Balance Massage Therapy hires experts who are dedicated to working with you each and every session, tailoring a massage that meets your needs.
ONE BMT Team
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Chris Draybuck, NCTMB
Chris's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 3-8, Tues 10-3, Wed 3-8, Thurs 10-3Read Chris's Bio
Chris Draybuck, NCTMB, graduated from AAIMT where she went on to practice as an independent therapist until opening Balance Massage Therapy in October of 2008. Specializing in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Sports Massage, Christin is passionate about the immediate impact massage has on clients. In October of 2010, Christin completed a 100 hour Oncology massage program from Beaumont hospital.
Chris is a great fit for clients looking to make progress with very specific issues. Using an integrated approach, Chris combs trouble areas and works in a targeted way to provide relief. Our most senior therapist, Chris has performed over 2500 massages at BMT and is highly requested and referred to
Chris’ goal in growing the BMT team is to focus on continuing education and develop a team deep in passion, experience, and shared knowledge.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Angelica Vredeveld, NCTMB
Angelica's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues, Wed, & E/O Sat 10-8, E/O Sun 11-6Read Angelica's Bio
Angelica joined BMT in August of 2009. She quickly established herself as one of our most sought-after therapists and a reliable teammate. Her fluid approach to massage allows her to give an extremely relaxing Swedish massage, or a massage that finds and releases trouble spots. Angelica also is able to blend in deep tissue bodywork; because she is a runner herself, she is an excellent match for runners who are training for a race or who are recovering from one. Angelica is a great fit for clients looking for a relaxing and effective massage experience that is tailored to their specific needs.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Matt Griewahn, NCTMB
Matt's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 1:30-8, Wed 1:30-8, Fri 3-8, Sat 3-8Read Matt's Bio
Matt joined our BMT team in April of 2011. He brings a slow and calm approach to massage therapy. Using a lot of Myofascial techniques, Matt style involves using longer, slower strokes. It is an effective technique and shows results. He does great deep work and should be able to address any issue a client would like worked on. His deep tissue style is unique in that he builds the pressure slowly, and gradually works deeper and deeper. Matt also has advanced training in Hot Stone and does an amazing therapeutic hot stone massage.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Jerry McDowell, NCTMB
Jerry's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 3-8, Tues 3-8, Thurs 10-3, Sat 3-8, Sun 11-6Read Jerry's Bio
Jerry joined our BMT team in August of 2011. He provides a great comprehensive massage that incorporates myo, deep tissue and relaxation. His ability to combine different modalities (Swedish, Myo, NMT, Trigger Point, Sports, etc.) makes him a great choice for most clients that come to Balance. He has excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to listen to client needs and respond accordingly. He is 100% dedicated to his profession and his positive personality and genuine desire to help clients is reflected in his work.
In September of 2014, Jerry completed his level one Reiki training at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy. He is able to combine elements of Reiki during a massage or have a massage centered on this approach to wellness and healing.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: David Paul
David's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 12:30-6, Wed 3-8, Sun 12-6Read David's Bio
David joined our BMT team in September of 2011. He has been practicing massage for over 10 years. Working with a wide range of tools, David incorportaes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Myofascial Release, and Reflexology as needed to make each client session unique and tailored to the needs of his clients. Combining deep skills alongside relaxation techniques, He is a great fit for clients who want to work on some specific trouble issues, or for those that just want to relax. He is our go to therapist for reflexology, as he can incorporate it into a full body massage, or even do a full hour reflexology session.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Brian Wood
Brian's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Fri 12:30-5:30 & e/o Sat 10-3, e/o Sun 11-6Read Brian's Bio
Brian Wood is a graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute. Brian is passionate about the healing aspects of massage therapy. He believes in listening to his clients and adapts his technique to their needs. Brian draws on his experience in Mayofascial to provide his clients with a truly relaxing and therapeutic experience. Brian’s advanced training in Hot Stone massage helps provide clients a deep and relaxing massage experience. When he’s not working, Brian enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Juliann Trudell
Juliann's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues 10-3, Fri 10-3, e/o Sat 3-8Read Juliann's Bio
Juliann Trudell has been receiving massage therapy throughout her adult life. Looking to pursue her passion, she decided to leave her successful career in communications and pursue a career helping others. A graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute, Juliann combines her experience with massage and her background in communication to build her client relationships. She understands how important therapeutic massage can be and knows the importance of working with each client to create a massage plan that benefits them.
