You’re looking for a massage therapist, so you’re probably feeling tense or experiencing stress or physical discomfort. You’re on the right track. Massage can help.
Massage induces relaxation, increases circulation, and improves self-awareness. Our clients tell us that after treatment they sleep better, move with greater ease, have more energy, and laugh more.
We tailor your treatment to your particular needs. We use a variety of techniques to address what ails you on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level.
Our clientele comprises blue collar workers, healthcare professionals, corporate executives, academics, marathoners, dancers, grandmas, granddads, moms, dads, and teenagers.
What We Offer
Massage therapists typically use Swedish massage to induce relaxation and a feeling of general well being. Following a rhythmic protocol that aids in creating a feeling of serenity, the massage therapist will work on one part of the body at a time, using light to medium touch in long, superficial strokes (effleurage), followed by slightly deeper and shorter cross fiber strokes (petrissage), and finishing with more effleurage. It may also be appropriate to use light drumming (tapotement).
A word of caution: Clients sometimes say they want a full-body deep-tissue massage. Deep-tissue work over the entire body in one session is a very unpleasant and unhealthy experience for the client and the massage therapist. These clients probably have in mind a firm Swedish massage.
Hot Stone Massage
Pregnancy and Labor
- Relieve Back Pain or Tension 80%
- Reduce General Stress 50%
- Neck or shoulder pain 20%
- Pain in hips, feet or legs 10%
- Alleviate Depression or Anxiety 6%
- Men 25%
- Women 75%
- Over 60 11%
- Under 20 4%
- Athletes 16%
- Healthcare Professionals 11%
- Office Workers 30%
- Teachers 6%
Our signature treatment includes hot rocks on the back and hot towels on the feet, both of which enhance the relaxation response.
We are happy to accommodate your time constraints with shorter sessions; longer sessions are also possible. The type of work is always calibrated to your needs.
The number of sessions you may need will vary. For short-term, acute stress, one session may provide significant relief. For accumulated stress, clients should notice an immediate improvement, but it may take as many as four to six sessions to begin noticing enduring relief. In any case, clients should consider maintenance/wellbeing massage no less than once a month.
Lesley Ann Wernsdorfer
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lesley Ann Wernsdorfer approaches her practice from the knowledge that reducing any type of stress reduces discomfort and disease. Her work is precise and efficient, grounded in a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, but compassion and caring for her clients are essential aspects of her treatment. Choosing methods and techniques that best serve the client’s needs in the moment, Lesley Ann delivers a deeply satisfying, unique treatment at each session. Lesley Ann has been practicing massage since November 1992. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and teaches classes at GBYC. She writes and hikes when she can.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Leise Ballou offers massage therapy based on the work and teaching of Professor Tomezo Hoshino. This unique discipline allows her to address each client’s immediate needs, resulting in an experience of deep relaxation, increased blood circulation, and improved well-being. Her work is at once invigorating and relaxing as she focuses on countering arthrosis, the hardening and shortening of soft tissue that often causes muscle fatigue, pain, numbness, and tingling. Leise apprenticed with Don Hayward in New York after completing massage school. Leise also gives instruction in self-care to complement her treatments. She has been practicing massage since April 2008 and completed a yoga teacher training in 2004. She plays the french horn professionally, gardens, bakes, and hikes.