Your Happy Place is an urban retreat offering cosmetic products and holistic services to compliment wellness and beauty. You can find Your Happy Place, centrally located in the heart of San Francisco. Services offered include facials, waxing, spa body treatments, reiki and private yoga instruction.
Tonia Weakland-Wilhelm is sole proprietor of Your Happy Place. Tonia found her calling to be of service in holistic health in 1996, beginning her career as a massage therapist. She founded Your Happy Place in 2008. Tonia is a licensed esthetician, registered yoga teacher and certified massage therapist. She has a Bachelors of Science in Holistic Health and Wellness as well as numerous certifications in various specialties. Always aspiring to learn and grow professionally, currently she is studying to become a Doctor of Ayurveda.
Certified Yoga Instructor, 200 Hour primary certification, Yoga Alliance Registered, since 2005
Licensed Esthetician, 600 Hour, CA State Board of Cosmetology, since 2000
Certified Massage Practitioner, 100 Hour primary certification, City and County of San Francisco License since 1996
General Business Management and Entrepreneurship, business owner, practical and classroom experience.
Owner, Your Happy Place, San Francisco, CA 2008-Present
I provide holistic wellness services that enhance clients’ health and vitality. Many of my clients present with specific needs related to age or health conditions. Clients find me to be a calming presence and a nurturing provider. I empower people with knowledge and information related to the service they choose or the problems they present with. I am self employed and must generate all of my own business. In addition to the skills of my trade I have learned marketing skills, inventory management, and financial record keeping. Clients choose from therapeutic body treatments, reiki, customized facials, waxing services, private yoga lessons and meditation. I began my private practice, renting a treatment room inside D4 Hair Salon, in San Francisco. I moved my business into my own space in 2013. I have great ratings on Yelp, a popular Facebook page and the link to my website is http://www.yourhappyplacesf.com/ .
Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Ocean Yoga, Pacifica
I worked at Ocean Yoga when they first opened their doors. I taught prenatal yoga, parent and child yoga classes and kids yoga camp. I also did bodywork and ran the reception desk from time to time.
Massage Therapist, Parkside Chiropractic, San Francisco, CA 2005-2008
I worked as an independent contractor on an as needed basis. The doctors would refer specific clients for massage when they had an injury. Some clients chose to continue regular visits and some are still with me today.
Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Physician’s Assistant, Dimitra’s Facial & Body Therapies, san francisco, ca 2000-2005
I primarily offered massage bodywork, specialty body wraps, facials, waxing and other esthetic services. I also assisted the doctor during laser treatments and provided after care. I worked at the front desk regularly as well.
Massage Therapist, Esthetician, early experience & contractual work, san Francisco, CA 1996- Present
Radiance Body Therapy, Family Sauna, Sunset Sauna, Heaven Day Spa
I worked at each of these establishments for at least one year as either an employee or contractor. At some of these as well as other employers listed above I worked at the front desk as well as being a technician. I am well versed in customer service and am comfortably familiar with use of computers, appointment booking and business related software.
I really believe in the pursuit of lifelong education. In order to grow professionally and personally, I continually enroll in courses that feed my hunger for knowledge in a variety of health and wellness related subjects.
CITY COLLEGE SAN FRANCISCO, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
I am currently enrolled in courses that fulfill transfer requirements for health related degree programs. I recently completed the new Yoga Teacher Training certificate program.
Kaplan University Online, bachelors of science, health & wellness, 2012
I studied a variety of health related subjects such as nutrition, fitness, and environmental health. Also there was an emphasis on health care related history and integral health trends.
Skyline college, san bruno, ca, associates of liberal arts, 2002
I took many of my foundational courses at Skyline. Additionally, I took business and art classes for my personal fulfillment. I worked on campus both at the preschool and in the Athletic Training Department.
MOUNT MADONNA CENTER, TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING 200 HOUR CERTIFICATE, 2005
The program included techniques, shat karma, asana, pranayama and meditation. It also included teaching methodologies for a variety of people, including children and pregnant women. Anatomy, physiology, ayurveda, philosophy, ethics and lifestyle. Electives included chanting, ritual and yoga psychology. A practicum was given to evaluate our knowledge and ability to apply what we learned. The school is registered with Yoga Alliance.
40 hour Pre-Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Jane Austin E-RYT Prenatal yoga teacher trainer, San Francisco, CA March 2008
90 Hour Certification July 2015
This training program focused on the instruction of prenatal yoga including postnatal yoga, class observations, a final project and completion of a final exam. In addition, I have assisted Jane in subsequent prenatal yoga teacher training courses and in pregnant couples yoga workshops.
25 hour Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training, Judith Lasater PH.D, PT San Francisco,CA February 2009
This course focused on therapeutic applications of yoga. Specifically the spine, anatomy and asana were highlighted. Common diseases, injuries and disfunction were addressed, applying modifications and use of props where appropriate.
40 hour Relax and Renew, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Judith Lasater, San Francisco, CA July 2013
This workshop focused on the deeply relaxing, meditative aspects of yoga. Using props to fully support the body in a pose facilitates deep physical relaxation, calming the sympathetic nervous response, bringing the body into parasympathetic dominance. My certification will be awarded after completing my final project, now in progress.
CCSF Yoga Teacher Training, San Francisco, CA July 2013
I recently completed a second 200 hour equivalent Yoga Teacher certification program at CCSF. The comprehensive program requires students to take a variety of semester length courses including multiple levels of yoga, anatomy and includes a mentorship program. I took the prerequisite courses over a period of time at both CCSF and Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. With my mentor, Suvani Stepanek I have assisted the Senior’s and Restorative Yoga class for three semesters and Beginning Yoga for one semester. I also have filled in as a substitute teacher when asked. At Skyline College I did work-study in the Athletic Training department. I learned to evaluate and treat injuries. I also was a guest speaker at dance classes, teaching bodywork and stretches.