Therapists

OUR TEAM OF EXPERT THERAPISTS

OUR THERAPISTS

We only employ experienced, Nationally Certified and/or licensed massage therapists. Our staff is what sets us apart. Among our therapists, we have over 150 years of experience combined. This breadth of experience is truly unique and something of which we are very proud. It allows us to offer a truly unique combination of outstanding services for the discerning massage client.

AMANDA

Amanda is a 2003 Potomac Massage Training Institute graduate. Amanda has been at Old Town Massage Center since 2004, and as such is the staff member who has been on board the longest. Amanda has a busy home life. Her work at OTMC is grounded in finding ways to offer relief and relaxation to her clients. Amanda's years of experience comes through in her sessions. Her touch is gentle but strong and Amanda specializes in relaxing deep tissue, Swedish and prenatal massage. Her cheerful, caring and warm presence combined with her healing touch will leave you wishing you had booked a longer session.

CAROLYN

Carolyn trained in California and does beautiful nurturing work. Her touch is firm and present. Her speed is slow so as to allow the tissues to open. She is patient and coaxes the tissues to open before she goes deep. Carolyn also works with Hot Stones and does wonderful Myofascial work. Her sessions all have in common that they are well rounded and she provides her clients with a lovely healing presence. If you like great deep massage you should book a session with Carolyn today.

DONNA

Donna is one of our light touch specialists. A Reiki Master, Donna both teaches and practices Reiki. Donna calls on her Reiki energy throughout each session. After over 600 hours of training Donna is a Certified Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®, a gentle system of neuromuscular re-education developed by a British-trained Osteopath. “O-B” uses gentle positional release techniques to achieve lasting and profound results. This technique is safe for seniors, pregnant women, those undergoing cancer treatment as well as those who prefer to be cajoled into relaxation. For more information about Ortho-Bionomy®, visit www.ortho-bionomy .org.
Aside from O-B and Reiki Donna also specializes in Swedish Massage and incorporates Hot Stones upon request. Donna’s work is amazing and ideal for those who wish to achieve relaxation and healing without being challenged by deep tissue work. Donna has continued her studies and is Certified in Integrative Foot and Hand Reflexology and Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage.

ELENA

With well over a quarter of a century of experience, Elena is a highly knowledgeable and experienced practitioner of massage and bodywork contributing to health and healing, relaxation, stress reduction, and optimal physical performance. Elena, a former Olympic rower and medalist, studied Physical Education and Exercise Science at Saint Petersburg College of Exercise and Sports, and received her initial massage training in Belarus. After moving to the United States, and being required to recertify, Elena attended the Fairfax School of Massage. Due to Elena’s experience, she comes recommended to the most experienced of receivers when it comes to massage; those who have received lots of work will get the most benefit out of a session with her. With a host of tricks up her sleeve, a session with Elena is a unique experience that comes with lots of movement and variation to create space in the joints and muscles. Elena is phenomenal at gauging what her client's need on any given day. Elena’s work can be very deep, yet never brutal. Elena's work is always healing and is an excellent choice for addressing injuries and for injury prevention. Her wide-ranging expertise includes use of Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, stretching, trigger release, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release (myofascial meridians), myoskeletal alignment, Reflexology, pregnancy massage, cupping and hot stone massage.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited availability clients must to call to schedule with Elena. In addition, we do not accept any discounts when working with Elena. If you would like to use your package for a session with Elena, a $15 upgrade will be charged at the time of your appointment.

ELIZABETH

Elizabeth graduated from The Ohio College of Massotherapy in 2008. After a short tenure in a spa, she found her niche in therapeutic massage helping patients with pain management. Elizabeth has years of experience on a physician’s staff contributing to chiropractic, rehabilitation, and physical medicine. She uses a combination of massage techniques including trigger point release, neuromuscular therapy, and deep tissue massage to reduce pain and increase range of motion and mobility. She also uses a fusion of therapeutic and relaxation modalities to endow the client with a comprehensive and enjoyable treatment. Elizabeth sincerely cares for every client and takes great pride in her ability to help others.

ESI

Esi is an extremely accomplished reflexologist (Johannesburg, RSA) who found herself wanting to explore more bodywork and expand her knowledge to address injuries sustained in a car accident. As a result, she graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College’s Clinical Massage program. Esi actively tailors her massage sessions to specific client needs. Her work includes several massage techniques that are specifically focused for injury prevention and rehabilitation; greatly enhance PT treatment and Pre and / or Post surgery. A typical massage session with Esi includes the combined use of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial release and Myoskeletal alignment to effectively ‘lubricate the joint” for movement ease and muscle release. No two sessions with Esi are ever the same. Whether you want an intuitive touch or a deep tissue sport massage, Esi’s work will relax your entire system while helping you work through your ailments as well. Esi also enjoys working with families to be. She has taken advanced prenatal and pregnancy training through Claire Marie Miller. Esi holds advanced certifications in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy ®, reflexology and meridian therapy, and Myoskeletal Alignment training, Spinal Reflex Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy, Trigger Point, Bowenwork Therapy and prenatal and pregnancy, as well as, postpartum Massage.

