I graduated from Stillpoint School of Massage through Greenfield Community College in July of 2005. Stillpoint was the first college-based accredited massage school in the Commonwealth and today remains one of only a handful of Massachusetts programs to be fully accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Stillpoint, which originated in Hatfield, MA, takes pride in the very complete 765 in- class hour training, exceeding national standard by 265 hours. In March of 2007 I attended The Watsu Institute, also known as The School of Shiatsu & Massage, tucked away in the mountains of Middletown, CA. The school is approved by the National Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is: "recognized as one of the world's premier learning institutes for… healing arts," according to Massage & Bodywork Magazine. I am a certified Shiatsu Practitioner & Massage Therapist, licensed by the state of Massachusetts and am a member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and HealthProfs.com.
While the core of my training is in Swedish massage, I love to integrate many techniques into each session including Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Body Mobilizations, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Active/Passive Stretching & Traction and Hydrotherapy. I work with clients on an individual basis; every body is different and every person perceives touch differently. I know that what may be too much pressure for one client may be just right for another. I believe that communication is the key to meeting the massage needs of each client, which enables me to tailor each session to the client. Before each session, the client and I discuss his or her goals and how I can most effectively address them. I encourage clients to speak up throughout the massage; letting me know if there is not enough or too much pressure, positioning or even feedback about a specific technique. I also check in afterwards to hear his or her critique about the massage and/or techniques/modalities that the client liked or disliked. By engaging with my clients in this manner, I learn so much that I could have missed otherwise.
I grew up as a gymnast and dancer, and like many people I suffered from chronic pain for years. Massage was the only remedy that I found to be beneficial with lasting results. It has always been a dream of mine to help people who experience chronic pain as I did, to contribute to their opportunity to live a pain- free and healthy life. Each client leaves with increased body awareness and knowledge of self- care techniques to exercise at home, prolonging the results.