Breanne graduated from Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage in 2005.She spent the first seven years of her career working in the chiropractic setting where she was able to learn from and work with people who were suffering from chronic pain due to musculoskeletal problems and auto related injuries.She blends the therapeutic deep tissue, shiatsu, trigger point, thai, sports and swedish techniques she has learned to meet each individuals needs for their session whether they want to increase range of motion, decrease inflammation, get rid of that nagging shoulder pain or just take a deep breath and relax. She also loves doing prenatal and hot stone therapy.“I am passionate about what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. I believe that massage and bodywork is an essential tool in helping people be healthy and I am so happy that I get to help them achieve their personal wellness goals.”
Clare has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. Clare studied at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Her training included anatomy and physiology, professional ethics, Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, sports massage, and prenatal massage. Clare has continued her education to explore different massage treatments for common postural deviations. She has worked in a variety of settings. Originally from Chicago, Clare moved to Michigan in 2013 and is thrilled to be a part of the Essential Massage team.
“I am fascinated by the synergy of the human body and strive to make my massage reflect that by paying attention to the body as a whole. When I am working, I am mindful of the balance and harmony of the body. I try to incorporate relaxation techniques with deep tissue and myofascial work to provide relief from stress and tension.”
Outside of massage therapy, Clare enjoys gardening, cooking, being outdoors and most of all, time with her husband and two small children!
Courtney attended Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy located in Ann Arbor, MI. Graduating from there in the spring of 2005, she has been practicing massage since. While in school Courtney studied techniques such as Swedish, trigger point, myofacial, neuromuscular, reflexology, sports massage, as well as relaxation and deep tissue hot stone massage. She enjoys and specializes in deep tissue work, and states, “Getting into the muscles to help relieve pain and work with the client for a long term solution is what I truly enjoy. Massage is not just a job or even a career, it’s what grounds and balances me. It’s a pure, basic, and necessary way to impart positive and healthy thoughts on others without saying a word”.
While not at work Courtney enjoys being out doors, riding her bike, gardening, cooking, and most of all being a mom!
Courtney Has been a massage therapist since 2005 and has been with essential since September 2009.
Emily has been a massage therapist since September 2010 upon graduating from Irene’s Myomassology Institute. After breaking her back at the age of 17, she knew she wanted a career that would enable her to help others suffering from injuries and chronic pain. While attending massage school she studied Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Prenatal Massage, as well as Reflexology. Her passion is in working with clients experiencing specific pain issues, as well as those in physical therapy, and assisting them in coming up with a plan to aid in their recovery. Emily enjoys working with clients ranging in age from adolescents to the elderly, and strongly believes that good energy is an important part of massage, she has been a part of the Essential Massage team since March 2016.
After graduating from Michigan State University in 2000 with a BA in Advertising, Holly decided to move to Colorado. During her first year in Colorado she realized the corporate world was not for her and decided to look elsewhere. Having been an athlete since a small child, her fascination with the human body led her to discover massage at Boulder College of Massage Therapy. After completing the 1,000 hour certification program she began her career in massage and hasn’t looked back to advertising since!
Holly loves working with Massage “Newbies”. Her integrative approach of therapeutic massage with relaxation leaves these first timers wanting to come back for more. While capable of doing deep work, Holly believes that massage shouldn’t have to “hurt” to “work.” “Massage is a way for people to become reconnected with their bodies and learn to feel their muscles and appreciate the strength of their bodies.”
Holly made the move back home to Michigan in 2010 and has been with Essential Massage since October 2010. She spends her free time with her dogs, the occasional Triathlon and laughing with friends and family.
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Hope graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in September 2016. While in school she studied techniques such as Swedish, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Kinesiology Taping, Lymphatic Drainage, Hot Stone and Reflexology. Hope listens to her clients and adjusts her massage to fit each of their individual needs. She enjoys combining both relaxation and deep tissue techniques in her massage to create the ultimate balance of stress and tension relief. She believes massage is not just a luxury but also a crucial way to help relax muscles and heal the body as a whole. Hope is passionate about what she does and loves helping others get rid of their day to day stress. Hope has been working with Essential Massage since October 2016.
Lauren graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in February 2011 and became certified by the NCBTMB in November 2011. She has been working as a massage therapist since August 2011. During massage school she studied spa treatments, elder massage, myofascial release, Reiki, Shiatsu and Thai Yurvedic. She specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Prenatal massage.
She studied Psychology, Art and Business at Oakland Community College from 2007-2009 and then spent a year working full time trying to figure out what she really wanted to do. Then one day she decided to join her friend on a tour of Irene’s and instantly realized this was her calling. She enrolled that very day and has been enjoying the benefits ever since.
She is very interested in and also studied Nutrition, Herbology and Aromatherapy at Irene’s. She plans to continue college and further her education in Nutrition, Herbology and also Botony.
Lauren has been a massage therapist since 2011 and has been with Essential Massage since October 2013.
Lisa Boyd began her life’s work while working for a chiropractor in high school. The hands on experience, interaction with patients, and knowledge about body structure was key in becoming the therapist she is today.
