Susan has been working in the field of massage since 1998. She received her training at Brenneke School of Massage (now known as Cortiva Institute) in Seattle, Washington. Keeping up with the highest standards in her field she is a proud member of the AMTA as well as being Nationally Certified and is Licensed in the state of Michigan.
After graduating she returned home to Michigan to be close to family and set up her practice. She was the owner/operator of her own studio, A Peaceful Place, for six years. After a successful run, she closed the business to focus on her growing family. She is the proud mama of three beautiful boys, Jack, Sam, and Will. She enjoys spending time with her sons laughing, playing and loving life.
Susan has such a vast knowledge of the field and the way the body works. She assesses her clients’ posture, gate, tissue condition, joint function, muscle strength, and range of motion, and responds with all of her skills to what she feels your body needs. She provides clients with guidance and information about techniques for postural improvement, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation.
Susan incorporates many different modalities in her massages. She works from a base of Swedish massage and includes elements of deep tissue, reflexology, trigger point therapy and shiatsu. Based on the clients’ individual needs, she will customize each session to ensure that those needs are met.
Her work is an art, and she is a therapist who loves what she does, continues to learn, and, with her intuitive touch, she enhances her client’s well-being. A massage with Susan is an experience to be remembered. She gives your body what it needs to be healthy and whole. She guides your body into remembering how to feel strong, flexible and relaxed.
Bekah is a licensed massage therapist who is dedicated to wellness. She is active and enjoys sports, meditation through yoga, and the beauty of nature. She hopes her healthy living inspires clients to embrace positive change and take care of themselves beyond the treatment table. She trusts in the body’s innate capacity to heal and that there is an energy within us that when open and unobstructed promotes our health and well-being.
Bekah works with a variety of clients and her massage style is one of subtle intensity. Her hands see beyond skin; molding, reconnecting, and reminding. Her work inspires a sense of renewal to restore optimum function throughout the body. She allows the body to de-stress, helps alleviate discomfort from fibromyalgia and other chronic pains, trigeminal nerualgia, repetitive motion syndromes, and tendonitis. She has continued her education and today integrates cranial-sacral work from the Upledger Institute, neuromuscular massage, deep tissue, Swedish massage, reflexology, and is trained in hot stone massage.
Bekah attended Bowling Green State University, and graduated with a degree in Applied Health Science, which prepared her to further her education in the medical field. Questioning which avenue to take, she became intrigued with the idea that simple touch can be so healing and so powerful affecting all of your body’s systems in ways that can influence much more than just the physical body, but also the mind and spirit. Many students chose medical school, nursing, or physical therapy work as subsequent education. Bekah chose massage therapy to address pain and offer a preventative medicine using natural hands-on methods, which best fit her creative ideas, yet scientific education. She attended the Northwest Academy of Massotherapy and graduated in 2004.
Bekah truly enjoys her work in massage and believes the power of therapeutic touch with the right intention has the potential to holistically change lives.
Birgit holds a degree in physical therapy and has been working as a licensed PT and MT in Germany, her home country, since 1999. With a great passion for natural health and holistic therapies, she soon pursued further training in osteopathic manual therapy, reflexology, lymph drain, and Craniosacral therapy. She skillfully integrates these modalities into each clients session.
Through her work as a PT, she gained a lot of experience with clients recovering from injuries or surgery, suffering from chronic pain, or dealing with postural imbalances.
After taking some time off to devote herself to her growing family she relocated to Michigan in 2008, excited to have the opportunity to explore the field of natural health in the States. She completed a therapeutic bodywork program at the Naturopathic Institute in Mt. Pleasant, MI, where she fell in love with aromatherapy and energy work, which she added to her repertoire of bodywork.
No two sessions with Birgit are ever the same. Each client is thoroughly assessed, and then the session is tailored to the individual needs and can range from deep tissue work with joint mobilization and stretching techniques to Craniosacral work or healing touch session.
When Birgit is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in various outdoor activities.
Melinda is a recent Michigan transplant from Austin, Texas. She moved to Dexter this summer after leaving the Lone Star State to seek out a new life experience. She is happy to be serving the Dexter community and looks forward to meeting more of the friendly people Michigan has to offer!
Melinda embarked on her career in massage therapy ten years ago after attending Texas Tech University. She majored in Exercise and Sport Sciences and graduated in 1999. Throughout college, Melinda knew that she wanted to pursue massage therapy as a career and she set out for Austin following graduation. Melinda attended the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, and after completing three semesters at the school was asked to instruct massage classes. In addition to her teaching duties, Melinda opened her own massage practice in Austin, by the name of Therapy Central. She oversaw the administrative duties at the clinic, employed six therapists, and managed a practice with a constant flow of patients. It was a plateful, but an endeavor that she relished.
During her time in Austin, Melinda was employed by three separate chiropractors with which she maintains friendships with even today. Her specialty at the clinics was working with clientele suffering from soft tissue injury by incorporating deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, and trigger point therapies in order to aid in the healing process and work in tandem with spinal manipulations. This work was extremely fulfilling as Melinda witnessed great successes with her patients and was grateful to alleviate physical discomfort in their lives.
Melinda is excited and proud to be a part of the talented and knowledgeable staff at Body Wisdom. She is determined to bring her high standards of bodywork to the little green house off of Main Street in Dexter.
Jen is a Dexter native but took a few years to travel through the U.S. Marine Corps. After finishing her contract in Arizona she decided to stay and pursue Massage Therapy at the Arizona School of Massage Therapy. She gained a love of learning how the body works and an appreciation for both East and West medicine.
