No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

— Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) American Bishop


Massage Sessions

History of Massage

Massage therapy dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in writings from ancient China, Japan, India, Arabic nations, Egypt, Greece (Hippocrates defined medicine as “the art of rubbing”), and Rome.

Massage became widely used in Europe during the Renaissance. In the 1850s, two American physicians who had studied in Sweden introduced massage therapy in the United States, where it became popular and was promoted for a variety of health purposes. With scientific and technological advances in medical treatment during the 1930s and 1940s, massage fell out of favor in the United States. Interest in massage revived in the 1970s, especially among athletes.

Michelle Massage 
Book a 30, 60 or 90 minute sessions with Michelle. Her 20 plus years experience in the field combines knowledge from many models of massage. This combined experience and vast knowledge include subtle energies and physical structures to alignment  our intricate human anatomy.  Her formal training in osteopathy/Swedish massage & cranial sacral therapy. Having studied cranial sacral therapy, myofascial release techniques and bilateral realignment she will relax you and balance your being .

Michelle’s fascination with the human condition started when she was 17 years old. Her biology teacher offered a special class field trip to a morgue and teaching hospital where she and her class mates took part in an autopsy of a 24 year old. , During the learning process each organ was put on separate trays. It was the brain that struck Michelle when she held it; she was awed in that moment.

“This was a thinking, living, functioning, deciding, intelligent portion of the body that made this body be here today”. Prior to the autopsy beginning it was shared with her class that it was a suspected suicide. It was from that day forward she opened a door to understand the “human condition” Since those early years of a learning experience; Michelle has found a way to marry mind, body and spirit in all her sessions while teaching individual stretching techniques linked to new awareness tools.”The emotional body effects the physical body as does the spiritual body command the life’s choices.” Michelle Saurette

Michelle is inspired by Gunther von Hagens (Body Worlds) , Alex Grey (anatomist artist,visionary), Barbra Ann Brennan ( hands of light series) , Dr.Debi Drake ( Fundamentals of living Well)along with Carolynn Myss ( Anatomy of the Spirit) in core belief systems which determine many outcomes within the quality of our health and our lives. 

“Each body creates habits of various actions. These actions teach soft tissue to behave in a manner called holding patterns. Unhealthy holding patterns cause tugs on organs, muscle, ligaments and bone. When this is happening one can experience pain in an area that is opposite of the holding pattern, myofascial sessions benefit the whole body. Maintaining a balanced body helps the mind to do the same. When those two are settled the spirit is lighter.” Michelle Saurette
Massage can bring you back to your authentic self. The skin is the largest organ, it has the capacity to feed the nervous system the key integrative knowledge linking the body to your mind.
Taking responsibly for your health means one owns the right to invest into a smart diet, positive touch and learn what makes you thrive verse just surviving.

Keep well, use courage to open new doors and be reminded one small change can be a catalyst for so much. 
  What are you waiting for?
by John F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B.

I have been a featured speaker at the American Back Society’s symposiums for more than 25 years. The American Back Society is comprised of a large group of the country’s leading orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, osteopaths, therapists, chiropractors and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) specialists interested in cutting-edge techniques. At each of my myofascial release lectures, I attempt to broaden these physicians’ focus to look beyond the symptom for the cause. I remind them that “a diagnosis is just a myopic description of a symptomatic complex.”

Symptoms are just the tip of the iceberg of a much deeper and complex problem. In my seminars, I emphasize, “Find the pain, look elsewhere for the cause!” Rarely are symptoms anywhere close to the real cause, the fascial restrictions.

The physicians’ training, as ours, considered the body as an object. We were taught logical techniques for an illogical body. We were taught linear techniques for a nonlinear system.

You and I were taught protocols, routines and formulas that are “one size fits all” and yet in therapy that is what is called individualized care. For every diagnosis and symptomatic complex, there are billions of possible fascial restrictions that can cause the effects we label as symptoms.

The narrowly focused reductionist theory told us we were just mindless, linear objects. Then, we were taught techniques based on this erroneous view of the human body that only produced temporary results for a couple of hours to a couple of days. This is too low of a standard and we must—and can!—do better.

Instead, our myofascial system is a three dimensional, nonlinear system that requires a whole array of different principles and techniques to be successful.



John Barnes, MASSAGE MagazineJohn F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., is an international lecturer, author and acknowledged expert in the area of myofascial release. He has instructed more than 50,000 therapists worldwide in his Myofascial Release Approach, and he is the author of Myofascial Release: the Search for Excellence (Rehabilitation Services, Inc., 1990) and Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, 2000). He is on the counsel of advisors of the American Back Society, as well as on MASSAGE Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information, including further details on the DVD mentioned in this article, visit

1201945 This insightful book demonstrates the power of touch. Noting Touch as Food. The skin is our largest organ, it learns what we feed it. Neural development depends on touch to link our sensory world into a well balance being , ” The skin, offers an excellent means of influencing internal processes.Its sensory pathways unite the surface and the interior of the organism, and its surface does not shield any more than. exposes.”Deane Juhan

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