In September 2003 after graduating from FSTM, Lisa opened Essential Massage Therapy. Lisa enjoys doing deep tissue and prenatal massage most, but also finds balance working with clients who may be looking for something more intuitive. She has continued her education at Irene’s School of Myomassology in Southfield, MI, with courses in prenatal and labor massage and studied with the Upledger Institute for craniosacral. Her continued education has also taken her to North Carolina where she learned fertility massage from Claire Marie Miller.
In July 2010, with several other therapists at EMT, she took courses for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy and is looking forward to providing this modality to her clients.
She is committed to providing clients with special care and consideration in order to meet every person’s individual needs. Lisa is passionate about massage and looks forward to coming to work everyday. She enjoys teaching others about muscle mechanics, and how small changes in their lifestyle can prevent aches and pains.
When not enjoying her time at work, Lisa’s other favorite place to be is home with her family. She has two sons and a dog, Molly with her husband, Nathan. She enjoys doing anything active outdoors, but is happiest on the water.
Lucas became a certified massage therapist December 30th, 2005. He has since completed an advanced medical massage course and a graduate study program throught the Flint School of Therapeutic Massage. He has a certification worth 1700 hours. Lucas specializes in I.N.I.T. as well as Myofascial Release, Active Movement Massage and Positional Release.
Lucas has been a massage therapist since 2005 and has been with Essential Massage since June 2008.
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Malacia graduated from Schoolcraft College in 2014. She is currently a professional member of American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA). She is focused on improving the quality of life each day. As a highly intuitive therapist each massage is tailored to fit the specific needs of each client. Her massage style combines specific stretches both passive and assisted with direct strokes to release areas of tension and muscular dysfunction. Modalities often incorporated: Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and deep tissue. She enjoys working with a diverse clientele from non-circulatory to deep tissue.She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Alabama State University and a former career in behavioral studies and education. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. In addition to massage therapy, Malacia enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and most of all being a mother. She has pleasantly been enjoying working at Essential since July of 2015.
Micka completed a 650 hour therapeutic and medical massage program from Michigan School of Myomassology in Berkley Michigan in 2005. Among the required core classes Micka completed electives in Myofascial Release, Medical Massage, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Clinical Approaches to Headaches and Low Back Syndrome, Trigger Point, PNF, Hot Stone Therapy, Lomi-Lomi, Thai, and Reflexology.
Upon graduation, Micka became nationally certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She gained work experience from a variety of settings including Aveda Spas and a Chiropractic care center.
A typical massage, unless requested otherwise, with Micka will generally incorporate a few modalities listed from above to achieve an over-all state of well being and deep relaxation with a therapeutic touch.
In her free time Micka enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time outdoors. Micka recently completed her Associates in Science and plans to continue her education in a Masters of Occupational Therapy program.
Micka has been with Essential Massage since February 2012.
Sally completed her training in January 2005 at Michigan School of Myomassology. She has certificates in hot stone, reflexology, myofascial release, clinical approaches to carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet, clinical approaches to headaches as well as kinesio taping and cupping therapy. She has a knack for deep tissue and sports massage. Deeper pressure and stretches are great for athletes pre or post an event. It is also great for stiff muscles, tightness, stress relief, relaxation, etc. Sally is also certified in Swedish massage, and feels relaxation massage is something that everyone deserves. She loves what she does and enjoys helping people with the stress of everyday life.
Sally has been a massage therapist since 2005 and has been with Essential Massage since February 2009.
Samantha (Sam) graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2013. While attending massage school she focused her studies on trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and reflexology. Sam joined the Essential Massage team in November 2015. When working with clients she finds communication is important through out the session as needed in order to create a customized massage experience, enhancing their relaxation and therapeutic results. When not at Essential, Sam enjoys attending local live music events, reading, and spending time with her pup.
(Please note, due to the high demand for Acupuncture appointments, Sara is not practicing massage therapy at this time.)
In 2002, a well-timed fortune cookie told Sara to follow an impulse, and the next day she enrolled at the Michigan School of Myomassology. Sara spent her undergraduate years honing her “gentle-deep” style of massage around Ann Arbor, while studying cross-cultural health in an interdisciplinary social science program at the University of Michigan.
After completing her B.A., Sara enrolled in Beaumont’s Clinical Oncology Massage program where she learned specific techniques to help cancer patients rest, heal, and recover from chemotherapy, radiation, and mastectomy surgery. While employed at Beaumont, Sara worked in spinal rehabilitation, oncology, hospice and pediatric hospice. In 2008, curious about the use of massage therapy to help ease the process of labor and delivery, Sara trained as a doula in Ann Arbor and began attending births.
Sara came to work at Essential in 2009 as a massage therapist, and in 2011 began an intensive training in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Columbus, OH. After completing 1500 hours of classroom training and 1000 hours of internship at a high volume clinic, Sara sat for the NCCAOM board exams and in 2015 became a Diplomate of Acupuncture. Sara has given over 900 acupuncture treatments and particularly loves having a new tool to address chronic pain and many internal maladies. She is available for acupuncture treatments Sunday thru Thursday.
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