Juliann’s expertise lie in Swedish massage, Hot Stone and Elder care massage . She is the great fit for clients looking to relax and work out some issues.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Dan Anderson
Dan's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Wed 3-8, Fri 3-8, Sat 3-8Read Dan's Bio
Dan’s massage style focus is deep tissue work with an emphasis on tension relief and mobilization. His goal is always to use bodywork to facilitate his client’s comfort. He uses good communication and interpersonal skills to help each client on an individual basis.
Dan is a great fit for clients looking for deep, specific work. He’s also been a great match for those interested in work on the feet and legs.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Sarah Hampton
Sarah's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon & Tues 10-4:15, & Sat 10-3Read Sarah's Bio
Sarah’s approach to massage is focused on helping her clients with any issues they may have by using different modalities to address their needs. She has had deep muscle training, and uses trigger point therapy along with firm pressure to troubleshoot her client’s issues. She then moves her focus to relaxation techniques to help promote an overall feeling of wellness
Sarah has found that her massage style is very well suited to help clients who are dealing with Fibromyalgia. She has extensive experience helping clients deal with this condition. She also has received excellent feedback on her work on feet and legs. Her clients leave with a sense of deep relaxation, as well as a feeling that their trouble areas have been worked out.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Debbie Tiews
Debbie's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Sat 12:30-5:30Read Debbie's Bio
Debbie uses her skills in Myofascial release, and NMT to help her clients achieve their wellness goals. She has extensive training in geriatric massage, and can use her knowledge to give her clients a very relaxing experience.
Debbie’s training has given her a unique combination of styles that she can use to provide her clients with deep tissue bodywork, but also a special sensitivity to their needs.
Debbie’s clients have reported that she is especially good at the work she does on the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Her approach is to give each client the individual attention they need to have a great massage experience.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Laura Belser
Laura's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Wed 12:30-5:30, & E/O Sat 12:30-5:30Read Laura's Bio
Laura’s style of massage uses firm pressure, but is not extremely deep. She prefers to use myofascial release and trigger point techniques, with some movement and holding/stretching as well. Along with myo, she has training and certifications in sports, swedish, and prenatal massage. Additionally, Laura is proficient in Advanced Tensegrity, which incorporates rocking and kneading techniques to stimulate blood flow and activate joints to release tension from connective tissue. She needs further training in hot stone massage before we can book those sessions with her.
Her approach to massage is focused on improving the overall wellness of her clients. She has a unique ability to work deeply into tissue layers without applying heavy pressure. She describes her technique as working from the inside out, with a focus on structural wellness. Her style is great for troubleshooting without being overly specific.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Jen Miller
Jen's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri 4:30-8:00
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Jen’s style of massage is an intuitive use of myofascial release to best help her clients relieve their tense areas. She very often incorporates stretching into her sessions, and has been complimented many times for using unique types of stretches that achieve tension release from some tricky sore spots. She uses medium to deep pressure, and has found that she has great success with clients that need work focused on their back and shoulders. She is also great for those who just need to relax and destress.
Her approach to massage is based on the positive energy she receives from helping her clients. Jen takes her time to understand the client’s individual needs, then works out a plan to figure out how her skills can best help the client. She also believes that her positivity and kind demeanor with clients can also go a long way toward helping them achieve their wellness goals.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Amy Tartaglia
Amy's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 3-8, Sun 12-6
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Amy’s massage style is based upon helping each individual she works with to feel better, and to progress toward their personal long-term health goals. She thrives on the opportunity to educate her clients about how their bodies work, and how massage can help them with their daily routines. Amy uses a variety of techniques to address any issues a client may have, but her main focus is troubleshooting and problem solving using light to medium pressure NMT and Trigger Point techniques. She also specializes in relieving stress and tension with a great blend of relaxation and therapeutic techniques.
The approach that Amy uses is intended to combine different massage modalities to give the client some of the benefits of each style. She uses Myofascial to warm up the muscles, then moves toward NMT and Trigger Point to focus on the more specific issues and tension areas, while using Swedish style to seamlessly blend everything together for a calming and relaxing experience.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Maggie Hanks
Maggie's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues 3-8, Fri 12:30-5:30, Sat 4:15-8, E/O Sun 11-6
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Maggie’s style of massage is focused on connecting with her clients to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere where the needed relaxation and body work can be achieved. Once a level of trust and comfort has been established, she is adept at using her therapeutic techniques, including Myofascial and NMT, to address a large variety of issues for her clients. Maggie’s unique perspective makes her an expert in adapting massage to those who may be body-image sensitive, and has been invaluable in her work to make bodywork safe and accessible for transgender and other LGBTQ clients. Her main goal is to bring positivity to each client she works on. She needs further training in hot stone and prenatal massage before we can book those sessions with her.
