About – Freedom Massage

About us

 

Freedom Massage is a seven-time award-winning establishment for BEST massage. We are owned and operated by a massage therapist who has been practicing massage for over 20 years. She understands client needs AND therapist needs. We cater to massage enthusiasts who understand the difference between an average massage and an excellent massage. We are a group of highly trained massage professionals who enjoy working with many families in our community. We welcome you to come to enjoy the warm and peaceful environment found exclusively at Freedom Massage. 

Freedom Massage has been providing massage to clients in the Malvern, West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, Paoli, Chester County, and the Philadelphia area for over 20 years.

Meet the Owner

Diane Matkowski, LMT, HHC

Diane has been practicing massage for more than 24 years. Watch a video of Diane explaining why Freedom Massage has become an award-winning business. Freedom Massage has grown primarily from happy clients spreading the word throughout Chester County. Diane and her team celebrated their seventh award for BEST massage in 2020 by local voters.

Diane is an NCBTMB approved continuing education provider. In 2006, she published her first book, The Body Is Art: A Mentoring Guide for Massage and Bodywork. Diane has also written articles and been featured in MTJ magazine, Massage magazine, Massage and Bodywork, Massage World, Different Strokes, Main Line Today and the Daily Local News. She has been a blogger for EmmeNation, an online forum and trusted resource for women. In 2010 she was the Official Massage Practitioner for the women’s professional soccer team, the Philadelphia Independence. She has also been an active participant in childbirths as a coach and massage therapist helping women give birth naturally.

She recently finished her second book, The Massage Therapist’s Guidebook, which as been approved by the NCBTMB as a home study course toward CE’s. Learn more about The Massage Therapist’s Guidebook. She also provides mentoring for massage therapists nationwide on her closed Facebook page for massage therapists The Massage Mentor Closed Group.   On the page she interviews legends in bodywork like Master Ohashi, Til Luchau, Erik Dalton, The Rebel Massage Therapist, David C. Morin, Maria Natera, James Waslaski, Ben Benjamin, Kumu Brenda Mohalapua, Whitney Lowe, Paul Kelly, and more….

She works closely with leaders in the addiction recovery field and has provided massage and workshops as therapy. Diane works with couples at Breakthrough Healing through Connection Weekend at Caron and provides a new angle on how couples can communicate.

Currently, Diane is not taking on new clients. 

Diane makes sure her therapists receive additional training from her experience and massage legends such as James Waslaski and the Rebel Massage Therapist. We have been providing massage to clients in the Malvern, West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, Paoli, Chester County, and the Philadelphia area for over 20 years. 

Check out her massage mentoring website www.themassagementor.com

 

 

Meet the Therapists

Alicia, LMT, Approved Continuing Ed Provider with Freedom Massage

Alicia, LMT, Approved Continuing Ed Provider with Freedom Massage

Alicia is an NCBTMB Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage. She became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2011 and is a member of ABMP. In pursuit of more advanced knowledge of corrective modalities, Alicia completed Cross Fiber Techniques and Yin Myofascial Integration Immersion, both through Integrated Natural Health. With Freedom Massage, she has completed four private trainings in Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski. Additionally, with Freedom peers, she has completed a private class with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for the neck. She is an avid reader and is continually exploring wellness and balance models across cultures, disciplines, and therapeutic practices to bring deeper insight into each session. Recently, Alicia has begun to dive deeper into her study of Eastern Modalities, completing coursework in Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork with Mukti Michael Buck, Tui-na – Anma with Wolfgang Luckmann, and The OHASHI Method® for a Healthy Pregnancy with Master Ohashi. Alicia loves massage and connects deeply with her clients. She will go deep without intense pressure. Alicia provides Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue, the Freedom Massage, and Pregnancy sessions, and is comfortable working with minors; during her sessions, she integrates diverse techniques from the classes listed above. Alicia is passionate about helping clients both work through “issues” with which they present each session and achieve a deeper connection to their bodies and experiences. After a few years of search and experience, she has happily landed at Freedom Massage and loves how it has “the best of” everything she loves about massage. Alicia truly exudes love for her work. She is brilliant, and we are honored to have her here at Freedom Massage. She is an anatomy book, and she is very intuitive. She is our first NCBTMB teacher under our Owner Diane! She has already begun writing classes with the Owner and will be providing Continuing Education for Licensed Massage Therapists starting in 2020.

Her hours are Wednesday 9:30-2:30, Thursday 9:30-2:30, Friday 9:30-2:30, and every other Saturday 10-4pm.

