Deja began her massage career in 2008 after attending Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, WA. Her career began with a solid foundation in injury prevention and rehabilitation and evolved as she gained experience through diverse job experiences. Deja has had the honor to work along side performers of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Theatrical performers at Seattle's Paramount Theater, clinical settings, luxury resorts, and boutique spas. Her passion has been to help her clients gain the necessary tools and receive effective treatments to give long term results for chronic pain, injury and overall wellness. Deja brings her years of experience with Injury Treatment, Deep Tissue, Myofascial release and Trigger Point Therapy and the ability to physically and intuitively listen to create a session unique to her clients specific needs. Her work is deep, slow and subtle to allow the body to release naturally and provide long lasting results.
In April of 2013 Deja opened the doors of Vashon bodywork to create a space for the community and those who visit to relax, unwind and find ease and less pain within their bodies. Vashon Bodywork provides result driven treatments in a deeply relaxing spa atmosphere.
Deja stepped away from her massage practice in 2019 to oversee the operation of Vashon Bodywork and her families second business Vashon Bikes. She balances her time between being a full time business owner, raising two young children and enjoys spending her time in nature hiking and mountain biking with her family.
Deja Starr, LMT
Christina was born and raised in California. Before moving to Vashon, she lived in Seattle for a number of years. Her professional experience ranges from customer service to phlebotomy, and most recently as a preschool teacher here on Vashon Island. She is most proud of her job as a Mama to her 3 beautiful daughters. Living here on this island she has gained a deep interest in body wellness and holistic remedies. Her creative outlet is art, in many forms. She enjoys live music, spending time with her family, and connecting with our community. Christina is excited to be a part of the team of Vashon Bodywork and loves building relationships with the wonderful clients who come our way!
In Practice since 1990
Deborah began her formal training in the healing arts in 1990. Living in a major ski resort, her bodywork practice was mainly focused on sport massage, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. She worked in Sports medicine and Chiropractic clinics, as well as Resort Spa's doing specific bodywork and therapeutic treatments. Thereafter Deborah moved on to private practice and delved into the study of subtle energy & the intuitive arts. She also received 3rd degree Reiki initiation. She later studied Cranio Sacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and various Myofascial release techniques. Deborah has been training and working intensively in the art of Sound Vibrational Healing since 2002.
Deborah facilitates others in integrating whole body wellness, offering over two decades of bodywork experience with a keen understanding and openness to subtle energies, which enriches her work and allows her to be intuitively led.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Deborah Cox, LMT
In Practice since 2012
Joshua received his education for Massage Therapy at Cortiva Institute Seattle in 2011. As a sports enthusiast and athlete, he appreciates massage therapy as an alternative and complimentary way to treat people with injury and help with recovery and rehabilitation. Joshua incorporates Trigger-point therapy, positional release techniques, Sports massage and Swedish relaxation massage to provide a gentle approach to achieve lasting results. One of his goals for every session is to apply treatment work with the highest level of comfort. Through his years of practice he has worked with a wide client base, seeking all kinds of different treatment goals. He is comfortable doing post-surgery rehab work, pre-natal massage, headache and migraine relief as well as general maintenance massage. Barring any contraindications, he is comfortable working with any client to achieve their bodywork goals. Joshua’s intensive education, his experience working in high volume clinics in Seattle and his intuitive freestyle approach to bodywork allows his work to be effective and individualized to your specific needs each and every time you are in his care.
Joshua has lived on Vashon Island since 1993, and is excited to bring his talents and care to his community. On his free time he enjoys fishing at our local beaches, enjoying trail adventures and keeping up on current sports.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Josh Cox, LMT
In Practice since 2016
Lori graduated from Cortiva Seattle in 2016. Her bodywork focuses on relieving pain, increasing movement and flexibility. Her intuitive and creative personality allows for a massage unique to the specific needs of each individual. Creating a gentle and effective treatment plan to slowly undo the pain and discomfort that life situations have caused in her clients body. Lori is skilled in Myofascial, Neuromuscular, Trigger point and Prenatal Massage. She provides tools to support overall wellness as part of a healthy lifestyle and helps create deep relaxation to assist in relieving chronic pain. Her continued education has provided her additional skills in Ashiatsu, Thai Stretching and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome pain relief.
Lori is a long time Islander, mother and former Preschool Teacher for over 19 years. Her interests include fitness and holistic health, nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Linda "Lori" Kimmel, LMT
In Practice since 2017
Nicole is a Licensed Esthetician dedicated to providing therapeutic, customized skin-care services. She is committed to creating a healing space, holds a passion for holistic wellness, and for helping other people to discover and cultivate their own unique beauty.
A graduate of the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in April 2017, Nicole believes very strongly in the power of nature as medicine. She holds herself to high standards and integrity as a professional. Building a trusting, personable relationship with each client is of utmost importance. Her holistic philosophy encourages self-care. Maintaining a healthy diet, stress reduction, and detoxifying exercise in combination with a consistent skin care routine is key to cultivating beautiful, glowing skin! Our skin absorbs everything we put on it - the quality of the products we use are essential to skin, and whole body health. This is why Nicole values gentle, scientifically proven, plant and food based skin care products. In addition to skin therapy, she enjoys the creative and rewarding aspects of hair removal, beautification, and the overall versatility of an esthetics career.
In Practice since 2014
Jennifer is a Licensed Master Esthetician and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her goal for combining two careers is to offer fully holistic care for spa guests. Her passion is for sharing the techniques of natural beauty and graceful aging while providing the life-enhancing benefits of massage. Since entering the spa industry, Jennifer has worked exclusively with natural and organic product lines whose commitment to environmental concerns and non-toxic skincare reflects her own personal philosophy. Her specialties include full-body sugaring, particularly Brazilians, achieving the perfect, natural color with brow tinting, and combining facial and massage treatments for a full-body relaxation session you’ll never forget. In her spare time, you’ll find Jennifer creating healthy meals from scratch or curling up with a book!