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ONE BMT Team

Balance Massage Therapy hires experts who are dedicated to working with you each and every session, tailoring a massage that meets your needs.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Chris Lee Draybuck, NCTMB

Chris's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon 3-8, Tues 10-3, Wed 3-8, Thurs 10-3

Expertise: Hot Stone   Myofascial Release   Neuromuscular Therapy   Oncology   Plantar Fasciitis   Prenatal   Rotator Cuff   Sports Massage   Swedish   TMJ Issues  

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Chris Lee 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 5000 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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I decided to try massage therapy after college, not knowing what it was really about. I thought it was all about relaxation, but I fell in love with deep tissue techniques and problem solving. Now, nearly a decade later, I am still the happiest I have ever been with a career. Every day someone different walks through our doors who will walk out better than when they came in.

How would you describe your massage style?

At my core, I am a clinical problem solver; however, many of my clients receive very different massages. I love neuromuscular therapy, which really doesn’t have to be deep pressure, just specific work to be effective. I also love working slowly from a very light pressure starting point for many of my clients who are sensitive to touch or need a gentle approach.

What is your favorite client success story?

Helping people that have been dealing with migraines. One of my clients had been suffering from daily migraines for almost a year. Gradually, through multiple sessions, she has gotten relief. Now she’s off of strong medications, has only occasional migraines, and is taking her life back.

I also really enjoy having a focused pain relief oncology massage session. This is a very different approach of gentle, relaxing strokes that still has lasting results and helps support the healing systems of the body.

What do you like best about helping clients?

I really like teaching people about simple things that can help them out of pain. Many people who I’ve met have been living with pain and dysfunction for years, and have been searching for answers and relief. The great thing about massage is that it is non-invasive and beneficial. It works with your body so you can heal yourself.

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall! The leaves are gorgeous, cider, donuts, and cool, breezy evenings.

What is your dream vacation?

Themed knitting trip! Going to see some sheep on a ranch out west and learning a bunch.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Angelica Vredeveld, NCTMB

Angelica's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues, Wed, & E/O Sat 10-8, E/O Sun 11-6

Expertise: Hot Stone   Myofascial Release   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I enjoy helping people, but can’t handle the sight of blood so I can’t be a nurse. Being a massage therapist is the next best thing!

How would you describe your massage style?

Very fluid deep work that is going to work out your problem areas and relax you at the same time. I’m a runner and I understand the importance of training and recovery for athletes too.

What is your favorite client success story?

A client leaving happy!

What do you like best about helping clients?

Giving relief from their aches and pains, feeling better, and leaving happy.

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall is the best season to run, and I love the leaf colors changing, hot tea, apple crisp, pumpkins, corn mazes, and hayrides.

What is your dream vacation?

Rome or Florence, Italy! I’d love to eat lots of pasta there.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Matt Griewahn, NCTMB

Matt's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon & Wed 1:30-8, Fri & Sat 3-8

Expertise: Hot Stone   Myofascial Release   Neuromuscular Therapy   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Swedish  

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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’s style involves using longer, slower strokes. It is an effective technique and shows results. He does great deep tissue 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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

Massage is something I’ve always been interested in. I originally went to Grand Valley State with the idea of getting into the physical therapy program there. I ended up getting my BS there in Biomedical Science, but after moving back home to the family farm the opportunity to go to massage school opened up to me, and I jumped at the chance.

How would you describe your massage style?

I like to blend a few different things together to create an effective massage for my clients. I tend to use a lot of Myo and NMT techniques along with Swedish to really get in there to get after whatever is causing an issue for a client. I do tend to be more of a deep pressure therapist, and I have been incorporating some Table Thai into sessions, which is a form of massage that involves bending and stretching the client–I’ve been getting lots of good results from using it! I also enjoy working with Hot Stones as well.

What is your favorite client success story?

I don’t have one per se, as I have a pretty good roster of clients that I’ve helped with some of their assorted issues. Some of my favorite stories are the ones where I have spotted an issue the client has and didn’t know that massage could even do anything for that. I enjoy talking with clients about different techniques and approaches such as intraoral work for TMJ issues or a psoas release for lower back issues. It’s pretty rewarding to me to hear a client say after the session, “You were right. That did hurt like heck. But now I feel so much better now that you’re done!”

What do you like best about helping clients?

When someone tells me that their massage was the best part of their day. I enjoy hearing about how I’ve helped them out in just allowing them to use their body better or how I have gotten them through the stresses of their day through massage.

What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season would have to be fall. There’s that cool crispness in the air that makes wearing a hoodie ideal. The leaves are changing and the harvest is coming in. And it’s football season, so I’m usually wanting to be off tailgating at a Grand Valley State game somewhere enjoying the nice weather.