Read a Q&A with Alicia

How has massage changed/influence your life?
I cannot think of a facet of my that life has NOT been influenced or changed by massage!  My personal physical health and wellbeing continue to improve over my years of practicing; I have become far less stressed and more mellow and flexible as an individual.  Through my practice, I have become a better communicator (both listening and speaking) with others and continue to see growth here all the time.  Most significantly and for what I am most grateful, massage helps me appreciate ALL INDIVIDUALS.  Intangibly, massage has brought me to a better understanding of myself, my past experiences, and my priorities; and it has shifted my thinking process from finding answers, knowing, and fixing toward a mindset of making connections and correlations.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
My favorite styles of massage to give are Myofascial and corrective work. Myofascial techniques, both subtle and deep, are my favorite to receive. When intention is shifted from working a specific tissue/muscle/structure to working within the SYSTEM of connection encompassing all tissue, I find more significant release occurs and often the release(s) lasts longer.

What do you do for personal self-care?
Over the years, I have incorporated many practices into my daily routine and have made lifestyle changes as well to better care for myself and be able to enjoy my life to its fullest.  Some practices I follow daily, others as often as possible.

Daily: Spiritual practice of both prayer and meditation, exercise (HIIT-style circuit training and walking), a minimum of five minutes of self-massage, stretching and range of motion ongoing throughout my day, listen to music and sing/dance along, drink about one gallon of water, reading for pursuit of knowledge, ENJOYING TIME WITH MY FAMILY

Lifestyle: Eat mostly vegetables, grains, fruit and nuts (rarely consume meat and even more rarely dairy and eggs, >1 serving/week); prepare most of my own food daily; often drink only water, black coffee, unsweetened tea on a daily basis; very limited use of handheld tech devices and a very limited online presence; continually reading something for pleasure; regular date nights with my husband; salt baths; MASSAGE; salt floats

Why did you choose Freedom?
I initially chose to pursue Freedom Massage for employment because of two things:  I was impressed and intrigued by the video of Diane on the website, and because an old friend and coworker from a prior position was a Freedom therapist and RAVED about working here.  Every day I choose Freedom again because of the many (and ever-growing) list of reasons that so closely align with my personal priorities and ethics. Here’s a short list, just to name a few:

  • IT FEELS SO GOOD INSIDE THE WALLS!
  • I am heard by my boss and told regularly that I am appreciated
  • I feel respected by my boss, coworkers, and clients
  • I have worked in other settings/environments in this profession and have seen “other ways”
  • Freedom Massage is a CLIENT-FOCUSED business

What makes Freedom Massage different?
Freedom Massage has been built by an Owner who is a massage therapist; she understands the “job” and the
many balances involved in creating an experience for clients each and every session. This business is client-
focused and the therapists are happy and well-cared-for. The Owner, Diane, is a world-renowned leader in the
bodywork community, and through her connections she delivers the highest-quality investment back in to this very
business; she provides ongoing training and continuing education to all of her staff with other leading experts in
the bodywork community. Beyond the hands-on skill here, Diane has invested in top-of-the-line equipment,
including electric tables, for each treatment room for the comfort of both clients and therapists. The professional
tone set by Diane is matched by all Freedom staff – everyone here works with the highest degree of
professionalism and integrity that I have experienced throughout my entire employment history, including work
outside of this profession.

Eugenia, LMT

Eugenia, LMT

 Eugenia proudly graduated from the Cortiva Institute with a 4.0 and is a member with ABMP. After 17 years in the restaurant business, she decided it was finally time to pursue her dream of becoming a massage therapist. After receiving her first massage over 16 years ago, she knew this was what she was going to do with her life one day. Eugenia is very passionate about listening to and helping others. Through school she was drawn to deep pressure and has added an amazing flow to her work. She also provides relaxation and Swedish massage. With Freedom peers, she has completed several private trainings with leaders in our industry: with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for the neck; training in Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski; and The OHASHI Method® Bodywork with Master Ohashi. Eugenia enjoys bringing deep relief to her clients, and has been deepening her understanding of clinical applications for massage therapy through coursework by Erik Dalton. If you want a heavy hand and deeper pressure, Eugenia is a great pick. She knows the benefits of regular massage first hand. Her schedule fills quickly – don’t miss your opportunity to get the day and time you desire!

Eugenia Hours: Monday 3-8:30pm, every other Tuesday 3-8:30pm, Thursday 3-8:30pm, Friday 3-8:30pm, Saturday 10-3pm, and Sunday 10 – 3pm

 

Read a Q&A with Eugenia
How has massage changed/influenced your life?
Finally becoming a massage therapist has completely changed my lifestyle. Instead of the constant rush of life, it has taught me to slow down, to become grounded and more aware of my own body. It has also given me the chance to help others. Just to be able to relieve a little bit of stress in someone’s life, even if only for an hour, is truly a beautiful gift

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
I love any and all massage! There is a different modality for all of your needs, which change on a daily basis. The power of touch is amazing. I prefer to blend relaxation and therapeutic massage. I like to do deeper focus work, but also believe in keeping you relaxed while doing it, massage should not be painful or tense, I like to help ease clients into those relief.

