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kelly smilesKelly Zimmerman, CMT, E-RYT, Certified Watsu® Practitioner,  Reiki I

Kelly Zimmerman is the founder of Hydra Yoga Spa and became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping others to live with less pain and have more energy. Hydra Therapy offers a wide range of massage services, and vigorous but safe yoga practices that incorporate all levels, as well as classes geared toward relaxation and mental tension.

Suffering with debilitating chronic fatigue and low back pain, yoga saved Kelly’s life and helped her discover her passion for massage therapy. At one point in her life, she was so weak and drained of energy she found doing simple household chores nearly impossible. Through the process of her recovery, Kelly knew she wanted to share the healing practices she’d learned with others. Originally picking up Thai Massage out of a book and then getting her full education at Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville Virginia, she finally decided to go all the way as a fully accredited Watsu Practitioner with every powerful Minakshi in the Flordia Keys. She studied with the Yaxs in Richmond Virginia based Hot House Yoga, Power Yoga, Meditation Qi Gong with Rolf Gates in Mexico finally Ashtanga Vinyasa, Pranayama, and Sutras with David Garrigues in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

What this means for her clients is from her love and appreciation for Yoga, she began to study Traditional Thai Massage with its deep compressions, Acupressure points and dynamic stretching. She became attracted to this method because of its power to loosen the body from head to foot in less than an hour. Through Thai Reflexology, the Thai tradition also taught her the connection of the body’s aches and pains to the energy of the internal organs inside. Although she was incredibly impressed with the power of Thai Massage, Kelly still found it limiting in terms of being able to get into the muscle tissue and relieve knots. So Kelly decided to enroll in the Virginia School of Massage to learn Deep Tissue Massage (studying Trigger Point, Myofascial and Structural Integration). After becoming certified in massage therapy, Kelly intentionally combined both Thai and Deep Tissue to most benefit her clients without requiring them to schedule separate appointments. Thus, Hydra Yoga Spa was born.