Therapist Biographies

Meet Our Therapists

Alex Nov 2017


Alex has studied and applied various healing modalities for over 14 years. She received her foundational 600-hour training as a massage therapist at the Body Works Institute in Virginia, USA. Since then her professional development has linked hands-on practice with continued studies in Healing Arts at the Upledger Institute and an Esthetician’s degree from the Boreal Esthetics Institute in Costa Rica. Alex uses her intuition to create a personalized therapy that may also integrate her experience with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), controlled breathing and cellular regeneration.

Karina Nov 2017


Karina was trained first in Traditional Chinese Healing Arts by CU San Judas Tadeo and then as an E.F.T (emotional freedom techniques) and T.A.T (tapas acupressure technique) Practitioner by ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology). Several renowned international spa trainers then instructed her to become an Esthetician and Body Worker. Additionally, she is certified by the NCBTMB to give Russian clinical massage and as a Cranio-Somatic practitioner.

Kattya Paris Nov 2017


Kattya received a ten-year training in Holistic massage, Chi Kung, Tai Chi and yoga in the Southern Pacific mountains of Costa Rica, studying with masters Gailon West and Patricia Mitchell. In 1999 she received BodyTalk instruction from Dr. John Veltheim, and has focused her attention on working in this health treatment modality ever since.

Mar y Sol Nov 2017


Mar y Sol’s passion for Eastern philosophies started at the age of 15 when she lived in Japan as an exchange student and joined the Zen tradition of Japanese Archery or Kyudo. Years later in Costa Rica she trained as a Holistic Balance Instructor at the Gaia Holistic Institute, where she studied Reiki, Shiatsu, Swedish massage, Yoga, Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies and others healing techniques that she still uses in her treatments. Her love of yoga took her on a journey to find the styles that resonated most with her inner spirit – in Canada at the School of Conscious Living she learned Gaia Yoga, and later in India she studied the Himalayan Masters Tradition under the guidance of Swami Jnaneshvara. These experiences completely changed her focus and point of view on Yoga and Life.

The treatments that she offers here are not only her favorite but also her way of practicing loving kindness through her hands.

Rodrigo Nov 2017


Rodrigo is a Costa Rican therapist and has been part of Pura Vida since its conception. He has been practicing Natural Healing Arts for almost 30 years. During this time, he has been certified in such disciplines as Iridology, Natural Nutrition, Homeopathy, and Hydrotherapy, among others. Rodrigo’s favorite area, however, has always been Body Work, so much so that he has devoted the last 20 years of his life to exploring and improving his aptitude in this field. An intuitive and skilled therapist, Rodrigo is also a yoga instructor and is always ready to help you in your transformation process.

Thais Nov 2017


Thaís’ practice of contemporary Dance and hatha yoga awoke her curiosity about the human body within the framework of Eastern Philosophy, inspiring her to become a practitioner of healing arts based on ancient wisdom like Ayurveda. Having received teachings from Ahimsa school of Yoga-therapies in Venezuela, Dr. Prerak Shah (Ayulink India), Kerala Ayurvedic Healthcare center (India), Dr. Vasant Lad, Thai Massage in TMC school of Thailand, Sunshine Network, Vedic Conservatory, Naga Center, and studied reflexology and Watsu, she has practiced since 2007 in Venezuela and Costa Rica at yoga retreats/centers & in private practice. As a therapist she whole-heartedly shares an integrated approach with the intention of reconnecting with our pure consciousness of totality.

Meet Our Therapists



Lucia is a Licensed Psychologist with a Bachelor’s in Special Education, Yoga Instructor and Watsu Therapist. Lucia has been certified with national and international teachers where she has practiced Hatha Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Gaia Yoga and Yoga Kids. She appreciates yoga as a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual practice, using her own mat as a space for deep personal growth. Her daughter Avril has been her biggest inspiration both on the mat and off. One of Lucia’s main passions in life is performing Watsu and Aquadynamics, where she connects to the spirit of the water while flowing with her heart, intuition and compassion. She has being certified with WABA (Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association) and enjoys sharing this beautiful healing water art with others.


Akua is a Vibrational Therapist, World Aquatic Body Work Provider and Sound Healer.  Passionate about natural healing and ancestral wisdom, she dedicates her life coaching others promoting wellness, good health, mindfulness and living consciously.  Akua first learned the wisdom of Sound Healing in 1998 traveling and participating in meditations around the world in Tibet, China, India, Nepal, Bali and Thailand just to name a few.  She has studied different vibrational therapies in Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica and the United States.   She works with several ancestral instruments and loves working with dolphin and whale sounds and other frequencies in her Sound Healing Sessions.  Akua invites you to take a journey of the soul traveling through the Universal Language of Sound and Vibration.  Experience personal life transformation improving your wellbeing.


Holistic Balance Instructor & Licensed Physical Therapist. Sergio has been involved in bodywork, meditation and healing since 1998. Graduated from the Gaia Institute and Santa Paula College in San Jose, Sergio has explored different eastern medicinal arts, such as acupressure, Applied Kinesiology (touch for health), Shiatsu, Reiki, Breema, Sound Therapy, Kum Nye, Lymphatic drainage, Swedish massage, yoga and meditation. Extensive study and practice have precipitated transformational processes that have enabled him to feel a greater connection with and understanding of the world around us. Combining his certifications and personal experiences, today Sergio focuses on his passion for the aquatic methodologies, Watsu & Aquadynamics.

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