What do you do for personal self-care?
Massage has always been my go to for self care. I also like to just zone out from the world and listen to music. Taking a walk through a park, with headphones on, taking in all of the nature around you is very peaceful and calming to your physical and mental health.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?
I chose freedom because I wanted to work for someone who not only knows the business but believes in the benefits of massage. Diane has been a massage therapist for over 20 years. I wanted an environment where I could continually learn and grow as a therapist. Diane is not just a boss, she is a mentor. Being on a team where everyone wants the best for each other and is always there to help each other is very rare and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

What makes Freedom Massage different?
Freedom stands out from the rest because it is truly all about the massage and the clients needs. From start to finish the therapist and client are together, ensuring all of the clients needs are addressed. You get the full time and experience without being rushed in and out. It is all about what you came to us for, the bodywork.

Gabby, LMT

Gabby, LMT

 Gabby fell in love with massage therapy long before attending massage school. She is
focused on making the lives of others better by breaking up knots, relieving tension, and
restoring complete relaxation. Gabby has a knack for finding problem areas and listening to what she feels as well as what the client requests. She uses purpose and intention with every stroke. Gabby is communicative, warm, kind, and full of energy. She does best at a unique Deep Tissue massage while incorporating Therapeutic and Swedish techniques. Gabby believes in the healing powers of touch with intention, and she is extremely passionate about what she does! Her touch is solid and mature. Alongside Freedom peers, Gabby has completed coursework in Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork through the Vedic Conservatory with “Mukti” Michael Buck; a private class with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for the neck; as well as private trainings in Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski. Gabby is amazing, and her work is also on the deeper side of the spectrum. Her openings will not last, schedule out in advance.

Gabby’s Hours: Monday 3-8:30pm, Tuesday 3-8:30pm, Wednesday 3-8:30pm, and every other Saturday 10:30-4:30 pm

 

Read a Q&A with Gabby
How has massage changed/influenced your life?
Learning the art of massage has helped me figure out who I am, I know I still have so much to learn but just the basics have opened my eyes to so much when it comes to healing and being healed.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
I prefer to give and receive Deep Tissue & Therapeutic Massage. I also love both giving and receiving energy work and healing touch, however have not yet been certified in this type of Massage.

What do you do for personal self-care?
I love to be in nature, on the beach or in the ocean, going on hikes in the woods, or just doing yoga in the backyard.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?
Freedom Massage is a place that makes me feel like I can be myself, but also somewhere I feel will push me to learn more and more. The ladies there are all a family that I’m excited to be a part of.

What makes Freedom Massage different?
We strive to make every person who comes here welcomed and listened to, you won’t leave here unsatisfied.

Kristie, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Kristie, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Kristie is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Communication Disorders and Bloomsbury University with an M.S. in Speech Pathology.  She worked for six years with children with special needs.  She always knew she wanted to help others and was intrigued by the anatomy of the human body.  Kristie recognized how much the mind and body are connected when she began receiving massages to help with her own anxiety and neck pain.  With those interests and goals to help others, she was drawn to change careers and pursued Massage Therapy.  She graduated from the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks and is a member in good standing with the ABMP.  She has been in the massage industry for over four years and brings experience from chiropractic, spa, and health and wellness studios.  In her pursuit to continually improve her practice,  Kristie has completed additional training in functional anatomy from Allison Denney (AKA The Rebel) on advanced techniques for the neck, rotator cuff, and low back; integrated manual therapy and orthopedic massage with James Waslaski; Thai massage for the table with Jess Barnwell; and Pin and Stretch techniques from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine.  Pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist was truly therapeutic both physically and mentally for Kristie.  She has learned how impactful regular massage therapy along with other self-care can truly ground you and help you integrate a healthy mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about health and wellness and firmly believes prevention is the best medicine and understands how the mind and bodywork together.  Her techniques include Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, pregnancy, corrective/sports massage, and medi-cupping.  Kristie has a firm, therapeutic, yet nurturing touch.  She can go deep without a lot of pressure and loves to incorporate the use of her forearms to achieve long deep strokes while maintaining flow in the massage.

Read a Q&A with Kristie

How has massage changed/influenced your life? Pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist was truly therapeutic both physically and mentally for Kristie.  She has learned how impactful regular massage therapy along with other self-care can truly ground you and help you integrate a healthy mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about health and wellness and firmly believes prevention is the best medicine and understands how the mind and bodywork together.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving? Her techniques include Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, pregnancy, corrective/sports massage, and medi-cupping.  Kristie has a firm, therapeutic, yet nurturing touch.  She can go deep without a lot of pressure and loves to incorporate the use of her forearms to achieve long deep strokes while maintaining flow in the massage.

What do you do for personal self-care? Kristie’s self-care routine includes Massage, Yoga, Pilates, hiking, and as much time outside as possible along with lots of hugs with her dog.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage? After meeting the owner, Diane, at the Rebel’s neck workshop, Kristie knew she wanted to be a part of her amazing team at Freedom!

