When you feel good, you look good. Come to Morning Crane Healing Arts and Fitness Center in beautiful downtown Willow Glen to do both. Chris and Parisa Shelton, co-Directors, radiate the vitality they can teach you to have too. We offer Chinese internal arts (Qigong, Tai Chi), together with a complementary array of aerobic and strength-building classes (Pilates, yoga, Kickboxing). In addition, Chris offers medical Qigong treatments and a certification course. And that is just a part of what we offer; see our website for the latest details. Join a class, meet our staff and satisfied customers. We are looking for people who love living!
Chris Shelton, MQT
Christopher J. Shelton, M.Q.T. (Medical Qigong Therapist), has the gift of healing. He is know for the remarkable results he achieves with his clients. His passion is to watch people’s transformations through the use of Qigong. He founded Morning Crane Healing Arts Center in 2000, and started his practice as a healer of the internal arts in 1988. Christopher is also a Tai Chi Sifu. He has won many awards including the Grand Championship for the 2010 Tiger Claw Competition. He has been in Kung Fu Magazine numerous times. Due to the outstanding results his clients have experienced he has been interviewed by Showtime, UFC, NBC Sports, San Jose Local TV, Vietnamese TV, and more. When he is not in the clinic he enjoys MMA, Kickboxing, drawing, and spending time with his family.
Parisa F Shelton, BA, FAFS
Parisa’s life purpose is to help people learn about their mind, body, and spirit through movement. In 2007 her love of Pilates persuaded her to leave her high-tech sales job for a career in movement and mind-body fitness. She partnered with Chris and Morning Crane, Inc in 2010. Together they created P-FiT Pilates and Functional Fitness. Parisa holds a California Message Therapy License (CAMTC), and studied under Gary Gray as a 2010 GIFT Fellow. She is certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise, and completed an AA degree in Massage Therapy from De Anza College after she graduated from UC Santa Cruz where she played NCAA water polo. She completed her comprehensive Pilates certification with Peak Pilates classical method. Parisa has progressed her classical roots to the next level by incorporating current applications of exercise science and biomechanics. Her goal is to facilitate healing through movement!
Katheryne Tobin-James, CMT
Katheryne Tobin-James is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She is a licensed Massage Therapist, intuitive researcher, Wave Maker Coach, Ion Cell Cleanse & Detox Practitioner & Clinical Aromatherapist. Since 1999 Katheryne has practiced treating physical, emotional and mental stress by combining body work methods of natural hands on healing, wholistic remedies, breathwork with the focus of lifting her clients health and wellness to a whole new level. Beyond massage therapy she will creatively customize each treatment to reach your individual need for renewal, vitality and personal awareness!
May has been dancing Middle Eastern Bellydance since September of 2001. She attended a community bellydance class out of curiousity and became hooked on the music, costumes and dance. She since learned to dance to various genres of bellydance such as egyptian cabaret, middle eastern ethnic, American middle eastern and Spanish gypsy/flamenco bellydance. Since learning the styles of bellydance, she has been able to dance with various bellydance teachers and troupes in Michigan and in California’s South Bay such as: Southwest Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance with Joette Sawall, Sisters of the Temple Moon with Saiqua, Daughters of the Oasis and currently dances with the troupe Raks al Khalil with Khajulah and taking classes with Jizan. Her stage name is Mizarah and she welcomes the opportunity to share the art of bellydance with you and hope you will find this a special joy in your heart as she has in hers. May is also a California State Certified Massage Therapist. She currently takes classes with Chris in the Medical Qi Gong Therapist Program here at Morning Crane Healing Arts Center.
Kari Knapstad, MTCM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.
Kari Knapstad, Licensed Acupuncturist, has studied various healing arts since 1983 and has cultivated many skills to guide you and your loved ones on a unique healing journey. As a certified massage therapist, she developed the ability to offer deep relaxation and pain relief through therapeutic massage and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Her studies in Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbal medicine, deepened her understanding of our energy system and how it determines our state of health. Her practice continues to grow as she integrates new techniques to restore your body to a pain-free and vital state. Kari has successfully treated people with a wide range of discomfort and disease, including back and neck pain, headaches, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, digestive issues and side effects of cancer treatments such as pain, constipation, and nausea. Patients report reduction or elimination of pain, restoration of their vitality and enhancement of their well-being. Click here for more information!
Marika specializes in teaching and practicing Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Matrix Reimprinting to help her clients permanently heal emotional traumas, manage and heal their physical pain, balance their emotions (such as anxiety, depression, fear, or anger), and re-establish happy and peaceful lives. Both methods are based on finger tapping on specific meridian points and are very safe and non-invasive. EFT is currently recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as an evidence-based practice. Marika also offers deep tissue massage, and electro-dermal testing of the body’s bio-response to various substances (such as foods, supplements, and homeopathic remedies) to identify individual energetic sensitivities.
May Torres is also a California State Certified Massage Therapist. She currently takes classes with Chris Shelton in the Medical Qi Gong Therapist Program here at Morning Crane Healing Arts Center. She specializes in relaxation massage. Feeling stressed, come see May!
Tammi Rose brings 10 years of Pilates teaching experience to Morning Crane. She is a Polestar Certified Pilates Instructor with extensive training through Stott Pilates. Tammi’s education and experience enable her to work with all populations, from the elderly to the athlete, bringing functional fitness to clients individually, and in small and large groups. Tammi discovered Pilates as she searched for a cross training option to enhance her running performance. A marathon runner, she has found this form of exercise to help everyone improve balance, coordination and develop core strength. Tammi’s approach is mindful and supportive, creating an environment where clients feel nurtured and empowered.
Bindu was born and raised in India, where many in her family practiced traditional yoga and ayurvedic medicine. While living in Chicago, she began practicing yoga regularly and became very passionate about expanding her knowledge of yoga. After moving to San Jose in 2006, she began taking therapeutic yoga classes at Han yoga and enrolled in teacher training with Jonathan Han. She is a Level II certified therapeutic yoga instructor and has been teaching since 2007. Her classes provide a mind/body workout featuring proper alignment, joint mobility, core strength, balance and relaxation with modification to suit the needs of every student. She wishes to share with as many people as possible, the joy of inner peace that comes from a dedicated and committed yoga practice. Whether you are practicing yoga for the first time or have been practicing for years, she welcomes all students in her class.
Lulu O’Miley Shelton
Lulu O’Miley Shelton is part of our healing team. She is our resident “Mental Health Companion.” Spending time with Lulu will open your heart center and bring you joy. Stop by and say hi to Lulu. Your heart will thank you!