After 19 years of practicing law, I decided I'd earned the right to a career I feel passionate about.
My choice to pursue massage therapy was the culmination of my desire to help others in a concrete way, a keen interest in athletics, and a fascination with muscle function and kinesiology. It was also the product of being a frequent massage client who was, quite frankly, often disappointed in getting a rote routine when I knew what my body needed was focused work.
Knowing what worked for me in a massage, I set out to learn how to provide that for others. Along the way, I also learned how to listen closely to what clients are asking for, and to strive to provide their ideal massage.
A recent transplant from the Washington D.C. area, I have been specializing in deep tissue and sports massage since 2015. I love working with clients who want to address specific conditions or chronic complaints, and those who just love a good deep-pressure massage.
I believe my talent is my ability to "listen" to your tissue and address restrictions in a way that works with your nervous system, rather than one that bulldozes over your pain threshold. More importantly, I don't ignore what my hands are telling me--if I'm on a knot, I'll stay with it until I affect it.
I am licensed in the state of Arizona, and obtained board certification with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) in 2018. My training includes Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. I am also certified in Active Isolated Stretching, ACE Massage Cupping and Myoskeletal Alignment Technique .
A long-time weekend warrior, I have trained at various times in martial arts, figure skating, ballet, and recreational running. Do I get regular massage to keep my muscles happy? You bet!
--Allison Carmody, LMT