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Donna Maria Zadie & Julia Bayardi


With over 20 years of experience in the fields of massage, bodywork, and holistic practices, Donna Maria Zadie and Julia Bayardi teamed up to create the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork.


Our journey started as a leap of faith in the summer of 2012, with a vision of creating a new sanctuary for massage therapists in Philadelphia.  We were thrown curve balls and the road became long and difficult, but the challenges made us stronger. Three years later, we've persevered with the love and support and our family, friends, and colleagues, who stood by our sides through every up and down (and there were many).


The vision of a school, where dedicated students could receive a high level of education, is now a reality. Our passion for teaching and healing have nurtured it to life and we are committed to creating a community that will benefit its students for years to come.


With enthusiasm, we present to you …the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork.


Co Owner / Teacher


Julia began her journey into integrated health and massage therapy in college where she focused on religious sociocultural anthropology.  During her studies, she became fascinated by eastern concepts of human energetic systems and the impact of touch through ritual and social ceremonies.  After her sophomore year, she decided to enroll at the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia, where she received certification for massage in 2005 and Shiatsu certification in 2007.

In the course of Julia's career she has worked at some of the top wellness centers in the city, including the Snyman Chiropractic Group and Triune Chiropractic Counseling Center. She was able to hone her skills while working under the guidance of these professionals and also began incorporating a more holistic approach to her treatment plans.

In 2009, she returned to Massage Arts to become an instructor of massage and shiatsu until 2012 when the school closed.  It was not long after that Julia and fellow massage therapist and former colleague, Donna Maria Zadie, decided to team up and fill the massage and holistic education void.  Three and a half years of hard work, late nights, early mornings, meetings, and thousands of massages later, their vision has finally become a reality and The Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork, along with Blue Alchemy Healing Center, has opened it’s doors.




In 1991, after graduating from Body Dynamics School of Therapeutic Massage in Albuquerque, NM, Karen was immediately asked to lead their core curriculum for the massage program based on her medical education and impressive work experience. She designed curricula and instructed multiple classes, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, fundamentals of massage, and history of massage.

A natural leader and healer, Karen Giglio has since held many impressive titles, from massage practitioner and emergency room nurse to Manager of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. A past co-worker speaks of the Allied Health Division at Anthem Institute, where Karen was a Team Leader, as a highly charged environment, praising Karen’s integrity and endurance. Karen remains focused and driven, she says. Putting the education of her students first, she’s willing to be challenged and stretched as a professional.

In the many years Karen has been a therapist, she has helped people overcome a large variety of injuries. Being an athlete her entire life, Karen feels passionate about rehabilitation and restorative care, combining experience and knowledge of the body to produce the greatest overall outcomes: less pain, more flexibility, and improved performance potential.

Since 2005, Karen has lived in Philadelphia, maintaining a private practice and teaching many continuing education courses for massage and bodywork. I like to have fun learning…I laugh, play games, and interact with my students…It is really their class, I just facilitate. Karen muses when asked what she loves about teaching, I get great joy in a student’s aha! moments. Those moments are the product of Karen’s disciplined, focused demeanor coupled with a dynamic ability to translate complex medical concepts into forms that are easy to digest and understand.


As a student, you will be given access to how you learn, rather than simply memorizing terms and ideas. You will be encouraged to become an important part of your community, recognizing yourself as a much needed healer. Most importantly, you will benefit greatly from Karen’s abundant knowledge and thrive in her guidance.


AMT Instructor, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Design Coordinator

Jennifer Huttenberger

Jennifer is a professionally licensed educator and massage therapist who brings many years of experience to both the massage table and the classroom. She holds her master’s degree in education (MSeD) from The University of Pennsylvania, and has taught in a variety of educational settings (public, private, pre-K through college), notably Central High School and Kaplan International College. Jennifer also serves as an education consultant, developing curriculum and educational programs for independent schools. She has taught, led workshops for and designed curriculum for adults, children (secondary and primary), and international students, with a uniquely holistic, mindfulness-based approach to education.

Within her massage work, Jennifer specializes in massage for the childbearing cycle (prenatal, labor support and postpartum), and deep tissue for injury recovery and chronic tension pathologies.  She is an evidence-based practitioner, respecting the fact that the body is uniquely responsive to it’s environment and impulses, not a textbook pain pattern. She trained for massage in 2006 at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, a 1000-hour accredited program. While in school, she was involved in research and analysis of physiological pathologies, assisting in development and publication of a comprehensive pathology treatment guide for her program. She is board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and licensed through both the state of Pennsylvania and New York. Her holistic approach to teaching massage therapy is comprehensive and thorough. She blends extensive study of numerous massage modalities and western and eastern philosophies of health and healing with guidance on how to find and trust the gentle intuition required for bodywork. She supports students and clients from all backgrounds, cultures, and family styles.

Apart from her work in education and massage, Jennifer is also a birth doula, certified through Doulas of North America (DONA), and a certified herbalist.  As a doula, Jennifer works with private clients as well as volunteers with The Philadelphia Alliance of Labor Support (PALS), an organization offering doula care to women without financial or emotional support. She studied herbal medicine through apprenticeship at the Heartstone Herbal School in Van Etten NY.

Jennifer is an honest, authentic person who equally values open-minded collaboration and personal integrity in her work. Whether she is helping a student understand a concept, a client to release a pain pattern, a mother move through her labor, or a school to design a curriculum, she brings her passionate, skillful care to the table each and every time. She feels extremely honored to be a trusted part of any person’s  journey of transformation and growth, and most especially to stand among the extraordinary staff at PSMB!

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