About Us

Who we are...

 

The heart and soul of Blossoming Lotus Studios is a dynamic husband and wife team who are talented professionals with a passionate commitment to the restorative and healing power of mindful movement and manual therapy.


(Hawaiian Wedding pic from 1995)

We're from Hawaii and it shows!

 

Laura and Steve shared their love of helping people heal and transform their bodies and lives through mindful movement, massage, dance and martial arts in their home base of Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii for 25 years. Laura and Steve worked with clients of all ages, including those with neurodiversities, older adults, learning difficulties, special needs, athletes, dancers, performers, artists, people with injuries (TBI, whiplash, broken bones, sprains, strains, etc.), and individuals from all walks of life and abilities.  


"Kindness and Aloha go a long way."

~ Uncle George

meet laura and steve

Laura Crittendon, LMT Studio Founder

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A message from Laura...
I love transforming my client's lives through Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis sessions,  while weaving in my vast and deep well of knowledge (both Eastern and Western) of Yoga, Breathwork and Chi Kung allowing me to offer my client's a depth of study and experience rarely found.  I also teach a healthy dose of Contemporary Pilates while utilizing my advanced skills as a manual therapist.  My sessions are playful, educational, inspiring, and transformational. I believe that health comes from harmony of mind, body and spirit, and that exercise is a vehicle for self exploration, healing, wholeness, and joy. Ask anyone who knows me what I am passionate about, and they'll answer: Gyrotonic Yoga Pilates and Dance. For me, teaching the joy of mindful movement is my life’s path and I look forward to sharing this gift with you.  

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Steve Von Hargett, LMT COTT Studio co-founder

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A message from Steve...

I believe in the power of the mind-body connection and I've witnessed firsthand it's miraculous ability to transform my client's body and their movement abilities. I enjoy using my artists eye to spot and refine movement asymmetries to bring about lasting change. Combined with hands on manual therapy, sessions can be truly transformational. From regaining the ability to walk without assistance, to refining athletic performance, I believe that movement has the ability to bring my clients from where they are...to where they want to be.

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Meet Laura

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Laura Crittendon, LMT, DMT ​Studio Master Trainer / Founder

About Laura ~


As a third generation Los Angelean, Laura Crittendon first developed the love and joy of mindful movement while studying ballet, modern dance, choreography, martial arts and theatre as a child and teen in Arcadia, California.


Laura's first job at age 17, following a severe skiing accident, was as a physical therapy assistant at the very same sports rehab center in Arcadia where she received therapy to heal her injuries. She had the honor of working with several amazing Therapists who taught her how movement changes neuropathways in the brain, gut and spinal cord and how movement can heal and strengthen from the inside out. At the rehab center, Laura worked with all levels of rehabilitation from athletes to stroke patients. Laura was deeply moved by the progress she witnessed her patients make as they recovered from life altering injuries and illnesses. So Laura chose to pursue a career that would deepen her understanding of the way the human body is intended to move and heal and that would allow her to share this gift with more people outside of the physical therapy realm. This journey began with Pre-Med school, Massage School, Graduate School and finally opening Blossoming Lotus Studios (formerly  Kona Pilates LLC and Gyrotonic Kona in Kailua Kona, Hawaii in 2003). Now, as of 2017, located in Upland, CA.


Professional Training: To date, Laura has accumulated over 30 years experience and thousands of hours of advanced clinical training and education in body-mind-spirit health, therapeutic exercise, and manual/massage therapy. She is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical Massage Therapist and Movement Therapist. Laura graduated from the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage with 1,250 hours of advanced training in Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage, CranioSacral, Myofascial, NeuroMuscular, and Exercise Therapies. In 2002, she graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Hawaii with an Honors degree in Psychology, a minor in Hawaiian, and a Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. In graduate school Laura studied Transpersonal Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, Integrative Health, and Consciousness Studies. Laura has trained with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) founder Jon Kabat-Zinn. In addition, she trained professionally as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist, a professional Hula dancer (having danced in three Merrie Monarch Hula Festival/Competitions under Kumu Hula Etua Lopez), professional belly dancer, cabaret dancer/choreographer and show producer, 2nd degree black belt martial arts instructor and martial arts school owner. Laura is a Resident Dance Movement Therapist/Master Teacher for HD Dance Co & Performing Arts in Corona. Laura has been honored to be a visiting Master Teacher for a variety of Corporations and Wellness-oriented academies across Southern California and Hawaii. Passionate about community service, Laura has volunteered thousands of hours working with the severely mentally ill in Kona and served for three years on the Board of Directors for a local Kailua Kona non-profit organization.


