About us

Om Shanti Healing Arts

Massage & Yoga Studio

(Located on the 1st floor, to the left of the stairs in the foyer)

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We offer a variety of healing arts to relax, renew and rejuvenate, the body, mind and the spirit. Weekly Yoga classes & Wellness Classes with Essential Oils, Many modalities of Massage Therapy, Reiki, and body treatments such as Moroccan red clay wraps, body scrubs and the Om Shanti Signature Sacred Mandala Foot Bath.

Our classes are small and integrative for more personalized instruction, so space is limited.  We ask that you sign in before hand for all workshops, yoga classes and massage sessions.
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‘Ananda’

Kathryn Sutliff

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Certified Yoga Trance Dance Instructor, Certified Level 2 Positional Therapist, Certified Thai-Yoga Massage Therapist, Certified Level 1 Reiki Practitioner & Certified Hot Stone Therapist.

Owner of Om Shanti Healing arts
I have always been a healer by nature. I am very passionate at what I do, and I love my work. I have been studying healing modalities since my yoga teacher training and Thai-yoga level I at the Kripalu Center in 2007. From there I decided to travel toThailand and deepen my training and learn from the masters. Upon my return I decided I wanted to know more ways to heal through touch, so I started studying Swedish and Therapeutic Massage techniques, trying to build my “Healing Tool Box”. I have training in Massage Therapy, Positional Therapy, Kripalu Yoga, Scrubs and Body Wraps, Hot Stone Therapy, Energy work, Meditation, Yoga Trance Dance, Reiki, Thai Massage, Shamanism, Myology and more.

Understanding that each person is different, I tailor each session to meet the needs and wants of the people I’m working with creating the ultimate healing experience.

My Story

Before my journey down this healing path, my inner world was chaos. Life took a toll on me and I pushed it all down in avoidance. I always felt overwhelmed and anxious. My neck hurt or my shoulder etc. something was always in pain. Uncomfortable in each moment, I soon became self-destructive and apathetic – I began to hate life. Everything about it made my emotions run wild, fogging my brain so I couldn’t think clearly. I saw therapists and doctors and specialists and they gave me this, said I had this problem and so on… until one day I wanted no more of life. But then in the depths of my darkest depression…

I found yoga.

Yoga in the sense of ‘unity’. Connecting, uniting body, mind, and soul.  Whether I was taking a yoga class, walking, standing, putting on my shoes, eating, dancing, communicating, drinking, petting my animals, taking a shower, getting a massage, folding laundry, cleaning… doing it all with awareness, intention, patience and grace. Doing it with all my heart….not worrying about what happened yesterday or 20 minutes ago or thinking about what I’m going to do for tomorrow or the next day- I was in it for the moment. Each moment. The here and now. Just by doing this, always coming back to the moment, again and again releasing my fears, putting my past behind me, accepting what is, and not believing what isn’t. Finding stillness …. lessened my anxiety level by 90%.

When you are stressed your mind is stressed, your body is stressed-Causing unhealthy decisions more desirable, chronic pain and eventualy dissease.  Stress is dis-ease… it kills vital life energy and it spreads through the mind, the body and spirit.

I offer you these services and treatments because I believe EVERY BODY should Live Free…. Free from affliction, tension, pain and STRESS.

These are the things that helped heal me, let me help YOU heal yourself!

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Nicholas Petrucco

Certified Sound Healer
Minister with the United Life Church

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Nicholas’ discovery and journey into the healing properties of sound started in 2010 while searching for a method to treat his issues with chronic depression. After long struggling with depression, related emotional storms and self destructive behaviors he tried western medicine and therapies and was told he would need to take medication the rest of his life. Not willing to resign himself to this, he sought out alternative treatments in alignment with his spiritual beliefs. It was when he first encountered a Himalayan singing bowl that his life changed. “ When I found and played my first bowl it felt like electricity flowing through me and it vibrated where I felt the pain of my depression. The more I played, the better I felt until the pain was gone.” After this experience Nicholas sought and learned how tones connect with bodily and energetic systems. This has guided him along his path to train in techniques passed down from native healers and earn a certificate in vibrational healing and study with his friends and mentors Philippe & Lea Garnier, Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux and Wise Rune Woman Ingrid Kincaid. Nicholas strives to continually learn and walk the path of healing and ceremony.

Nicholas utilizes a variety of tools for sound healing and ceremony that include metal and crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, rattles, drumming, shells horns, whistles, chanting, toning and aromatherapy.