What makes Freedom Massage different? The positive energy and Diane’s passion for continuing education differentiate Freedom from many places.  It is a space where the client’s needs are truly heard and each session is tailored to that person with the utmost professionalism with plenty of time allowed to provide that care for the clients.

 

Megan, LMT

Megan, LMT

After working 8 years in the Emergency room, Megan decided she wanted to transition into a different kind of health care. Holistic, hands on, whole body health care and that is where massage came in to her life. She went to Cortiva and never looked back. Megan is a member of AMTA and has taken awesome classes to continue learning about her craft. Some of those classes were sports massage with cupping and Gua sha, Thai massage, and NueroKinetic therapy. Every modality she learns brings a new element to her massages and she plans to keep adding to her toolbox in order to provide you with a massage that will specifically benefit your body! 

Read a Q&A with Megan

How has massage changed/influenced your life? Massage has changed my life because now I love what I do for a living! It feels good to help others in a way as unique as massage. It has taught me so much about my own body and what a gift it is.  

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving? I prefer to give and get a deep tissue massage. I enjoy feeling things being worked out in the moment along with the results afterward.   

What do you do for personal self care? Self care for me looks like anything from a pedicure, to a consistent workout schedule, to reading a book in bed, or being in the sunshine.  Doing anything that feel good to the soul is self care and that comes in a variety of ways for me, my most favorite,  truly, is by getting a massage.  

Why did you choose Freedom? I was introduced to freedom while I was still in school, and knew this was the type of environment I believe in and would succeed in. I read a quote once that said never work directly under someone you don’t want to be like. And on the positive end of that Diane is the best in the Buisness, she has so much knowledge to share and is so generous with it that it’s a pleasure working for her and in the environment she has created with great massage therapist who are even better people.   

What makes Freedom Massage Different? Freedom is different because they don’t play the numbers game. They recongnize every body is important and everyone’s time is important.  They are very client orientated. It seems like the best hour of peoples day happens within Freedoms walls! 

Michelle, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Michelle, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

 

Michelle graduated from Cortiva Institute, and is a member of AMTA. She was voted “Best in Class” by teachers and peers. Michelle has great compassion and understanding, and will put you in a state of relaxation, helping your body to heal itself. Her skilled usage of forearms and elbows allow her to attend to clients who request Deep Tissue bodywork. Michelle’s free spirit and passion to grow and to please others shines through in her bodywork. Her giggle and smile are contagious, and they will leave you feeling right at home here at Freedom Massage. She first completed Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork training with Mukti Michael Buck in 2016; and has since completed further private training alongside Freedom peers in Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork. Additionally, with Freedom Massage she has completed private trainings in: Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski; The OHASHI Method® Bodywork and The OHASHI Method® for a Healthy Pregnancy, with Master Ohashi; and with YouTube icon, The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for
the neck. Michelle provides Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue, the Freedom Massage, and
Pregnancy sessions. Michelle knew she would work at Freedom Massage before she even
graduated school. Now here, she has become a powerful creator attracting a solid book of clients.  She has followed closely in the Owner’s footsteps with her bodywork. Don’t let her size fool you– she is strong.  Michelle is hard-working and truly dedicated to Freedom
Massage, we are honored to have her with us!

Michelle also specializes in working with women throughout pregnancy/post pregnancy and has taken charge of the Freedom Birthworkers Program at Freedom Massage to be released in 2021.

Get on her schedule her appointments fill quickly and stays filled.  Book out!

Her hours are Michelle is out on maternity leave until 4/2021. She suggest Sammii, Eugenia, Molly, Sarah, or Gabby while she is out.

Read a Q&A with Michelle

How has massage changed/influenced your life?
I have always been in some field of customer service and my free spirit has drawn people to me. Massage has allowed me to continue my life journey to touch people’s lives and build positive relationships with them. It is a gift to give someone a moment of happiness. Be it a warm smile or a kind word, I strive to be the light in a person’s day. Massage has helped me to step up my game in positively affecting someone’s life. I now have a platform to offer a client a safe space where they can let their guard down and begin to relax. Our daily lives can be beyond busy and we often lose sight of being in the present.

Massage therapy has shifted my life towards an attitude of gratitude. My days can be filled to the brim and my mind goes a mile a minute at times, but what a great relief I get when I step into my massage space and it all disappears. For that period in time I am forced to put down the technology, focus on being present and providing a care that fills my being with joy because I am giving of myself.

To give is to receive.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
I love to experience all types of massage. Massage for me is an incredible learning tool. Every single time I get a massage I learn something…be it good or bad. This has helped me tremendously in my career. It continues to keep my personal bar/goals high in the care that I give to clients. Through receiving massage I have learned to love and accept my body the way God has designed it

What do you do for self care?
The most important area for self-care is to accept and fully embrace my free spirited nature. My life has changed dramatically over the last 7 years. I went from living in Alaska to now owning a home and being a newly married “bonus mom”. It is important to be aware of your journey through life and pay attention to how your body and mind reacts along the way.

