- 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
**Please note that I will be out on maternity leave beginning in early March
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.
- Completed Level 1 Orthopedic Massage and Evaluation
- Structural Assessment/Whole Body Analysis
- Myofascial Work with Moderate/Deep Pressure
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from New England College with a focus in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and my Massage Therapy/Bodywork certificate from Cortiva Institute in Watertown, MA. I have been practicing clinically based massage therapy and bodywork in the Boston area since 2009. I have also gained a plethora of knowledge while working as an Orthopedic Technician at Children’s Hospital Boston for over 7 years. I worked in both an outpatient and operating room setting with hand, hip, foot and sports medicine surgeons.
I am an avid hockey player and have been before I could talk, playing at all levels of the game. My very intense involvement in hockey and staying in shape, along with suffering and rehabilitating some significant injuries while playing in college with the use of massage therapy in my recovery, has led to my interest in the field. Massage Therapy has helped me to decrease recovery time, increase strength and flexibility, and speed up the healing process from injuries.
My background working in orthopedics along with my training in kinesiology and massage have helped me to develop an integrative style of treatment. I utilize a combination of Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Orthopedic Assessment, traction, and range of motion exercises.
I enjoy working with a wide range of populations from pro athletes to those suffering from chronic pain. My goal in every treatment is to use my skills in massage therapy and sports medicine to help my clients to lead active and healthy lives.
- Extensive Study of Deep Tissue, Myofascial and Meridian techniques under a Naturapathic MD
- Temple style Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and La Stone certified
- Focussed Deep Tissue work with relaxation qualities
I graduated from the South West Institute of the Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ with a 1000 hour massage certificate in 2008. Upon graduating, I continued to study and work intensively under the tutelage of a very knowledgeable and compassionate Naturopathic Physician for 3 years, learning a unique blend of Myofascial, Deep Tissue, and Meridian therapy which effectively manipulates the connective tissue without having the client endure a painful session. I traveled to Chicago a few times a year to work with wonderful clients at the largest yoga studio in the Midwest, Moksha Yoga. I was able to see how active bodies have cleaner tissue, more space for manipulation, and overall more rapid improvements.
I am currently completing my certification as a Holistic Nutrition Specialist. During my schooling for massage therapy, I had a strong desire to find ways of becoming a better therapist for the clients I would encounter. I was pulled towards holistic nutrition, yoga and meditation, and anything that helped develop myself as a better person. Having experienced many amazing life-changing opportunities from this desire, I am always excited to share these methods of self-health and happiness with clients.
Teaching and educating clients about their own bodies is always exciting because it allows them to take charge of their health and wellbeing. I truly love being able to help people with my hands and experience. It is very rewarding to see people feeling better and incorporating other elements that bring health and happiness into their lives.
I am an avid Ashtanga yoga practitioner and enjoy cycling, running, swimming, hiking, and camping. I enjoy vegan cooking and all of the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle. Traveling and learning are life passions of mine that I am always looking to embrace.
- 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 the massage field began with my desire to heal, and the positive feedback I received from friends who I worked on recreationally. During my time at the Cortiva Insitute, the Myofascial Release and Clinical Integration courses resonated with me the most, as I discovered in myself a desire and skill for problem solving and deeper work.
I furthered my study after completing massage school in 2011 by receiving my advanced certification in Orthopedic Massage and Assessment, in which I delved more deeply into the treatment of specific conditions and postural deviation. This course helped me to focus my work on postural assessment, deep tissue, myofascial release and neuromuscular techniques that I practice now.
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 slow approach to everything I do and even my deepest work has an undercurrent of energy flow. I enjoy educating people about their bodies and making suggestions for keeping them in balance.
I believe in a holistic approach to life and any issues we encounter mentally or physically. I’ve come to learn how real and important the mind-body connection is, and I enjoy staying up to date on recent studies and information relating to this connection. My other interests include yoga, healthy eating, herbal remedies, psychology, dreams and science. I aspire to become a yoga teacher and continue to study holistic health.