I have been drawn to massage for as long as I can remember. Due to a spinal disease, my mother suffered chronic pain for many years. Watching failed surgeries and drug dependency hurt her more, I tried my "magic" to alleviate the pain.
t took a while for life to direct me to Irene's Myomassology Institute, but once it did, I knew I would practice massage for the rest of my life. I do what I love and love what I do. I truly believe my clients are brought to me for a reason. The bigger the challenge the better! I was given a gift and feel blessed to share it with my clients. I am a physical, mental, and spiritual tool for people who suffer from many aliments that accompany chronic pain.
I will utilize multiple modalities to help us reach your goals. Such as myofascial release, trigger points, deep tissue, positional release, and many more. The more a client can "let go" the more "I feel" therefore, a better session ensues.
In my spare time, I enjoy nature, hiking with my dog, mountain climbing, outdoor adventures, camping, basically fun, adventure and spontaneity. Photography and writing poetry are my hobbies. I have poems published in the International Library of Poetry, earning an editor's choice award. I will do my best to make you laugh because it is the best medicine. My only goal is for you to feel better and help facilitate the change you are looking for.
Gina graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Management. After a career in retail management, Gina felt a calling to the healing arts. She pursued her education in therapeutic massage at Michigan School of Massage in Berkley, MI and graduated in 2006. Gina is also a professional member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Gina’s forte is deep tissue, mayo-facial release, and trigger point work.
She became a massage therapist because I wanted to help people with chronic pain in addition to educating people on wellness and maintenance for their bodies.
Gina’s father has had several surgeries on his back to help with disc challenges. She witnessed the incredible pain he was going through and hated that he continued to require surgeries without any other avenue for relief from his physical pain. This experience fostered her desire and pursuit of therapeutic bodywork.
Gina knew she had a talent for therapeutic massage when working for Aveda as an Account Executive. Gina was responsible for instructing stylists on how to give a scalp and hand massage with the Aveda product line. The feedback on her work was extremely positive and was encouraged by co-workers as well as clients to pursue massage as a career.
Gina says, “It was the best decision I ever made. I am so much more grounded in both my work but in my life as well as a result of this life path.”
In Gina’s free time, she is an avid gardener and enjoys hiking and camping.
Kimberly has always had a passion for learning about the body and helping people rid themselves of tension and stress from daily living.
Kimberly was born and raised in Detroit and would witness on a daily basis the amount of people that were stressed out and she wanted to do something to change that. She moved to Nashville, TN and graduated from Tennessee State University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Health Sciences. Upon moving back to Detroit she found herself working a job that left her unfulfilled most days.
In 2011 while organizing paperwork she came across an application from 2003 that she submitted to a massage therapy school in Nashville, at that moment Kim knew what she wanted to do, after plenty research she found an accredited school that was right for her Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy.
She graduated from in March 2013. Kimberly is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial, and Swedish techniques. She loves to to do integrative work where she infuses therapeutic techniques in the most relaxing way possible.
Kim is a case worker for the State of MI and she enjoys cooking, making candles, painting, and traveling.
Kim's motto is "when it comes to your body don't cheat yourself, treat yourself because good health equals great wealth".
Ronnie is a licensed massage therapist, a certified member of American Bodywork and Massage Professionals and a graduate of Irene's Myomassology Institute.
Her life defining moment was when she was asked the question: "If you had to choose a career based solely on personal satisfaction, what would it be?" And if it is something you love, why aren't you doing it? These two questions changed Ronnie's life. She'd spent many years as a technology professional, but had always been a fan of healing arts. Without hesitation, she knew the response was massage therapy. This realization started a journey that has led to her finding and developing a gift of helping others to feel better.
I am a therapeutic artist collaborating with clients to create a massage that is a unique expression of their needs. I believe the best massage will use a mixture of methods to achieve optimal results. My favorite modalities include myofascial release, trigger points, hot rocks, energy work and reflexology. I love to help people to feel their best. It is my great joy to see someone visibly rejuvenated after a massage.
Stress relief, pain relief or overall wellness support, tell me your therapeutic goals and I'll help you to achieve them. Your wellness is my joy!
Christina studied Psychology and Philosophy at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. In attempting to grasp the mind, our purpose and behavior, she yearned to merge these constructs with the body. As she was raised in India for several years, Christina was immersed in an environment where massage is commonly accepted as a means towards healthy living. It was easy to find her massaging her mom or aunts on a regular basis. Upon returning to the west and joining her high school track team, she quickly became the team's unofficial massage therapist of sorts.