At this point in my life the term “self-care” means to know what is it to get routine massage, stretch and use my body, be well educated in areas of my life that will affect my future and to be gentle with myself. Self-care to me means to have grace and humility. Not be overly harsh on my mind, body and spirit. To know that I was created from a higher love and put on the earth to spread love.

Self-care means to give of myself and take care of others all while having healthy boundaries.  Always do your best in every situation, but to remember that “your best” will be different for each of those situations.

Why did you choose Freedom massage?
Freedom Massage is not cookie cutter by any means. Throughout my entire working life I have always sought out small business’s to be a part of and take great pride in the places I have worked.

The past few years working at Freedom Massage has heavily impacted my life. Daily I am surrounded by a group of women who care, support and encourage beyond their means. I am constantly lifted up and appreciated by an amazing boss who has come along side to be a mentor, not just with massage but in life as well. So many places in the work world today discount their employees as easily replaceable. At Freedom I know I have been carefully hand selected by a woman who has been in the field for over 20years and who has put her faith in me to deliver the best care I can for clients.

It all comes back to my pride. I take great pride in the places I work and have worked. I take great pride in always doing my best and pleasing my employer. Freedom Massage has an amazing, well earned reputation and I wanted to be a part of it.

What makes Freedom massage different?
I believe Freedom is different based on the extensive training each therapist receives when they are brought on board. Each therapist already joins the team with a passion, intuition and a great compassion for people in the world. We all want to give our best every day we are there and Diane continues to lift us all up to reach the bar that is set high.

The owner Diane comes alongside each therapist and spends hours of ongoing training to teach us the true basics of body work. We learn what it means to listen to our clients, let go of perceptions, have healthy boundaries and that each individual has a story. It is not our job to “heal” people but to be there when they choose to do so on their own.

No two bodies are the same, therefore no two sessions are the same.

We offer full 60 minutes of hands-on bodywork, which does not include intake or checkout time. We take our time, never any rush with any client. If we don’t have an answer we will get you one, or find someone who can help. Diane is a wealth of knowledge and has so many connections that few other places can offer. We have very high standards.

Molly, LMT , Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Molly, LMT , Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Molly was inspired by massage to do so much more.  She started out as a Licensed
Cosmetologist and it was there she got a taste of what bodywork could be.  After some time, she took it upon herself to follow through with what she always felt she wanted to do, become a Licensed Massage Therapist.  While at Cortiva Institute training for her License she met Diane, the Owner of Freedom Massage, and knew that she would be the person to guide her through this field.  Almost immediately after receiving her License she began work at Freedom Massage and hasn’t looked back since!  She has completed several private trainings with her peers at Freedom Massage: Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski; Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork with Mukti Michael Buck, The OHASHI Method® Bodywork and The OHASHI Method® for a Healthy Pregnancy with Master Ohashi; as well as a private class with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for the neck.  She will provide you with power and grace.  Molly provides Swedish relaxation, Deep Tissue massage, Pregnancy massage, and the Freedom Massage.  Molly is also a certified Oncology Massage Practitioner (approved by Society for Oncology Massage S4OM.org), currently the only one with Freedom Massage.  Since joining the team, she has been getting rave reviews and is a great resource in community outreach events.  She is powerful, smart, and has a wonderful sense of humor.  Her massage has taken quantum leaps
at Freedom Massage, she is strong and will also put you in a trance.  We are all amazed by
how Molly continues growing into an even more solid massage therapist.  Book as many
appointments as you can while you are here, they will not last.

Her hours are Monday 2:30-8:30pm, Tuesday 3-8:30pm, Wednesday 3-8:30pm, Thursday 9:30-3pm, Friday 3-8:30pm, and occasional Saturdays and Sundays.

Read a Q&A with Molly
How has massage changed/influenced your life?
Massage has truly opened up a new avenue of life for me. Prior to finding massage I was stuck in a rut of a career, with no real future or potential to expand, and it soon became monotonous and frustrating. Massage was something I always had in the back of my head, always a yearning to learn. One day I just took it upon myself to check out the closest and most well-known massage school near me which happened to be Cortiva. That day after the tour I enrolled myself on the spot; it didn’t take much thought and it was the most freeing and most sudden life decision I’ve ever made, one that changed my life for the better. Once in school I got more into yoga, understanding the body, stretching and eating better. It was like a light finally went off and I felt for the first time I had a real purpose and was beyond excited to put everything into action. Since then I enjoy life so much more both through work and on a personal level.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
The style of massage I like to give varies day by day: I am always open and willing to roll with any modality and pressure range the client is feeling, although my favorite is always The Freedom Massage — this also goes for receiving! There’s something about addressing problem areas with both deep and relaxing work. Sometimes the body, I feel, can only take so much and needs a little TLC as well, so good solid pressure and a relaxing vibe always makes my day.

