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As Lolita prepares for retirement the following instructors have been certified by her to carry on with several of her classes. Debbie's full teaching schedule is available on:

Debbie DeNardo, BS, LMT, NCTMB

Debbie earned her BS degree from Northern Illinois University and received her massage therapy education at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon.  After 20 years of dedicated professional and managerial work in the insurance industry, Debbie's passion for healing and helping others led her into the field of massage therapy.   She owns and operates a home based private practice, Massage Solutions, LLC. Debbie has over 13 years of massage experience and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.


In 2008, in addition to her massage work, Debbie began working as a teaching assistant (total of 97 hours) and marketing manager to Lolita Knight, founder of Fijian Massage and Soft Touch Island Massage.  During this time she worked closely with Lolita, assisting in the development of new techniques such as those found in Soft Touch Island Massage, Chinese Facial Massage & Massage Tools.  Now a certified instructor of NCBTMB approved continuing education courses, Debbie plans to continue Lolita's legacy by bringing unique and beneficial classes to the massage community as Lolita prepares for retirement.  Debbie's blend of technique, knowledge and sense of fun translates well into a creative, hands-on class environment.


Debbie is approved to teach the Chinese Facial Fusion Massage, Indian Head Massage for Chair and Table, Massage Tools To Save Hands, Soft Touch Island Massage, Fijian Barefoot Massage and Marketing classes.

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 Chris Cedrone

Chris Cedrone is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Connecticut. He graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in December of 2005 and has also passed the comprehensive National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is nationally certified (NCTMB). Chris is also a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and has volunteered at several local events.

Chris practices his own style, which he calls “Fusion Therapy” in his sessions. Techniques consisting of Classic Western Massage strokes are seamlessly mixed with Traditional Eastern Japanese and Chinese therapies having their early roots in China, some of which can be traced back 5,000 years.

This “Fusion Therapy” includes the modalities of Korean Sooji Hand Therapy, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Anma, and Tui Na along with the Traditional 5 Element and 8 Principle Theory styles of diagnosis,  

Chris is constantly expanding his practice to include modalities that do not involve extensive or stressful use of the hands and shoulders; which he wants to teach to help prolong the careers of his fellow Holistic Health Practitioners.

He is diligently continuing his 17 year long journey towards an Advanced Practitioner Level in Shiatsu. He feels there is always "more to learn"

Lolita and Chris met in September of 2006 at a Fijian Massage Workshop in Essex, CT. When Lolita noticed Chris's passion for helping other therapists in the class, she asked him to become one of her limited number of instructors and after 4 years of training Chris was NCBTMB certified as an Instructor by Lolita Knight in 2010. The rest as they say, is history.

Chris is active in his own personal fitness regime, being an avid skateboarder, girls softball coach and surfer, who often relaxes on the beach listening to Jimmy Buffet, Jack Johnson & Sublime.

Chris is certified with Fijian Massage, Chinese Facial Fusion Massage and Indian Head Massage.

Bio for:  Barbara Kilzer, LMT  

Barbara Kilzer is an Illinois licensed massage therapist.  She graduated from the massage therapy program at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL in May of 2004.  Barb is also a Certified member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Barb has always used an integrative style to customize each massage session, so after taking the Fijian Massage courses with Lolita and finding how easily it could be incorporated into her practice she trained closely with Lolita in 2008 and 2010 in learning to teach Fijian Massage, Indian Head Massage, and Chinese Facial.  Her goal is to bring quality, affordable continuing education to South Central Illinois and the surrounding area.  Barb can be contacted at 618-829-5090 or

Michelle Coffman, LMT & Instructor

In 1997 Michelle graduated from the Mountain State School of Massage and became a nationally certified, licensed massage therapist.  Since that time Michelle has worked as a full time massage therapist in medical, wellness and spa settings and currently maintains a private practice.  Michelle provides a clinical approach to massage therapy after studying under Robert King in 1998 & Bruce Baltz in 2001.  In 2009 Michelle joined the faculty at the Mountain State School of Massage where she continues to teach Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Integrative Massage, Aromatherapy & supervises the Student Clinic.

In 2010 Lolita Knight selected Michelle to be one of her few certified instructors to carry on her courses as she moves into retirement.  Michelle completed NCBTMB approved continuing education provider training with Lolita & began working closely with her as a teaching assistant in many of her classes.  If you have any questions about the courses & therapies Michelle offers feel free to email her @

Christyn Rittenhouse

Christyn Rittenhouse has created a thriving skin care and massage business in Rockford, Illinoisover the last 10 years. As a 1999 graduate of the prestigious Chicago School of Massage Therapy, she has a diverse background in several modalities including neuro-muscular therapy, acupressure, sports, barefoot, cupping massage, esthetics, and qi gong. One of the reasons of Christyn's success is due the versatility of these various types of services. She has certifications in Fijian Massage (2004), Ashiatsu (2004), and Cupping Massage (2005). Her practice in barefoot massage started over four years ago and has grown and flourished since. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University (1994).

She has taught massage therapy classes at Kishwaukee Community College (2003) and Rock Valley College (2005). Christyn has found that Fijian massage is physically the least demanding for the therapist to perform while being the most effective for the client. Because of the positioning of the client on floor mats, the therapist uses leverage and body weight with ease, creating maximum results.

Fijian Massage can accomplish twice the amount of work in half the time. Clients are thrilled. Christyn will be offering classes in Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, and Akumal, Mexico.

Call Christyn at 815-961-8017 for more information.

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