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About Grace


Owner, massage therapist

Grace Peterson

In 2012, Grace began her life path as a massage therapist. She attended the National Holistic Institute in San Francisco, CA and went on to the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator program. While in school, she worked the desk at one of San Francisco’s most prestigious clinical bodywork studios, Psoas Massage and Bodywork, where she was invited to attend in-house therapist trainings from some of the most renowned names in the industry. What was perhaps even more valuable was what she learned from the owners about what it takes to run a successful business. After years of working for chiropractors and small studios, Grace opened her private practice in Encinitas, CA in July of 2016.

Not long after moving to Encinitas in 2015, Grace began to notice her bodywork quickly evolving. Her attention towards pain and postural tensions developed from her clinically based education to a curiosity of a deeper mind-body relationship. She needed more tools to add to her belt in order to understand these new observations. This led her to Pacifica Graduate Institute to pursue a master’s degree in Depth Psychology with a Somatic Studies emphasis. Her questions regarding how the body incorporates and holds emotion and our accumulative life experience were answered to an extent she could not have imagined.

Through this program, Grace not only was introduced to the expansive depth psychology and somatics literary communities, but also became involved with the surf therapy community for her fieldwork and literary research. This allowed her to discover her specific areas of interest such as ecopsychology, neuroscience, archetypal psychology, dreamwork and alchemy where she eventually derived the new name for her expanding practice, Saltwater. During a course in Embodied Alchemy, she came across the alchemical symbol for saltwater (body and emotion) which eventually became the logo for the rebirth of her private practice into Saltwater in 2019. 

Grace grew up in Ventura, CA and was a competitive swimmer for Oregon State University studying Exercise and Sports Science and Sociology, followed by 6 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard. She loves surfing, spearfishing, being in nature, creating and appreciating music and art.

Photo by Ashleigh Yob @sandiegosurfphotos



Pacifica Graduate Institute
M.A., Depth Psychology and Somatic Studies Emphasis, 2019

National Holistic Institute
Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator, 2013

Oregon State University
B.A., Sociology, 2006

Activities & Affiliations

• American Massage Therapy Association, Member
• United States Coast Guard, Veteran



Holly Mersy and Mitchell Wix bios coming soon…


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