What do you do for personal self-care?
When it comes to personal care there’s nothing better than just taking a deep breath and allowing yourself to do nothing! Yes, of course I get my stretching, massage and workouts in throughout my busy weeks, but my favorite thing is to let my brain and body chill out by sitting outside in the mornings on my porch with a cup of coffee, just doing nothing and taking in the day. You’d be surprised I’m sure that my self-care is so simple, but my brain always seems to be going constantly and this little morning meditation time by myself, sometimes with my cat, is a really great kick start to my days.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?
While in school at Cortiva Institute for massage my very first teacher there was so excited to share with us that we had a special guest coming in to speak. After asking more about it I found out that the speaker was going to be Diane, the owner of Freedom Massage (and now my boss!). The way my teacher spoke about her I was enthralled, I knew this was someone I had to work for. The day of the talk I made sure I had my resume’ prepared and listened intently to everything Diane had to say. It was with a shaky hand and big smile I introduced myself and passed over my resume’ even prior to graduation. After that point any time Diane came in or spoke at Cortiva I made my presence known until my graduation and passing of state boards. I was finally given the opportunity to work for my first and only choice and I am beyond fortunate to be at such an awesome place surrounded by other like-minded and driven women.

What makes Freedom Massage different?
Freedom Massage is something truly unique. I say “something” because it’s not just a place, it’s so much more. Freedom Massage is a family of well-educated, determined and loving therapists, all with their own style and views, yet who still mesh beautifully. It’s somewhere you can come as a client for the first time and be treated like you’ve been coming for years. I believe we proudly distinguish ourselves not only by the talent of the owner and therapists, but by the friendly and open nature of the studio. Equal parts professional and comforting, I haven’t been to any other place with the warmth that comes from here.

Nyia, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Nyia, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Nyia has been a massage therapist for over four years and is in good standing with ABMP. After years of working in customer service positions, Nyia started with massage therapy because of the rapidity of growth in this industry and loves to help people. The first time she worked on a client, everything clicked into place, and she knew she chose the right career path. She loves working with people and finding new ways to ease the aches and tension of people’s everyday lives. She is very intuitive, bound to find that sore spot before you even tell her where to look. She usually works with deep pressure and therapeutic clients but has also been trained in manual lymphatic drainage. She also does Swedish, sports, deep tissue, and Freedom massages. She feels grateful and honored to be a part of the Freedom Massage team. Working on a team with such talented and learned massage therapists has helped her grow and hone her skill. Nyia’s intuitive flow and warm personality will assure you that you are in good hands!

She will be officially joining our team February 15th.

Her hours are Thursday 3pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-4:30pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

Read a Q&A with Nyia

How has massage changed/influenced your life?

Massage has helped me become more in tune with what my body needs and how it feels.  It has also helped me become more confident in myself. Believing in the work I do has given me a confidence I never would have found if it weren’t for massage.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?

My favorite type of massage to give would be therapeutic massage. I try to listen to the muscles, and give them what I think they need most after discussing the needs of the client. I love working with clients over a span of time and really seeing the changes in their bodies and overall mindset. I like the same massage for myself. I always enjoy a good deep pressure massage where the therapist just knows intuitively where to go and the best course of action to take to help relieve the tight muscles.

What do you do for personal self-care?

Staying stress free and relaxed are always some of the best self care strategies anyone can take on. If I am fully present during a massage, it will always be a great session. I also like to do a lot of stretching and icing of the wrists regularly. And of course getting a consistent massage at least once a month! I can really feel when it’s time for me to get another massage, so I like to get in as often as possible.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?

After reading Diane’s book, Massage Therapists Guidebook, I knew I had to work at Freedom Massage. She has so many insights on not only massage itself, but life in general. She is a wealth of knowledge and loves to share that knowledge with her team.

What makes Freedom Massage different?

Freedom’s commitment to their client base is unprecedented. The client always comes first at Freedom, and Diane has done an amazing job designing her business to make clients feel comfortable, relaxed, and welcome. With her experience, Diane has cultivated such an amazing team of massage therapists dedicated to working together for the betterment of our client base.

Sammii, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Sammii, LMT, Approved Continuing Education Provider with Freedom Massage

Sammii graduated from Cortiva Institute and is a member in good standing with the American Massage Therapist Association (AMTA).  She knew from day one in massageschool that this was her calling, and she is so passionate about learning about the body and how many benefits there are to receiving regular massages.  She is just so excited to call Freedom Massage her home!  Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her Clients have said that she “not only gives a massage but an experience with the energy that passes through her hands.”  She performs Swedish relaxation massage, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy sessions, and has studied Sports Massage and Myofascial Release; the Freedom Massage is her favorite since it’s genuinely customizable and adapts to each Client’s individual needs.  Sammii has a naturally warm touch that will help put your whole body at ease.  With Freedom Massage she has completed a private class with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist learning more techniques for the neck, as well as training in Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski.  Whether you are looking for some “you” time to get away, or your body needs some extra care and firmer work to release those areas of stress, Sammii will have you feeling like yourself again!  If you are looking for deeper pressure, she is a good pick.  Be sure to get on her book before you wish you had!

