Our healthcare dynamic makes it so easy to fall into the trap of acting like we know more than our clients. Training makes us experts in systems of the body, but it doesn’t give us all the answers about how they function for you. And when we marry that general expertise with a strong desire to be of service, we can easily miss our client’s innate intelligence and very real experience by only seeing what we expect to see. This is how symptoms get treated instead of souls.
In this practice, we strive to stay curious. To remain open to partnering with you in your session by listening to where you are, what you think is going on, and what you want to feel. In this way, the sessions are directed by you. No adult that has come into our office hasn’t spent their lifetime figuring out how to care for themselves. Pretending you don’t have that power by treating you as broken, feels incredibly unfair, and I believe, insulting. We are trained and dedicated facilitators. We love this work. And we’re so ready to see where you and your body want to go.
In 2007, I graduated from a 700-hour massage program and then began work as a Swedish and deep tissue massage practitioner at a high-end spa. I began to get frustrated as more and more clients would leave sessions feeling relaxed, only to return a week or a month later with the same issues they started with.
My desire to experience sustained change led me to connective tissue therapy. For the past 15 years, I have grown with the profession and the ever-changing field of fascia. I have seen this work help so many bodies and minds - including my own.
While I've had the benefit of many great teachers through the years, my greatest influences are Tom Myers' Anatomy Trains, The Upledger Institute, somatic approaches from Peter Levine and Stephen Porges, the teachings of Melissa Joy Jonsson, and John Barnes' Myofascial Release.
Photography: Kerry Anne Walsh
I am a licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist with an education from Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. With a therapeutic approach to massage, my intention as a therapist is to view “wellness” as the unity between the mind, body, and spirit.
I find yoga and bodywork to be great tools to use to work towards finding this harmony. In 2018 I earned my 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yogawood and I gained experience teaching group yoga classes.
I may incorporate breathwork, light stretching, meditation, Thai-yoga techniques, and other grounding practices into our massage session. My goal is to provide a personalized massage in a safe space and for you to leave our session refreshed and more in tune with your mind, body, and spirit.
I believe that massage is not just a luxury, but an important tool to have in your health and wellness toolbox. I look forward to working with you soon!
Photography: Bri Morse Photography
Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for movement. Adhesions in the fascia are addressed using a series of stretches and holds that engage the body's holding patterns and allow them to unwind and release. Somatic-emotional dialogue may occur during this session and is not required in order for there to be great benefit from the work. No two sessions are alike, even with the same client. This modality works with the body's natural intelligence and can be very deep.
75-minute session // $150
INTEGRATED MEDITATIVE MASSAGE
Using hypo-allergenic lotion and proper draping, this session combines Swedish therapeutic massage for targeted areas based on consultation, with any of the following: yoga-based stretching/movement, breathwork, guided imagery and meditation, sound-healing, grounding practices, and tools to calm the central nervous system, like a weighted-blanket, vagus nerve techniques, etc. (currently not offered for pregnant clients - please contact us for a referral)
60 and 90-minute sessions available starting at $100
With virtually no contraindications, this gentle and powerful work utilizes the connective tissue and bones of the skull and spine (sacrum) to release holding patterns, discomfort, and adhesions through the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow for easy movement.
75-minute session // $150
MASSAGE FOR CHARITY
Our Integrated Meditative Massage with 10% of the proceeds donated to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association, from sessions held through March 2022.
Our colleague, Sara Brummer, Pediatric PT, recently lost her uncle to ALS. Our donation at the end of March 2022, will be made in remembrance of Jay Edward Mounier, 9/21/44 - 11/24/21.
60-minute session // $100