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 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.
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.
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'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.
Rachel has been a Massage therapist since 1994, when she graduated from The Swedish Institute in New York City. Her work is an intuitive combination of Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, myofascial release, Hot Stone and sports massage techniques. She has also received training in Lomi Lomi, Thai, and Rosen method. Rachel spent 3 years in a Zen Buddhist monastic community and believes that the most important thing a therapist can offer, which is beyond any technique, is a mindful and compassionate presence which can facilitate the innate healing ability within the recipient.
Richard Valentine, LMT!
I am a massage therapist with a strong foundation in both Western & Eastern massage techniques, I studied massage at the Swedish Institute. I am trained in various therapeutic techniques: Swedish, myofascial release, shiatsu, deep tissue massage & trigger point therapy. Whether it's pain relief, relaxation or addressing a specific injury or condition, each client is unique. Therefore, I prefer tailoring massages to clients’ needs by first assessing needs through both verbal & written intake. Once done, a customized plan utilizing a specific massage technique or integrative approach by fusing various modalities is crafted to address the client's specific needs and general well-being. Michael Pennacchio
Michael Pennacchio is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. He specializes in Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapies but, don't shy away from his Swedish either. Whether you have muscular problems that are inhibiting your day-to-day life or you just need to relax, Michael offers a treatment that will fit your needs.
I am most interested in helping my clients release past and present emotional stress by addressing the holding patterns of their musculoskeletal structure.
I am a kinesiology instructor, a second degree Reiki practitioner, and a Cranial Sacral Therapist. I combine my knowledge of muscle attachment sites and their actions, with the healing practices I have studied in order to help my clients remember that their body has the ability to heal itself.
At the Finger Lakes School of Massage I studied a variety of modalities, but I find myself using Swedish, Shiatsu, Connective Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage techniques the most in order to address my client's needs.
My goal as a massage therapist is very simple: I want to approach my profession and my clients with respect, humility, integrity, and compassion while helping them achieve physical, mental, and emotional balance within their bodies.
Billie Jean Delpy
Inspired by my personal experience with the healing benefits of massage therapy and acupuncture; I attended and graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in N.Y.C. I have since been working as a Massage Therapist freelancing in chiropractic offices and at Greenhouse Hollistic SPA. I specialize in Deep Tissue and Swedish massage while incorporating elements of Reflexology, Shiatsu and Tui-Na, as well as Sports massage and Myo-Fascial release stretches. I taylor each massage depending on the specific needs of my clients. My massage technique has been described as specific and delicate while being deep and soothing.
It is my view that receiving therapeutic massage aligns the body with its own sense of balance- fluidity between aspects of mind body spirit. My intention is to bring awareness to postural alignment.
I work with each individual to create a sense of freedom and movement within the joint areas, a fluidity of the spine, and awareness of the energy force that runs through the body. Be it - residual neck ache, a back pain (upper- lower- mid), sports related aches, sciatica, work tension, emotional tension,etc.
Maryam Blacksher is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY.
Josh Rubin is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage. His style blends deep tissue and myofascial release techniques with focused breathing. Add hot stones to that and watch out. Josh’s regular clientele range from p dancers, marathon runners and fitness professionals, to senior citizens, artists and Alzheimer’s patients. He has a special place in his heart for helping people recover from injury and surgery and helping to bring them back to a pain-free life.
Lisa was born into a family of doctors, yet the study of Western medicine never piqued her interest. Instead, she discovered a passion for alternative healing therapies, and has been sharing what she's learned ever since. She uses a balanced blend of Eastern (Shiatsu) and Western (deep tissue, release) bodywork and wellness practices along with music/sound therapy using tuning forks and tibetan bowls. She recommends tailored exercise and movement recommendations that can be used to retain that post-massage feeling of bliss until the next appointment.
I received my massage training at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where training included orthopedic/sports, shiatsu, Thai, reflexology, and neurokinetic therapy, as well as continuing studies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. I work extensively with dancers and musicians, having completed an externship at the famed Joffrey Ballet School. At Greenhouse I offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Shiatsu, and reflexology modalities... and I'm excited to join the team here!
Passionate about yoga and martial arts since childhood, I discovered early on how essential massage is for maintaining the body in peak physical condition. This awareness led me to enroll at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences and embark upon my career as a licensed massage therapist. A licensed therapist and holistic healer for over ten years, I have had the honor of working on thousands of bodies, from high-profile celebrities in ritzy hotels to new-born babies in the labor ward of hospitals, I never shy away from a challenge.
Utilizing techniques from Tui Na, Thai Massage, and Qi Gong among a panoply of Eastern and Western modalities, I bring my keen sensitivity and heaps of energy into each and every massage. I always aspire to attain the perfect blend of sensual enjoyment and healing rejuvenation, creating a warm blissful experience as well as an immediate boost in health and physical fitness.
Sam Michael is happy to offer his years of experience and high-level professional services to facilitate the massage experience of a lifetime.
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