Southside Massage Retreat
About the Owner, Therapists, & Esthetician

About the Owner:

Sara Cozort CMT/LMT

Certified Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist and owner of Southside Massage Retreat.

Studied at Center of Vital Living in Ft. Wayne Indiana. I received my certification in 2002 and an Associates degree in 2003. I have over 1,500 credit hours and 14 years experience as a massage therapist.  I just recently certified in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy in March of 2013.

My practice philosophy is that relaxation is integral to wellness. I practice Massage because I think it is important to live a healthy lifestyle through natural healing.

A little bit about me: I'm a cancer survivor of stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, as of 2010. I volunteer for the Relay for Life doing chair massages for the United Cancer Foundation. I live a very active lifestyle.  On my free time I like to run for exercise, spend time with family and friends.

 

Bio of the Therapists and Esthetician:

Bonnie Mark, CMT/LMT

Graduated from the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts in March 2005 as a Certified Massage Therapist. She operated a private practice for 10 years including one year at a senior assisted living facility.  In 2013 she became a fully Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Indiana.  She has been with Southside Massage Retreat since 2014. 

 

Bonnie is proficient in many massage modalities and specializes in Swedish Massage, Integrative Massage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal Massage and Geriatric Massage.  In addition to therapeutic massage, Bonnie promotes a holistic approach to healing the body, through stress reduction, good nutrition, and relaxation techniques.  She has studied with the American College of Healthcare Sciences and received a Certificate in Holistic Nutrition and a diploma in Homeobotanical Therapies, and is currently working on certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner. 

 

Bonnie is passionate about her work, but also takes time to relax by spending time with family and friends, reading, stargazing and ballroom dancing.

 

Ann Gorski, CMT

I studied Massage at Cortiva Institute in Tucson, AZ graduating in 2015. I moved back to Indiana in December, 2015 and got certified here in February 2016. 

 I believe massage is an integral part of wellness, and take a holistic approach to well being.

I use a variety of techniques in massage such as Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology,and myofascial. I enjoy prenatal, and feel it is essential for a happy pregnancy. I am also certified in hot stones.

I am a mom to four teenagers, and spend my free time with them, my husband, or my nose in a book! I am also a thyroid cancer survivor.

 

Laura Paczkowski, LE

My interest in skincare stems from having troubled skin myself, so I know how it feels to want to hide your face! I realized after constantly searching for answers for my skin that I had a fascination and love for the skin. I want to help others to feel more confident.

I attended Vogue Beauty College in 2015 and received my license in early 2016. I then went on to do an internship with a Licensed Medical Esthetician to get deeper into skin care. I continue to study and take classes. I am always craving to learn something new in my profession!

On my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and pets and I love rehabbing furniture.

 

Tony Mims, CMT

Tony holds an Associate degree in Massage Therapy from the National Holistic Institute in Encino, CA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mentoring from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.  He also has an Associate degree in Music Education and Musical Theater. Tony specializes in reflexology, Zen shiatsu, acupressure and trigger point therapy and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. He prefers to work on a thick but very comfortable shiatsu mat but is versatile on various modalities. 

Tony has his daughter (Aurora Mikalyn) in his spare time, he loves her adventurous spirit and exploring the world every chance they get. Tony loves discovering new music, is a musician himself, he also enjoys cooking, riding/fixing up bmx bikes and doing anything outside! He currently resides in Mishawaka where he's fixing up his house one DIY project at a time.