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 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 Pregnancy Massage, Carolyn 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 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.
Dusty is an Alexandria local and she has been providing therapeutic massage therapy for over 10 years, graduating from NoVa and George Mason. Her services cover deep-tissue, pre/postnatal, lymphatic drainage, trigger point release, intuitive touch and sports therapy massage. Dusty is also mom, a runner and a fitness professional which adds to her understanding of helping runners recover so they can return to running. She has a passion for fitness and massage which she transfers into her care and treatment of her clients.
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 phonomenal at gauging what her client's need on any given day. Elena’s work can be very deep, yet never brutal. Elena can also provide the most nurturing of work and loves to do fertility massage. 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, myofacial release (myofascial meridians), myoskeletal alignment, Reflexology, pregnancy massage, cupping and hot stone massage. Due to very limited schedule availability you will need to call us to schedule with Elena.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Jette is the owner and founder of Old Town Massage Center, Inc. She had a vision of building the best therapeutic massage center possible and has been working to achieve this goal since 2001. Jette attended and graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2000 after leaving a successful career in Telecommunications that left her feeling unfulfilled. Since finding her passion, Jette has taken many courses in various modalities that include but are not limited to Swedish and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy (certified in 2001), sports massage, muscule release therapy, orthopedic massage, prenatal/preganacy massage, biodynamic craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage. As a result of such varied training, no session from Jette will be the same. Her massage has a traditional deep tissue feeling, but depending on the reason for which you’re coming in, she will approach it from one of many angles and will strive to find a way to achieve your massage goals regardless of what they are. Jette has a special fondness for prenatal and pregnancy related work and believes in nurturing mother baby dynamics from conception through postpartum bonding and integration.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Su is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master whose passion soars far beyond her healing touch, consciousness, devoted presence and love of the Earth. Su studied at National Massage Therapy School in Northern Virginia, graduating with a degree in Condition Specific and Neuromuscular massage, May 20, 2014. She was attuned in Reiki from Usui’s direct line in 2014. With Su, you will be in the hands of a practitioner with a compassionate heart and six years of experience guiding people back to balance. With your medical history and current state of being, Su will work with you to create a customized plan to facilitate your healing. Su will provide a safe environment where you can truly allow the stress, tension and emotions of your life to flow through you without judgement. Su also offers a variety of workshops including but not limited to wild mead making, healing salve crafting, dream pillow stitching and spoken word poetry. Su represented Maryland in the HBO competition brave new voices in 2009 and 2010. In her down time she enjoys spending time in nature learning about plants, writing, and practicing TaeKwanDo. Living close to the land has opened Su’s heart to desiring to walk gently on the earth with awareness and stewardship. She has studied ancient primitive skills at Florida Earth skills Gathering, North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville, West Virginia and Wild Roots in Asheville, North Carolina for over 8 years. With these skills she leads a life that is in alignment with her core values and invites others to experience the magic and mystery of the wild.