As a mature integrated massage therapist, I can facilitate relaxation, raise awareness, and set the environment for the body's own healing process to occur. Hands-on massage therapies are designed to be a catalyst for change. It is my desire to offer my educated touch as another stress management tool to facilitate postural changes and empower my clients to find a less painful path, physically, mentally, and emotionally (holistic).
I am a native West Virginian who grew up in Berkeley County. My professional resume includes receiving a B.A. in Exercise Science from Marshall University in 1990, and graduating from the Virginia School of Massage in 1998. I hold certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
I worked in the exercise arena for many years as a fitness director and personal trainer. Exercise has been a strong force in my life and has helped shape my massage therapy practice.
I have been a practicing licensed massage therapist for more than a decade. Through the years I have offered my massage to clients in the spa, my own practice, and hospice care. I am an instructor with the new massage therapy program at James Rumsey Technical Institute.
Back Acres debuted in 2002, and along the way I have been voted "Best Massage Therapist" in Martinsburg Journal Reader's Poll. I enjoy owning and operating my own massage studio. Its flexibility works well for my clients and my young family.
I am married to a wonderful Berkeley County science teacher and we have two children. We have always enjoyed exploring WV with our family and attending local community events to experience our area's cultural diversity and history.
Hours: After 4 p.m. weekdays and weekends, by appointment only.
The three proceeding modalities dominate my work and are integrated to suit individual expectations, physiological needs, and personal requests.
Swedish Massage - uses long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles in the direction of blood flow toward the heart. This service may be combined with active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve tension in the muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage - uses slow strokes, direct pressure, and friction across the muscle grain and is effective for the release of chronic muscle tension. It is applied with greater pressure and to deeper layers of muscle than Swedish massage.
Myofascial Work - refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Myofascial work usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions.
"Fascia is an uninterrupted, three-dimensional web of tissue that extends from head to toe, from front to back, from interior to exterior. It is responsible for maintaining structural integrity." To learn more, please refer to: Wikipedia - Fascia
Directions from I-81
Located less than 1/2 mile off of Route 11, one mile south of Exit 20 off of I-81.
Exit I-81 at the Spring Mills exit 20 in Martinsburg, WV. Proceed to the intersection of Route 11 and County Road 901 (this will take you past the area's newest Wal-mart).
Turn right onto Route 11 (south), travel approximately one mile to the Bedington Crossroad Convenience Store. Turn left (east) onto Bedington Road and count 6 houses on the right side of the road.
There will be a large sign at the top of the driveway with my company name, Back Acres. Turn right into the driveway. Continue to follow the driveway back past all the various buildings until it dead ends in the parking lot of Back Acres Massage Therapy studio.
Disclaimer... Links are for your convenience. Back Acres is not responsible for misinformation on external sites.Massage Magazine
Massage Magazine Massage Therapy Research Consortium
National Institutes of Health AMTA American Massage Therapy Association
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute (OMERI)
Touch Research Institute
AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
Note: WV law requires all massage clients to undress to their comfort level by themselves and to be draped (covered) properly while on the premises. West Virginia requires massage therapists to become licensed and that involves rules and regulations set by the state licensure board. For more information see: West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board rules.
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