Credentials:

  • Senior Gyrotonic and  Gyrokinesis Trainer / Therapist (levels 1, 2, breathing program, dancer program, and all specialized equipment, and licensed Gyrotonic pre-trainer),
  • Licensed Pilates Instructor Trainer/Master Trainer with Pilates Academy International (PAI),
  • ​Fascia and Movement Therapist,
  • Certified Breathwork / Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT),
  • STOTT PILATES Comprehensively trained Instructor on all apparatus including rehab,
  • Trained "Pilates for Golf" coach,
  • Certified TRX Trainer,
  • ​Certified Aerial Yoga Instructor,
  • Therapeutic Exercise Specialist,
  • Meditation and Chi Kung Instructor,
  • Dance/Movement Therapist (DMT),
  • Certified to teach Hula, Tribal Fusion Bellydance, and Choreography, and Injury Prevention for Dancers,
  • Award-winning Professional Performing Artist (costume design, choreography, dance, fire dance & more) 
  • 2nd degree black belt instructor and award-winning contemporary forms competitor/choreographer,
  • Licensed Massage & Movement Therapist LMT (Hawaii MAT 4226 / MAE 1991) (trained extensively in rehabilitation and injury prevention)
  • BS Psychology with honors; Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling,
  • MA Transpersonal Psychology & Mind/Body Medicine,
  • Retired professional mental health counselor (specializing in working with the severely mentally ill, substance abuse, and suicide prevention),
  • Physical Therapy Assistant,
  • Studio Founder

meet steve

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Steve Von Hargett, LMT COTT Studio co-founder

About Steve ~ 


Steve grew up in South Bay and North San Diego County. He participated and competed in most X Games sports (skateboarding, surfing, BMX, Motocross) and trained in Martial Arts. He was also the "prodigy" of every school and art school he attended.


Steve received a full undergraduate scholarship in the fine arts for both his watercolor portraiture and his sculpture. Steve views movement (and particularly Gyrotonic) as art in motion and organic engineering for the body. Persuaded by his wife Laura to leave his job as an architectural sheet metal and waterproofing designer and join her in a career in the movement and massage arts, was one of the smartest choices he's ever made (the first being marrying his wife Laura). Steve's unique ability as an artist to see how the body is interconnected has given him (and his clients) a unique advantage.


Professional training:   Steve Von Hargett has over 25 years experience teaching movement and 7,000+ hours of training in therapeutic exercise and massage/manual therapy. He is Hawaii state licensed and board certified as an Integrative Medical and Manual Massage Therapist and is the Studio co-owner. Steve is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor in Matwork and Reformer and is comprehensively trained on all apparatus including STOTT's prestigious specialized rehab program only available to licensed medical professionals. Steve is certified in The GYROTONIC® Method, including the specialized equipment. He is also a certified third degree Black Belt Martial Arts instructor. 


Steve has been teaching movement for over twenty-five years. As a full undergraduate scholarship recipient in the fine arts, Steve brings a unique approach with an "eye" for proper alignment in both movement as well as various therapies. His specialty is working with those with injuries ranging from minor sprains/strains,  neck injuries/whiplash, shoulder injuries, sciatica, low back pain, knee & ankle/foot injuries, and working with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients.


 

Credentials:

  • Gyrotonic Trainer (levels 1 and 2, GYROTONER® and Ladder),
  • ​Fascia and Movement Therapist,
  • STOTT PILATES Comprehensively trained Instructor on all apparatus 
  • STOTT PILATES Rehab program for health professionals,
  • Trained "Pilates for Golf" coach,
  • Therapeutic Exercise Specialist,
  • Chi Kung Instructor,
  • 3nd degree black belt instructor and undefeated kickboxing champion ,
  • Licensed Massage & Movement Therapist LMT (Hawaii MAT 4226 / MAE 1991) (trained extensively in rehabilitation and injury prevention)
  • Studio co-Founder

Blossoming Lotus Studios: Exercise that stirs your soul.