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MASSAGE THERAPISTS

 

Alec Menge
Available: Tuesdays 10-3pm
Alec sincerely believes in the physiological benefits of massage, as well as the psychological benefits. It has been proven to reduce pain and increase range of motion as well as reduce stress and anxiety. Alec hopes to be able to bring positive results to both the physical and mental state of his clients. Through Alec’s extensive 9 years of Chi Gung and Tai Chi training, he has the calmness of mind necessary to give a massage, be present in the moment and alert to his client’s reaction to the work. He listens to the client’s body and responds accordingly, using techniques ranging from Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology that he thinks will be most effective in the session.

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Daniel Lukowski
Available Wednesday 3-8pm, Thursdays 11-4pm and Sunday 2-7pm
Dan has been a licensed massage therapist for over 20 years. His favorite techniques include Swedish, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Joint Mobilizations, and working on repetitive strain injuries. Dan holds licenses in New York and Florida and is a qualified member of the National Certification Board of Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers. Dan also spent some time as an adjunct professor teaching technique and health related courses at the Mildred Elley College.

 

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Doreen Ashley
Every other Friday 3-8pm
Doreen worked as a computer graphic artist for 16 years. As the world changed her desire to do something more organic and personal became more important. A graduate of the Swedish Institute, she believes the client's body will tell us what it needs to heal. As a massage therapist, if we are willing to listen and respect the body's wisdom, we can act as facilitator of healing and well-being. Each client is different and deserves an individualized massage session that speaks to their needs. While working with a client Doreen creates a safe and relaxed atmosphere where she can begin the task of healing the body with modalities such as: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Manipulation, Range of Motion (ROM), Trigger Point and Stretching.

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Douglas Chu
Available Sunday 9-2pm
Douglas is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. He has been in the massage field for over 10 years. He has worked in the gym arena such as Equinox Fitness clubs and NYSC as well as the hotel environment such as Waldorf Astoria, Trump Soho, Cornelia Spa at the Surrey hotel. His massage is a combination of deep tissue, Swedish, passive-stretching and pressure points. Douglas tends to attract the clientele that gears more towards a sports/medical massage. Of course, each massage is customized to the client’s specific needs including a relaxing Swedish massage. His massage education is ongoing basis even before it became a mandatory NYS law. He has completed courses in Abdomen Massage, Sports Massage, Oncology Massage, Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral, Ortho-Bionomy, BodyTalk and Reiki.

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Ellen Wertheim
Tuesdays 10-3pm and Thursdays 10-3pm
Ellen is the Clinical Director of Oncology Massage at JCC Manhattan’s Cancer Care Massage Program, which she proudly helped build. She is a certified member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and specializes in oncology massage, restorative relaxation massage, and palliative and hospice care. In a supportive environment, and away from the rigors of medical care, Ellen’s massage is focused on decreasing stress, relieving pain, improving range of motion, aiding sleep and appetite, and mitigating other side effects of treatments. Ellen is a graduate of NYC’s esteemed Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences (2009), holds certification in oncology massage and infant massage, has additional training in Tuina (Chinese massage) and Reflexology foot massage, and is a former medical technician and non-profit administrator. Committed to the healing arts and creativity, Ellen has also been a painter and textile designer for more than thirty years. She brings a collaborative and holistic approach to both massage work and her art, drawing on the miracles and breadth of nature and the human spirit, to which she bears witness with every client she has the privilege to work with.

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Hector Sosa
Available Monday 10-3pm, Thursday 3-8pm, Friday 10-3pm
Hector is a highly skilled, enthusiastic massage therapist with over a decade of experience practicing massage. Since graduating from the prestigious Swedish Institute, he has worked in many high end spas throughout New York City . Hector maintains excellent knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and is well versed in massage modalities such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical ,Trigger Point work ,Myofascial Release and Sports massage. He's attentive to his clients needs and develops personalized treatments for them to optimize their health and well being.

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Loretta Samuels
Available every other Sunday 2-7pm
Loretta is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and has been massaging for almost 20 years.. Her massage background incorporates Swedish, Shiatsu, Pre-M+Natal, and some training in Cranio-Sacral and Reflexology. Upon her graduation from the Swedish Institute,she worked in several hotels and day spas providing massage and body treatments, e.g. hot stone, body scrubs, body wraps, etc. I have worked with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) since November 2007. The clients at JCC know exactly what they want and need to enhance the massage experience and Loretta tailors each client’s areas of concerns by customizing her strokes . Some of the benefits of receiving massage treatment are: assists in reducing muscle tension and stress, promotes relaxation, improves circulation and supports overall health and wellness.

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Rachim Baskin
Saturdays 3-8:30pm
Rachim is a graduate of the Swedish Institute with over 30 years of massage experience. He has been a massage instructor for the past ten years. Rachim uses his sessions not only to help ease the aches and pains of his clients but to educate them on their ailments and help find ways to reduce or eliminate the issues. He focuses on trying to find just the right amount and style of pressure for each client, each time, with lots of detailed work. A refreshed face afterwards tells me more than words do.

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Inna Bostanci
Monday 10-3pm and Thursday 10-3pm
An aesthetic nurse for 7 years, Inna’s background in skin care facilitated her recognition that healthy skin comes from a healthy body and decided to take additional training in Massage Therapy. A graduate of the Swedish Institute, Inna specializes in Pre-natal massage with advanced training in high risk pregnancies, sciatica, low back pain and other complications during pregnancy. Inna designs all her treatments based on the ever changing needs and goals of her clients and will customize her techniques to the get the best results out of each session.

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Tammy Bacchus
Wednesday 10-3pm
A graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, Tammy practices various modalities such as Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Injury Rehabilitation. Tammy enjoys working with the aging population. She specializes in medical treatment massage, which emphasizes body alignment and creating overall balance in the neuromuscular system, arthritis related issues and migraines. Her mission is to support individuals in achieving life balance through personal wellness. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind, Tammy is an advocate of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and strongly believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.

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Julie Simpler
Available: Mondays 3-8pm
Julie has been practicing massage in NYC for over 20 years. Her work is tailored specifically to the client's needs and goals. She employ Western and Eastern based techniques to help ease symptoms and increase function.

Modalities:
Swedish, Deep tissue, Pre-natal, Medical massage

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