welcome to 

The Collective at Loreto Bay

the studio

The Collective opened its doors in January 2022 as a space dedicated to community and well-being. An intimate studio providing clients with an East-meets-West approach to wellness through a growing selection of practitioners who are devoted experts in their field.  At The Collective clients will encounter research-based movement classes, bodywork, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and special workshops, along with events to foster connection within the community.

Our mission is to offer our community an inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment, that provides several paths to finding your health and well-being. We believe each person can benefit from a unique blend of Eastern and Western applications of medicine, movement and bodywork, and empower each person who walks through our door to find theirs! 

Our offerings are always growing and changing, so click here if you’d like to receive updates or collaborate with us. 

the founder

Emily McMichael created The Collective as a place to launch her dream of providing the Loreto Bay community with a central location for enhancing well-being. A firm believer that each person can benefit from a unique combination of Eastern and Western approaches to health and wellness, Emily strives to provide an ever-growing list of expert practitioners to serve the community. She is dedicated to providing an inclusive, compassionate, respectful, and equitable experience for all who enter.

Emily first came to Loreto in 2019 after being recruited by a local resort to share her expertise as a Yoga Therapist and Thai Massage practitioner.  In a few short weeks she fell in love with this little corner of paradise, and it became clear there was a need for an inclusive wellness center to connect and serve the local population. After a couple short years (and a lot of lessons later!), The Collective opened its doors to the public.

In her free time, Emily gives back to the local community through volunteering for a local spay and neuter clinic. Along with her partner, she fosters and finds forever homes for the stray pups of Loreto, and uses The Collective as a space to raise awareness and charitable donations through community events. Want to know more? Contact Emily here.

We are so excited that you’re here. Don’t forget to bring yourself.

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Emily-McMichael-Yoga-Thai-Massage-2

the founder

Emily McMichael created The Collective as a place to launch her dream of providing the Loreto Bay community with a central location for enhancing well-being. A firm believer that each person can benefit from a unique combination of Eastern and Western approaches to health and wellness, Emily strives to provide an ever-growing list of expert practitioners to serve the community. She is dedicated to providing an inclusive, compassionate, respectful, and equitable experience for all who enter.

Emily first came to Loreto in 2019 after being recruited by a local resort to share her expertise as a Yoga Therapist and Thai Massage practitioner.  In a few short weeks she fell in love with this little corner of paradise, and it became clear there was a need for an inclusive wellness center to connect and serve the local population. After a couple short years (and a lot of lessons later!), The Collective opened its doors to the public.

In her free time, Emily gives back to the local community through volunteering for a local spay and neuter clinic. Along with her partner, she fosters and finds forever homes for the stray pups of Loreto, and uses The Collective as a space to raise awareness and charitable donations through community events. Want to know more? Contact Emily here.

We are so excited that you’re here. Don’t forget to bring yourself.

our team

Emily McMichael

Emily is dedicated to helping her clients feel better in their skin by blending Eastern and Western approaches to wellness. She employs modern, research-based methods, along with traditional techniques, creating a unique and accessible blend to her movement and bodywork offerings.

Services

Thai Massage, Yoga Therapy, Movement Classes

Barb Mullin

A certified Pilates instructor and Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis instructor, she was drawn to both methods of movement because they just made sense based on our anatomy. She’s proud to continue bringing her 29 years of experience to the Loreto Bay community.

Services

Gyrokinesis

class schedule

 updated sept 2022 

Mon

8 AM – 8:30 AM
Stretch

3 PM – 4:15 PM
The Movement Clinic
(Modern Yoga)

4:30PM – 5:30PM
Gyrokinesis

Tues

4 PM – 5:15 PM
Restorative (Yin) Yoga

Wed

8 AM – 8:30 AM
Stretch

3 PM – 4:15 PM
The Movement Clinic
(Modern Yoga)

Thurs

9 AM – 10 AM
Gyrokinesis

Fri

Closed

Sat

9 AM – 10:15 AM
The Movement Clinic
(Modern Yoga)

Sun

9 AM – 10:15 AM
Restorative (Yin) Yoga

explore our offerings below

FAQ

WHAT IS YOGA THERAPY?

Yoga Therapy is a fusion of anatomy, western medicine, and research-based methods with traditional yoga practices to support individual health and wellness. Think of it as a blend of physical therapy with yoga. Whether you suffer from chronic pain, an acute injury, are questioning or anticipating surgery as a next step, or want to simply feel better in your body in general, Yoga Therapy is an excellent therapeutic choice. Through Emily’s approach, clients will build new patterns of movement that are more efficient and beneficial for the health and longevity of their body. Frequently combined with traditional western medicine, Yoga Therapeutics can be an excellent tool to improve surgical outcomes, utilizing research-based movement methods to increase functional strength and mobility.

WHAT IS THE MOVEMENT CLINIC?

A signature blend of movement, created by founder Emily McMichael. This class combines several different research-based approaches to movement to include a blend of Myofascial Release, Mobility Training, and Traditional & Modern Yoga. Creative breath-to-movement sequences combine the movement trifecta: stability, mobility and balance. Classes are challenging and accessible to those without severe mobility restrictions or limitations.

WHAT IS RESTORATIVE (YIN) YOGA?