She realized early on, that aside from providing an attentive ear, Christina could most effectively help people feel relief and relaxation simply by working with her hands. “It is deeply fulfilling to facilitate the benefits of massage, and I think that practicing bodywork is a wholly soothing exercise that rewards both client and practitioner.”
After university, she pursued the art of massage at Irene’s Myomassology Institute with hopes of mastering technique and understanding how mind and body work through each other.
Christina is a 2013 graduate of the IMI program and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, massage for headaches and superb hand massages, she strives to blend these techniques to design a unique session for each client’s needs.
Christina lives in Ferndale, and in the summertime you will find her reading, riding her bike, or touring any of the art and music festivals around Detroit.
In 2006 Alissa packed up her car and went on a road trip across the western United States in search of adventure. During her travels she often found herself in the company of people from all walks of life. One woman in particular helped Alissa when she had become ill. This woman turned out to be a skilled herbalist and massage therapist.
“Due to an infection, I was icing my lip which had become swollen. I hadn’t slept in days, and the stress of being ill while traveling had taken its toll on my neck and shoulders!”, recalls Alissa. “A women approached me and asked a few questions about my condition. She then said that she could help me.”
Promptly the woman went out into the forest, carefully picked several local herbs, and then preceded to prepare them for Alissa to drink, eat and apply as warm compresses.
“After the herbal remedies had started to take effect, the woman offered to give me a massage. She released the tension in my shoulders and neck and used a very subtle technique that I now recognize as Lymphatic Drainage.”
Alissa learned a great deal from the interaction with this woman as the experience has since inspired her to pursue a career that would benefit others.
Alissa graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in 2011 and is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She blends traditional Swedish relaxation massage with therapeutic techniques that include deep tissue, trigger point therapy, reflexology, stretching, lymphatic drainage, and muscle mechanics. She also enjoys utilizing aromatherapy with essential oils for treating afflictions such as headaches, and muscle cramping.
In her spare time Alissa enjoys practicing yoga, playing in her garden, cooking, and reading.
Kole graduated from Olivet College (Olivet, MI) in 1996 with a double major in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. Upon completion, he followed his life-long military aspirations and joined the Army where he trained as a combat medic and mental health specialist. He was sent to the Commanders Total Fitness Course, and this is where Kole first discovered his fascination with Human Physiology, Anatomy, and Kinesiology. Kole is an Iraq war veteran, NPTI Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and trained myomassologist. He is an outstanding motivator and caregiver by day and a vivid illustrator and spoken word titan by night. To a degree some might say that his reserved, complex and subtle natures often times veil his inner enthusiasm and vigor. Which also allows him to work effectively with some of the most sensitive and cautious massage clients. He aspires to be a part of a society that embraces individual and social responsibility, personal health, strength, and spiritual contentedness. Kole is an exceptional massage therapist who uses an integrative and dynamic approach to fitness health and therapeutic massage practice.
Breanne graduated from Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage in 2005.
I spent the first seven years of my career working in the chiropractic setting where I was able to learn from and work with a lot of people who were suffering from chronic pain due to musculoskeletal problems and auto related injuries.
I blend the therapeutic deep tissue, shiatsu, trigger point, thai, sports and Swedish techniques I have learned to meet each individuals needs for their session whether they want to increase range of motion, decrease inflammation, get rid of that nagging shoulder pain or just take a deep breath and relax. I also love doing prenatal and hot stone therapy.
I am passionate about what I do and cannot imagine doing anything else. I believe that massage and bodywork is an essential tool in helping people be healthy and I am so happy that I get to help them achieve their personal wellness goals.
Rachel Baumann is a certified massage therapist from Baker College of Clinton Township. She graduated in 2007 after three years with her certification in therapeutic massage and over 1000 hours of massage, including clinicals and an externship at Waddham's Assisted Living.
It was at Baker College that she studied modalities such as, reflexology, reiki, deep tissue, acupressure, sports, energy, pre-natal, trigger point, and craniosacral therapy. She also took other classes to help her better deal with other aspects of massage therapy such as, pathology and business. However, her specialties include: deep tissue, pre-natal, trigger point, and sports massage, while incorporating stretching throughout each session.
Rachel loves a challenge and strongly believes one of the greatest gifts you can give a life is giving your time whole heartedly accompanied with a healing hand. Massage is a great way to relieve stress but it's so much more than that, the health benefits are endless when it comes to this field.
Something you may not know about Rachel is that she is an avid runner which means she is great at pin pointing knots and working to release overused muscle groups associated with tensing up the muscles while running/exercising. Following that, she is very sympathetic towards injuries that regrettably can occur in runners. Not only is her passion helping people through therapeutic massage but she would also like to continue her education to work with animals and horses in the near future. After all, being more active then we are sometimes, they need healing too.