What is your dream vacation?

For a vacation, I would really like to get away from it all, a small cabin somewhere way off the beaten path, where I could just enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods perhaps.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Jerry McDowell, NCTMB

Jerry's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon, Tues, Sat 3-8, Thurs 10-3, Sun 11-6

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Neuromuscular Therapy   Prenatal   Reiki   Sports Massage   Swedish  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

The profession called me. I believe being a massage therapist has to be inside of you already to be truly successful at helping people heal themselves.

How would you describe your massage style?

The best way I can describe my massage style is to compare it to an equation: I use different parts of my education to best suit the client’s needs given their circumstances.

What is your favorite client success story?

When clients are overjoyed after the session, that is when I feel most successful!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I like connecting with clients and letting them know I am here for them.

What is your favorite season and why?

All seasons! Each one brings a different opportunity and a different challenge.

What is your dream vacation?

I don’t know exactly, but it would have to incorporate sand, crystal blue water, warm weather, and perhaps a motorcycle!

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: David Paul

David's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 12:30-6, Wed 3-8, Sun 12:30-6

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Polarity   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Trigger Point  

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David joined our BMT team in September of 2011. He has been practicing massage for nearly 15 years. Working with a wide range of tools, David incorporates 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 has substantial experience incorporating it into full body massages.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I wanted to become a massage therapist to make people happy. I often had migraines as a kid and received massage–I was surprised how much it helped me and how much it could help others. After 15 years of doing massage, I still love that!

How would you describe your massage style?

My goal is to give each client their best massage EVER. I enjoy helping people relax to the point where they fall asleep. I like to apply firm pressure without causing discomfort or pain, which is one reason I don’t use my elbows during a session–I’ve found clients tend to tense up when they receive deep work with elbows.

What is your favorite client success story?

One client comes to mind. His posture was affected by a recent heart surgery–he was pretty hunched over and came to Balance to find help with that. He knew he was having another heart surgery a year later and wanted to increase his relaxation before then. Over the course of several sessions, he went from not being able to lay on the table to being able to relax AND having an increased immune system. What was amazing to see was how massage helped his body better heal itself after his second surgery!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I really enjoy helping clients get rid of headaches. I have a lot of experience working on feet as well.
Really, though, making people happy all day long is the best part of the job! I love seeing someone leave Balance with a smile on their face. Massage can definitely turn frowns upside down!

What is your favorite season and why?

I love the fall because I get to wear all my favorite hoodies.

What is your dream vacation?

I’d love to go somewhere warm in the winter or cool in the summer.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Brian Wood

Brian's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Fri 12:30-5:30 & e/o Sat 10-5:30, e/o Sun 11-6

Expertise: Hot Stone   Myofascial Release   Sports Massage   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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 myofascial release 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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

When I was young I received massage from a family friend who was in school for massage. Then when I got older I realized that massage was what I wanted to do with my life, and to help people with massage.

How would you describe your massage style?

Mostly gentle with medium pressure and the ability to go lighter or deeper as needed. Somewhat intuitive, having the ability to “zero in” on those spots.

What is your favorite client success story?

I don’t have a single favorite, as I have a responsibility to make sure all my clients have a successful massage session. When someone comes in for their very first massage ever, I have to make sure they are comfortable and enjoy their massage enough that they will make massage a regular part of their life! Massage is such a huge help.

What do you like best about helping clients?

Helping a client is a two-way street: They feel better and I then feel better too, like a sense of accomplishment doing good. Making a difference in my clients’ lives makes a difference in mine.

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring! Being from Michigan, watching the trees start to bud is like nature’s promise that it will get warm again.

What is your dream vacation?

Sitting on a white sandy beach with my family, enjoying the crashing waves, the gentle breezes, while a team of scientists works diligently trying to find a way to make my day better.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Juliann Trudell

Juliann's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues 10-3, Fri 10-3, e/o Sat 3-8

Expertise: Elder Care   Hot Stone   Myofascial Release   Prenatal   Swedish  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I became pretty worn down looking for a job that “stuck”. Instead, I got into massage to make my own position using the tools I learned. I became my own boss!

How would you describe your massage style?

I incorporate Swedish massage and other relaxing techniques into most of the massages I give.

What is your favorite client success story?

A client let me know her doctor recommended 6 months of physical therapy for a pinched nerve in her shoulder. She tried massage first before committing to that. After 2 sessions, her shoulder issue went away! Massage helped her save time, money, and she found pain relief.

What do you like best about helping clients?

