Natural Wellness Practitioners

Rancho La Puerta offers therapeutic one-on-one sessions throughout the week. From craniosacral therapy and chiropractic services to Feldenkrais®, acupuncture, Ayurveda, and WATSU®, our therapists are highly skilled masters—the finest in their fields.

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Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive medical system that emerged in China over the past 2,000 years through empirical study and observation of the body’s “life force” energy (“Qi,” or chi). When this energy flows through the body without obstruction, it carries nourishment (blood, oxygen, food) to the cells and helps eliminate cellular toxins. This proper flow of Qi manifests itself via a more healthy and balanced state of wellness. Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body that are along a network of specific pathways (meridians). Guests should consider eating lightly before therapy and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

ReginaRegina Aguilera, M.S., L.AC., is a licensed acupuncturist from Julian, California, where she owns and operates Native Touch Acupuncture and Healing Arts. She practices acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling and therapeutic massage.

50-minute session $145.


Ayurveda has been practiced for over 5000 years and is the oldest healing system in the world.  Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’ and it teaches us how to live a long, healthy and happy life as well as providing the tools to treat disease.  It is based on a profound understanding of nature and the elements that nature encompasses; space, air, fire, water and earth.  By understanding nature’s elements within us, we come to understand our own true nature. Through a comprehensive consultation you will be given the knowledge and the tools to empower you to live a balanced life, full of health and happiness.

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Carla Levy C.A.S., Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, is a graduate of The California College of Ayurveda and a professional member of The National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She began working at Rancho La Puerta in 1992 as a Yoga specialty presenter. In 2005 Carla introduced Ayurveda to the Ranch. She is deeply committed to assisting clients in achieving optimal health and balance in their lives. She has a private practice in Carlsbad, CA.

Learn more about Carla and Ayurveda in her interview on our blog.


SteveSteve Paredes: As a holistic chiropractor, Dr. Paredes uses an eclectic approach to health maintenance. With an intention of discovering the root cause of a problem, he evaluates each person’s strength, flexibility, posture, biomechanics and gait. Paredes treats the condition with soft-tissue massage, chiropractic adjustments and yoga exercises. He educates and provides solutions for one’s personal self-treatment program.

50-minute session $145.


Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a light-touch healing method evolved from the cranial osteopathy. The therapist “listens” with his or her hands to the subtle rhythmic pulsations generated by the nervous system. Places of held trauma or pathology will generate perturbation in the fluids. These can be detected and treated while the client rests comfortably. (Lecture offered; see schedule for days and times.)

Magnify Your Health – What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Craniosacral Therapy encompasses the basic principles of Life and Healing. In a biodynamic approach to craniosacral work we focus on intrinsic health and its restorative qualities.  Biodynamic Craniosacral therapists take the whole person approach to healing while “listening” with their hands. The wisdom in every cell is acknowledged as well as body, mind and spirit.  This is done using gentle hand positions, helping the body to reconnect with its innate ability to heal itself and magnify your health.

50-minute sessions $95
90-minute sessions $150

Reiki is a subtle and effective form of energy work using life force energy.  Reiki’s roots come from Japan.  The Japanese word (Rei) means “Universal Life” and (Ki) means “Energy”. A Reiki session can help ease stress, tension and pain, it supports the body creating an environment for healing on all levels..  A session can either be hands-on with a light touch or hands slightly off the body.  The Reiki practitioner will move through specific hand positions beginning at the clients’ head or feet.  Sessions are very relaxing creating rejuvenation for the mind, body & spirit.

50-minute sessions $120
90-minute sessions $175

Reconnective Healing is a powerful form of healing that reconnects us to the fullness of our beings, which returns us to a state of optimal balance. The practitioner facilitates frequencies that consist of energy, light and information with a hands off the body technique. Interacting and entraining the energy and light around the clients body and aura.  Deep rest and sleep is common in a session as imbalances vibrate out of the body.

