Michael Brechtel

This idea was demonstrated very powerfully, while I witnessed my students transform their lives during massage training programs. They had to practice healing touch and massage methods on each other daily - which was more than most people are touched in several lifetimes. It was so powerful that many students changed their names, their relationships, the way they dressed, the way they spoke, the choices they made, and what was important to them, in the end releasing several layers and connecting to their true self.

I am a holistic healing practitioner who uses a unique combination of shamanic bodywork, breath work, massage, movement, sound and Traumatic Incident Reduction to facilitate healing and growth. With over 20 years of supporting the healing of others and teaching practitioners, I have seen countless people transform their lives. I believe that when we can encounter and release the limitations we have accumulated throughout our lives we can connect to the truth of who we are. This allows us to live a life full of love, bliss, authenticity and magic.

Florida License MA50539

I am now semi-retired but still deeply connected to this work and very passionate about helping others to heal. Living between Florida and Costa Rica provides great opportunity to help people from all over the world.


Costa Rica has proven a particularly delightful place for exploration and transformation. Rich, natural, wilderness, teeming with biodiversity found in few other places on earth. There are 926 species of birds here and plenty of national parks to explore.


My retreats take place surrounding the shores of Lake Arenal, a peaceful multicultural community close to both the Arenal Volcano and the beaches of Guanacaste.

The Costa Rican culture is warm and welcoming, so much that 'Pura Vida’ (Pure Life) is not only the national greeting but also a lifestyle and a value statement. 


Spending a week or two in magical Costa Rica is the perfect set up for healing. Being surrounded by a natural paradise coupled with personalized deep healing work will inevitably lead to transformation, relaxation and peace.


  • BS and MEd in Vocational Education 

  • Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law

  • Licensed Massage Therapist

  • Certified Facilitator and Trainer in Traumatic Incident Reduction

  • Breath Work Facilitator

  • Certified to Teach in 3 states

  • Approved Continuing Education Provider for Massage Therapy, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Education & Accomplishments

  • Member of Mensa, the High IQ Society

  • Full time Student for over 25 years

  • I’ve participated in Grandmother and Grandfather Ceremony, sweat lodge and other ceremony with Ayahuasca, Peyote, Cannabis, Psilocibin, Kava Kava Root, Cacao, Kratom, and other plant medicines.

  • Trained in Hawaiian Temple Lomi Lomi Kumu.

  • I continually explore my own inner landscape with the help of dozens of teachers, counselors, Shaman, and healers. Everyone teaches and opens me.


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Tel: 302-290-3597  

Email: healinginparadiserocks@gmail.com

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, Central America

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