Beach Therapy for the Soul

How do you feel when you are at the sea?

When you strip away the layers and set yourself free?

When you let go of worries and allow yourself to be?

When you step into the salt water and allow it your weight to carry?

When walking the sands and a beautiful seashell treasure you see?

What if you could bring this peace, freedom and joy into your everyday reality?

You CAN!

This freedom and joy you seek is not reserved to a seaside escape with white sand beaches.

This peace resides within you.

Reconnect to your peace of mind. Reclaim your power. Reach your potential.

It Started with a Gift from the Sea…

Kapa Kai Seashell Massage

On a Christmas day, a seashell I had collected as a child was placed in my hand with the message to work with it.

Thus, in 2001, Kapa Kai was born as The Original Seashell Therapy™. I combined my love for the sea with my massage therapy degree.

The combining of the ocean’s energy and meditation into healing sessions brought even deeper levels of transformation.

The ocean inspires us to go within, to reconnect and to remember our truth.

Kapa Kai now goes ‘beyond the table’ bringing this sea simplicity to you, with our transformational (and fun!) Inner Ocean Meditation journeys.

What does Kapa Kai Mean?

Kapa Kai is from the Hawaiian language translates to: Border of the Sea/Seashore.

The beach is a magical place, the bridge between land and sea. The place the tides transform the shoreline. The place offering gifts of connection and discovery. The place of BE-ing.

Kapa Kai carries the Aloha Spirit, embodying oneness and connection.

Kapa Kai’s essence inspires compassion, presence, a slower pace to life (island time), being who you truly are (mermaid tail and all!), reconnecting, and honoring your true state of bliss (free as the dolphins in the sea).

The Mermaid Behind Kapa Kai

Beach on my mind. Ocean in my heart. Mermaid in my soul.

Aloha! I’m Bobbie Jo (a.k.a. BJ) VanDenPlas, an inspirational writer, poet, midwest mermaid, teacher, healing artist and the founder of Kapa Kai.

I believe life to be deep like the ocean and fun like the beach. These are two elements I bring into everything I create and teach.

I believe everything we seek, we hold within us. We only need to dive in and discover it!

You are not a drop in the ocean you are the entire ocean in a drop. Rumi
Photo Credit: Rusty Orr

I also believe we are all ‘One Ocean Ohana.’ That ocean is a universal language that connects us all. (After all, we are ocean!)

I believe that just as much of the sea lies undiscovered, so too does our potential.

Kapa Kai is about connecting you to the nature of yourself through nature itself, to inspire you to discover and live your true peace and potential.

Mermaidification credit: Dana Mermaid. Hair & makeup credit: Mariah Melanie. Photo credit: Ilana Maxwell/Soul Sight Artistry.

I love sharing what I’ve learned and continue to learn, to mentor, inspire and empower others.

I believe that if we remain open and flow with our transformations and life’s changing tides, the possibilities are truly endless.

I believe we are all in this together.

I believe it all comes down to LOVE.

I believe we all have a gift to share and inspire each other.

Here is my ocean gift. Please receive it with love.

Mahalo (thank you) for connecting. I am grateful for you.

It’s an honor to share this blue planet, and to be One Ocean Ohana with you.

I look forward to swimming with you more in these beautiful, transformational, magical seas of life.

Oceans of Love and Blessings,

Bobbie Jo (BJ)

For those who like the professional de’tails, here are a few:

College Education: ( 4 Year) Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Business (UWGB)

Continuing Education: Massage Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, LaStone Therapy, Massage for the Mother to Be and Massage Doula, Massage for People Living with Cancer, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Chakra Balancing, Hawaiian Elemental Healing, Certified Assertiveness Coach, Transformational Meditation Teacher

A few of my favorite Professional Accomplishments: College Instructor at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay for a few years upon my graduation, Taking out a loan on my car to go back to school for massage, Flying to Alaska for cancer massage training to help my dad, and of course- Kapa Kai!


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