Her hours are Wednesday 3-8:30pm, Thursday 3-8:30pm, Friday 3-8:30pm, and every other Saturday 10-4:30pm.

Read a Q&A with SaMMIi
How has massage changed/influenced your life?

Massage has really taught me to understand what my body is saying. When I feel pain I know I need to take it easy, or adjust the way I’m doing something, and to re-evaluate what I’m putting my body through. Living with chronic pain myself, massage has inspired me to help relieve aches and pains for other people and to remember how valuable our bodies are, since we only get one.  Too many people live with pain not knowing it’s not necessary and they could be feeling much better! I hope to help break that way of thinking by educating clients on how massage can help reduce stress, alleviate aches and pains and overall improve their quality of life.

What style of massage do you prefer to give and receive?
I love the massages that make me feel like my entire body has received the attention. I definitely enjoy a firmer pressure with some deep tissue techniques in my trouble spots, but our bodies are all connected so I find it very important to have great flow to the massage.  When I give massages I try to do just that. I listen to my intuition and try to do as my hands feel for what the client needs. I welcome feedback to see if the client wants more or less pressure, and what spots they’re feeling pain, but my intuitive touch helps me both relax them as well as relieve tension.

What do you do for personal self-care?
Self care is such a key thing that sometimes we (myself included) can put on the back burner but is SO important. I aim to exercise at least 6 days a week, stay consistent with drinking lots of water, and of course I get massages!   I’ve found that massage is the thing that seems to keep me feeling my best and I really enjoy throwing in some floating sessions as well . If you haven’t heard of floating yet, please do some research on it because it’s incredible! That and practicing self love and meditations help me to remember how important self care is to me. After all, you can’t give to others if you yourself are feeling empty!

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?
The day I met Diane while I was in massage school was the day that I knew I wanted to work for her. I was so inspired by her presentation about how much love goes into the massage experience and I knew having someone like her to mentor me and to look up to as a role model would keep me doing what I love for the long term. Diane has so much knowledge and passion for what we do, and the fact that she is willing to share that with me and the rest of our team is so amazing. Freedom Massage is about quality bodywork. It’s back to the core of hands on bodywork in helping you feel your best, through mind, body and spirit.

What makes Freedom Massage different?
Too many things to name in just a short answer. Freedom Massage is different from anything I’ve ever seen when it comes to quality, real care for our bodies and minds, and attention to all the details. From the amazing tables that adjust to so many different positions, to all the bolsters and pillows to make you as comfortable as can be, to the love and dedication each therapist gives to each client they see. Their professionalism is unmatched, and their passion for this field is incredible. I am honored to work for such a wonderful and genuine bodywork studio.

Sarah, LMT

Sarah, LMT

 Sarah graduated from Cortiva Institute and is a member of AMTA. After a decade of working retail, Sarah decided she needed a career that felt more meaningful, something to bring her back to her early roots as a dancer. Through practicing the art of bodywork, Sarah found a renewed connection to her love of bodies, movement, the mind, and how these all work together. She has completed several private classes with Freedom Massage: Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski; Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork with Mukti Michael Buck; The OHASHI Method® for a Healthy Pregnancy with Master Ohashi; as well as a class with YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist, learning more techniques for the neck. Sarah can provide Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, the Freedom Massage, and Pregnancy sessions. She is also comfortable working with minors, and loves to help clients (especially those new to massage!) feel understood, comfortable, and prepared for receiving a great bodywork session. She is happy she found Freedom right away upon graduation and is honored and proud to call “The Freedom Family” her own. She is a joy to be around, clients love her, and she has created a steady following at Freedom Massage. She is thoughtful, accommodating, and extremely talented. She can give a deep pressure massage. Sarah has a heart of gold, and we are honored she is with us. Book out your
appointments if you can find one.

Her hours are Monday 2:30-8:30pm, Tuesday 3-8:30pm, Wednesday 3-8:30pm, and usually every other Saturday 10- 4:30pm.

Read a Q&A with Sarah
How has massage changed/influenced your life?
Becoming a massage therapist has given me work I love! This career has also allowed me to express my care-giving nature, helped me slow down and notice my own body’s needs, strengthened my awareness of the mind/body connection, and provided a more healthy work/life balance.

What style of massage do you prefer to give and receive?
I enjoy working on some areas of focus while also giving the rest of the body care, to bring a connection throughout the body. This is usually the type of work I want to receive as well. I also love the subtlety of myofascial work, the feeling of deeper releases with an initially less deep pressure/touch. It is important to me, both for clients AND my own body, to acknowledge that we are different each time we come to the table and to allow ourselves a shifting nature to what we need each session. I really enjoy prenatal sessions as well!

