Massage Therapy Comes to Elevate Health Studio!
Elevate is delighted to announce the addition of massages by therapist Cheri Tabone to its roster of member benefits.
The technical details: Cheri is a graduate of the 1100 hour, two-year clinical program at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT, a member of the AMTA and licensed in CT and NH.
What you really want to know: Cheri’s welcoming smile and warm manner are the precursor to a wonderful massage experience. Climb onto her table and prepare to let your aches dissolve and your stress dissipate as Cheri gets to work on ‘the issues in your tissues.’
While setting up her space and preparing to welcome clients, Cheri graciously agreed to answer a few questions.
Why types of problems can massage address?
There’s nothing out there that doesn’t benefit from massage. Regular exercise is great, but in order to be balanced, we need to release our muscles as well as strengthen them. Massage can help with that release and the benefits are many. Massage therapy is great for relieving headaches and muscle soreness as well as pre- and post-workout. Pre-workout massage can warm the muscles up and get them ready to move, while post-workout massage helps muscles calm and release.
The benefits of massage can last from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks. Massage is never ‘one and done.’ It’s maintenance work and it’s important for everyone’s self-care.
What should people know about your approach to massage?
I use a blend of modalities: Swedish, deep tissue, trigger-points, sports massage, stretching, & myofascial work.
To facilitate myofascial release, I do cupping with silicon suction cups. I use a Western technique, rather than the Eastern glass firecup technique, so instead of bruising, the areas I work just look a little sunburned. Cupping is especially beneficial in the areas where muscles cross one another, as they tend to stick together. The negative pressure lifts and separates the muscle layers and allows blood flow to resume, which eases the soreness and restores mobility.
I also like to do deep tissue massage, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to hurt…it just means I’m working in the deeper layers of the muscle, closer to the bone. It’s ok if it ‘hurts good,’ but I don’t seek to cause pain.
I don’t heal and I don’t fix. I make suggestions and invite changes in your muscles. Whether your muscles respond is completely up to you.
Why did you become a massage therapist?
I come from a medical family – my mom is an RN and my sister is a registered dietician, so I’ve always been very tuned into health. I was a theater major in college, and after graduating, I started working as a make-up artist in New York City. I enjoy working with people – it comes naturally to me – but when I started doing make-up, I realized that I liked being with people one-on-one rather than being in front of an audience. I also realized that I liked the luxury aspect of make-up work; I really enjoyed helping people look better.
I was attending a make-up conference and got a 10-minute massage and a light went on for me! I realized that if I became a massage therapist, I could help people while also adding an element of luxury to their lives.
I move people – it’s what I do. I used to move people by appealing to their emotions and helping them with their self-esteem. Now I’m working to help people move on a cellular level!
Ready to book your appointment? Cheri will be seeing clients at Elevate on Mondays (12pm-8pm) Tuesdays (9am-1pm) and Wednesdays (4pm-8pm) Appointment availability may be checked on the Elevate app, or clients can call Cheri at (603) 801-9553 to book. Always leave a voicemail! Introductory rates of $1 per minute for 30, 60, and 90-minute massages will be offered through October 15th. Member and non-member rates go into effect October 16th. Check Elevate’s website or app for updates!