Therapists

Courtney

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. If you would like to book an appointment with Courtney, her schedule is Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings, Thursday and Friday mornings/afternoons as well as Saturdays.

Holly

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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Holly, she is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons/evenings, as well as on Sundays.

Jeannie

Jeannie received her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997 while continuing her work with emotionally impaired children. In 1999 she graduated from Irene’s Myomassolgy Institute, a state certified massage school, and has been working in the field ever since. Her areas of specialization are deep tissue, trigger points, acupressure, swedish, hot stone therapy, reflexology, reiki, and rehabilitation massage.

Jeannie says, of her massage work, “I love what I do and I think it comes across in my sessions. I try to base my sessions on individual needs vs. one way of doing things, yet still focusing on providing an overall outcome of physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual balance and well being to my clients”. While she enjoys doing a swedish massage for relaxation she also loves doing a challenging massage that is therapy or rehabilitation based. “I really love getting deep into the muscles to provide relief”.

Her hobbies include reading, travel, herbology, alternative medicine, nature, music, yoga, and spending time with her family and her Chihuahua Chickpea. She also enjoys volunteering at her local animal shelter.

Jeannie has been a massage therapist since 1999, and has been with Essential Massage since May 2007.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Jeannie, she is available Thursday and Friday in the afternoon/evening.

Lauren

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 amssage 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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Lauren, she is available Sundays as well as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons/evenings.

Lisa

 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 FSMT, 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.

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Lucas

Lucas became a certified massage therapist December 30th, 2005. He has since completed and 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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Lucas, he is available all day Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays as well as on Saturdays and Sundays.

Meghan

Meghan received her certification at Irene's Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI.  She became nationally certified in December of 2003 and has been working in the industry ever since.  Her training put emphasis on deep tissue massage but also includes hot stone, swedish, shiatsu, sports massage, chair massage and prenatal.  Meghan has a unique way of blending her techniques to deliver a massage that is both therapeutic and relaxing. Many of her clients have referred to her distinctive touch as gentle, deep and intuitive.

Meghan has been a licensed Esthetician since 2006 and has recently paired her love for skincare with her passion for massage by receiving her certification in the Bellanina Facelift massage technique.

Meghan has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 2003 and has been with Essential Massage since October 2006.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Meghan, she is available Mondays and Fridays in the afternoon and evening, Thursday mornings as well as on Saturdays.

Micka

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.
Her availability is Friday afternoon/evening, Saturdays and Sundays.

Sally

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, as well as clinical approaches to headaches. 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, an d 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 for 6 years and has been with Essential Massage since February 2009.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Sally, she is available all day Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays in the morning and afternoon, as well as on Thursdays in the afternoon and evening.

Sara B.

Sara studied Massage Therapy at the Michigan School of Myomassology, and has been in love with massage since the day she started.  After completing her program in 2002, Sara went on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she incorporated her love of massage into an interdisciplinary social science curriculum, studying the effects of massage therapy on people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and providing free massage therapy for PTSD patients in Detroit and Dearborn.
 
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 Sara began studying labor massage and support and used to work as a DONA-trained birth doula.  Currently Sara is enrolled in acupuncture school.
 
Sara’s massage technique is a hybrid of trigger-point therapy, PNF, and Swedish Massage heavily influenced by her training in Myofascial Release.  Sara is a flexible therapist and can offer either a vigorous massage and deep pressure or a gentle, healing session at your request.
 
Sara has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 2002 and has been with Essential Massage since May 2009.
 
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Sara, she is available Tuesday evenings as well as Saturdays and Sundays.

Sarah D.

Sarah completed a 650 hour program from Irene's Myomassology Intstitute in Southfield, Michigan. During her time there, Sarah's studies included Sports/Deep Tissue Massage, Table Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, Reiki and Reflexology but she found that she most enjoyed helping clients with headache and migraine-related issues. Says Sarah of her work, "I view the aches and pains of my clients as a puzzle that I can't wait to solve. Seeing that first sigh of relief in my clients when they get off the table brings me great joy and peace."

Sarah has been a massage therapist since 2011 and has been with Essential Massage since April 2011.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Sarah she is available Tuesday evenings, Wednesday morning/afternoon, Thursday and Friday mornings, as well as on Saturdays.