Medical Massage Therapist
Laszlo "Laz" Balazs, LMT, CPT, CNA
I am a certified medical massage therapist and have an extensive medical background with 5 years of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology, 2 years of nursing, and 10 years both of competitive personal training and hands-on medical massage and rehabilitation. I am trained to read and understand X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s and other doctor records in addition to keeping patient charts with medical notes. I have also served as an instructor of patient assessment and pathology at Columbia College for 2 years. Together with area chiropractors, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons and sport medicine clinics, I treat hundreds of patients each year with disc herniation, frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash accident injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, lateral/medial epicondylitis disc herniation, myofascial manipulation, neuromuscular facilitation, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, sciatic pain management and more.
Licensed and Insured in the Commonwealth of Virginia License Number: 0019012169
MYOFACIAL RELEASE EXPERT
Massage has been my profession for 2 decades, and I've greatly enjoyed learning about the human body and helping many people feel better and move more freely. Ten years ago, I began studying Structural Integration, a myofascial therapy that helps release deeper patterns of tension and stuckness for reduced pain and greater freedom in movement and life. Sessions involve slow, steady pressure, whether deep or light as needed and to the comfort of each client. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a wonderful complement to this work, a gentle non-invasive approach that helps calm the nervous system and bring a state of deep relaxation and wholeness. I am certified in Pre-natal Massage, and love working with clients in all life stages.
Customized Therapeutic and Pain-free Massage
You know the old adage that we have to first take care of ourselves so we can better provide for others. Well, I am here to help you do just that. With 15+ years of experience, whether you are an athlete with a repetitive stress injury, or just feel overworked, stressed, or need a short vacation from reality, I am the person to help you take an active role in your healthcare routine. I love to challenge myself professionally with new learning opportunities through both books and experiences. I took more than double the required hours in school then went back to teach for three years, prior to moving out of state. I take professionalism very seriously and look forward to helping you take an active role in your personal health and wellness. I specialize in a wide range of techniques from Ashiatsu (foot pressure), Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Passive and Active stretching, Swedish, Prenatal and Infant Massage.
Our bodies are incredible structures built to thrive and sometimes need a little assistance. That is what I am here for! My passion is working with individuals and a new body is a new challenge of hearing what the client communicates they need and what the body shows me it needs. In this way every massage I perform is unique to that person, their body on that day. I studied Massage Therapy at the Lotus School of Integrated Professions in Richmond, Virginia with course work on deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, massage cupping therapy, hot stone massage and table Thai stretching. I also received further training on vacuum cupping and medicupping therapies and reiki. My main techniques are based on the theories of pin-pointing the problem area and to bring the bodies attention there, then to manipulate the tissue to its natural state. I follow this with stretching and elongating to provide space for the fascia and tissue to settle in this natural state.
The body and the mind are billions of cells working together, and therefore I always bring together the entire body in a massage. Creating a relaxed state is as important as muscle manipulation, because this is how our muscles are able to release. Prior to massage, I have a background in Psychology, Social Work and Eastern Religions, and never underestimate the necessity to provide therapeutic touch in which clients are able to find ease from some of their mental and emotional stressors as well.
COMBINING EASTERN AND WESTERN APPROACHes
Lisa is a trained and licensed massage therapist having trained at Columbia College. Additionally, she studied therapeutic massage at the Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She has experience in therapeutic massage, reflexology, myofascial release, sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point, Swedish and aromatherapy massage among other skills to help her clients recover from illness and injury, relieve pain and stress and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Lisa takes great pride in her professionalism and is deeply committed to providing quality care to become an integral part of her clients’ wellness program. She is confident in her ability to uphold the professional standards of your practice and in her ability to build relationships in the workplace with clients and her coworkers.
Lisa enjoys traveling with her family!
Thai Massage and ashiatsu Massage specialist
Aleida Gallangos completed her certification in sciences, theory, practice and application of therapeutic massage, a concentration in Sports Massage and Muscle Performance Therapies at the National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church, Virginia.
She has great passion in the healing art of Ancient Thai Massage and has been performing Thai Massage for a little over 4 years. She completed Thai Massage Practitioner and The Advanced Medical Thai Massage in WatPo, Bangkok Thailand. WatPo Thai massage becomes one of the most world-wide recognized therapeutic and relaxing massage style.
Additionally, Aledia also completed the Certified Advanced Practitioner and Teacher Training Program (CAPT) in the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, accredited by Thailand Ministry of Education, approved by the Ministry of Public Health and internationally recognized by many professional colleges and associations in the healthcare field, approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education.
