Kelly Bowers, BA, LMBT, NC #16669
Kelly has been a licensed and practicing massage therapist since 2000. Over the years she has come to focus on pre- and post-surgical support using Manual Lymph Drainage, Scar Release, and Myofascial Release. She uses these same skills to support people living with chronic conditions, like venous insufficiency and inflammatory conditions. She has extensive experience helping clients live with the challenges of modern life such as office work, long hours in a car, and mobile phones. She also provides a lovely relaxation massage. She has worked in a wide variety of settings and has worked with hundreds of people which leads her to her most passionate mission: helping people live comfortably in and peacefully with their bodies. Kelly's natural pressure during a massage is medium. Most of the time, she works on the lighter side to help support lymphatic drainage and acute pain patterns. She is able to bring heavy pressure from time to time as well, but prefers to stay on the lighter side of pressure. Prior to becoming a massage therapist Kelly was a technical writer, specializing in explaining the technical to non-technical audiences. She still uses those skills to help her massage clients understand what is happening in their bodies and how massage therapy affects that.
Tonya Wooten, LMBT, NC #12069
Tonya has been a licensed and practicing massage therapist since 2012. She has training in Migraine and Headache massage. This incorporates work on the head/face, neck/shoulders and Reflexology in the feet. She also helps her clients gain relief from pain by using Trigger Point therapy, Neuromuscular Release Therapy and Sports Massage. Tonya's natural pressure is heavy. If you're looking for a therapist that can get into your tissues, Tonya is perfect for you! Tonya comes to us with experience in both the spa world and the medical world. She worked with a chiropractic clinic where she supported patients with migraines. She is able to combine the specific needs of irritated tissue release with deep relaxation techniques. Tonya is also a personal trainer and has the ability to help athletes of all levels. Tonya is also a 23 year veteran of our US Army. This combination of experience gives Tonya the unique ability to help veterans and others dealing from PTSD and the challenges that accompany that condition. Many clients that deal with PTSD also manage chronic pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Massage therapy has been shown to help lessen the severity of these conditions, allowing the client to better manage their care. It is our honor to have her on our team.
Beth Jenkins, LMBT, CMLDT, NC #17128
Beth has been a practicing massage therapist since 2005. During this time she has worked with thousands of clients to help relieve chronic pain patterns. She has taught massage therapy, specifically kinesiology and introduction to massage therapy, to students in the diploma program at Fortis College in Richmond, VA. Beth is also a Reiki master, and has extensive training in working safely and effectively with oncology patients, trigger point release, lymphatic drainage, and warm stone massage. Her extensive experience in the spa world allows her to give an amazing relaxing massage. Her natural pressure is a medium pressure, but she is able to work a large range from very light with her oncology and lymph drainage clients to heavy for her deep tissue clients.
While in massage school, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Beth decided to learn everything she could to help her mother and also to help others who are dealing with the many facets of a cancer diagnosis. Beth traveled all over the country and has over 150 hours of training in oncology massage. She is also a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Specialist. She is a perfect combination of educated specificity to help treat areas of pain, and relaxation to help your nervous system incorporate the work.
Lea Thomasson, BS, LMBT, NC #10124
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Lea has been a licensed and practicing massage therapist since 2010. She has advanced training in Prenatal Massage, Neuromuscular Release, Trigger Point therapy, Cupping and Sports Massage. Lea’s natural pressure is medium, but is able to work lighter or heavier for your specific needs. She works with clients through the lens of symmetry/asymmetry/balance and is passionate about a science and evidence based approach. Lea’s combination of experience with the spa world and the specificity for more detailed massage therapy work allows her to give you an unforgettable massage. Lea loves the 'detective work' of advanced massage therapy. She loves having the opportunity to get to the root of your problems so you can feel better in your body. Her skills allow her to help ease your pain in a way that leaves you deeply relaxed. Lea is also our only therapist that is offering hours on the weekend, so if you are one of the many folks that need bodywork outside of normal office hours, Lea is the therapist for you! Lea also has a BS in Nutrition Science and is fascinated with how our bodies work.
Rebecca Manitsas, PhD, LMBT, Owner, NC #5106
Rebecca has been a practicing massage therapist since 2004. During this time, she also had the honor to teach Anatomy to new massage therapists in the diploma program at the Body Therapy Institute for 4 years. Rebecca has training in Medical Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Cupping, Trigger Point Release, TMJ Disorder, Prenatal Massage and Reiki. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Rebecca worked as a PhD chemist for 10 years. During her tenure as a chemist, she found that her body couldn't handle the type of stress that profession required. After healing from one of her many events, she was fortunate enough to experience bodywork from a practitioner that combined deep tissue, acupressure and Reiki. Through his mentorship, she found that she too was drawn to become a bodyworker. As you travel along your wellness path, Rebecca is dedicated to creating a safe place for you to heal and recuperate. At this time, Rebecca is not taking new clients.