Pati Starzynski received a BA in dance from Southern Illinois University in 1988 and danced and taught for 15 years. After many dance related injuries, she found benefit and gained an appreciation for massage and yoga – her body healed and her life transformed.
Pati became a massage therapist in 1994. She is a graduate of the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO and the Ashland Institute of Massage in Ashland, OR. She studied Thai Massage with D’vorah Schwarzman in Ashland, OR, at the Chicago School of Thai Massage in Chicago, IL and with Pichest Boonthamme in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pati is an Illinois licensed massage therapist, a registered Thai therapist through THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International), is a member of ABMP (Associated Massage & Bodywork Professionals) and is nationally certified and an approved provider for continuing education by NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork).
Pati has been teaching yoga since 1994. Her style developed from years of studying and practicing hatha, pranayama, meditation, qi gong, ayurveda, ayur-yoga, Thai Massage and dance. She is a certified yoga teacher through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA with additional training in Anusara Yoga from Vanessa Scott in Ashland, OR.
Carl Vigilante received his associates degree in nursing from Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, OR in 1996. While working as an RN, he saw the value of caring touch and became an Oregon licensed massage therapist in 1999. In 2009, after graduating from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, he became an Illinois licensed massage therapist. He has studied Thai Massage with Pati Starzynski since 2006. Carl is nationally certified through NCBTMB and is a member of ABMP.
Carl did not immediately embrace yoga when he took his first class in 1992. On the first day he injured himself, and for several years experienced back and hip injuries due to his competitive attitude. Because of this, he discontinued yoga until 2003 when he started taking yoga classes with Pati. Through her guidance, he began to understand that yoga is not a competitive sport, but rather a personal development and internal awareness practice. Carl gained so much benefit from yoga that he decided to become a certified yoga teacher through the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Palatine, IL.
Pati and Carl live, work and enjoy life in Saint Charles, Illinois.