The moment I stepped into Greenleaf Bodywork, I knew it was where I was meant to be. They truly have changed my life. The staff at Greenleaf Bodywork is made up of the kind of people you want to be around every day.
Before coming to work at Greenleaf Bodywork, although I hate to admit it, I had never experienced a real massage. Thankfully for Greenleaf, I quickly had my first massage…and then my second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, tenth…thirtieth, etc. I was hooked. I was also completely blown away at how knowledgeable and talented these therapists were, and are.
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to help Greenleaf Bodywork grow from 3 rooms to 6, and from 5 massage therapists to 14. It is now four years later, and I am still in love with my job. While I am not pursuing a career as a massage therapist, but rather a career as a nurse, I am still very passionate about the work our therapists provide and am ecstatic to be part of such a great team.
I am a resident of Ferndale and I walk to and from work every day. I went to Macomb Community College and transferred to Everest institute. I graduated from Everest in July of 2012, majoring in therapeutic massage. I believe the greatest aspects of massage therapy are the countless health benefits that it provides without the use of modern medicine.
I focus on therapeutic massage that varies from light to firm pressure. Throughout the massage, I do a great amount of work on the shoulders, neck and back to help loosen the stressed muscles. I also integrate reflexology and stretching to assist with flexibility and pain relief. During each session, I communicate with clients about muscles they're experiencing trouble with and provide input based on my knowledge and education. I make sure to provide a comforting and relaxing experience as well as helping clients reach their goals!
Hello, my name is Carl, and I have a unique gift. Some have called me “magic fingers” or “healing hands”. I am a myomassologist, also referred to as a massage therapist, a professional, certified body worker that is serious and passionate about his work. I utilize various modalities of massage therapy in an eclectic fashion, affording optimal benefits from each, and a heightened sense of well-being for the individual being treated.
My skills encompass more than the traditional swedish massage, as I incorporate both eastern and western modalities into my massage. I embrace the philosophy that all individuals have an "inner physician" and that we must learn to develop this intuitive gift by listening quietly to what it tells us.
What sets my approach apart from other practitioners is my unique ability to allow clients to experience several modalities and reap maximum benefits from a tailored and personal session.
I was drawn to massage therapy because I am very passionate about helping people. In 2010 I graduated from Everest Institute. Since then, I have practiced massage for one year independently and three years in a professional establishment. My specialties are Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, and Stretching.
As an athlete myself, I can relate to other athletes and help with their injuries. During my athletic career I have experienced a variety of injuries, all of which have given me a great deal of knowledge and understanding about what the body goes through.
I am very passionate about the healing arts and because of that, I keep myself constantly updated on techniques. I also allow myself room to learn and expand my knowledge base in other modalities.
I am a fan of the arts (massage therapy is my art form specialty), I love sports and being physically active, and I am very passionate about Roller Skating (I roller skate 3-5 times a week). I also volunteer in coaching youth athletics and continue to study and advance myself in my craft.
I look forward to having the chance to meet you!
Zipporah is a Licensed Massage Therapist, graduate of Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and a member of American Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
Zipporah was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Following high school graduation, she enrolled in a variety of college courses including Intro to Massage and accepted a position at Pfizer Corporation. After 5 successful years at Pfizer and a chronic-insomniac diagnosis, she chose to follow her personal interests in health and wellness and enrolled at KCHA in pursuit of a new adventure. After receiving her Massage and Bodywork Certification in 2008, Zipporah moved to the Detroit Metro area to begin her new career.
Zipporah brings 7 years of experience and enjoys blending therapeutic massage with stretching and connective tissue techniques. Additionally, after her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she became passionate about the disease. This led to her completion of 100 hours of training for Oncology/Hospital Massage at Beaumont Hospital in 2010 along with additional self-studies about the disease.
Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Prenatal and Oncology Massage, Zip believes that everyone should experience massage therapy at least once and possibly incorporate regular massage sessions in their wellness journey.
Randy, a licensed massage therapist who graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute, specializes in lymphatic drainage massage, Swedish, and deep tissue massage. He has studied sports massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, cranio-sacral, and reflexology techniques. Randy uses a blend of these techniques to help people relax, relieve pain and restore range of motion. In addition to his work at Greenleaf, he is the team massage therapist for the East Side Roller Derby Girls. As an advocate of holistic health and fitness, he assists clients in achieving their wellness goals. Randy is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. He also is a high school English teacher who believes in life-long learning and who works on improving his practice of massage. During his leisure time, Randy enjoys walking his two dogs Mimi and Layla, listening to jazz music and reading mystery novels.