After 18 years of practicing law, I decided I'd earned the right to a career I feel passionate about. I have been specializing in deep tissue and sports massage since 2015, and I love working with clients who want to address specific conditions or chronic complaints. I began my practice in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., and relocated to Scottsdale in 2019. I opened Scottsdale Therapeutic and Sports Massage in September of that year.
My decision to pursue training in massage therapy grew out 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 or, worse, the wrong pressure in the wrong place. Knowing what worked for me in a massage, I set out to learn how to provide that for others. Along the way, I learned how to listen closely to what clients are asking for, to feel what their tissue was telling me, and to assess where the work should go next. No two clients are the same, and therefore no two massages should be the same.
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 .
When I'm not un-winding my clients' knots, I'm out creating my own as a recreational figure skater, hiker, and runner.
--Allison Carmody, LMT