A B O U T
my name is linnea villegas gilbar.
i grew up a child of the redwoods in the small town of arcata, california, surrounded by a raw natural beauty and easy going pace that still lures my soul . . .
westmont college is what brought me to santa barbara (2003) and i consider myself blessed beyond belief to still call this place home, to be doing what i love amidst a community and lifestyle that bring me so much happiness.
funny enough, it was at westmont (where i studied hispanic studies) that my interest in attending massage school really took root. despite having never taken an actual class in the trade, i ran an underground side biz out of my dorm room giving massages (think blankets and pillows on the floor, candles galore, and tracy chapman on the stereo) and charged something like $15 for a half hour treatment. it was four years later, the summer after my senior year, that i started my official training at the santa barbara body therapy institute (sbbti) and thus commenced my massage journey . . .
my practice here in santa barbara didn't start immediately out of school. south america came first. but it was during that time abroad, during those months living in buenos aires, that i purchased a massage table, threw my skills up on craigslist, said my prayers and got to work. the ease in which i was able to dive so easily into this newfound passion of mine was liberating and empowering. those first real world experiences i had while out in the world administering this incredibly powerful tool were (thankfully) all positive and truly life changing- setting the tone for a healthy and positive energy in which to grow my practice back home.
once back in santa barbara, i continued with my studies while working as a caregiver, all the while laying the foundation for my private practice. i graduated from sbbti at the end of 2010 with 550 hours, obtained my massage certification from the california massage therapy council (camtc), and moved into my downtown studio in the spring of 2011. i am a life long learner and will never tire of being in the classroom: my most recent classes being a deep bodywork workshop at the esalen institute in big sur, california (2013), and a prenatal massage course at sbbti (2014).
as you may have already guessed, i am over the moon for travel- adventuress runs in my blood. polished or gritty, i'll take it. i swoon over beautiful interiors and aesthetics. farmers markets, beach days, and dinner parties make me very happy. yoga, pilates, and hiking are my favorite forms of movement. i strive for a balanced life, brimming with wellness, creativity, fun, fulfilling work, and wholesome relationships.
i am wildly blessed to be doing what i love and i am hopeful to share this passion of mine with you x x x