- Randolph-Macon College, B.A. Sociology 1981
- Applied Kinesiology Studies, Herndon, Virginia May 1997
- Certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork since September 1997
- Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions, Board of Nursing since 1997
- Member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 1997
After receiving my basic massage training (500+ hours), I have spent the last sixteen years augmenting that training with another 500 hours of continuing education. My focus has been primarily on the neck, shoulder girdle, hips and low back. My focus for each session is directly related to the individual needs of each client at the time of the massage. Depending on her/his needs, I can utilize one or a combination of the following techniques: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Connective Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, and stretching.
My clientele includes a variety of people, ranging from athletes who have exercise related issues to people who experience chronic pain to those who rely on massage as a stress management tool. Prior to each session, I assess the information presented to me by the client and tailor the session to the specific needs of the individual. I have learned that each client, even if regularly seen, has different needs at each session. It is therefore an integral part of my approach to interview the client before each session to ensure that I am working on the specific physiological issues that need to be addressed.
Between my extensive educational background in massage and my own experience as an athlete, I have broadened my understanding of human anatomy. I have been active in Master's swimming, running, cycling and weight lifting for over 30 years. For the last ten years, when time permitted, I participated in triathlons, 5K's, 10K's, and 10-milers. This active lifestyle has enabled me to understand the etiology and effect of strains and injuries and to what extent I can help my clients resolve their particular issues.
Communication is a key factor in the relationship between a client and massage therapist. It is critical to gather information prior to the session. I encourage clients to share any physical/emotional issues that may be impacting the body. I respect a client's right to privacy and the extent to which a client will want to share information about her/himself. As part of the dialogue that should ideally exist, clients are encouraged to share any issues with the massage during the session and subsequent to the session, should any issues arise. This feedback allows me to maximize the massage experience.
I see myself as a client's partner in this particular therapeutic process. I share my knowledge and perceptions of what is occurring physiologically and also recognize my limitations. It is incumbent upon the client to take an active part in her/his healing beyond the massage experience. "Listening" to one's body is paramount. A client might be encouraged to take a break from an activity that has caused pain or to practice suggested daily stretching or to simply relax during and after a massage. Better results are seen when the therapist and client work in tandem.
I am extremely confident in my ability as a massage therapist and have successfully treated clients for many years. In rare instances, I determine that I will not be able to help a client resolve her/his physiological issues. If this is the case, I will readily refer the client to another therapist or to a professional who can more appropriately treat the presenting problem.
300 North Washington Street, Suite 102
Falls Church, VA 22046 703.485.5516