Aleida also has certification in prenatal massage and isometric muscle balancing.
THE “GIFTED” FOCUSING ON PAIN RELIEF
I graduated from The College of Westchester in New York, where I discovered my passion which is the need to help people. I became certified and licensed as a massage therapist after completing a program at the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. I have been working in medical, chiropractic and spa settings spending a lot of time working with clients who suffer from chronic pain in the neck and shoulders, lower back, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and stress; therefore, my goal is to thoughtfully tailor each massage session in accordance with the guest’s needs and request, personalizing the experience for every individual. I also enjoy creating a safe, warm and relaxing environment in which clients can wind down into a deep relaxation mode. I also enjoy working with clients who are new to the world of massage. Although I have a wide-range of knowledge of bodywork modalities, I am specialized on Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Cupping Massage. Combining these different techniques make a relaxing, yet effective massage in relieving tight muscles from every day use or injuries from overuse. My passion reflects the belief in the power of the human touch. Helping my clients reduce pain, stress, find their inner happiness through massage, reflection, relaxation, and self-healing, make me feel rewarded and fulfilled knowing that I was able to make a difference in their lives.
I love to travel and enjoy to spend quality time with my family.
ONCOLOGY, GERIATRIC, ACUPRESSURE AND REFLEXOLOGY SPECIALIST
My life has come full circle. Perhaps it’s in my DNA. I inherited my passion for health and the healing arts. Both my dad and uncle were Doctors of Chiropractic. I was the first person to enroll and in the very first graduating class of 2000 in Albany, NY.
I graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2000. Upon graduation my massage career began at the historical Gideon Putnam & Roosevelt Baths & Spa and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. This area is alive with talent and fame and therefore I had the good fortune of working with prima ballerinas, principle dancers, musicians including Carlos Santana & Lead Singer Tony Lindsey, John Mayer & drummer J.J. Johnson, pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch, actor Anthony Michael Hall and, the world renowned cellist YoYo Ma. I also worked at the Saratoga Hospital providing medical massage and chair massage to patients. After relocation I worked at the Lee Health Systems Regional Cancer Center.
Continuing Education classes include Oncology, Lymphatic Drainage, Medical Massage Therapy, Reiki 1 & Reiki 2, Acupressure & Aromatherapy. The techniques I utilize are Swedish, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Aromatherapy, Medical Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage for cancer patients, and Reiki.
DEEP TISSUE, CUPPING, MYOFACIAL RELEASE SPECIALIST
Mary Katherine Hawk
I am truly a believer that there is no one more qualified to understand, identify and better your health and wellness than you. So many times, we are told to rely on everyone else to tell us our problems and fix them for us, when we have the answers within us all along. My job is help guide you on your healing journey. My energy, hands, and heart work to help guide your attention and your emotions to the aspects of your well-being or physical body that are the source of imbalance. I go slow in my technique so that you have the ability to breath and release every knot, trigger point or area of tension that hold you back. I always try to communicate what I find to you so you can become in tune with your body. My goal is to help you focus and recognize the areas of tension so they are not a mystery in your way. The power of your well-being is put back in your hands. My education from Advanced Fuller School of Massage is well-rounded with everything from Swedish and Deep Tissue massage to Lomi Lomi, Prenatal, Cupping, Aromatherapy, Myofascial, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu as well as time spent studying and understanding many medical conditions. I am a long time student of Herbalism so my love of healing extends well passed Massage.
Medical massage (neuromuscular manipulation) is a specific healing method. It requires expert knowledge and extensive training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology and client assessment. The practitioner must have critical thinking skills to make connections between different symptoms and causes. This is where spa massage and medical massage differ.
A spa massage (usually deep tissue or Swedish) is perfect for maintaining good health. It affects circulation, lymph system, endocrine system, musculoskeletal system, integumentary system and gastrointestinal system. Regular massages keep all of those systems in good working order.
When do we need medical massage? When muscle, joint and postural imbalance happens simultaneously. These conditions create chronic pain in the body, which over time leads to serious soft tissue damages. A well-trained medical massage therapist is able to identify and correct not just the postural misalignment but also the muscle imbalance, which usually is the cause of the conditions.
The spa therapist only treats the symptoms and gives the client a temporary relief from pain. A medical massage practitioner identifies the real cause of the chronic pain and treats the cause itself instead of the symptoms. The result of medical massage is a permanent pain free life.