OWNER, MASSAGE THERAPIST & YOGA INSTRUCTOr
"There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy."
- Hippocrates, the Father of medicine
Khara Pechtes established Therapeutic Synergy in 2009, initially booking private in-home massage appointments for women clientele. While doing this, she received requests to book chair massage for both large corporations and small business events. Khara also took her 200-hour yoga teacher training at YogaWorks in 2013. She is a Licensed & Insured Massage Therapist, 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor.
A firm believer that body, mind, and spirit are at the core of health and wellness, she is dedicated to sharing the gift of nurturing touch. Khara is passionate about empowering women to incorporate holistic healing into their lives. She applies the same beliefs and structure of health and wellness to her own life, emitting positive energy into each session with every client.
Khara’s background and experience have enabled her to create a unique style of massage and yoga that is uniquely her own that cater to her client’s individual or group needs.
My MASSAGE Journey
Massage therapy has always been part of my life.
Growing up, I can fondly remember my mother giving me a massage after a bath. It was the most soothing, comforting, and safe feeling I had ever experienced. I always looked forward to that time with her, the unconditional love and care she gave, while I received this magical energetic transfer. This has forever bonded our connection. Years later when my mother injured her back, I naturally wanted to help, massaging her on a daily basis. It didn’t take long for me to discover that like my mother, I also had the gift of nurturing touch. I realized this was a path I wanted to professionally pursue, delighted to know I could provide women with the power of bodywork, assisting in the process of healing overall health and wellness.
After receiving my BA in Communications from UCLA I jumped into advertising and quickly learned everything from timelines, budgets, campaigns, fundraising, project management, crowdfunding, resource allocation, and all of the in between. I worked for large corporate companies and smaller startups that focused on digital projects at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mitsubishi, and Honda to name a few. However, despite a rewarding and fast-paced career, I couldn’t ignore the inner voice urging me to make a change and seek what was calling me.
In 2009, I took a leap of faith and pursued my lifelong love of massage by founding Therapeutic Synergy. I went on to complete certifications in infant massage and pregnancy massage. Combining my passion of wellness and healthy living, I base my practice on holistic healing for women and their infants by incorporating a variety of modalities including Swedish, Shiatsu, Myofascial therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Infant Massage, and Prenatal Yoga. In addition to running Therapeutic Synergy, I volunteer at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital providing comfort care to patients in the NICU, PICU, Hematology and Oncology departments.
FOR THE LOVE OF YOGA
Being an integral part of an authentic yoga community is a life long love affair, the more you do yoga, the more you love it, the more meaningful friendships created, the more you can't imagine your life without yoga or them. Thousands of classes taken and several teacher trainings completed, I feel closer in understanding the spiritual aspect of yoga as a practice - on and off the mat, as well as through meditation and the connection to the physical body. It is a beautiful journey learning how all these pieces are seamlessly blended together. After years spent reading, practicing, studying, writing sequences, and learning about the benefits of essential oils, I'm honored to be able to share the gift of teaching yoga. However, I am always student, with continual & regular devotion to yoga, the practice enriches my life and essentially those around me.
When I’m not setting my crystals out to bathe and cleanse under a full moon, I love to travel. Immersing myself in other cultures, experiencing sacred traditions & rituals, absorbing meaningful spoken word, and savoring delicious food while learning the inner workings of other worlds near and far. Every experience along my path has shaped my adventure, bringing a new sense of awareness, respect, and cherished memories. These moments have undoubtedly given me perspective, grateful for the simple things in life, letting go of all things that do not vibe with my energy, while focusing on being present. It’s a lot of work! I truly believe there are no coincidences, like attracts like, each encounter or lesson learned is the natural path of life, whether connecting spiritually or revealing the deeper part of us, the raw, the imperfect the lovely, and everything in between. I love to read, watching documentaries, cooking, listening to podcasts, falling down the research deep end. I like discussing any and all things related to health and wellness, self-care, spirituality, just as much as I like to see what the latest fashion trends, natural skincare, even luxury travel destinations, because a girl dream right? As long as I continue to live my life authentically and uniquely, it will always stay true along this great adventure.
Find me doing all of the things here @therapeuticsynergy
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Affiliates & Support
LOS ANGELES, CA
Education, Certifications, and Licensing
BA in Sociology & Communications Studies, UCLA
Certified Massage Therapist, NHI
Certified Infant Massage Teacher, Liddle Kidz Foundation
Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Body Therapy
Certified Yoga Teacher, YogaWorks
Certified Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Center for Sacred Movement
Certified Pediatric Patient Massage, Heart Touch Method Training
Certified 50hr Ganja Yoga Teacher Training, Ganja Yoga @ganjayoga
2009: Est. Therapeutic Synergy
2011: Infant Massage Group Workshops
2017: Massage Therapist at Joan Hyman's Yoga Retreat; @joanhyman
Trained Volunteer: UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital providing comfort care to patients in the NICU, PICU, Hematology and Oncology
2018: Yoga Instructor for Ganja Goddess Getaway
Massage Therapist for Trinity Kids Care; in-home palliative care program
Yoga Instructor & Massage Therapist for the Griffin Club LA
Photo credits: John Stüehrmann, Ty Merkel, Gary Reisman, Hannah Mason of Lit Yoga, & Diane Piroon.