Massage & Bodywork

Our body is extraordinary in function and wisdom. Like an acorn knows how to grow to a magnificent oak tree, our body knows how to thrive. Much of the time, we experience less-than optimal well-being because our body is simply not getting what it needs. In other words; we sabotage ourselves. A sapling oak would never purposefully deprive itself of the sunlight, water, or nutrients that it needs. But we humans do.  And to a young oak; “the stronger the breeze, the stronger the tree”. Yet often, our response to stress is not to reinforce ourselves, but rather to distract or numb ourselves instead. A loss of connection with the body we live in has dire consequences. 

I work with my clients to reverse that state and empower them to deepen their relationship with their body in order to improve the quality of their daily life and long-term health outcomes. 

When I first discovered massage therapy I was in pain and desperate for relief. I was in college full-time and working full-time. The stress of this overloaded life was bringing regular, sometimes mind-bending headaches. I visited a local therapist on someone’s recommendation and within a few visits, my quality of life improved significantly. Not simply because of the massage, but because of what my time on the table taught me. 

Almost a decade later I chose massage and bodywork as a profession – to share with others what I had experienced. Massage therapy is an extremely effective tool for enhancing well-being, deepening your relationship with your body, optimizing performance, and healing.  

In addition to massage and bodywork, I have education and experience in fitness, mindfulness, and coaching (the art and science of effective conversations). I bring this broad skillset to all my sessions with clients, tailoring each session to your needs. 

What are you waiting for?

Education, Certifications, Coursework, etc.

 

  • Graduate, Baltimore School of Massage, 2001 
  • Orthopedic Massage Certification, Level I, II, III (Orthopedic Massage Research Institute / Whitney Lowe
  • Certified Myoskeletal Therapist (Erik Dalton)
  • Facial Release for Structural Balance (Kinesis/Tom Myers)
  • Advanced Deep Tissue and Myofacial Technique for the Neck & Back (Benjamin Institute)
  • Sports Massage (Anne Arundel Community College)
  • Advanced Balance, Flexibility and Stability Improvement  (Institute for Integrative Health Studies)
  • Introduction to Cranial Sacral Therapy (Upledger Institute)
  • Advanced Anatomy & Physiology (Institute for Integrative Healthcare)
  • Structural Release and the Cranial System (Mindful Shiatsu Center)
  • Shiatsu Shin Tai (Mindful Shiatsu Center)

 

  • Redefining Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health
  • Somatic Coaching / Power of Embodied Transformation,  Coaches Rising Institute
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (Mindful Leader)
  • Navigating Living Apprenticeship (w/Tai Sophia founders Robert Duggan & Dianne Connelly)
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“Louise has been my massage therapist for 18 years and has been my source of mental and physical well-being. My hour with her every few weeks is my time of complete relaxation, a time to forget the long hours of work and commute, and repair of the physical stresses of work and play. She is the very best!”

– Dr. Patrick Murray

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You have my utmost respect. You have helped me so much and I am so much further along than I was a year ago. I never would have believed at my age I could do what I am doing. I really look forward to my workouts to push myself harder than the week before.

– S. Slack

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How I describe Louise? Motivational, appropriately challenging, current in techniques and information, and positive and encouraging to achieve appropriate goals. Your messages are clear and consistent. I know that I can get a great, challenging (but not impossible) workout. You almost intuitively know how far to push so that we can succeed. You help me achieve more and live better.

– Joyce K.

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Working with Louise has helped me develop great physical and mental strength, giving me the confidence to participate in some awesome experiences, including the 56-mile bike leg of the Savageman Half-Ironman. As a mentor Louise has taught me that more than anything else it’s about the choices we make. My choice has been to take life’s difficulties and use them as stepping stones.  Taking challenges with a positive attitude has shown me a better place. 

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I worked with Louise for many years and it was an amazing period of personal growth. She is focused on helping her clients embrace change effectively and on owning their choices. If you’ve reached that point where you’re ready to make a change, to overcome obstacles, to think, eat, or act differently then get ready; she’ll help you move. 

– Dr. Leigh Clayton

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I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Not an easy thing to hear at my relatively young age of 50. I asked the doctor for 6 months to lower my blood sugar by changing my lifestyle. I realized Louise could help me. We worked together on a food and exercise plan. She asked me tough questions that made me examine my life. My results are completely mind blowing! I’ve lost 70 lbs, 50 in, and my blood sugar is completely acceptable. My doctor was floored! Louise has patiently, gently, and with a wealth of knowledge helped me come this far. My goal is to LIVE! 

– Ann McGowan, ASID

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