OWNER / OPERATOR
Nancy Bakhtiar is owner and operator of Structura Body Therapies, Colorado Springs. She has been a massage therapist for 11 years, graduating from the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy in 2004. After working the majority of her adult career as an administrative office worker, and hearing and seeing the frustration friends, family and acquaintances were having with their medical care, she wanted to find an alternative to traditional health care options. She found that she had a natural ability for massage. Nancy has always been to committed to her clients and was always looking for ways to help in the best way possible.
Looking for a massage modality that would actually facilitate change to soft tissue to decrease dysfunction and chronic pain for clients. Nancy found Structural Integration, the bodywork modality that focuses on the soft tissue known as fascia. Then she came across the Structura Body Therapies opportunity and knew this was what she needed to bring to Colorado Springs.
Nancy loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping, and extreme Jeeping with her domestic partner Scott, whom she has been with for 20 years. She has a daughter, Sarah, who lives in California and her daughter, Raechel, who lives here in Colorado Springs, along with her 8 year-old grandson, Joseph.
Michelle Evans has been a Massage Therapist since 2006. She was trained at Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in Sarasota, Florida.
Michelle’s mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness to live pain free lives.
She is passionate about the positive effects of therapy on the body. Working with you on injury rehabilitation to assist in the relief of migraines and tension-related headaches or help you forget about life stresses for an hour with relaxation focused treatment. Michelle has helped clients change their lives by helping them break the cycle of chronic pain. Her knowledge and experience in using techniques such as Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Positional Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation to help things such as Spinal Injuries, TMJD, Whiplash, Headaches/Migraines, Scar Tissue Removal and other chronic pain has made her an incredibly successful massage therapist.
Her compassion and empathy for her clients, and her ability to educate them on ways to unwind their pain patterns, is the reason that clients continue to rebook with her. Michelle has worked alongside chiropractors, physical therapists and dentists to help her clients back into balance.
Outside of the work place, she enjoys spending time working on her house doing remodeling projects, landscaping, gardening, crafting, reading and sewing. Growing up in Florida, she misses the beach a lot, but she is also enjoying exploring Colorado through hiking and snowboarding.
Stacey began her health and wellness career in 2009 as a Registered Nurse on the Cardiac Surgery floor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. There she gained an understanding of drug therapies and surgical practices and their roles in healing the body. She saw that there were times when these methods were very appropriate and also witnessed times when they were perhaps not the best option. Years later she devoted her career to Pediatric home health, caring primarily for children with neurological diseases that affect mobility and cognition. During this time she had the opportunity to work closely with Physical Therapists and began integrating more massage, strengthening and stretching into her patient’s’ daily nursing routines. She began to see the dramatic impact of physical movement coupled with massage for relieving pain and increasing the overall quality of life for her patients. After discovering the potential bodywork had to manage pain and decrease dysfunction without the use of drugs or invasive treatments, she decided it was time to change her career path.
Stacey attended Texas Center for Massage Therapy in Arlington, TX where she gained a deeper understanding of how structural imbalances can affect every system of the body and can deeply impact physical and emotional health. Immediately upon completion of her degree, she moved to Colorado Springs and began working at a therapeutic massage practice while completing her certification in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy. It was through CIMT that she learned about Structura and the exciting opportunity to become a Rolfing Structural Integration practitioner. At Structura, Stacey has found a place where she can perform advanced soft tissue therapies to improve structural integrity and bring the whole body back into balance. Her aim is to educate each patient to understand the origin of his or her pain and dysfunction and to empower individuals to facilitate the body to perform its own innate, healing process.
Stacey lives with her husband, Alex in the heart of Colorado Springs. In her free time she enjoys being out in nature, practicing yoga, cooking and playing music.
Renae is a Structural Integration Practitioner and Neuromuscular Massage Therapist. Her massage training was completed at Northwestern Health Sciences in Minnesota where she was trained in Swedish, Clinical, Infant, Oncology, Myofascial Release and Sports Massage. She was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Colorado Springs in August 2015 to make a path of her own. Renae’s passion for healing began due to her own struggles with sport injuries. She initially wanted to go to school for Physical Therapy but found that her true passion was to help manage clients’ pain as a massage therapist. Renae specifically chose the path to be a Structural Integration because of learning the changes this work could do long term for her clients. Through her extensive training in body work, Renae applies her healing touch to a diverse group of clients. Whether they suffer from migraines, joint aches or just want to get the best performance from their bodies; they will benefit from her healing touch.
Besides being in the work environment, Renae likes to play pick-up soccer, card games, have bonfires, go hiking and enjoy raising her dog Loki. She does miss the Minnesota lakes but the beautiful mountains and getting to snowboard makes up for it. She loves being adventurous and finding new places to explore.