About our TherapistsAmanda Grovenor
Inspired by the effects of manual muscle manipulation at the age of ten, I dedicated my life to massage therapy. Now as a graduate of The Swedish Institute College of Health Science I have mastered the therapeutic craft of Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofacial Release, Hot Stone and Sports Massage. With these modalities I have gained the knowledge of promoting harmony within clients bodies with each session. Growing in this profession is my passion, and I look forward meeting you in my journey.
I am a Nationally Certified Massage and Shiatsu Therapist from Minnesota who graduated in the spring of 2009 with a degree in Eastern and Western Therapeutic Bodywork from the accredited CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu School. Since that time I have grown a successful private practice, provided deep tissue and sports massage at a St. Paul health club, and served as a volunteer massage therapist for hospice patients. I have specialized training in massage for running injuries and in Craniosacral Therapy, having recently studied at the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute in Nyack, New York. My style has been described as "energetically focused deep tissue" and melds the rhythmic pressure of Shiatsu with stretching and trigger point therapy. I place great value on the innate healing abilities in all of us and focus my intution and anatomical knowledge to help release long-held tension, both emotional and physical. As a performing artist, yoga practitioner and admirer of beauty, I am extremely thankful that massage has given me the opportunity to share my zeal for life.
I am originally from the great state of Michigan and moved to Brooklyn in the summer of 2010. I graduated from Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in 2012, where through many hours of hands on and conversational experiences I started to hone what I believe in as a bodyworker. Massage of the bodies soft tissue can accelerate and aide in the bodies truly amazing ability to alleviate many ailments we all have. The perfection of my craft continues everyday through the new experiences and the lives I am able to share massage with. I look forward to the many years ahead with massage and hopefully we can share a few along the way.
While being active duty in the US NAVY, I've suffered from chronic low back pain for years. I attended physical therapy sessions, but it didn't help to ease my pain as effectively as massage did. Massage therapy left me feeling relaxed and painless, so I adopted an interest in offering massage and personal training. After being discharged from our military I enrolled at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences.
After completing my studies at the Swedish Institute, I earned an Associate in Occupational Studies, Massage Therapy and a certificate in Advance Personal Training. I gained experienced in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Sports Massage, Shiatsu, and Trigger Point Therapy. My sessions are therapeutic and designed to address your specific needs.
I graduated from the Swedish institute college of health and science in August 2011. When I first decided to pursue a career in massage therapy, my main goal was helping people get to a state of relaxation and provide pain relief. Thanks to the skills and techniques I've learned and the passion I have to make that change, I now can help people get to a state of relaxation and facilitate the body's natural ability to heal itself. Incorporating both western and eastern modalities, I allow myself to connect to my client and create an individual session depending on the client's needs.
I am a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. I have also been a touring musician for the past 15 years and have, through the years, come to realize the value and benefits of self-care and massage. Regular exercise, better management of my diet, and weekly massages supported, balanced, and enhanced my lifestyle. I specialize in focusing on areas affected by overuse and repetitive strain injuries. I utilize a combination of western and eastern modalities that include: swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point release, sports massage, stretching, polarity, and shiatsu. With the ever evolving state of our bodies and health, I am constantly inspired and challenged by each of my clients to offer sessions that are both deeply relaxing and therapeutic. With each personalized session, I hope to promote and provide holistic wellness and care. Through the study and practice of bodywork, I myself feel more and more connected and compassionate towards everyone I encounter. I hope to extend those energetic qualities to those I have the honor of working with.
I specialize in focusing on areas affected by overuse and repetitive strain injuries. I utilize a combination of western and eastern modalities that include: swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, trigger point release, sports massage, stretching, polarity, and shiatsu. With the ever evolving state of our bodies and health, I am constantly inspired and challenged by each of my clients to offer sessions that are both deeply relaxing and therapeutic. With each personalized session, I hope to promote and provide holistic wellness and care. Through the study and practice of bodywork, I myself feel more and more connected and compassionate towards everyone I encounter. I hope to extend those energetic qualities to those I have the honor of working with.
I graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in April of 2009 and have been at Greenhouse Holistic since then. I use a variety of different techniques including swedish, hot stone, connective tissue therapy, reflexology, trigger point therapy or NMT, sports massage, shiatsu, KAM, aromatherapy and polarity and energy work. I provide a massage which promotes relaxation by matching the techniques to the specific situation and needs of the client. I intend to harmonize the communication within the musculature so that the client feels more unified and relaxed, with less distraction from specific muscle tension. I value starting "where the client is," and working to relax the muscles, whose tension was caused in the past, freeing energy for use in the present moment. In addition to my education in massage therapy, I have taken weekly health and nutrition classes for many years, including Gary Null's course at the University of Bridgeport. I am also an artist and designer. I enjoy running and have completed two NY City Marathons.
I first became involved in massage through my interest in somatic psychology, which deals with storing emotions in the body. I attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage, and eventually came to realize that I was most interested in the “body” aspect of the mind-body-spirit connection. I decided to pursue a more scientifically based line education and am currently working on a degree in biology and planning on studying occupational therapy so that I may work with developmentally disabled populations within the school system. Though my massage style encompasses many modalities, I am most interested in applying western techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point work to provide relief for the pain that many of us are unfortunate enough to carry. Though if you are pain free and just looking to relax, that too can be arranged.
