Massage

Ease everyday stress and fatigue in your body by receiving a massage from one of our talented massage therapists. Whether you need relief from physical pain, mental stress or simply want to work on releasing muscle tension to enable you to progress further with your yoga practice, massage therapy can help.

Kerry Walker

Kerry has been practicing massage since 1996. She completed her initial training at the Heartwood Institute in Northern California and has since taken numerous advanced classes. In addition to her trainings in Swedish massage, she has taken classes in the anatomy of movement, cranial sacral therapy, hot stone treatments, Ayurvedic facial massage, Ashiatsu and orthobionomy. Kerry combines all of these techniques to relieve stress and relax muscles in each and every client. In addition to massage, she teaches science at CVU and yoga classes here at our studio. Kerry is one of the owners of Balance Yoga.

Allison Purcell  

Allison Purcell at Balance Yoga in Richmond Vermont

Allison is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. She studied at Touchstone Healing Arts in Burlington, VT. Allison was first introduced to massage therapy during her journey to heal her own chronic pain. Experiencing the benefits of massage and bodywork inspired her to pursue a career as a professional massage therapist. She quickly found that being a massage therapist was exactly what she was meant to do. She feels that it is such an honor to be part of a person’s healing process.  Allison tailors her massage to the needs of each client blending techniques from a broad background of massage modalities including deep tissue, swedish, myofascial release, trigger point, neuromuscular, craniosacral, and hot stone therapy. She also specializes in rotator cuff and shoulder dysfunction.

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Joann Dwyer

Joann Dwyer at Balance Yoga in Richmond Vermont

Joann Dwyer has a keen interest in and an extensive understanding of anatomy. This, coupled with a profound sense of intuition, enables her to create a very healing massage session.  Joann studied at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York in 2001. She is a New York Licensed massage therapist.

Depending on an individual’s needs, Joann will blend massage techniques accordingly.  She can draw upon Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Reflexology and Maternity massage.  She is practiced in Sports and Hot Stone massage as well.  In 2008, she was trained in the Rolf Method of Structural Integration.  This is 10 session protocol that is focused on alignment of the body in gravity, which allows a greater sense of energy and pain relief.  Joann uses this knowledge to inform her massage work as it provided a thorough understanding of the anatomy and the connections that create muscle/fascia tension.  She has been described as working uniquely with a global understanding of the body and offering profound relief of repetitive strain.

Last spring Joann travelled to Toronto, CA to learn a new bodywork technique. It is stretch therapy for the fascia of our bodies. Much research is being done on the phenomenal health results for keeping this connective tissue that weaves throughout our body, healthy and open.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FTS) addresses the fascia directly, much like yoga but different in that more planes of motion are addressed while the joint capsules are being tractioned open. This is done with undulating movements and small efforts of resistance throughout the session. All this is done with no pain and creates an ideal release and stretch for the fascia.

Visit Joann’s website for more information.