sensual and chair dance) Graduated in Philosophy, post graduated in Clinical Philosophy; Carolina was initiated by the shamans in the Siberia region, learning various healing techniques and female empowerment. Putting all this knowledge together, Imanja Coaching was born. This unique coaching program will increase your feminine energy bringing you more health, joy, pleasure and physical knowledge! Imanja Coaching is a therapeutic and healing experience that includes clinical philosophy, self discovery journaling, body reading, xama healing, tapping, relaxing massage, yoga and sensual dance movements. The experience is personalized and the practices will be designed according to the needs of each person. Imanja Coaching is a program of 6 weekly sessions, each for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
MASSAGE | COACHING | TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING
Lynette K. Conat, MA is a transformational healer, life guide and educator working locally in St. Petersburg, FL and globally via Skype and Facebook Messenger. She has a mission to ease the suffering of others from trauma and other debilitating emotional state disorders that tragically limit the lives and potentials of so many. Her own journey of healing her body through these same modalities has led her to develop extraordinary abilities as an Intuitive and Empath. Her comprehensive knowledge of subtle mind to body energetic structure developed over 18 years allows her to identify and facilitate the release of trauma patterns as well as to locate, identify, and release out dated beliefs and ideas that block the ability of clients to realize life, relationship, and health goals. Clients have coined the phrase ‘psychic surgery’ to describe her work.
As an Integral Theory Scholar Lynette supports clients in building personal Integral Life Practices that support and encourage a fulfilled and meaningful life with their highest levels of health, relationship, spiritual, and learning potential as part of that engaging, exciting unfolding process.
Florida Licensed Massage Therapist (MA47593)
Rae graduated from Cortiva Institute of Massage in 2011 and is certified in Swedish, myofascial, prenatal and neuromuscular therapy.
She is also trained in hot stone, sports massage, Qigong reflexology, deep tissue, special populations and is a certified Reiki Master.
Having worked in chiropractic and acupuncture offices Rae has had experience with different medical and Oriental Medicine techniques.
As a massage therapist and passionate artist she hopes to express her healing talents and creative drive
into each "crafted" session to relieve her clients from acute and chronic pain.
When you schedule your session with Rae
you can expect her to assess and treat
your specific needs whether they are
physical or energetic.
"Your body has a voice and my hands listen" ~Rae
License #, MA65809
Paulina (Pau) is a Mexican Biomagnetic Therapist. She became very passionate about this therapy 10 years ago when her family needed care for health issues. After a few months of using this therapy, Pau noticed a huge health transformation in her life and her families lives. After 2 years in the USA she decided to study and became a therapist due to the lack of Biomagnetic Therapist in the area and her desire to keep treating herself and her family with this technique. Now Pau is passionate about letting others know about Biomagnetism so that they may receive the benefits of this healing modality.
Discovered in 1988, by Dr. Isaac Goiz Duran in Mexico City, the biomagnetic treatment is the placement of two natural magnets of at least 1000 gauss of intensity (optimal is 5000 gauss), for a short period of time, on a specific area of the body to bring the pH to a normal level without adding or subtracting energy to the human organism. It neutralizes the development and growth of pathogenic microorganisms that produce diseases. Biomagnetism treats the etiology, the cause of the problem, not the symptom. This therapy can even treat viral infections by eliminating viruses which traditional medicine can't do.
passion visionary | transformational coach | spiritual coach | energy healer | metaphysical reader
Keirstin Proud helps empower aspiring Mystics to become Spiritual Rockstars so that they can live a fully abundant life expressing their true Magick.
Keirstin has been on a quest for truth and love from a very young age. Her talents and gifts took her on many paths in life. However, one thing never changed, her passion to be her truest self. With many years of deep exploration, different healing modalities & spiritual practices, and the eagerness to transform, she is here to share her knowledge with you.
After spending several of her adult years in theatre and then the business world, she became passionate about discovering her life’s purpose and embarked on a zealous journey of healing and discovery. In addition to her personal meditation practice, she started her voyage of intense training in 2007 where she received an attunement of Usui Reiki from a deep meditation. In 2012 she started studying different modalities and techniques with the Modern Mystery School. She is constantly learning and discovering new knowledge and tools for empowerment.
Keirstin is a Mother, Transformational Coach, Hypnotherapy Practitioner, Passionate Visionary, Life Activation Practitioner, Soul Realignment Practitioner, Jikiden Reiki Practitioner, Spirit Psychic Medium, Empathic Healer, Children/Adult Meditation Facilitator, Ceremonial Minister and Officiant, 2nd Step Initiate in the lineage of King Solomon and a graduate of Universal Kabbalah. She also holds a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of South Florida.
