Melissa Cuddihy

Melissa Cuddihy


Welcome to Urban Sanctuary! It is a place the a dreamed of for many years, that came to fruition through hard work, big dreams and many years of study and training.. Over the years of working closely with private clients and teaching classes it became abundantly clear that there was a great need for a safe place to move your body, seek therapeutic healing and bodywork and be part of special community where everyone feels welcome.

I believe that well-being  consists of a balance of exercise, healthy nutrition , rest and relaxation.  I have found mindful movement , movement therapy and massage to be an essential component to wellness.  For the last 20 years I have trained in many modalities in the healing arts such as massage, reflexology, Thai massage and therapeutic movement and yoga. It is vitally important to me that each and every person who walks through Urban Sanctuary doors is met with compassion and encouragement.

I currently offer 2 community donation classes weekly and work for the County Correctional Facility in Redwood City teaching a yoga based movement and meditation class to inmates every week.

I have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 22 years and was lucky enough to raise my now grown family here. I love to swim, hike, catch up with friends and travel whenever I get the opportunity .

"I– Melissa Mikolitch, Founder/Instructor/Massage



Laura Albrecht, Instructor

Since 2009, Laura has worked with individuals and small groups teaching a healthy alignment practice called “Spinefulness.” Spinefulness addresses the pain and discomfort that comes from modern posture and helps to restore the body’s natural alignment. Individuals who work with Laura are often amazed to learn that the common postural cues of “tucking the tailbone,” “lifting the chest,” and “sucking in the tummy” are actually causing more stress and strain on the body. Laura has a background in Traditional Ashtanga Yoga from studies at Mount Madonna Center (RYT 200). She has worked as a Physical Therapy Aide (Pacific Coast Therapists) and is a Certified Personal Trainer (ACE). Certifications aside, she finds the simple and straightforward guidelines of Spinefulness to be the most effective way to help people out of pain. Try a private session with her to learn the foundations of Spinefulness or join one of her small group classes. Visit for more information about Laura’s offerings.

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Julie Holbrook, Licensed Esthetician

Since 2005, Julie Holbrook has offered effective and deeply relaxing skin and body care treatments in the Santa Cruz and San Jose areas. Throughout the years, she has worked in both small and large spas, and has experience in Spa Management, Education, and as a Traveling Skin Care Sales Representative. This experience has provided her with a broad working knowledge and holistic perspective of the Skin Care and Spa Industry. Years of continuing education and on the job training has also provided awareness of additional modalities and methods of healing such as: advanced ingredient technology, Japanese Facial Massage, Ayurvedic principles, Aromatherapy, Cranial Sacral techniques, Clinical Peels, Microdermabrasion, and Body Treatments.

I have an intense love for my industry. I experience joy by sharing my passion for skin care treatments whether it be a pampering facial, a beautifully done brow arch, or a simple corrective makeup application. Through Esthectics, I am able to help my clients feel better on the outside, which in turn, helps them feel better within. This has inspired me to do gratis work on people recovering from traumatic facial scarring. Sometimes when we look and feel better Esthetically, it creates a healing process, from the inside out. I look forward to working with you!
— Julie Holbrook