Get to know Whitney
What inspired you to pursue a career in massage therapy/wellness?
I was inspired to pursue Massage Therapy when I was dealing with some shoulder/back pain. My Chiropractor friend referred me to an RMT practicing RAPID myofascial release techniques and it really helped me!
How long have you been practicing massage therapy/wellness, and what led you to choose this particular clinic?
I chose iava for the welcoming atmosphere and therapists working here. The environment I work in is very important to me- iava is modern, calming and feels like home. I believe environment plays a strong role in how we experience healing. I choose to go for treatments at clinics that are warm, quiet and cozy so that is what I prefer to bring my clients into.
What is your favorite type of massage or ailment to work on, and why?
I am interested in working with chronic pain issues, postural dysfunction, stress, and injury rehab because I enjoy solving puzzles related to the human body!
What do you believe are the biggest benefits of massage therapy/acu/osteo/wellness, both physically and mentally?
Relaxation, increased feelings of safety and calming the nervous system which regulates muscle tension. Myofascial techniques can be amazing to treat any fascial restrictions which can be overlooked solely with muscular work.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work, and how do you stay healthy and balanced in your own life?
I love learning and trying new things. I spend a ton of time outdoors in the summer playing beach volleyball and hiking, for example. Taking time to rest is very important. I schedule regular mini-vacations and vacations to travel and explore. Another thing I make a point of doing is to avoid over-booking myself so I can manage overwhelm and stress. Lastly, journaling and self-reflection are grounding anchors for me in my routine.
How do you approach each massage session etc, and what techniques do you use to ensure that your clients feel comfortable and relaxed?
Before I enter each session, I set my intention for the highest and best good for my client and myself. I allow the client to guide the treatment by listening to their concerns and making sure to communicate the process and educate my clients as much as I can. A thorough assessment may be performed as needed. Those basics and feeling grounded myself are the most important to have a successful treatment.