Yoga and Meditation Instructor
Sarah believes in empowering people to actively live with intention on a daily basis by sharing simple hacks for everyday life. Hailing from New Orleans, Sarah has been speaking since she was 17 years old. She's a wrap-around speaker, with dozens of finely-crafted talks for a variety of audiences. Sarah speaks about self-improvement, the importance of breathing, flipping the script of negative self-talk, the application of positive thinking, and other simple ways to reduce stress. Her mission in life is to make the world a better place to live, one person at a time. She empowers people to access the power within themselves by teaching pocket-sized techniques to process stress, improve daily happiness, and bring the best versions of themselves. She is a part time single mom, a full time professional, a longtime Highriser toastmaster, daily meditator, and yoga teacher. She encourages others to focus on solutions rather than problems, and believing that there are no mistakes, only lessons. We all want to live deeply and be able to transform our suffering. Sarah asserts that while we cannot control what happens to us, we can control how we experience it.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Yoga Teacher/Reiki Master
Rebekkah Grossman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Master Teacher. She has training in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. Her passion is combining her knowledge of Eastern and Western healing modalities to create a unique therapeutic experience. Her focus is to provide a safe space for healing to occur. Her specialty is working with adults who have experienced trauma and/or experience anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Services offered include Individual Therapy, Reiki, and Psychotherapeutic Reiki (an integrated healing experience including both talk therapy and energy work).
Contact Rebekkah at email@example.com or 727-266-5914
While working as a personal trainer Matthew found himself training a client who was a Licensed Massage Therapist. He had injured his back training and reached out to his client to see if massage would help relieve the acute pain he was experiencing. After that one session the pain in his back was alleviated, which made him want to learn more about the history of massage. He now wants to show others the preventative and restorative properties that massage can have, as a standalone practice or addition to any regimen.
License # MA59960
Maja was led to the world of massage through a passion for holistic health and a strong belief in the mind/body connection. She has also experienced first hand the healing and pain relieving benefits of massage therapy. Come experience these same benefits for yourself in a nurturing environment! She offers Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, Neuromuscular/trigger point therapy, Myofascial Release, prenatal, sports massage, cupping, chair massage... and now offering Thai massage!
727 492 4714
Gabriela Edith Miliano
“A balanced life is a healthy life" Meditation & Energy Awareness Training - Shiva Dharma Center 200HR Certified Hatha Yoga Alignment - Based Teacher Certified Trauma - Informed Yoga Teacher - Street Yoga Certificate of Meditation - University of Central Florida CE - St. Petersburg Yoga - Authentic Yoga Gabriela has over 10 years experience teaching mindfulness based principles. There are key practices that have helped her overcome daily physical pain, anxiety and sleep deprivation. She has coached veterans, families, children and business owners throughout Tampa Bay. She believes there is no one size fits all solution so her approach is unique and tailored to your personal needs. You can find her on Facebook and also read her Google reviews by looking up Meditation Coaching & Yoga.
TEXT IS BEST: 727 430 2375
Natalia Lopez studied massage therapy in Sunstate Clearwater campus. She later trained and specialized with Pilar Hook in Ashiatsu Bar therapy. She would train in techniques such as cupping, Gua sha, trigger point, Thai, Ashi-Thai and more. She is also a skilled reiki practisioner. Natalia combines these unique therapies to bring balance and restore each of her clients with their various concerns. Natalia has confidently pursued herbalism and is now a skilled Cannabis Consultant educating her patients in the various methods for treating anxiety, overall inflamation and more with the help of plants.
After years of devoted yoga study and practice Yves began her inquiry into the mind body relationship. As her studies and practices evolved they lead her to finding Traditional Chinese Medicine, a theory which is at the core of her therapeutic offerings and personal practices. As a licensed massage therapist in the sates of New York and Florida, She is committed to effective and positive treatment outcomes for all clients and students. Yves's goal is to offer services and information appropriate for you at the time of your treatment or lesson. The belief that your needs for yoga and/ or bodywork are as varied as the life you lead is what informs the services she offers. Yves warmly invites you to discuss any concerns or conditions you may want addressed so that you may work towards effective balanced solutions together.
Melissa Smith Alday
Massage/Jin Shin Jyutsu/Self Help Instructor
Melissa Alday is a licensed massage therapist practicing and serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area for over 30 years. Her private practice has focused on Whole Health and Empowerment, helping her clients remember "we are more than our limitations." As a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and Self-Help Instructor, Melissa utilizes the principles of ancient healing in each session. ~Specialties~ Diabetes Management Immunity
Meet the owner
Lauren Purdin is a massage therapist (#MA60945), world traveler, and cat mom. She's had a 10 year dream of owning a wellness center with the desire to give people the space and support to work for themselves and in 2020 that dream became a reality. She wants to empower those who spend their lives helping others.
If you are interested in scheduling a time to see if The Metta Center, please email her at MettaStP@gmail.com
If you would like to schedule a massage with her or learn more about her practice, you can do so at www.purdinmassage.com
Meet the Founders
Joran Slane Oppelt is an international speaker, author, interfaith minister and award-winning producer and singer/songwriter. He is the owner and founder of the Metta Center of St. Petersburg and Integral Church – an interfaith and interspiritual organization in Tampa Bay. Joran is the author of Sentences, The Mountain and the Snow and co-author of Transform Your Life: Expert Advice, Practical Tools, and Personal Stories and Integral Church: An Interfaith Handbook of Ceremonies and Rituals. He serves as President of Interfaith Tampa Bay and has spoken around the world about spirituality and the innovation of religion.
Joran is also a certified Life Coach specializing in purpose and creativity coaching. .
Jennifer Oppelt is the co-founder of The Metta Center of St. Petersburg. She is a licensed massage therapist in the state of FL (MA37357) specializing in Ayurvedic bodywork, relaxation, neuromuscular, energy work, and more. Jennifer is also a certified health coach and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching program. She is happily married and a mother to two children. Jennifer loves spending time with family, cooking real food, fitness and is an advocate of sustainable living.