MEET OUR PRACTITIONERS: MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Elizabeth Longo, Massage Therapist
Elizabeth believes in client-centered care and endeavors to deliver a customized, holistic massage whether the need is for deep, specific work to release chronic tension, or a nourishing supportive session designed to alleviate stress and usher in deep relaxation. Most often, her work combines the two goals with wonderfully rejuvenating results.
Elizabeth sees her role not as a “fixer” but rather as an assistant to the body and its own innate healing. She has a firm, yet sensitive touch, and her sessions blend strokes from traditional Swedish massage with anatomically specific strokes and stretches of Myofascial massage. Circulation to especially “stuck” areas may be encouraged through the use of massage cupping. When appropriate, essential oils for warming the tissues or calming the mind may be incorporated as well as integrative techniques such as subtle somatic holds or breath work.
Her grounded presence, quirky humor, and open heart have been a part of the Therapeutic Bodywork team since 2012. She is a certified Mother Massage® practitioner of prenatal massage and an informed provider of Oncology massage for the Cape Wellness Collaborative.
Elizabeth has been a student and practitioner of shamanic techniques and healing since 2005. Her connections with the natural world and spirits shape her worldview and inform her life and work. Elizabeth was trained as a practitioner of Harner Shamanic Counseling by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in 2018. HSC is a one-on-one coaching method that connects people with their own sources of spiritual wisdom for the purpose of gaining practical insight and solutions to the issues most important to them in life. You can read more about this offering at her website here: www.spiritsong.online or email her at: email@example.com
Megan Kershaw, Massage Therapist
While a world traveler, Megan is thrilled to be working with clients on her home turf of Cape Cod. Her work in organic farming and yoga ultimately lead her to pursue a career in bodywork, viewing these passions as the perfect triad intersecting body, mind and spirit – the whole health package.
Megan’s intention is always one of promoting well-being by way of total relaxation, believing it is in this state that the body’s innate ability to restore and heal itself are affirmed.
Her touch is both strong and deliberate, while laced with long effleurage strokes intended to bring your nervous system into balance and promote healing.
*Book with Megan on Wednesday + Thursday
Theresa Ribeiro, Massage Therapist
After 10 years of careful thought and soul searching, Theresa decided to finally take a step towards her ultimate goal and passion of practicing massage. With several years working in both the spa setting and the field of rehabilitation, Theresa has the skill and capacity to blend a deeply therapeutic session with ultimate relaxation.
Understanding that each client has unique needs and goals, Theresa creates a custom tailored treatment by applying her extensive knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and kinesiology. She is certified in Swedish, Deep Tissue/Athletic (her favorite), Trigger Point, Prenatal, Aromatherapy and Thai massage. Clients are always quick to comment on her ability to “go right where the pain is” and/or having the strength to get to the deepest of tissue.
Her techniques are strong, specific and deliberate. You’ll find her approach to her work to be one that gently eases you into the treatment and leaves you feeling rejuvenated and 'worked over'. Her intuitive touch comes across in every session.
*Book with Theresa on Monday, Tuesday, Friday + Saturday
Mattie Gunnery-Fay, Massage Therapist
Mattie's philosophy on bodywork is simple; everything is connected. Through integrative massage, Mattie aims to unify the mind, and enable the body to function at its optimal state of well being. Her intent with massage is to generate relaxation, release restrictions in tense muscle and fascia, while improving mobility and posture. In turn, connecting the intricate systems of the body by regulating breathing, increasing circulation, reducing stress and aligning one's sense of self. Her serene and strong presence offer a variety of techniques in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Myofascial, Muscle Mobilization, Shiatsu, and Reflexology. Mattie goes above and beyond to offer personalized therapeutic massage for the benefit of everybody.
Before arriving at Therapeutic Bodywork, Mattie specialized in hand and feet as a natural nail care professional. Additionally, she holds an associates degree in pshychology from Cape Cod Community College. Upon graduation in 2013, she traveled to Costa Rica where she was introduced to plant medicine and permaculture. In 2014, she began a year long herbal apprenticehip at the Gaia School of Healing in Vermont. Moving forward, she followed her path to Mexico, where she immersed herself in 300 YTT study of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy(2015).
In 2016, the collection of these practices led her in the pursuit of massage therapy. Mattie graduated from The Massage School, located in Boston MA in 2018. she hopes to continue adding both new and ancient techniques to cultivate her practice and share with you.
*Book with Mattie on Monday, Tuesday, Friday + Saturday
Elena Zheleva, Massage Therapist
After graduating with a bachelors degree in tourism in Varna, Bulgaria, Elena started exploring the hospitality industry, which eventually led her to Cape Cod, MA. She was first introduced to the healing arts through yoga, which inspired her to explore Ayurveda, Buddhism, and meditation. Marriage, Motherhood and Nature have been and continue to be her main source of inspiration, wisdom, and wonderment.
As a massage therapist Elena’s intention is to provide the space, and set up the right conditions so that each client has the opportunity to explore their interior space, and create/awaken their own unique healing mechanism from within.
Elena’s touch is sensitive and energetically deep. Her work incorporates a variety of techniques derived from Swedish and deep tissue massage, fascial and positional release, polarity therapy and Ayurvedic massage.
Elena has graduated from the Massage Institute of Cape Cod in 2012. She holds a yoga teacher training certificate from the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. She is in the process of getting her Ayurvedic Counselor certificate through the Vedic Institute of Dr. David Frawley. She is also a third degree Usui reiki master.
*Book with Elena on Wednesday + Saturday
Palma Puzzuoli, CranioSacral Therapist
A licensed massage therapist for over 15 years, Palma is Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners and has received her education in CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. Palma offers a caring touch and customizes each session to help clients relax, restore balance and facilitate the body’s healing process.