She is trained in Deep Tissue, NMR, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral, Hydrotherapy , Shiatsu and Accupressure. She has worked in many facets of massage over the last 10 years including Private practice, Physical Therapy Office, spa, Chiropratic office and Sub-acute Rehab.
Massage School was just the start of her ‘whole body wellness’ study. To further learn how to treat the whole person she has studied kinesiology, dietetics, pathology and exercise science.
Amber graduated from Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer Michigan in 1996. She followed her passion to learn many types of healing modalities, studying Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular/Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Swedish/Relaxation massage. After working as a Licensed Massage Therapist for 10 years, Amber pursued a college degree as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
She is now coming back to her roots and taking a holistic approach to bodywork. By applying her intuitive touch and extensive anatomy and physiology training and knowledge of the muscles, she is able to combine it all to provide a massage that will focus on releasing specific areas of tension while allowing an overall body mind stress reducing relaxation massage.
Anna is a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Anna went to massage therapy school at Lansing Community College. Since graduating she has worked in Holland MI at a clinical massage therapy office and has spent some time working at a spa in Sedona Arizona.
Anna has completed two yoga teacher training programs and loves how yoga and massage compliment each other so well.
Anna continues to learn about the anatomy and movement of the body so that she can help her clients to the best of her ability whether through massage, yoga, or a combination of both. Some of the massage modalities Anna favors are Deep Tissue massage, Sports Massage, Swedish, and Pre-Natal.
Julia is a Michigan native and graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield Michigan. With a previous Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from Michigan State University, Julia is passionate about health and how are our bodies function. To her, the body is a puzzle to put back together!
She believes in a comprehensive approach to massage, pulling from multiple techniques and modalities for long-term, preventative care. She combines relaxation and therapeutic techniques specifically, to provide a massage for clients unique to their needs.
While attending Irene’s Institute Julia trained in Structural Evaluation, Muscle Mechanics, Reflexology, Positional Release and Reiki.
Julia is a continuous student at heart, her drive for knowledge does not stop at being a Licensed Massage Therapist. She hopes to expand her interest for Structural Integration techniques and become Board Certified.
Maekena became interested in massage therapy to connect with others in a meaningful way. She enjoys the learning experience for both client and therapist. She first noticed the physical need for massage, but also found massage very beneficial for mental health, and inner peace.
Maekena is a graduate from Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield Michigan. While attending Irene’s Maekena trained in Structural Evaluation, Muscle Mechanics, Reflexology, Shiatsu, and Thai.
With a previous Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Washtenaw Community College, Maekena appreciates the creative and artful aspects and flow of massage. Through intention of touch and a therapeutic approach, which aims to address all areas of her clients’ specific needs, she creates a personalized massage for each client. She is honored to be a part of others’ healing processes.
Maekena is a member of the AMTA as well as being Nationally Certified and is Licensed in the state of Michigan. Maekena plans on a long career in massage; and is continually expanding her knowledge base, techniques, and modalities.
Karen grew up in southeast Michigan, and currently divides her time between home and school in Bar Harbor, Maine. She has been practicing massage since 2002, when she received her certification from the Blue Heron Academy in Grand Rapids. Blue Heron teaches a proprietary modality combining Medical Massage Therapy, Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, Therapeutic Modalities, and Clinical Internship.
Karen supplemented this knowledge with techniques learned along the way, which allows her to adapt to her clients’ needs. She can help assess and correct specific areas of concern, and/or provide a holistic, relaxation-based experience. Karen is also a third level Usui Reiki practitioner, capable of integrating energy work into her massages. She is a nationally certified, licensed, and insured massage therapist in the State of Michigan.
Amanda Crossley is a LMT in the state of Michigan and a proud member of ABMP ( American body work and massage professional.) She is a graduate of Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI. While studying at Irene’s exploring a variety of modalities, she grew a love for Thai, trigger points, reflexology, and reiki. Amanda’s goal is to help her clients improve their qoal. Her massage style blends specific trigger point techniques, a deep rhythmic/relaxing swedish, and Thai. In Amanda’s spare time she enjoys painting, drawing, and taking naps with her cat.
Kirt is a Licensed Massage Therapist. He graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in the 800 hour massage program. He has taken workshops in Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, And other modalities. He has also studied and practiced Yoga for years and completed a 200 hour Yoga teacher training as well as II levels of Reiki attunement.
Kirt became interested in developing a more ‘western’ approach to body work after some involvement with spiritual/energy work while apprenticing at organic farm retreats and diving deep into holistic lifestyles and nutrition. Kirt has traveled extensively to pursue his studies of sustainable farms and ecological communities, natural health solutions, and reintegration of the body, mind, and spirit. Certifications: Licensed Massage Therapist Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy Yoga – RYT 200 Reiki Level II Specialties: Myofacial release Neuromuscular therapy Sports Therapy +others
Ross began working with his hands and problem solving in the building trades. A caregiver at heart, he now enjoys offering his skills in people-centered healing work. In massage he employs the strength, responsiveness, and agility of the hands through gentle and kind intention to facilitate connection. Ross’s training in deep tissue work, trigger point therapy, reflexology, myofascial release, and dynamic stretching, combined with his intuitive sense, opens the body, establishing & awakening the connections that allow the body to use it’s natural healing abilities. This is both restorative and relaxing.
When he is not working as a massage therapist, Ross is busy fathering his four daughters. He also enjoys singing, hiking, building, and the pursuit of spiritual practice. His massage license was earned at Irene’s Institute of Myomassaolgy, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Goshen College in the study of Religion and Philosophy.