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We’ve changed our name!


Still the same great owner and great classes…but with a new name! Nirvanaland Continuing Education has changed its name to Science & Soul: Education for Massage and Movement Professionals to better reflect the mission of the business.

ScienceBecause we value evidence-based methods and the emerging bodywork research in our field. 

SoulBecause the heart of providing a therapeutic experience is connecting with the human-ness in all people and empathizing with every soul you touch.

Vanessa Hazzard

Author, Educator, Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Owner Of Science & Soul

Vanessa Hazzard is an author, educator, and an award-winning internationally-trained massage therapist with 15 years of experience in the wellness industry. She practices massage and bodywork in the Philadelphia region. As a practitioner, Vanessa is skilled at non-pharmaceutical pain relief. As a continuing education provider, she is thorough and leads fun hands-on classes.

She is author of Prenatal Thai Massage: for Relaxation & Pain Relief and is featured in the 2nd Edition of renowned massage therapy educator Laura Allen’s One Year to a Successful Massage Practice. Vanessa has also been featured in blogs, podcasts, and the industry newspaper, Massage Today. Her volunteerism and commitment to mental health and trauma-awareness in yoga and bodywork has landed her features on NPR,, and university speaking engagements.

Vanessa has shared her expertise as an advisory board member for massage therapy schools, as well as Belmont Behavioral Health’s mood disorder program. Over the past decade, she has taught hundreds of wellness professionals at spas, wellness centers, conferences, and retreats.

She has studied various Thai Massage traditions with insightful and inspiring teachers including Ana Figueiredo, C. Pierce Salguero, Ajahn Sinchai Sukparset, Thanachai Chaimongkon, and International Training Massage (ITM) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Vanessa has earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Massage Therapy at Siena Heights University and Master of Education in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Education Technology from Rutgers.

Vanessa is a Doctor of Education candidate at the University of Dayton’s Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations program.

PA Massage License MSG000869 | NCBTMB Approved Provider 451899-12


Vanessa Hazzard has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She enjoys using her expertise to help wellness professionals grow and expand their knowledge base. 

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  I recently completed a Thai massage training with Vanessa and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn from such a beautiful goddess! Her teaching is so incredibly informative and she communicates very wonderfully. I began to incorporate what I learned into my yoga classes and privates and the students/clients are very pleased! I highly recommend Vanessa to anyone seeking to learn how to practice Thai yoga massage or receive Thai massage. She is such a kind and intelligent person to work with.

Kristen Palone, RYT