Katrina Johnston Bodyworker, Hatha Yoga Teacher & Holistic Coach & Retreat Organiser/Host & Founder of Samacitta Retreats
Growing up in South East Asia, in Hong Kong and Singapore, & also living in Bali, Goa, Scotland & London and now in Italy, Katrina had a fascination with the art of touch since childhood, although she did not believe in her healing touch until she was in her mid 30s.
Katrina trained in AyurYogic bodywork in 2005 and later in 2007 in AyurBalance massage at Rasovai Ayurveda in Goa. Teaching originates from Pune master teacher Kusum Modak who combined ayurvedic massage techniques with Iyengar yogic stretching. In 2009 she did a Sivananda yoga teacher training for strength and self-development and to complement her work as a bodywork therapist. She also completed a further hatha yoga teacher training course in Tiruvannamalai, India in 2018, both as a refresher and as continuing professional development for class yoga teaching.
In 2011 she trained in Esalen® Bodywork which is a full body bodywork/massage from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. It is a combination of various techniques – it’s influences being the movement of the Pacific Ocean, sensory awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine and the meridians, meditation, Gestalt practice and the deeper work borrowed from Ida Rolf’s teachings and neural somatic integration and Trager’s passive movement - to awaken the body/mind.
Offering presence and skilful touch Katrina offers a meditation of the body, using long strokes, compressions, deep tissue work, rocking and myofascial release, creating a free-flow, intuitive session, unique each time to both giver and receiver, that re-aligns & liberates & restores back to balance and connection.