Restorative (Yin) yoga is a quiet contemplative practice utilizing different yoga props to support the body in seated and lying positions. The poses are held for a long period of time (typically three to five minutes or longer) to target the deepest tissues of the body, our connective tissues such as ligaments – rather than focusing on the muscles. This style of yoga is wonderful for those looking to restore mobility through supported passive ranges of motion.

WHAT IS GYROKINESIS?

Gyrokinesis works the entire body through natural elements of spinal movement. This method systematically and gently works the joints and muscles through rhythmic and undulating exercises which are primarily done sitting on a stool and some standing. Floor work may be introduced depending on the participants needs. Regular practice fosters increased mobility, more open energetic pathways, increased blood flow and oxygenation, and organ system stimulation which in turn gives one a sense of vitality and well being. It is relaxing and refreshing.

WHAT IS STRETCH?

This 30 minute class is for those looking to enjoy the benefits of stretching, without having to commit to a full-length yoga class. Whether you want to warm up before or after a more rigorous activity (like pickleball, tennis, working out, jogging, etc.), stretching is an important part of keeping your muscles and joints healthy and less prone to injury.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERAPEUTIC THAI MASSAGE AND TARGETED THERAPEUTIC THAI MASSAGE?

Therapeutic Thai Massage is a 90 minute session that looks at addressing the body as a whole, utilizing various techniques to release muscular tension and promote mobility and relaxation. At 45 minutes, a Targeted Therapeutic Thai Massage is an abbreviated version of the Therapeutic Thai Massage, addressing a specific area of your body that is causing pain or discomfort. The targeted attention to the area causing issues along with the surrounding tissues, is designed to provide immediate relief to any aggravated or inflamed tissues.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT?

Functional movement is when you train groups of muscles working together across your body to help reduce the risk of injury during day-to-day activities. These exercises often look similar to movements you’d make in your daily life. Picking up a child, carrying groceries, and sitting comfortably for long periods of time are real-world situations that functional training can help you improve. Functional movement is dependent on what demands you place on your body on a daily basis, so movement programs are highly specialized to your individual needs.

I’VE NEVER DONE YOGA OR GYROKINESIS BEFORE; CAN I STILL TAKE YOUR CLASSES?

Absolutely! We welcome all experience levels to all of our movement classes. If you have limitations in your movement or have restrictions from your medical provider, please contact us to find out which of our classes and/or services may best suit your current needs.

WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE?

Myofascial release is a highly targeted form of massage aimed not at the muscles in general, but at the body’s fascia, the stretchy, web-like film that covers and separates every muscle in the body. Found directly between the skin and muscle, fascia should be flexible and stringy, as well as very strong. The benefits of releasing this tissue that houses our nerve endings can have an incredible impact on how we perceive pain, balance, and our general mind-body awareness. At The Collective Myofascial Release is facilitated in massage and in select group classes and private Yoga Therapy sessions using trigger point therapy balls, yoga blocks, and foam rollers as tools.

WHAT IS MOBILITY (TRAINING)?

Mobility training optimizes movement and performance by increasing the range of motion within your joints and surrounding muscles. Mobility training can improve posture, form, and technique, leading to increased strength and power during exercise, as well as prevent injury. When your body is fully mobile, you’re better able to utilize your muscles and optimize your training.

WHERE IS THE COLLECTIVE STUDIO LOCATED?

The Collective is located in Loreto Bay’s Agua Viva neighborhood, next to Azul restaurant (two doors to the left, when facing the restaurant).

WHAT DO I BRING WITH ME TO MOVEMENT CLASSES?

For yoga and The Movement Clinic classes, we ask that you bring your own yoga mat and we provide all the props at the studio. We provide everything you need for Gyrokinesis classes; just bring yourself.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

GROUP CLASSES: Classes cancelled or rescheduled within 3 hours of class start time will be charged to the credit card on file in full. If a Class Package has been purchased, one class will be deducted from the remaining classes associated with your account.

PRIVATE CLIENTS (MASSAGE + YOGA): Minimum 24 hours required to cancel a booking without penalty. Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of appointment time will be charged 50% of the total price to the credit card on file. Bookings cancelled within 12 hours of appointment time will be charged 100% of the total price to the credit card on file. Bookings must be rescheduled a minimum of 12 hours in advance to avoid a 50% payment penalty.

WHY DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION IF I WANT TO PAY IN CASH?

In order to enforce our Cancellation Policy, we collect all clients’ card information when any service is booked. Your card will initially be charged a 20% deposit as part of our security and authorization requirements, however, you may choose to pay in full at the time of booking.  The deposit will be used towards your class or service total, and you can choose any accepted method of payment for the balance at the studio (cash, Venmo, Zelle or Credit Card). This deposit only applies to private services as group movement classes and class passes must be paid in full at time of booking.

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED?

While you may opt to pay via either PayPal and Stripe during checkout, we also accept electronic payment via Venmo and Zelle (send us a message for details prior to your booking). If you prefer to pay in cash, we accept USD (United States Dollars) and MXN (Mexican Pesos).

SHOULD I GIVE MY PRACTITIONER A GRATUITY/TIP?

While it is certainly not mandatory, giving a gratuity or tip to your service practitioner is a way to show added appreciation for a job well-done.
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