Massage is one of the oldest healing arts. Writings dating back over 3000 years document its use. The location of Chinese acupuncture points likely began with acupressure and massage for relief of pain and other symptoms. The benefits of massage are varied and potent. It is an accepted part of many rehabilitation programs, and is beneficial for both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. It is able to help relieve the stress and tension of every-day living, which together are the precursors for many illnesses and diseases.

There is no denying the power and effectiveness of bodywork! Whether sought out for neck and back tension or tightness, stress reduction, or used for sport training, and injury prevention/ recovery, it can be a powerful ally in our healthcare regime. Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Our background with massage/why people should come to us

We both received our initial massage training in 1985 at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida. The FSM, directed by Paul Davenport, is one of the premier schools of massage in the U.S. Founded in 1974, FSM focuses on a clear and practical understanding of human anatomy and physiology as well as a mastery of different massage techniques. There is a focus on the personal awareness of the practitioner and the use of touch as an avenue of communication.

Beyond this basic 1000 hour massage program, we both took an advanced training of 500 hours in Structural Integration. This form of massage work is a type of deep tissue massage that follows the principles of Ida Rolf. Over the course of several sessions, the body is systematically massaged to relieve chronic tensional patterns.

Karen has also studied Polarity Therapy with Paul Linn, a type of energy work, as well as Myofascial Release Work with P.T. Barnes. Dennis has trained with Michael Loomis in muscular injury work studying the principles of Ben Benjamin and Aaron Mattes.

Most of our massage business has been in the area of the Nantahala Gorge where the Nantahala Outdoor Center is located. This area is a Mecca for mountain bikers, whitewater paddlers, adventure racers and other outdoor enthusiasts including the US Whitewater team. We have worked with a number of world-class athletes in supporting their training and recovery from injuries.

For 30 years, we have used these skills is sessions with clients. Each of us use the trainings and combination of trainings that are appropriate to assist each individual in their healing pathway. We have the experience and the training, so come see us and let us help you help yourself!