Maggie’s approach to massage is client directed. She communicates very well and is great at asking questions to keep her sessions interactive, while also listening to provide her clients with the work that they need. She prefers to begin her sessions with relaxation techniques, then progress to more specific work and addressing the problem areas as needed.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Anne Nader
Anne's current schedule: Michigan License Pending | Call our team for current availability.Read Anne's Bio
Anne’s massage style is best described as a combination of specific deep tissue work, and relaxation based fluid massage. Her main focus is to see her clients release their tension and stress during the session, and feel more free afterward. She also has the ability to use a clinical, therapeutic approach to help address injuries and trouble areas. Anne is particularly effective with work on the neck, back, and shoulders. She also does a great foot massage and can incorporate Reflexology into a session.
Anne focuses on listening to clients and finding the clues in their work, hobbies, and everyday actions that can be affecting their body. She works with them form a strategy that will allow her to intuitively find the best massage for that person.
Anne is a great fit for clients who are looking for release of tension, especially those with knots in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. She likes to combine relaxing and specific work and she can do deep pressure with a focus on using NMT techniques. She relies mostly on therapeutic NMT and Trigger Point techniques when working out client’s trouble areas.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Rich Schneider
Rich's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Wed & Thurs 10-3, Fri & Sat 3-8Read Rich's Bio
Rich’s massage style is based on helping his clients feel comfortable so he can focus on applying therapeutic techniques. He is very effective with deep tissue work and helping to resolve specific issues. He can also be counted on to help a client who just wants to relax. He brings a positive energy to each session to help build a level of trust with each individual so they can begin working toward their personal health goals.
Rich’s approach to massage is about evaluating the client to assess their individual circumstances and find the best method of therapy for them. He likes to work to relax his clients first, then move toward focusing on more specific issues once they are more comfortable. Rich can do troubleshooting and trigger point work, however, he stresses that his massage style is best thought of as maintenance.
Rich is a great fit for clients who looking for help with some specific or chronic issues. His background, approach, energy and perspective also make him perfect for anyone who is looking for a therapist who understands the importance of client communication.
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Kyla Fielder
Kyla's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon, Fri, & E/O Sat 10-3, Thurs 3-8, E/O Sun 11-6Read Kyla's Bio
Kyla’s massage style is best described as a combination of medium to deep pressure specific work and lighter, smoother relaxing work. She thinks of each session as a unique opportunity to learn more about her clients, their needs, and her craft as a whole. With a varied training background, Kyla can integrate various techniques into each massage to help find new ways to address the needs of each individual she works on. Ultimately, her goal is to connect with her clients, and help them to leave with a smile.
Kyla takes her time with each massage, and is able to slowly guide the massage experience from a flowing, relaxation based approach to a more thorough NMT or trigger point technique. She relies mostly on Swedish style, but has the ability to integrate many modalities into her sessions. She works in stretching when appropriate, and she can also help with improving range of motion. Kyla is also adept at working with clients who may have postural imbalances.
Kyla is a great fit for clients who are looking for a smooth relaxing massage, especially those who would also like some specific focus on the neck, upper back, and shoulders. She is also great with people who like to learn a little from their sessions, as she informs her clients of what she is working on, and ways to improve their overall well being. Kyla’s quiet, caring demeanor makes her easy to connect with, and her positive energy easily rubs off on her clients .
Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Stacy Dobreff
Stacy's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 12:30-5:30, Wed 12:30-5:30, E/O Sat 12:30-5:30, E/O Sun 11-4Read Stacy's Bio
Stacy’s massage style is focused on specific work to address pain and relieve tension from trouble areas. She thrives on the experience of helping people, and utilizes her skills to make every session a helpful one. In addition, Stacy focuses on communication to help her clients connect with their own bodies, and learn new ways they can achieve relief and maintain that feeling.
Stacy uses multiple styles, including NMT, swedish, myofascial release, and reflexology to help her clients. Stacy is a great fit for clients who are looking for a specific, focused massage, especially those with tension in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. She’s also a good communicator who focuses on improving the wellness of all her clients. Stacy can also be a great fit for clients who want a relaxing session with a little bit of added focus and depth.