Every client is different and needs different forms of help. I find ways to help each person individually.

What is your favorite season and why?

I enjoy winter because of all the beautiful snow.

What is your dream vacation?

Vacation? What’s that? ;-)

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Dan Anderson

Dan's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Wed 3-8, Fri 3-8, Sat 3-8

Expertise: Sports Massage   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

It sits at the center of a Venn diagram of what I enjoy, what I am good at, and what I can make a living doing.

How would you describe your massage style?

Preferentially heavy, deep work focused on anatomical response and therapeutic effect.

What is your favorite client success story?

Recently, I have a client who has been walking with crutches for many years, and I have been able to provide both a great deal of pain relief and increase functional range of motion, despite heavy muscular development adapted to the problematic posture.

What do you like best about helping clients?

I think helping clients sums it up. Most of my work results directly in people feeling better, and that is deeply satisfying.

What is your favorite season and why?

I love them all. Michigan’s temperate climate brings out the greatest aspect of each.

What is your dream vacation?

By myself, a meditation retreat. With friends and family, a party at the park with games and swapping tall tales.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Sarah Hampton

Sarah's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon & Tues 10-4:15, & Sat 10-3

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

As soon as I got out of the Navy, I had trouble finding a job where I could use my training so I was working at Starbucks. I saw a commercial for massage school and signed up and got started right away. I loved it, and still love it. Who knew after all those years I would find my niche!

How would you describe your massage style?

My style is a mixture of many styles. I like digging in and working out tension and can also go lighter and make it relaxing. I have a lot of clients who see me for therapeutic work, which I love. I can customize to each client’s needs. My intuition and education guide me through each session.

What is your favorite client success story?

I do not have any one in particular. I just love to see progress and improvements in health, pain management, and headaches. That is my favorite part of being a massage therapist.

What do you like best about helping clients?

I like making clients feel better. I like when I can help make them happier with pain management or a problem in general that I can fix. I am happy when they are happy!

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall! I love wearing hoodies and jeans. The leaves changing are so beautiful. Campfires are so nice to sit by and fishing is good too.

What is your dream vacation?

A hut over the water in Fiji. A glass floor would be a bonus!

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Debbie Tiews

Debbie's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Sat 12:30-5:30

Expertise: Elder Care   Myofascial Release   Neuromuscular Therapy   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I desired to make a difference in people’s lives, to bring healing in a non-medical way. My friends and family told me how much they liked the back rubs I gave them so I decided to pursue a career along those lines.

How would you describe your massage style?

Relaxing and focused. I use all the techniques that I’ve learned in combination with one another, all with the goal of creating a relaxing and rewarding massage experience.

What is your favorite client success story?

When I was working at the UofM hospital, I was watching/supervising a patient who was very anxious and could find no rest. She asked me to rub her back in an effort to calm down. I happened to be going through massage school at the time, so gleaning on my training, I proceeded to give a relaxing back massage. She was able to rest for a couple of hours as a result!

What do you like best about helping clients?

It is my pleasure to know that I have been able to help them, even in a small way!

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring! Cold is beginning to leave and you can see new life on the ground! The days get lighter and we are reminded again that winter is not forever!

What is your dream vacation?

I would like to see Australia.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Laura Belser

Laura's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues & Thurs 3-8, Wed 12:30-5:30, & E/O Sat 12:30-5:30

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Swedish  

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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.

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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I didn’t have my first massage until I was in my 20s. I loved the experience so much I knew I wanted to bring that feeling to others.

How would you describe your massage style?

I incorporate a lot of movement into my massages. Like any therapist, I customize the massage to the client, but there are certain techniques I use in almost every massage. I always try to increase blood flow through the joints to keep everything loosened up.

One thing I use to explain my approach is the Orange Analogy. Your body is like an orange. None of the muscle or even muscle fibers ever touch each other — they are all encased in connective tissue, like the white part of an orange. Your low back is like the naval of the orange, it has the most connective tissue. So if you are tight anywhere else in the body it often tugs on the low back, causing low back pain. This is why it is so common for low back pain to be a referred pain that is actually being caused by tightness elsewhere in the body.

What is your favorite client success story?

I don’t have any one in particular. Every client who leaves happy is my favorite success story!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I like helping my clients find what they are looking for, whether it be pain relief or relaxation.

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall. I love the changing colors and the harvest foods.

What is your dream vacation?

Reading in the sun on a hot beach.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Jen Miller

Jen's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Tues/Wed/Thurs 4:30-8:00

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Sports Massage   Swedish  

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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 de-stress.

