Elise - Massage Therapist
EmOcean (Elise McCutcheon) was born and raised in San Diego California. She has been practicing Hatha Yoga since she was 16 years old. Born to a family of artists, she had always understood the healing aspect of creative expression. She was inspired to paint by her grandmother who was an amazing oil painter and seamstress. She loved to paint, dance and sing and found yoga as a way to fully express her emotions. She began working with her yoga instructor Jerome Gross (Effulgence Yoga Therapy) to bring children’s yoga into the public alternative schools. They started an organization called California School Fitness in 2001 were they brought children’s yoga to severely emotionally disturbed youth and to after school programs around the city. In 2005 she traveled to the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, to attend the University of the Virgin Islands and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She brought her knowledge of children’s yoga to the youth at Kidscope, a counseling center for abused young women. After her first yoga class with the girls, a mute child spoke her first words in 9 years. EmOcean knew she was on the right path. EmOcean continued to teach art, swimming, snorkeling and yoga to the girls for the next 2 1/2 years. She also filmed her yoga video at Sapphire beach in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
In Winter of 2009 she followed the wind to East Africa to teach Art and Yoga Therapy to HIV Positive children and families in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. She participated in numerous art shows and events while in Kenya and was ever humbled by her life there.
From 2010 to 2012 she was cruising the Caribbean sea, teaching art and yoga to children and crew members on the largest cruise ship in the world, “The Allure of the Seas". In 2011. She trained as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and facilitated the Children’s Yoga Summer Camp at Synergy Yoga in South Beach Miami. She was inspired to have found her healing powers of touch. It was her new-found purpose to help heal others from physical and emotional pain.
EmOcean decided to dedicate her life to healing others and has become a certified Ayurveda Yoga Therapist from the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas and a Watsu Aquatic Bodywork Therapist (Mermaid Massage) offering her clients a unique healing experience in the water. She has also evolved “EmOcean Arts” into “EmOcean Healing Arts” and offers healing sessions on the beach and in the water. She offers a variety of specialty yoga classes like, Aqua Yoga in the ocean, Ying Yang Yoga for partners, Yoga under the Stars at Sapphire beach’s black point and individual sessions of Ayurveda Yoga Therapy. She offers Thai yoga massage on the beach and Watsu Mermaid Massage to hotel guests, the yachting community and local Virgin Islands clientele. EmOcean found success over the years and in May 2016 moved her practice to an ocean-front, two bedroom condo with a seaside spa and indoor treatment room, art and yoga studio. Her dream had come true to have a home studio where clients could come be healed by the ocean. In September 2016 hurricane Irma and Maria blew a strong category 5 and her home did not survive but she and her unborn son did. They were able to evacuate the island and come back to Miami where she returned to school at Educating Hands school of massage to obtain her Florida Massage License all while giving birth to her son half way through the program. Ten months later she is ready to return to her healing practice. EmOcean puts pure love and empathy in her art as well as her therapeutic healing services, utilizing all of the elements of life and love to assist you to find your true balance.
Contact her today to experience Art from the Heart.