50-minute sessions $120
90-minute sessions $175

Somatic Experiencing helps return a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to the individual by resetting the Central Nervous System. SE therapy guides the client to become aware of sensations in the body which helps to renegotiate and resolve the effects of past traumas.  By using orientation techniques, pacing and careful observation of the clients system, instinctual actions that were unable to complete at the time of the trauma gradually discharge in present time.  As the nervous system reorganizes common syndromal patterns diminish or disappear (tension, pain, migraines, irritable bowel, fibromyalgia etc.)

50-minute sessions $120
90-minute sessions $175

Lifeline Technique is both an ancient and advanced complete system of transformation and wholeness.  It awakens you to the root cause of the painful, stressful experiences that manifest as symptoms.  By using practices including Chinese 5 element theory, Sound and color therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Applied Kinesiology. The practitioner guides you to help to bridge the gaps between the conscious and subconscious mind.  Symptoms, stress and disease are the language of your body and life. Lifeline Technique uses them to awaken you to your authentic power.

90-minute sessions $175

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Jonelle Rutkauskas is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist with 14 years of experience in Craniosacral Therapy. She is a member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America. She is a Holistic Health Practitioner and has been in the Holistic & Healing Arts for 22 years. Jonelle has a private practice in La Jolla, California in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Medicine, Somatic Trauma Healing, Spiritual Counseling, Yoga Therapy, Lifeline Technique, Meditation & many forms of Massage, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai, Lomi Lomi and Deep Tissue. Jonelle has been a teacher of Yoga for 30 years and a teacher of Surya Meditation for the last 10 years. Jonelle’s light touch carries you into a “settled stillness” that helps to reset your Central Nervous System into a healthier more embodied state. This allows a magnification of Energy Forces, that soothe, feed and free your Bones, Tissues, Cells &, Organs.This dissolves blocks and negative patterns that cause pain, injury and disease. Craniosacral Therapy builds the potency of your healing intelligence throughout your body, which brings you to a higher level of function in all systems of the body. By calming and resetting your Central Nervous System all, systems of the body reorganize, gathering the potency of health that is already inside of you.

MichaelMichael Brightwood began working in the healing arts in 1977 as a massage practitioner, combining Shiatsu, Swedish, and deep-tissue massage techniques in his practice. In 1995, having completed his studies in psychology, Brightwood began counseling professionally in England. He then trained at the Karuna Institute in Devon, England, under Franklyn Sills— a leader in the field of craniosacral therapy. In 1998, Michael established a private practice in San Diego, California, while developing craniosacral therapy at Rancho La Puerta. Returning to England in 2003 to further his studies in craniosacral biodynamics, Michael received the advanced diploma in craniosacral biodynamics from the Karuna Institute. He is now involved in clinical research in craniosacral therapy and energy medicine and is a member of the Craniosacral Therapists Association of North America and the International Massage Association.  

You can learn more about Michael and Craniosacral Therapy in an interview he did on our blog.


DonnaThe Feldenkrais® Method is a learning-based system that uses the relationships of movement with thinking, feeling and sensing. Through subtle motion we explore our own sensations, developing our ability for internal feedback and natural self-correction. This leads to the reorganization of how we move, breathe, act and experience ourselves in the world. The Feldenkrais Method has the power to change deeply held patterns and habits that constrain our potential. It has profound positive effects on our abilities and reduces stress, tension and fatigue.

Donna Wood

50-minute session $95


Water Shiastsu – 96-degree warm pool
 WATSU® is the leading therapeutic aquatic healing technique. This passive work is done while the body is supported and gently moved through warm water in graceful and fluid movements. WATSU® promotes a deep state of relaxation and often dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system.

holistic staff2_Dave Towe and team: As founder of the Wave Academy, Dave’s vision is global education and implementation of the most significant physical therapy available today. His mission to be of service to people making a difference in our world is being accomplished through widespread multi-media introduction, practitioner training, and one-by-one individual experience of the freedom and flexibility aquatic therapy brings.

50-minute session $160



Each week has a number of special events (see below). These take place in addition to the full slate of classes and activities led by our resident staff.
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