- Certified in Orthopedic Massage and Evaluation
- Deep Tissue Techniques
- Deep Pressure Applied to Specific Areas
- Active and Passive Stretching
I have been practicing Clinical Massage Therapy in the Boston area since 2002. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado and my Massage Therapy certificate from Palmer Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Salem, Ma. I am certified in Orthopedic Massage as well, which focuses on the assessment and treatment of orthopedic injuries.
While attending the University of Colorado, I suffered injuries from a 120-foot fall as the result of a rock climbing accident outside of Boulder. After undergoing eight months of intensive treatment including Physical and Massage Therapy, I was able to achieve a full recovery from my injuries, to the degree of completing a marathon and two triathlons to date. Realizing the incredible benefits of hands-on therapy through this experience, I decided to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and follow with a Massage Therapy Certification.
My unique style of bodywork utilizes a combination of Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, and Orthopedic Assessment. I focus my work on the treatment and prevention of acute and chronic pain due to injury, postural distortion and athletic training. I strongly believe in empowering my clients with the knowledge of why they are experiencing pain and how they can take an active role in its elimination as well as prevention.
My clients include professional triathletes, people who suffer from chronic pain, computer users with poor posture, and more generally people who are interested in maintaining healthy lifestyles. My goal is to use my talents in Massage Therapy to help people free themselves of pain so that they may enjoy their lives to the fullest.
- Certified Hatha Yoga Instuctor
- Certified in Myofascial Release Technique
- Deep Tissue Work with Moderate/Deep Pressure
- Certified in Pre/Post Natal Massage using sidelying positioning
I graduated from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2002, following completion of my B.A. in Anthropology from Ithaca College. I returned to my native Massachusetts in 2004, and have worked as a Massage Therapist in the Boston area since then.
My experience in massage therapy includes certification in Myofascial Release, advanced training in Orthopedic Massage, and completion of Level 1 Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am also a certified yoga instructor, having completed Barbara Benagh’s 500 hour Art of Teaching course in 2007.
Over the years I have developed my style of bodywork into one that combines many techniques and modalities, and is strongly influenced by my active lifestyle and committed yoga practice. As a cyclist, outdoor enthusiast, yogi and health nut, I bring a blend of interests into my massage practice that allows me to work on a multitude of needs.I incorporate Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage and breath work into my sessions.
Each and every session is different, and I am acutely sensitive to tailoring the session to the fit the needs of each client. Each body has a story to tell from years of chronic overuse, old injuries, habits and patterns.My style and approach to therapeutic massage is very similar to my yoga practice, in that every day is different, and therefore your needs will change as well.
I am always excited to discuss nutrition and self care, as I have learned much from my clients over the years, and have a lot to share from my own experience as well. I often give clients yoga poses that I find suitable for their needs and self-care routines. I have an extensive repertoire of various stretches and foam rolling instruction as well. Whether you have just completed a marathon, are a computer athlete or are simply taking care of your body with maintenance care, I will be attentive to your needs.
My goal is to help each and every client in their unique situation feel the best that they can from therapeutic massage.
- Level 1 CrossFit Certified
- Certified in Manual Instrument Adhesion Release
- Prenatal Massage Certified using Body Cushion System
- Deep Pressure, Very Specific Work
I received my BA with an entrepreneur/mgt major from Central Connecticut State University in 2005. Always being a “hands on” sort of spirit, I decided to pursue Massage Therapy as a career after receiving my degree.
I first attended Massage Therapy School in San Diego, CA. After 8 months, I missed the East coast and came back and finished studying at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. I completed the accelerated program with studies consisting of acupressure, sports massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, and deep tissue massage. The first event I participated in through school was the 2007 Boston marathon (the really cold and windy one). This is what sparked my interest in the deep tissue aspect of Massage, honing in on specific tension and eliminating pain. My first job out of school was in a spa setting in Providence, RI. While I enjoyed the spa atmosphere, I realized my skills were being wasted on light touch. That’s when I decided to move to Boston to begin working with a clinical approach to massage and have been for almost 5 years. My clientele consists of Cross-fitters, ultra-marathoners, triathletes, and people suffering from repetitive use issues.
I have always had a love for sports. I grew up in a sports enthusiast household, my brother could skate before walking and my dad worked in professional hockey, so naturally I became a field hockey player. I also enjoy softball, golf and yes, even BOWLING!! I have challenged myself to a half marathon every year for the past 2 years as well. Last year I completed the Smuttynose Half and this year I ran the Portland, Maine Half. Maybe a full marathon is in my future!
My most recent continuing education classes include Stretching Techniques, Deep Tissue Massage for problem areas, Orthopedic Assessment, and Manual Adhesion education program for level 1. Next, I plan on completing my Pregnancy Massage certification by the end of May 2012. It’s my goal to help to provide each client with body work that will keep them pain free and allow them to push harder in their everyday life to achieve their goals and optimal health.
- Focused deep tissue and myofascial work
- Extensive Craniosacral training with Milne Institute
- Utilizes a wide range of modalities tailored to each individual
My formal training in massage began at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA, in 2000, focusing on Deep Tissue and Sports Injuries. I’ve continued to study Craniosacral Therapy with the Milne Institute and have received extensive training in advanced injury work, myofacial release, and clinical and neuromuscular therapies.