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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

It all started when I would massage my dad’s back on the weekends, since he worked at a factory. The way I felt, knowing that I helped him feel better and that he wasn’t in pain anymore, inspired me to pursue massage as a career.

How would you describe your massage style?

I apply medium to heavy pressure and incorporate some stretching. Every client has different needs so I design a massage that is fitted to them so they walk away feeling no pain.

What is your favorite client success story?

I had a client with some shoulder and arm pain and, after speaking with her before the massage, she’d given me all the important details I needed to help her. After the massage, she left happy and pain-free, and rescheduled for the next week to continue the progress.

What do you like best about helping clients?

Knowing that they are walking away pain-free and the energy that I get in, it’s a great high.

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring/summer because I get to spend time outside with family and be more active.

What is your dream vacation?

Some day I’d like to see Hawai’i or the Bahamas, and continue my massage education there to learn more about relaxing massage.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Amy Tartaglia

Amy's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon/Thurs 3-8, Sun 12-6

Expertise: Neuromuscular Therapy   Prenatal   Swedish  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to directly help people with health concerns. The more I learned about massage, the more appreciative I became of the important role it can play in supporting health and a sense of well being. I decided to go to massage school to continue learning, and it has been such a rewarding path to follow ever since.

How would you describe your massage style?

I use an integrated approach, most often incorporating myofascial release, NMT, and swedish techniques into each session. I also often include stretching and joint mobilization to facilitate both specific therapeutic work and relaxation.

What is your favorite client success story?

One story that comes to my mind is of a client who was suffering from upper back and shoulder pain while working at her physically demanding job. After the first session, she reported feeling less pain, more flexibility, and more hope for being able to work at her job without pain. After repeated sessions, and her great dedication to stretching and strengthening exercises, she reported feeling pain free at work, and also a renewed motivation for exercising more regularly.

What do you like best about helping clients?

I love to hear my clients’ unique stories, and to cheer them on in reaching their health goals. This is a wonderful part of the job!

What is your favorite season and why?

I think fall is my favorite. I like the exciting beauty of fall colors mixed in with that reflective anticipation of colder months right around the corner.

What is your dream vacation?

Traveling to a very different part of the world and exploring both cities and countryside with good friends. Right now, I’m really interested in visiting Hungary and Romania. In my wildest vacation dreams, I’m good at learning many different languages!

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Maggie Hanks

Maggie's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon & Fri 12:30-5:30, Tues 3-8, E/O Sun 11-6

Expertise: Neuromuscular Therapy   Swedish  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I was looking for a job that brought positivity to my life. I love being able to be help people in such a calming, therapeutic environment!

How would you describe your massage style?

My focus in every massage is to provide lasting relief by addressing not only the muscles that ache, but also the underlying postural and muscular imbalances that led to that tension in the first place. This can mean a focused deep tissue session, or just incorporating gentle stretches into a relaxation massage to make sure that my work lasts as long as possible.

I think massage can help us all feel more at home in our bodies, so doing my part to make massage safe and accessible for everyone is very important to me. I love working with clients of all shapes, sizes, and gender expressions!

What is your favorite client success story?

It’s hard to choose just one! I like helping people do the things they love without pain– like the jazz pianist that needed help with the headaches his practice would cause, or the mom who was having trouble cuddling with her kids because her neck hurt too much.

What do you like best about helping clients?

I always feel so lucky to work in a field where I get to be the best part of someone’s day. People are psyched to be here.

What is your favorite season and why?

Fall, for sure. Give me apples and cardigans and bonfires and pumpkins and crisp blue skies!

What is your dream vacation?

I want everyone I love to get on a cruise ship with me, right now.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Rich Schneider

Rich's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Wed 10-3, Thurs 10-4:15, Fri & Sat 3-8

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Neuromuscular Therapy   Prenatal   Sports Massage   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I like it when a session is done and a client says “I feel wonderful!”. I know it’s a simple thing but that’s what I strive for when giving massage therapy. In life so far, I have had some experience with broken bones, sprains, cuts and scrapes, torn and stretched muscles/tendons/ligaments, and the like, along with going through the process of physical therapy–I learned firsthand that massage’s ability to heal is astounding.

How would you describe your massage style?

I would have to say that I like to listen to my clients’ stories, how they feel at the time of session, what would they like to achieve out of a session or sessions, and then come up with a gameplan to make it all come to life! I like to ease them into massage slowly and keep in mind that pain or pressure should not exceed a 7 or 8 out of 10 on their pain tolerance scale.

What is your favorite client success story?

A client actually let me know that his friend came in some time ago to see me. His friend had been suffering from sciatica for several years and he said that in one session I had alleviated all his pain and that he’s been pain-free for over a year. That was great to hear!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I love the feeling I get when I see clients get better through regularly getting massages.

