LEARN ABOUT RADIANT BODY MASSAGE

Thank you for stopping by and reading more about me and my massage practice. Here, I wish to share a little more about who I am, and a provide more insight into Radiant Body Massage in Elk River, MN. When you’re ready, you can schedule a massage online 24/7, call, or send me a message. I look forward to working with you soon!

Who are you? Why did you open a massage practice in Elk River?

For nearly my entire life, I have lived in and around Elk River. I attended Hanky, Meadowvale, and Vandenberg schools. Later, I moved to Princeton where I graduated from Faith Christian School in Foreston. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to live and practice massage in various parts of the country. I’ve lived in California, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Alabama. Today, I live and practice massage in Elk River where Radiant Body Massage is conveniently located. My massage practice is found in downtown Elk River inside the Salon on Main next to Sunshine Depot and Aegir Brewery.

 

Even before I opened Radiant Body Massage in Elk River, you may have seen me in and around Elk River. Over the years, I worked at the 101 Market in Otsego as one of my greatest passions outside of massage is gardening. In fact, something you’ll notice at Radiant Body Massage is the serene feeling of nature in my massage room. My favorite place is outside where I love to forage through the woods and fields looking for medicinal plants and edible wild foods. In my massage practice, I include at no additional charge hand-crafted products which I’ve made using some of the plant products from my foraging. In fact, I like to think of myself as an aspiring herbalist who’s learning to craft new medicines and remedies for my friends, family, and myself.

 

In addition to these hand-crafted products, I also may include essential oils and salves – again, at no additional charge. My top priority is always to provide a unique experience for my clients to aid them on their path to wellness. Related to this, I have a passion for spirituality and I love learning from all paths in life – both mine and others’. For me, life is about expansion, growth, change, and learning.

How did you get into massage?

Years ago, I was inspired to become a massage therapist during my own healing journey. When I was 26 years old, I contracted Lyme disease. This event sent me on an adventure to find ways to restore my own health and gave me the opportunity to understand other people’s health and wellness struggles on a deeper level. Initially, I started with conventional allopathic medicine with no success. Then, I began looking to alternative therapies. This is when I met many different people and explored new ideas I previously wasn’t open to considering.

 

By exploring alternative therapies, I began practicing Qigong which is a gentle meditative art of healing involving movement and thought. This in particular helped me greatly and which I still practice to this day. However, I felt I wasn’t finished exploring alternative therapies so I continued to research other healing arts. Eventually, I found a teacher from whom I learned another self-healing system called Reiki. I continued to learn and practice Reiki until I also became a master practitioner. Today, I incorporate Reiki into my practice to aid others in their healing.

 

Ultimately, it’s my great grandmother whom I credit inspiring me to pursue becoming a massage therapist and opening my own massage practice. After overcoming my own battle with chronic pain from Lyme disease, I recalled it was my great grandmother who reminded me of a time when I was a child that she told me to become a massage therapist. In fact, as a child she encouraged me so much, I was telling everyone until I was a teenager that I was going to someday be a massage therapist.

What is your professional and educational background in massage therapy?

I graduated with over 900 hours of training in therapeutic massage and bodywork. Today, I am a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist. Additionally, I have taken and passed the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’ Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) which is a national standard. What’s more, this exam ensures the massage therapist is trained and competent in:

  • anatomy and physiology;

  • pathology;

  • contraindications;

  • areas of caution;

  • special and at-risk populations;

  • client assessment;

  • client reassessment & treatment planning;

  • ethics;

  • boundaries;

  • laws & regulations, and;

  • guidelines for professional practice

 

This is above any standard Minnesota has for professional massage therapists. In fact, this test is optional in Minnesota and not all cities require education to be a massage therapist (meaning, some therapists have passed no standard of examination and are un-certified). Finally, I am always taking continuing education and expanding my repertoire of tools. For example, I learned cupping massage from an incredible acupuncturist and today use this technique in my own massage practice at Radiant Body Massage.

 

Towards the end of my formal education, I began working as a massage therapist at Massage Envy in St. Cloud. After refining my skills there, I moved on to practice massage in a beautiful day spa setting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This is where I had the opportunity to learn many types of body treatments and advanced therapeutic modalities to deliver unparalleled relaxation experiences. It was a great experience, but I wanted to continue to grow as a professional massage therapist and challenge myself to learn even more massage practice modalities.

 

I moved to Portland, Oregon where I had the tremendous experience working at a wellness center. Here, I worked on a cross functional team of yoga, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, qigong, and nutritional counseling professionals. This rich experience afforded me the opportunity to be challenged to meet a higher standard of massage practice which I have carried with me to Radiant Body Massage.

 

Before starting Radiant Body Massage, I moved back to Minnesota where I began working at a fantastic chiropractic clinic. Here, I learned massage in a clinical setting helping patients who were often battling traumatic spinal and neck injuries. This was yet another very unique type of massage therapy practice where I worked with patients on a weekly basis to aid them in recovering from chronic and acute pain. The body reacts differently from this type of injury recovery, and I had a very direct, hands-on education on a daily basis with many types of patients.

What types of massage modalities do you use at Radiant Body Massage?

If you’ve read this far, you’ve learned that I have a diverse set of skills and a background of experiences that have enabled me to be skilled in numerous massage modalities. Every client is unique, and no single massage modality has the answer for everyone. This is why will treat every client as a blank slate. Together, we will determine what the best plan is for you. Some areas of massage I’m trained in include:

  • Swedish Massage

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Trigger-Point Therapy

  • Aroma Therapy

  • Geriatric Massage

  • Qi Gong

  • Spa and Hot Stone

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Chair Massage

  • Sports Massage

  • Myofascial Release

  • Reiki Massage

  • Massage Cupping

 

Every massage I give is customized to fit the needs of my client. Some people just need to have a nice relaxing experience while others need to work on a specific pain or injury. Keep in mind, both types of massage are quite different. So, you may be asking right now, “What type of massage do I need?” Together, we will answer that question and provide for you exactly the treatment you need. That is, I meet people where they are at, hear what they need, and try my very best to make them feel like they got what they were looking for. On this, you have my sincerest promise.

This all sounds great! Where is Radiant Body Massage located?

We are located at 705 Main Street NW, Elk River, MN 55330 inside the Salon on Main in downtown Elk River. My studio is located in our spa service area downstairs. When you arrive, there is no full time front desk as everyone rents their own space but we are all welcoming to all who come through our doors. Please take a seat in our waiting area to the right of the main door when you arrive for your appointment and I will greet you there.

How do I schedule a massage with you?

Please remember that I am by appointment only. For your convenience, I have 24/7 online scheduling. You may also schedule by phone or email (I try to get to all calls before the end of the day at 9PM). Gift cards are available online in a digital format 24-hrs a day, and the good old fashion paper gift card is also available when you come in-person.

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705 Main Street NW

Elk River, MN 55330

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