NC License # 10850
Areas of Study
2018: 8 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Sinus Massage with Renee Shuford, Concord, NC
2017: 10 NCBTMB Approved Hours Aromatherapy: Restoring Emotional Balance, Home Study
2016: 4 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Self-Care in Yoga with Rachael Crawford Goolsby, Boone, NC
2016: 8 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Thai Massage with Rachael Crawford Goolsby, Boone, NC
2014: 12 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Esalen Massage with Robin Fann, Asheville, NC
2014: 3 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Professional Ethics with Robin Fann, Asheville, NC
2013-2014: 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Program with Neighborhood Yoga, Boone, NC
2012: 15 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching and Positional Release with Linda Pannullo, Asheville, NC
2012: 3 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Professional Ethics with Grace Scarborough, Asheville, NC
2011: 6 NCBTMB Approved Hours in Cranial Sacral with Diana Lee, Boone, NC
2010-Current: North Carolina Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist #10580
2009-2010: Massage Diploma, Center for Massage and Natural Health, Asheville, NC
600 Hour Massage & Bodywork Therapy Certification Program, COMTA Accredited
2002-2007: Bachelors of Science in Business Management, Minor in Art and Art History, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
I attended the Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2009-2010, and have been practicing massage since I received my license in 2010.
Massage has been an important part of my life since 2005. Through a healthy lifestyle and regular massage I began to gain a better understanding of the complexities of my body's health, both physically and emotionally.
As soon as I started receiving massage consistently I began to realize how transformative regular massage therapy could be. To live in a body that is listened to and cared for has helped me to realize that I can live in a body free of chronic pain, and without the the strain of stress.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for the human body, and have found massage to be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Swedish Massage & Esalen Style Massage
I use techniques from Swedish massage in most every massage session. Swedish massage is intended to help increase circulation and blood flow with long soothing massage strokes directed towards the heart.
I also love the deeply relaxing full body strokes, gentle rocking and passive joint exercises of the Esalen style of massage. Much like Swedish massage, the Esalen style of massage is intended to increase healing by stimulating the circulatory system and relaxing the para-sympathetic nervous system.
Hot Stone Massage & Heat Therapy
In my variation on Hot Stone Therapy I hold heated smooth, flat stones and use them to massage the body. I also place them on certain areas that might be holding more tension.
Heat causes the blood vessels to expand and blood flow to increase, helping to relax the body and relieve muscle pain. Hot Stone Therapy and Heat Therapy is a treat that help us to deeply relax and recover.
Stretching/Range of Motion Exercises
Stretching/Range of Motion Exercises increase flexibility and eases tension throughout the body, helping contribute to overall relaxation while increasing circulation and lymphatic flow.
Essential Oils & Aroma Therapy
I started studying the effects and uses of essential oils in 2007 when my first massage therapist told me I could clean mold with something as simple and natural as the essential oil of thyme. My first book about the healing and useful properties of essential oil was Valerie Ann Worwood’s, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).
Cupping is a tool that originated from Chinese Medicine in which suction is applied to the skin. Cupping is very effective in breaking structural restrictions, such as adhesions in the fascia. I have seen cupping enable greater range of motion and/or relief from pain instantly.
Singing Bowls & Sound Therapy
When I first received Sound Therapy by use of Singing Bowls I was amazed. I felt I had been reset, and my mind had been cleared. What was actually happening was a type of resetting. Singing bowls are a type of standing bell. When used as a healing medium the bowl is usually resting on or around the client’s body. The sides and rim of the bowls vibrate to create a beautiful sound which can be felt as vibration. This vibration can reset or retune our own cellular vibration.
What I love about Singing Bowl and Crystal Bowl Sound Therapy is that it is a very noninvasive technique that relaxes the nervous system immediately. When clients are nervous, or have a difficult history with touch I have seen Sound Therapy help them find complete relaxation in matter of minutes.
Pre-Natal/Post-Natal Massage for the mother to be and the new mother can be so wonderful and supportive. From the exhausted legs and low back pain of carrying a baby, to the shoulder and neck pain of breast feeding. There are many new and different, maybe even unexpected, demands being placed on a women’s body during this time. Massage can provide a much needed release of the tension and stress that can accumulate during pregnancy, child birth and the adjustment period of new motherhood.
I love working with mammas of all stages, pregnant or 40 years an expert. We love offering love and care to those offering life to another being (which in a way, is all of us). Pregnancy is truly a great wonder and a special time.
*Please be sure to let the receptionist know how far along you are when you make your appointment. After the first trimester clients should expect a side lying massage, cushioned by pillows for complete comfort, this is a great way to ease the stress of carrying a baby both physically and mentally.