Ashmead, graduated in 2002.
"I enjoy helping people feel better. If I can help in any way by providing a space for the client to relax, have conversation, or just a listening ear, I am happy to be able to do so. If the client has any pain or discomfort, I like trying to find the cause and help the client help themselves in the process."
Post-surgery, Geriatric, and Trigger Point.
"I had a young client that came to me after a motorcycle accident. He was paralyzed from his chest down. He was very shy and quiet. His goal was to be able to raise his arms up and have the mobility to use a manual wheelchair so that he could take a trip to Hawaii, where he had never been. I worked on him once or twice a week for a year. We reached his goal, and he was able to use a manual wheelchair and ultimately went on his first trip to Hawaii, after he met his now wife, during the time I was treating him. He also bought a van and started to drive. He’s still paralyzed but he gained the strength, mobility, and courage to accomplish far more than he imagined."
WHAT MAKES YOUR MASSAGES UNIQUE?
"I do not feel any more special than anyone else. I do believe it’s a preference per client. What I do offer is that I am present. I have received massages from therapists, and I can feel when they are not present in the massage. When I say present, I mean, focusing on what the muscles are saying and connecting with the client at the same time. I want to make sure I hear their requests and help them out in any way I can so that they hopefully walk out feeling that their needs were addressed and more."
WHAT CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES ARE YOU INTERESTED IN TAKING?
Thai Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and Pregnancy massage.
WHAT DO YOU MOST APPRECIATE WHEN RECEIVING MASSAGE?
"I appreciate when the massage therapist listens to my needs and tries to address them. I appreciate for the massage therapist to match my energy. So, if I want to talk great but If I’m silent, that means I am trying to relax, and I do not want to talk. I also appreciate any extra touches to the massage, whatever they may be. I appreciate smooth flow and connection, nothing abrupt or brisk or loud."
WHAT KEEPS YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT MASSAGE?
"What keeps me passionate about massage therapy is finding out how to address each person's issues and/or allowing them to feel better leaving than when they arrived. Also, educating the client about their own bodies and how to help themselves and be aware of their own bodies and what the body is trying to tell them and show them."