I began my professional career in the visual and performing arts. After incurring a severe rotator cuff injury while practicing a new act, I became disillusioned with my medical treatment, and began receiving and studying alternative therapies. I was deeply impressed with the cross fiber friction massage I received that lead to my recovery, and thus my eventual pursuit of massage therapy as a career.
My focus for each session is tailored to your individual, immediate and long-term goals, ultimately directing your body to its midline where balance is restored to the body and mind.
I practice Aikido and Raja Yoga, and enjoy playing frisbee and soccer in my spare time. I’ve also been spending more time on my bike testing my reflexes on the city streets, and I am currently training myself with longer rides into the suburban wilds. Otherwise you can find me with my kids or hard at work in my silversmithing studio.
- Certified in Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment
- Focused Myofascial and Deep Tissue work
- Reiki 1 training complete
My interest in Massage Therapy began with the desire to heal. Before having any training or knowledge of anatomy, I realized that with my hands I could help friends with insomnia and pain, both emotional and physical. Seeing a close friend go from sleeping three hours a night to an uninterrupted seven hours was inspiring. At that time I was practicing reiki and light massage. During my time at the Cortiva Insitute, the Myofascial Release and Clinical Integration courses resonated with me the most. I began to understand the body not just as a series of individual muscles, but as a whole functioning organism. I learned to look beyond of the locality of pain for its other origins. After completing massage school in 2011, I received advanced certification in Orthopedic Massage and Assessment, in which I delved more deeply into treatment of specific conditions and postural deviation.
My style involves pinpointing soft tissue restrictions and facilitating unwinding and softening of these restrictions, particularly in the muscles that are at the root of different musculoskeletal imbalances. I take a very slow approach to everything I do and even my deepest work has an undercurrent of gentle energy flow. In my practice I utilize postural assessment, deep tissue, myofascial release and neuromuscular techniques. I enjoy educating people about their bodies and making suggestions for keeping them in balance, whether it be diet, exercise, or stretching. I have come to see how big of a difference all of these things can truly make in my own body and mind.
Although I’ve leaned towards clinical work, I have not forgotten my roots. I started with intuition, assessment of the chakra system (the energetic points of reference used in Reiki and other forms of energy healing), and universal love. I have always believed in a holistic approach to the body and mind. I took a course in the mind-body relationship and follow new research on the subject as well. My other interests include yoga, running, healthy eating, herbalism, psychology, dreams and science. I aspire to integrate additional holistic and naturopathic elements to my practice.
- Certified in Orthopedic Massage and Assessment
- Deep Tissue and Myofascial Release focus
- Postural Assessment
- Reiki II Certified
In 2011 I completed my training at the Cortiva Institute for Massage Therapy. After working in the field for a few months I realized I wanted to focus on and understand more about the benefits of structural massage and how to help people attain full anatomical function, so I went back to Cortiva for my certification in Orthopedic Massage.
Over the past 2 years I have helped clients from many backgrounds including runners, performers in the Boston Ballet, post-surgical patients, etc… Witnessing the relief of pain and regained function first hand through my clients has driven my passion for helping people and made me want to push further in my career. My massages are tailored to the needs of each individual client and may include deep tissue, myofascial release, stretching, and postural assessment.
I grew up surrounded by the White Mountains in Franconia, NH where I enjoyed skiing, hiking, and fishing. My passion for helping others was influenced by a herbologist who I worked for as a child, tending to her herb garden and making healing tinctures specifically tailored to each of her patients. After witnessing first-hand how she was able to help close friends of mine combat cancer, survive life threatening head injuries, and find overall pain relief, I realized I needed to be in a similar healing field. I use what I have learned from that experience in combination with my massage and Reiki training to work with an integrated approach so that I can provide the most benefit to each person I treat.
- Focused Deep Tissue techniques
- Sports and Injury Rehabilitation
- Breath work techniques
I chose to pursue a career in massage therapy after witnessing firsthand its profound effects among people suffering from life threatening illnesses, including someone very close to me. This eye opening experience has instilled in me a deep belief in massage as an avenue toward healing not only for those with an illness, but also for any person with the desire to be well. I was lucky to have wonderful instructors at the Elizabeth Grady School of Massage who helped to guide me in this direction.
My lifelong exposure and involvement with sports has also contributed significantly to my passion for massage therapy. I grew up in a very athletic household. My dad boxed competitively at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, and after graduation became a hardcore runner. My mother was also an outstanding athlete – in high school she captained three sports, and was one of the first two women in the United States to receive a full athletic scholarship.
I became active in sports starting in second grade, and fell in love with soccer. I played just about every day up until 2006. Over the years, I had sprained both ankles many times, partially tore my MCL, suffered shin splints, turf toe…the list goes on. It was clearly time to change gears. So, in what was sort of a natural transition, I started running. I’ve run half marathons in Boston and Hartford, and aspire to someday accomplish the full 26.2!
I’ve found massage therapy to be incredibly helpful in dealing with my old aching injuries as well as any new issues that may come up. I have a deep understanding for what athletes put their bodies through, and use deep, specific pressure to help my clients stay active in the sports they love.
About a year ago, I began practicing pranayama yogic breath exercises. I’m so surprised by how helpful the act of taking time to focus on my breath has been, not only in reducing anxiety, but also in helping me to feel more alert and alive. I always aim to help my clients focus on breathing throughout the treatment. My goal is to understand the needs of each person I treat, working together to achieve optimal wellness.