Massage therapy is such a rewarding field to be a part of. I am fortunate to have found my passion in helping clients work towards a state of well being. I graduated from the Swedish Institute of Health Science in August 2011 and recently studied Thai Massage in Chiang Mai. I am a NYS licensed massage therapist and a member of AMTA. I have training in Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Polarity, Tuina and Thai Massage. I utilize a balance of eastern and western techniques to best address my client's specific needs. I am very proud to be part of the dedicated professional team here at Greenhouse Holistic.
I am interested in the junction of body and spirit: how the body leads us through experience in the world, how the way in which we experience our body influences our spirit, and how the spirit expresses itself in the body. I try to honor this connection in my massages, recognizing that healing comes through addressing both realms of the self. I do this by incorporating a variety of techniques, including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Kinesthetic Awareness through Movement, Neuromuscular Therapy, Connective Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, Sports Massage, and Energy Palpation. I am a graduate from the Finger Lakes School of Massage. I am also a professional contemporary dancer, holding a BFA in Dance and Minor in Movement Science from the University of Michigan. This training has given me a keen awareness of anatomy and experience with a variety of injuries. My massages have been said to create a greater feeling of connection in the body, relieve pain, have a dynamic flow, and strike a great balance between relaxation and strategic specific work.
My training at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences developed my technique of combining the most enjoyable and effective elements of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Chinese Tui Na to tailor every treatment to each individual’s needs. I use gentle stretches, acupressure points and the firm therapeutic pressure of myofascial release. My massage is deeply restorative, nurturing, and refreshing.
As a long time yoga practitioner, I have always valued the power of spirituality through movement. After earning my 200-hour yoga teacher certification, I found myself completely fascinated with anatomy, kinesiology, and healing which led to my attending and eventually graduating from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. I am currently earning my Associate in Polarity Therapy and enjoy combining traditional massage techniques with subtler forms of energy work; I feel I am able to address my clients' physical and energetic needs in a more powerful way, in this manner. I am professionally trained to perform Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release Technique, Trigger Point Therapy, and Five Element Shiatsu and intuitively combine techniques in order to help bring my client's body, mind, and spirit into balance.
I'm a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage, one of the most reputable massage schools in the country. FLSM is known for its open-minded and creative approach, where students learn everything from medical massage to chakra balancing.
I practice integrative massage, which means I combine techniques from different massage modalities based on each client's needs. Massage can be an effective way of treating chronic pain, injury, stress, anxiety, depression, sluggish circulation and lymph drainage, and much more. I am especially interested in the connection between the emotional and the physical, and how massage can help process emotions through the body.
I'm probably not as crazy hippie as that makes me sound, but I did go to a school that encouraged the liberal use of glitter and clay, so who knows. A common remark I've had from clients after a massage is, "I feel taller!" My job is all kinds of awesome.
I began studying massage therapy because I've suffered from chronic back pain for years. I wanted to understand it, and help others deal with their own pains, injuries, stress, and all around well being. I studied at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. I am experienced in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofacial Release, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Polarity, Shiatsu, and Trigger Point Therapy. My goal is to integrate Western methods with Eastern traditions to provide a session that is both therapeutic and relaxing. I welcome feedback and strive to cultivate an atmosphere of open communication to ensure that all my clients receive the unique treatment that best addresses their individual needs.
I know through first-hand experience how deeply rewarding therapeutic massage can be, and I am truly honored that I can offer a holistic experience to my clients. I'm a graduate from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences; in my time there I was able to master various Western and Eastern modalities such as Swedish, Deep tissue, Reflexology, and Shiatsu to name a few. My technique combines all necessary modalities so that the client can have the best possible experience.
I stand by what I call the C.R.E.A.M Method in my daily life as well as a massage therapist. Care - Display kindness to others. Reliability - Uphold a strong work ethic. Efficiency - Provide a high quality of work. Ambition -Preserve a strong determination to succeed. Maintain - Carry on the highest level of discretion and professionalism at all times. With that said clients can expect a massage that is highly skilled, and that which brings honesty and positive energy to each and every session.
I've been a massage therapist since 1993 when I graduated from Twin Lakes College of Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California and began my private practice there. Since then, I've worked to restore and support the optimal health and well-being of clients from the San Francisco Bay Area to Martha's Vineyard, to the Berkshires, to Brooklyn! With the passing years and much continued study (I graduated from Finger Lakes School of Massage in 2009), I've refined and deepened my approach, which features strong deep tissue work combined with gentle and powerful energetic balancing. I've studied with master teachers on both coasts, and utilize techniques from many modalities, including swedish, sports, deep tissue, trigger point, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, John Barnes Myofacial Release, reflexology, polarity and Reiki (level III), to create sessions for clients that support deep relaxation and freedom in the body. I'm also a poet and a singer: I lead kirtan chanting in yoga studios all over NYC and teach harmonium for chant practice to private students.
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