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Cheryl Williams

Yoga & Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master

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Yoga & Pilates:

Cheryl received her Pilates Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in 2015 and her Power Vinyasa yoga certification in 2016. Cheryl recently relocated to the Albany area after having been a Fashion Industry professional living and working in New York City for 12 years and most recently working in the wellness community in her hometown of Elmira, NY. She has always been active in competitive athletic activities from gymnastics, softball and swimming as a child and throughout high-school to traditional training at gyms throughout her college years and twenties. She was introduced to Pilates & Yoga 6 years ago and was immediately captivated by the way they strengthened the muscles in her entire body, which other forms of exercises hadn’t. She continues to be inspired by the way both modalities realign, motivate, and improve all body types and that they work for beginners to experts! Cheryl loves teaching Yoga & Pilates, the mind- body connections they create and building relationships with her students.

Reiki:

Cheryl has become increasingly interested in alternative approaches to healing and wellness due to her own health issues. After searching out natural ways to overcome autoimmune disease when Western medicine didn’t help, she discovered Yoga, Pilates, Accupuncture/Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Reiki. The combination of whole body wellness and nutrition have steered her onto a path of making this a way of life both privately and professionally. Cheryl is a Reiki Master who truly enjoys being a part of her clients’ healing journey and how this ancient practice can heal the mind, body and spirit. 

She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge with her students and clients!


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Lauren Jacobs

Certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher 

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Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Vidya, a Yoga Alliance registered school in the capital region. Lauren is also a clinical social worker, providing therapy to children and families. Her work as a psychotherapist brings a unique perspective to her yoga instruction to build yoga practice as a tool for self care and mental health.


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Allison Sheehan

Certified Kundalini/ Hatha Yoga Teacher

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Allison Sheehan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and received her 200 hour teacher training certification in January of 2017, in East Greenbush, New York.  Allison is certified to teach both Kundalini and Hatha yoga, and began teaching weekly classes upon her certification. Allison began her yoga path in 2005, as the need and search for a path of self-care and stress management emerged personally. The everyday stress of working as a social worker in the community forced a practical and accessible solution. Once this journey began, Allison was hooked to the practice and never looked back. Allison has extensively practiced Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga, but her passion remains with Kundalini yoga and the power that this yoga has to transform. Allison has a special gift for connecting with people and making them feel at ease. With a gift of compassion, patience, and the desire to connect, Allison brings these gifts to her teaching style and to her students. “I only hope to make each student feel that yoga is not something for the elite, that it is a practice that we all can embrace and incorporate in our lives. Yoga is a practice that belongs to us all, and it is just a matter of finding what really resonates with each person. I wish for people to feel happier, live life, and to stop being so hard on themselves.” Allison’s goals related to teaching are to help people find relief, overcome self-limiting thoughts, transform, and live extraordinary lives.

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Sarah Glover

Local Artist

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Hi my name is Sarah Glover. I am Local Artist in the Capital Region. I have a passion about art and love to share it with you. I have  shared paintings of landscapes, still life and whimsical portraits. I paint on canvas, stemware and home decoration. Practicing Art is something I’ve done since childhood and a couple years ago I was offered to teach . It has been something I became to love and have fun with. Anyone can paint!  I encourage everyone to join the fun. Happy Painting! I can’t wait to meet Everyone!

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 Dawn DuBios

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

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Hi. My name is Dawn DuBois. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in MASSAGE 4 Women, a Certified Compassionate Touch Therapist, and a Young Living Essential Oils Educator and Entrepreneur.

I have always been on a path of health and wellness. Since I was a very young Mother, I looked beyond what the average person would look at. I have learned so much over the years with self-education and taking classes and courses that have enabled me to pass on the information to others to help them! Helping people is my passion.

Whether you have a health issue you’re eager to overcome, a desire to create a healthier, safer home for your family, or an interest in joining our Young Living team, I am always available to chat with you and find some solutions.

In a world where so much of what we ingest is chemically produced – from medicines, to food, to household cleansers – and where there are so many environmental risks to our health and well-being, finding  and using high-quality, effective, and natural products is simply life-changing.

I love Young Living Essential Oils and Wellness Oil-Infused products and I wouldn’t be as healthy as I am today if I didn’t use them over the past 15 years along with other great self-care rituals. I use all Young Living in my massage practice, at the disability homes where I massage, and in my personal and family life. “No one forgets their first experience with Young Living essential oils.”

With my massage experience and certifications, essential oil experience, and all other research and study with Alternative Health and Wellness, I would love to help you in anyway that I can. That is what I am all about!