What do you do for personal self-care?
DEFINITELY regular massage!! I try for at least once a month. In all honesty, self-care is something I often struggle with, so a lot of my self-care routine involves trying to slow down, drink enough water, get exercise, and remind myself to love myself as much as I love others.

Why did you choose Freedom Massage?
I received my first massage ever at Freedom Massage a decade before I knew I’d go to massage school. I didn’t want to work in a chain location, wanted something more local and small business oriented, and knew of Diane/Freedom through the community and school. It wasn’t really an option in my mind to work elsewhere, so I’m glad I was able to find a home here at Freedom!

What makes Freedom Massage different?
So many things! We are a tight-knit, drama free group that supports each other! Our owner, Diane, has been a practicing massage therapist for over 20 years, so we get constant mentoring from her which is invaluable. I feel we are given the time and ability to show each client individual attention, adjusting sessions to their particular needs, rather than placing them in a cookie cutter mold. We are given the ability to be involved with ideas and the day-to day function of the business, and I think this allows each one of us to be invested, responsible, and proud of the work we do!

Sue Lin, LMT

Sue Lin, LMT

Sue Lin is a graduate of Georgia Massage School and currently in good standing with ABMP. Originally from Malaysia, together with her family, she has moved and lived across all four time zones in the United States for over 20 years. Reflecting on her upbringing, where her family regularly and consistently incorporated massages as part of a healthy mind, body and spirit healing routine, she was inspired to become a Massage Therapist herself. She is a firm believer that the power of intentional touch can help with almost anything. Sue Lin incorporates a variety of modalities in her practice. Her techniques include, but are not limited to: Deep Tissue, Swedish relaxation, Myofascial Release, and Pregnancy massage. She loves corrective work and is continually pursuing deeper understanding in these techniques; recently she completed Functional Anatomy coursework covering low back, hip, shoulder, and rotator cuff by Allison Denney, the YouTube icon The Rebel Massage Therapist; and is in the process of completing Orthopedic Massage online certification course by Whitney Lowe. With
Freedom Massage, she has completed private trainings in Integrated Manual Therapy and
Orthopedic Massage with instructor James Waslaski; as well as The OHASHI Method®
Bodywork and The OHASHI Method® for a Healthy Pregnancy, with Master Ohashi.
Ultimately, her goal is always to put the desires of her clients first. She is so excited to be a part of the Freedom Massage family and looks forward to learning and delivering more in this ever-evolving industry. 

Her hours are Tuesday 9:30am-2:30pm, Wednesday 9:30am – 2:30pm, Thursday 9:30am-2:30pm, Friday 9:30 am-2:30 pm and occasional Sundays.

Read a Q&A with Sue Lin
How has massage changed/influenced your life? As far as I can remember, massage has always been part of the culture. My grandma would massage my tummy when I had a tummy ache. My parents would refer me first to a holistic bodywork person for therapeutic work before seeking a physician’s prescription. For the longest time, I had taken its availability for granted. It wasn’t until as an adult. I truly appreciated the encompassing benefits of receiving a good massage from a therapist who listens.

What style of massage do you prefer giving and receiving?
For receiving, I prefer therapeutic corrective work, depending on what my body tells me. In terms of giving, I tend to follow my client’s wants and needs while incorporating specific methods that complement the work being done. My goal is to make the client feel that all parts of our body is connected, working, creating a state of homeostasis.

What do you do for personal self-care?
Most recently, I have begun the practice of meditation. With the current demands of life and our inability to ‘shut off,’ meditation has helped me feel more grounded and present, whether with my family, friends, and more so my clients. Another passion of mine(weather permitting) is gardening, the fresh air, and soil in my hands, and seeing something morph from a seed to a plant feeds my soul. Speaking of feeding, I love cooking! Knowing what I am putting into my body, and my families give me comfort.

Why did you choose Freedom? From the moment I spoke to Diane, I had a gut feeling that it was just right! A locally owned business by someone who has been in the industry for over 25 years as a therapist. She understands what works on the business side and also the care of the therapists. That feeling was reinforced when I met the other therapists and noticed how much they love being at work. You know that’s always a good sign.

What makes Freedom Massage different?
Freedom Massage is truly a family of therapists who are like-minded in putting the needs and care of the clients FIRST. If you reserved for 60 minutes, you would receive 60 minutes of massage. Your time is just as important to us. Last but not least, massage is ALL we do, there’s no gimmick to sell other products.

Ginger, Our Rescue Pet Therapist

Ginger, Our Rescue Pet Therapist

Ginger was rescued by our Owner. She is sometimes available “by request” to greet clients in the Lobby. She does not go to the “massage area” of the building. If you want to see a little dog who will be very excited to see you ask staff if Ginger is in for the day. Ginger is full of energy, loves to be snuggled, is happy to see every human, and would love to be pet by you. Ginger stays pretty busy, if she is not available when you are here, she sends her love. Ginger is trained to sit and take a treat.

Her hours are flexible.

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