I will work with you to design an individualized treatment plan to best support your health and well-being.
My technique is based in Swedish circulatory massage, complemented by techniques including deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, body mobilizations, myofascial release, and slow passive joint movement. My work is grounded in a solid knowledge of anatomy, myology (the study of muscles), kinesiology (the study of movement), and pathology. I also offer cupping and kinesiology taping.
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Swedish Massage uses gliding strokes to relieve muscle tension and pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote mental and physical relaxation.
Deep Tissue Massage reaches deeper layers of muscles. It is used to break down knots and relieve pressure points throughout the body.
Sports massage can help athletes of any level to optimize performance. It can help to increase range of motion, speed recovery time from injury, and minimize muscle soreness. I have worked successfully with athletes from many sports at every level.
I offer a discount of $10 off per session for packages of four (or more!) sessions
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I also offer on-site chair massage for events or in the workplace.
I feel like I have a new back! (Maggie F.--Ludlow, MA)
I have had many massages in my life, some excellent, but, without question, Michael is the most skilled massage therapist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He is great both for dealing with aches and pains and also for deep relaxation. I can't recommend him highly enough. He is also a lovely and soothing person to be around, and I always feel incredibly peaceful spending time with him. (Becky M.--Amherst, MA)
Michael is "Five Stars Plus!" I do a lot of work on the computer and a fair amount of travel. I've tried a few therapists, and he is by far the best. Michael is great in restoring neck, shoulders and back flexibility. Impressive education and training, yet comes across as low-key. Easy to schedule appointments, great parking, convenient location too. (Mary S.--Amherst, MA)
Michael gives the BEST massages!! I recommend him to everyone I know. He's a fabulous practitioner and creates a wonderfully relaxed environment. I have frequent pain in my neck, and he always manages to make it go away! (Jennifer R.--Northampton, MA)
I've had many massages over the years. Michael's are the best. Not just the best in the valley. They're the best massages I've ever had. Plus, he's very relaxed, so the whole experience is perfect. (Bill C.--Amherst, MA)
I have been seeing Michael for two years now. As a middle aged runner, triathlete, and martial artist I periodically acquire some new ache or strain, and Michael is always able to address these issues successfully - reducing or eliminating the pain, suggesting ways to prevent recurrence, and allowing me to continue to lead the active lifestyle I love. (Richard W.--Amherst, MA)
I graduated from the Stillpoint Massage Therapy Certification Program in Greenfield, MA in 2006, and I served on the school's Program Advisory Committee for several years after graduating. I passed the National Certification Exam in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2007. I have also studied Active Isolated Stretching with Ben Benjamin, founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute, and kinesiology taping. I am a member of the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals.
I graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, where I studied Philosophy. I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. I studied Ancient Chinese Philosophy, and my primary area of focus was Daoism. I also studied in China at Beijing University.
My practice of massage is informed by my study of Daoism, which begins with an assumption of the body's natural tendency toward healthy functioning. I seek to restore that natural state when it has been disrupted.