GISELLE

Giselle has a warm, inviting and open presence. She has a gifted ability to seek out the root cause of pain and dysfunction before you’ve even lain on the table. Her thorough pre-massage consultation and clear communication will help define your therapeutic objectives. Giselle specializes in working with clients suffering from chronic pain or disabilities, as well as elderly clients. Even if you’re not quite sure what your goals are or have no prior experience with professional massage, Giselle can help you find them! She often blends techniques to meet your therapeutic goals. Her knowledge and application of anatomy and ability to read the tissue enables her to make each session count. Giselle graduated from Midwest Technical Institute in Illinois, with plans to get certified in pre-and-post natal massage and complete her bachelor's degree in nursing, as she strives to become a midwife and doula. She is extremely proficient in myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, sports therapy and the use of aromatherapy to further enhance the underlying bodywork. She is also an adept practitioner of hot stone, Swedish and lymphatic drainage massage. Her massage ethos incorporates consistency, confidence, and self-discipline into each and every session.

HEATHER

Heather has been with Old Town Massage Center since 2016 and graduated from Northern Virginia Community College Massage Therapy program in 2013. She is passionate about working with clients who experience chronic pain and tension, as well as those in recovery from surgery or injury. Her specialties include modalities such as Spinal Reflex Therapy and Vodder Method Manual Lymph Drainage. Heather's approach to massage and bodywork is soothing and gentle yet firm and with precision. She prides herself in helping each client reach their therapeutic and wellness goals.

JETTE

In 1998 Jette became a mom. This led her to seek a new professional life. She had been working as a Program Manager at an international telecommunications firm. She needed a saner way of life. In 1999 Jette started attending Potomac Massage Training Institute to certify as a Massage Therapist. This she accomplished in 2000.

Immediately after graduation, before even having received her license, Jette took a Prenatal Massage Certification class. In this class the instructor spoke of Doulas and showed a video. This video was transformational for Jette.

 

If you have met Jette you know she is a strong, tall Danish woman. Jette had assumed, as do many confident, capable, intelligent women that she was perfectly capable of delivering a baby in a natural way. She ended up with a fearful chemically induced labor and delivery. Her son was fine. But, from minute one the event was traumatic to Jette and also for her son and husband. Jette had found a calling when she saw the video of women helping women by offering unconditional Doula support throughout labor. She immediately knew she had to train and offer this kind of much needed support to women such as herself, who wanted to birth their baby in a calm and supportive environment.

 

Jette is also the founder of Old Town Massage Center, Inc. which she has built from the ground up. Countless hours of work have enabled Jette to create a massage center that is in line with her own personal philosophy of how a work place should function. Fair prices for excellent quality, client centered bodywork in a beautiful clean space, with personalized service using high quality organic products and highly trained, experienced staff.

Fair Wages, HealthCare benefits, 401K, vacation bonuses, assistance with continuing education costs are all offered to full-time staff at Old Town Massage Center, Inc. This fosters a stable staff of professionals who offer the very best massage and bodywork there is. We may not be the least expensive massage in town but we do our very best to offer the very best.

 

So starting in 2001 Jette not only was trained in the skill of pregnancy and peri-natal Massage and infant massage instruction, she was also trained as a birth doula and certified through DONA. Jette offered these services for a number of years. Due to the constraints of a growing massage practice and the responsibilities of parenting a young child, Jette decided to put the Doula work on hold to focus on massage, and in particular all manner of prenatal and perinatal offerings. She has now added HypnoBirthing ® Instruction to her offerings and is currently training with Ray Castallino in pre and peri natal work and Brigit Viksnins in Trauma Healing.

 

Jette holds a number of additional massage certifications and continuing education certificates. She is an accomplished Deep Tissue Specialist and holds certifications and certificates in Neuromuscular Massage, Sports Massage, La Stone therapy, Orthopedic Massage, Muscle Release Therapy, Fertility Massage, Integrative Reflexology, Levels 1 and 2 (80 Hrs.) of Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage training, Byodynamic Cranialsacral Training, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point, Stretching and other trainings taken since 2000. She draws on all that knowledge and the experience of having 20 years of full time professional experience in the field, with every client she works with.