What is your favorite season and why?

I like spring, summer, and fall–winter, not so much!

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is anywhere with my loved ones!

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 11-6

Expertise: Neuromuscular Therapy   Swedish   Trigger Point  

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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.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

I grew up hearing my dad talk about the pain relief that massage therapy brought him, that was never really matched by various drugs over the years, so it was always in the back of my head. When I started thinking about what kind of professions I’d like to be a part of, I added it to a list that included things like pastry chefs and translators. In the end, I decided that massage therapy, with its ability to make such a huge impact on people’s lives, sounded very satisfying to me, so I enrolled in a program and it turns out I love it!

How would you describe your massage style?

It depends on the client. Usually I use the Swedish style as a base, and then integrate other modalities such as stretching or trigger point work as I see fit.

What is your favorite client success story?

There are too many to pick a favorite! Recently a client came in with intense shoulder and neck pain that had suddenly started. After a focused session of deep tissue, range of motion exercises, and stretching, the muscles went through a good release. The first thing she said to me when she got off the table was “Wow! It’s like night and day!” We were both pretty ecstatic :-)

What do you like best about helping clients?

The variety of client stories! Everybody’s story is unique; where they’ve been, what they’ve done, and where they’re going is fascinating to me.

Whether helping someone relax after a hectic week, nipping a migraine in the bud, or working on a chronic issue, it makes me happy to be a positive addition to that story.

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring! The weather’s just right: warm with a cool breeze. The way everything feels as if it’s shaking off the sleepiness of winter, as if all that pent up energy is about to burst into action and a multitude of possibilities can become reality–I can’t help but feel excited.

What is your dream vacation?

I can only choose one?!?

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Amy Roach

Amy's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon/Wed/ e/o Sat 12:30-5:30, Thurs 3-8, Sun 1-6

Expertise: Neuromuscular Therapy   Reiki   Sports Massage   Swedish  

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Amy’s goal as a massage therapist is to help clients manage their pain through regular massage sessions. She prefers to use purpose-driven modalities to effect change in clients. Amy typically begins a session by using myofascial release to warm the connective tissue in preparation for specific, NMT-style work. She is committed to increasing relaxation for every client, and can use Swedish techniques to help with this.

Amy’s approach to massage is focused on pain management. She’s especially interested in helping athletic clients with this, as well as the elderly. In addition to her NMT, myo, and Swedish skillsets, Amy can incorporate Reiki when requested.

Amy’s been described as a great problem solver and does excellent specific work. Her pressure ranges from medium-light to medium, and is a great fit for most clients.

Why did you become a massage therapist?

To help people manage their pain. Growing up I rode horses every day, and getting massage and body work saved my body.

How would you describe your massage style?

I describe my style as unique to each individual. I try to deliver a fluid and relaxing massage.

What is your favorite client success story?

I worked my with mom during her treatment for sciatic nerve pain and performed reflexology on her to help. It was great to see her pain decrease!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I love hearing that I helped clients manage their pain.

What is your favorite season and why?

I love all the seasons because they create balance for each other. Even winter!

What is your dream vacation?

I’d love to go to Aruba and sleep on the beach.

Ann Arbor Massage Therapist: Paige Szenderski

Paige's current schedule: Michigan Licensed | Mon/Thurs 3-8, Wed/Sat 10-3

Expertise: Myofascial Release   Swedish  

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Why did you become a massage therapist?

I reached a point in my life where I didn’t know where to go next. I knew I loved helping others, so I researched online and came across massage therapy and came across Irene’s Myomassology Institute. I went in for a visit and signed up for classes that day! I trusted my instincts and it turned out to be a great decision. I’m so happy to be a part of this profession!

How would you describe your massage style?

It varies with each individual’s goals, but I generally use mild to firm pressure to deliver a relaxing, relief-focused massage for each client.

What is your favorite client success story?

While I was massaging at Irene’s student clinic, one of my clients let me know she was experiencing a lot of hip pain and said she needed to start physical therapy. She chose massage to find relief before her PT started. After her first session, she said she felt a lot better and began seeing me regularly for massage! I was so pleased to help her and work with her wellness goals!

What do you like best about helping clients?

I love being able to help clients reach their goals, whether their goal is to relax or to manage their pain. I love seeing a smile on a client’s face after their session!

What is your favorite season & why?

Fall! I love the smells, the leaves, and all the fall activities you can do. It’s also the perfect weather!

What is your dream vacation?

I would like to travel anywhere across the ocean. I’d love to see how other cultures live their lives and learn from them what I can.