Every massage therapist is different - and every massage practice is different. If you are not already a client of mine, you are probably wondering why you should choose me?
Some of the words my clients use to describe me are knowledgeable, professional, peaceful, and curious. They have come to expect a thoughtful intake before the work begins.
I'm a bit of an anatomy geek.
If you come to me with a with a sore knee, for example, you can expect me to ask a lot of questions about the history of that knee as well as what you've been doing the previous month or so. Have you had any surgeries or injuries? Are you wearing different shoes? Spending more time in the car? Hitting the stairmaster with the personal trainer? Armed with your answers, I will begin to palpate (fancy word for "feel") each of the muscles that could be involved: those that attach near the knee, or move the leg, or are known to refer pain to the knee (this means that the muscle dysfunction may be elsewhere, but it sends pain to the knee nevertheless. Go figure!) I enjoy working with the individual muscles (and teaching students how to find them - which is why I love teaching Hands-On Anatomy in the Therapeutic Massage Program at Forsyth Technical Community College).
Massage cannot cure all ills, of course, and I am ready to refer you to another medical professional if need be. But if we determine that it is likely that a muscle or muscle group is causing the problem, I will work within your comfort level to release any "trigger points", spasms, or "knots" with the goal of returning you to full function.
For general relaxation, you might want to enjoy a session of AromaTouch essential oil application or a soothing Swedish massage. I was certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner in 2005, and work to balance the energy fields of my clients. I have recently completed a 32 hour course in Oncology Massage with Tracy Walton. Take a look at the "My Services" page for more details about these modalities.
I have been in practice for over 14 years, and during this time I have gained a reputation for very specific "point work", which means honing in on the dysfunction, rather than a more general relax-and-stretch-it-all-out-and we'll-probably-help-it-a-bit approach. At the same time, I have been consistently told that my presence is nurturing, warm, and respectful. When you step into my office, expect to feel a sense of calm and peacefulness - the state in which healing can best occur.
2003 graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College's Massage Program.
North Carolina Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist #4492.
Member in good standing of AMTA, The American Massage Therapy Association.
Third year student in Wilderness Fusion Niasziih Healing
Certified in AromaTouch Technique with DoTerra® essential oils
Member of S4OM, Society for Oncology Massage
Certified Healing Touch Practitioner #2402 in 2005
Continuing Education Provider, NCBTMB #451425-10
Former Therapeutic Massage Adjunct Instructor in Hands-On Anatomy, Forsyth Technical Community College
Additional training in:
- Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer
- Muscle Energy Therapy and Positional Release
- Myofascial Release
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Massage
BFA Syracuse University, 1978