Over the last 30 years I have formally studied a variety of natural modalities and have also been a client of many complimentary health methods including acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, energy healing and spiritual psychology. Through these educational and experiential opportunities, I have developed an in-depth knowledge of the holistic wellness arena, and have access to vast resources to help those on their path to self-healing.
I am a graduate of Cortiva Institute of Massage in Watertown, and am trained in a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofacial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, and Sports Massage. I am also a Level I Reiki practitioner.
In addition to bodywork, I am also passionate about Homeopathy, a gentle healing modality based on the Law of Similars or “Like cures Like”. I completed Level II, a 300 hour program at the New School of Homeopathy in Cambridge, under Dr. Luc DeSchepper, and I use the assessment skills of this practice to aid in a deeper understanding of my clients. I have also studied a healing protocol called Guided Self Healing under Dr. Andrew Hahn. Through this training I learned how to use diagnostic kinesiology, also known as muscle testing, to access the wisdom of the body to help confirm the direction of treatment.
Other modalities I have studied include Aromatherapy, Flower Essences, Herbalism, and Holistic Health Counseling. I am also a yoga teacher (and student!), a meditator for over 30 years, and spent over 16 years in the health and wellness publishing field, all of which have informed my view of the holistic nature of wellness. I look forward to working with you and supporting your path towards a healthier life!
I have been a massage therapist since 2010 when I graduated from the Cortiva Massage Institute in Watertown. I spent the majority of my early career working at a busy down town Boston gym where my focus was Sports Massage and orthopedic massage. There I helped people improve function, heal injuries (or better yet prevent injury) and combine massage with proper diet and exercise to support clients in creating healthier lifestyles. In addition to massage, my work there included Fitness Nutrition, personal training, stretching, and an exercise class called Punk Rope, a mash-up of jump rope and creative conditioning set to rock ‘n’ roll music.
In 2012 I transitioned my love of the body, healing, and exercise to work with children in a residential treatment program for Deaf children with trauma. This work led me on a path to earn my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Framingham State University in 2018. I currently work at a local Youth and Family as a One-on-One therapist as well as a member of the Crisis Team.
Due to my passion for the Body/Mind connection, I am excited to return to massage therapy: now to support healing in an even more holistic, full-person centered way. I am excited and proud to work as a member of The Gentle Place team.
I am fluent in American Sign Language and enjoy reading, outdoor recreation, volunteering with local organizations, making art, photography and spending time with my wife and our small menagerie of rescued animals.
Although I come in to the Massage Therapy world by way of a 20+ year career in Physical Therapy, in my heart I have always wanted to be a massage therapist! My love is to help people feel better about themselves and get back on the road to recovery. I treat people as people, from head to toe, and see us all as connected mind, body, and soul, as well as muscle, ligaments, bones etc.
For me, there is a gift of “therapeutic touch” that occurs in each session, knowing that you are able to help someone just by laying your hands on them with good therapeutic intent. I am honored to be a part of helping manage my clients’ pain, issues, soreness, muscle tightness, stress, ( or what ever that individuals problems/issues may be) during the course of the personalized session.
As a therapist, I am well versed in Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques, Sports and Events Massage, Hot Stone, Chair Massage, Pregnancy, Neuromuscular and Infant Massage. In addition I am able to integrate Polarity and Physical Therapy strategies in to any session when it is needed by the client. I can work with all types of ailments/problems/ diagnoses. My experience spans orthopedics, geriatrics, sports injuries, neurological compromises, functional mobility and postural issues, spinal injuries and much more.
Special Interests/Hobbies: Spending quality time with my 2 sons and 2 dogs. Hiking, camping, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, snow shoeing, baking, sewing, reading, volunteer work for Komen Foundation, Outward Bound Excursions. And of course, continuing to learn…. I look forward to meeting you and helping you feel better!
I’m passionate about helping others create a healthy balance and better their lives, regaining their physical activity and well-being through progressive therapy that is individualized to them. I truly enjoy facilitating my clients’ personal goals towards wellness, empowerment and improvement!
I graduated from Salter College (2009) where I trained in a variety of massage techniques including Swedish, Deep tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial, Geriatrics, Body Stretch sequences and more.
In addtion, I am also certified in Prenatal and Oncology massage, and am a Level I Reiki practitioner.
I look forward to working with those who are combating the health risks of our sedentary modern lifestyle, including those suffering with chronic back pain, circulation problems, intense migraines, difficulties sleeping, compromised immune system function, and mental and physical stress in various manifestations.
My experience as a massage therapist goes back to 20 years ago, when I first started wondering why people have different postures and how they could be corrected… Learning and practicing massage techniques soon became my passion.
What has always been leading me in my work is helping people get proper treatment, as well as guiding them towards understanding their body and their health, both physical and mental.
In my work I often focus on what my family taught me, too, since many family members of mine were doctors. I believe that massage is one of the most effective ways to support body wellness.
As a massage therapist, I’ve had many opportunities to learn various massage techniques from all over the world. I’ve been taught in both European and American massage schools, and I’m still directed towards learning other ways of helping my clients. In Massachusetts, I graduated from SpaTech. My bodywork techniques include primarily Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Prenatal, Trigger Point, Myofacial, Lymphatic Drainage, and Sports Massage. At The Gentle Place, I also offer Fusion Massage which is a combination of all these techniques as needed.
In addition to my professional background, I was born in Russia. In 2016, I came to Massachusetts to begin a new page in my life and discover new opportunities.