About Vanessa


Vanessa Hazzard, BASc, LMT is an author, educator, and massage therapist with 13 years of experience in the field. She is author of Prenatal Thai Massage: for Relaxation & Pain Relief. Her volunteerism and commitment to mental health and trauma-awareness in yoga and bodywork has landed her features on NPRPhilly.com, and speaking engagements at Drexel University and non-profit organizations. She has also been featured in Massage Today. Vanessa has shared her expertise as an advisory board member for massage therapy schools, as well as Belmont Behavioral Health’s mood disorder program.
Over the past decade, she has taught hundreds of massage therapy professionals at spas, wellness centers, and retreats; including Massage Envy Regional Trainings, Mellow Massage & Yoga, Toppers Spa, and the Sporting Club at the Bellevue.
Vanessa has studied with Ajarn Sinchai Sukparset, Thanachai Chaimongkhon, and International Training Massage (ITM) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She also has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Massage Therapy from Siena Heights University and is currently earning her Master of Education in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers University.

PA Massage License MSG000869 | NCBTMB Approved Provider 451899-12

Vanessa with Ajarn Sinchai Sukparset

Vanessa with Chongkol Setthakorn of International Training Massage

Why I Named My Company Nirvanaland


“When I was fresh out of massage school, I worked at a day spa. One of the first clients I had there really enjoyed her session. As I was walking her to the reception area, she turns to me and says, “Vanessa, that was pure nirvanaland! The pain I had before is totally gone!” That brief exchange had a big impact on me. Nirvana is a term used in Buddhism and Hinduism that can be defined as a state of perfect peace, happiness and freedom from suffering.

Our bodies are the center of our human experience. For many, that experience includes frequent physical, mental or emotional pain.  While some pain is necessary, constant discomfort can negatively impact all areas of your life. After working with that one particular client, my intention for all the sessions I’ve had over the last ten years is to help everyone I massage to feel as peaceful and pain-free as she did.

Once I became a massage and bodywork educator, the original intention I set expanded from the treatment room to the classroom. My mission with Nirvanaland Essentials is to provide massage therapists with the essentials or necessary tools to offer their clients relief from suffering for a more peaceful state of being…one session at a time.”

-Vanessa Hazzard, Owner

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For Travelers

Our location in Center City Philadelphia is ideal for people choosing to travel on public transportation and makes out of state travel convenient. We are close to Septa Trains, Amtrak, Buses, and Greyhound/ Peter Pan/ Megabus lines. Philadelphia is easily commutable from Nj via multiple NJ transit hubs located in Center city. New York residents can commute to Philadelphia via Peter Pan/Metro/or Greyhound Buses (which average 1:30m) or via Amtrak. Our Amtrak station is located at 30th street station with buses, trolleys, and trains going to Center City/Old City Philadelphia frequently. 

If you choose to drive, Street parking is available or there is a reasonable parking garage (Parkominium) on the corner.