HELENA

Helena is a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki master, licensed in Washington, D. C. and the states of Virginia and Arizona. With over 10 years of experience, she has the experience to achieve amazing results while working at a lighter touch than most. She received her initial massage therapy training at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington DC. She has since taken advanced training in Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy which she often combines in her sessions. She took most of John Barnes Myofascial Release seminars, and additional training in the art therapeutic dialoguing with Lori Zeltwanger. Helena’s Craniosacral Therapy training includes Upledger based workshops, Somato Emotional Release, and several classes with a Biodynamic perspective from Heidi Wilson. She is currently enrolled in the advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training with Roger Gilchrist, to be completed in September of 2020. Helena is a firm believer in the wisdom of the body and the power of the inner healer in each person. Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy are very holistic approaches to healing, whether the source of the dysfunction is physical, emotional, or spiritual as it manifests in the body. Her role as a massage therapist is to listen to the wisdom that is inherent in the body tissues and facilitate the healing process using her extensive professional training and deep intuitive abilities. In addition to her expertise in Craniosacral and Myofascial Release, Helena also offers Oncology Massage.While Helena is moving back to Arizona at the end of November we are happy to report that she will be seeing clients at Old Town Massage Center when she is in town. We are very happy to see her follow her dreams and to help facilitate them.

LAUREN

Lauren takes a holistic approach to her treatment sessions, striving to make an impact beyond the massage table by aiding her clients in identifying the life patterns responsible for contributing to dis-ease within the physical body. Her practice is best described as a blend of intuition and science, using the former to guide her skilled hands to successfully decrease pain, increase range of motion, and soothe the spirit. Lauren works with a compassionate touch and will use a variety of techniques to ensure that each session is customized to effectively address your specific needs. Some of her specialties include: Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, active and passive stretching, deep tissue, trigger point myotherapy, side-lying prenatal, Usui Reiki, intuitive energy work, aromatherapy, breath guidance, and most recently, table-modified Nuad Boran (Thai Bodywork).

LISA

Lisa is a Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from of Columbia College in McLean, VA. Additionally, she studied therapeutic massage in China. China has long history of medical massage therapy with rigorous training requirements. Lisa has worked in a chiropractic doctor office in Fairfax, VA and her approach is mainly therapeutic without ever over challenging the client's ability to receive the work. Lisa combines Eastern and Western approaches for a ``East meets West where it is best`` approach to bodywork. She draws on her mastery of many techniques including myofascial release, sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish, reflexology, meridian (energy channels) massage and aromatherapy among other skills. Lisa's approach is unique and her goal is to facilitate her clients recovery from illness and injury, to relieve pain and stress allowing them to enjoy a higher quality of life.

MARIA

Maria is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and has been in practice for nine years after completing her study at the National Massage Therapy Institute of Falls Church. A native to Northern Virginia, she recently joined Old Town Massage Center to bring focus to massage and bodywork. Her strong, yet soothing touch brings order amid chaos to those leading highly stressful or highly active lifestyles. A lighter, gentler approach can be used for those seeking relaxation. She also provides hot stone and soon to offer prenatal work.

MARIAH

Mariah graduated from the Medical Massage Therapy program at Career Training Solutions in 2011 and is now a is a Board Certified Licensed Massage Therapist. She specializes in deep tissue, medical massage, active/passive stretching, trigger point therapy and intuitive energy work. Mariah is passionate about therapeutic massage and is certified to work with those suffering from chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

MICHELLE

Michelle is working her dream job in practicing massage therapy. Her work provides Michelle with joy and satisfaction which she passes onto each client. Listening to why you are seeking massage and doing an evaluation to meet your goals is a top priority for Michelle. Included in each session with Michelle is her ability to draw on many different modalities, incorporating them in a unique manner in every individual session. Michelle thus addresses the needs of each of her client’s area of concerns. Her work may focused for injury rehabilitation; working in conjunction with physical therapy treatments to enhance client recovery, or simply tailored to meet the relaxation needs of her clients.. Michelle is trained through the excellent school of Clinical Massage at NVCC and specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point, Spinal Reflex Therapy (SRT), and myofascial release

SACHI

Sachi is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Community College's Clinical Massage Program which is considered one of the best programs in the DC area. Sachi has been practicing bodywork for over 5 years. She has a lovely centered presence and her approach is always client focused. Sachi's specialties include Spinal Reflex Therapy, prenatal and pegnancy massage, reiki, sports massage and trigger point therapy. Sachi draws on many different modalities, incorporating them into a wonderfully unique session. The experience for the recipient is wonderful and each session has it's own personality. Adding a touch of Reiki, Deep Tissue, Swedish massage or sports massage Sachi builds beautiful therapeutic sessions for each of her clients. “Treasure each meeting, for it is once in a life time.” is a Japanese phrase from Zen Buddhism, often used to describe the spirit of tea ceremonies. Similarly, Sachi values every minute of every session with her clients. “It’s important for me that I not only treat my client’s aches and pains but also promote his/her whole wellness.`` This approach comes through in everyone of her sessions.

STEPHANIE

Stephanie is a Board Certified Massage Therapist who graduated from American Military University in 2017. She specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point therapy, sports specific massage and myofascial release. Stephanie facilitates healing through restorative massage by customizing each session to address all of the client’s concerns on that particular day. She approaches each client with the utmost respect and is committed to providing each person with high quality care. Stephanie is also an Air Force veteran, a licensed Esthetician and is currently working on her Bachelors in Sports and Health Science.

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