She started massaging at the early age of 12. She was introduced to massage by an aunt who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The aunt a nurse needed relief of the pain and began teaching her to help relieve the symptoms with the art of massage. As Valerie grew closer to her aunt, she understood how massage helped, and the relief it provided. Valerie learned early she had a special gift to feel the difference between tension, knots and normal muscles tissue.
She has a strong medical respect for the human body and has studied under many health care specialists. Her physical therapy back ground started the foundation in understanding anatomy, and the basics in owning a private practice business. The philosophy of Physical Therapy and the idea of helping others grew the desire to make a difference. Throughout her education she strived to provide the best possible care to her patients.
She chose the Blue Heron Academy for Healing Arts and Science, because the medical massage teaching closely resembled the physical therapy field and the knowledge learned by her aunt. After Graduating from Blue Heron Academy for Healing Arts and Science, she knew she wanted to go into business. In 1999 opened the business and grew her clientele. She works with the allied health professionals and has gained respect of physicians, dentists, chiropractors and patients. She attends regular continuing education class to keep up to date with the latest techniques and developments in massage.
Valerie specializes in the clinical, manual rehabilitation of the soft tissue utilizing medical massage technique and protocols. She focuses on working the patient’s specific problems. She releases and rehabilitates muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue using soft hand, deep tissue method of medical massage. Valerie specializes in the following conditions:
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Shoulder Pain
Numbness and Tingling in the Feet and Hands
Tennis and Golfers Elbow
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)