About Carla

Carla Van Arnam

I am a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing® and a Holistic Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist (Vodder Method). Both methods employ gentle, precise touch in well designed protocols for the entire body to amplify your health.

My bodywork journey may have begun with dance classes as a teenager, or live drawing and sculpture classes in college, or bringing my taiji students into alignment with gravity with hands-on guidance. It certainly started with my first Zero Balancing (ZB) class in 1995. In 2004 I attended the Florida School of Massage, received my Florida massage license, and began my practice. In 2005 I completed ZB certification, and in 2012 the Core ZB Teacher training. Teaching ZB, and working with students and certification candidates is a great joy in my life.

I’m a sixth generation Floridian. I’ve lived other places (Baton Rouge, New York City, Brooklyn, Charlottesville, and Charleston) and done other things (costume design and construction, administrative and executive assistant, and taiji teacher) before returning to Gainesville and starting this career.

About the Work I Do

Zero Balancing®
Manual Lymph Drainage
Holistic Massage Therapy

Would you like to feel more at ease in your body, more relaxed, or just feel better? I can help.

Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the deepest structures and conductors of energy, your bones, to relieve stress and amplify health.
ZB is a full body, whole person approach to general and specific issues.  More >

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) works specifically with the lymph system to enhance immune system function and reduce the possibility of lymphedema. Think of it as spring cleaning for your lymph system. It is great for healthy folks who want to improve basic health. It’s the perfect complement to elective plastic or dental surgery, speeding healing and improving recovery. MLD before and after surgery reduces swelling. More >

The greatest benefits come from bodywork at regular intervals.  Bringing the energy and structure of the body into balance and harmony reverberates through life. Relief from stress gives greater ease to every day living. I’m interested in transformation and increasing happiness. How about you?

How often would you like to feel wonderful?

Each session is unique – it all depends on what you need when you arrive for your appointment.

By appointment only: Tuesday 9-5, Thursday 9-5, Friday 2-5 and Saturday 10-2.

Please phone 352.318.8974 to make an appointment.

  • FL Massage Therapy License MA41884.
  • Certified Practitioner, Zero Balancing Health Association
  • Faculty, Zero Balancing Health Association
  • FSMTA Suwannee Valley Chapter LMT of the Year (2010)
  • FSMTA Suwannee Valley Chapter Outstanding Service Award (2014)ABMP-CertMemLogoRGB
  • Certified Member, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Member, Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA)
  • Graduate of The Florida School of Massage (Gainesville)
  • Graduate of University of Florida (MFA) and The University of the South (BA)

Client Comments:

After a series of weekly ZB sessions, I found Carla’s protocols to be very effective in helping to release inefficient habitual patterns. Her gentle and firm touch at precise bone points acts like a coach for connective tissue – the pressure directs awareness which triggers “aha” moments in body and mind of “so that’s a good position for this joint”. Tissues feel more at ease and connected into the whole. These feelings of new connection also express as mental images such as treeishly sturdy legs, a broad comfortable path opening, or the red and gold glow of holiday joy.It’s a whole-person tune-up every time.
Appreciatively, M. Kampny LMT

Office in Integrative Manual Therapies
7328 West University Avenue, Suite F, Gainesville, FL 32607
MA41884/MM33311