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.




As William Butler Yeats says, Education is not filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. Among the chorus of praises written about Theresa in multiple student surveys, one word rises to a chant, finding its way into every response. Passion. Her love of learning is, as one student put it, infectious. Another student mused that Theresa' lessons stuck with her long after she finished the course, saying that during multiple massages she found herself wondering what Theresa would do, if there was a better way.

In 2003, after a twenty-year career in practice management, Theresa Tobin Macy, Licensed Massage Therapist, Myofascial, and Yoga Therapist, graduated from the Professional Massage Therapy program at the Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy. Upon graduating, Theresa earned a certification in deep muscle cross fiber therapy from the Pfrimmer Institute.


In 2008, she joined the faculty at Cortiva Institute as an instructor of Massage Therapy, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Techniques, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology, Ethics and Business. The following year, she earned her continuing education provider designation from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.


She has accrued over 1000 hours in continuing education credits and continues to learn, focusing most heavily on myofascial release for children and adults, deep tissue techniques, assessment skills, therapeutic yoga, and fascial fitness.

Theresa's integrative approach to teaching includes effortlessly engaging students, sharing information and resources, drawing upon a rich skill set, and creating a path to learning. She is professional, yet energetic, her enthusiasm for health, wellness, yoga and massage contagious.

As a student, you will not be handed answers, but will think and thrive in a collaborative environment. You will learn to nurture your own health and wellbeing as a therapist, challenging viewpoints and opening yourself up to new experiences that may have previously felt beyond your capabilities.