Graham Park Massage
by American Bodywork LLC

Meet our Licensed Massage Therapists

Dawna   As a mother of four it's only natural for Dawna  to have a very nurturing touch.  She uses her Southern hospitality to make you feel welcome and relaxed upon entering Graham Park Massage.  Dawna has specialized training in Thai Massage, Reiki II, and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage to help melt your tension away.  She brings the heat in many forms using hot stones, hot rice packs, warm bamboo, heating pads, and hot moist towel compresses to penetrate deep muscle tension.  As an alternative to heat, she uses Chinese cupping for deep tissue therapy as well.  Aside from massage, Dawna is passionate about yoga and is currently pursuing her yoga instructor certification.

 

Patty   Patty has always been interested in having a career in which she could comfort, help restore the mind and body, and have a productive and peaceful interaction with others.  Patty learned first-hand about the impacts of massage therapy caring for a great aunt with health problems and also her aging parents during their final stages of life.  She soon realized through her touch that she could assist others in feeling more comfortable in their bodies, and balance the body, mind and spirit. Patty attended Career Training Academy in the North Hills of Pittsburgh where she completed classes and became licensed in Therapeutic massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Geriatric massage. Her passion for her career has led her to learn many different modalities such as Reiki I and II, Pregnancy Massage and Healing Stone Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and, just recently, Oncology Massage.

     Her interest in Healing Stone Massage roots from her appreciation of the way nature offers calm to a busy mind.       Utilizing both the hot stones and her bare hands for massage, Patty has found that the combination of warm lotion, stones, water and aromatherapy allow this therapy to be extremely beneficial for chronic muscular tension and also emotional stress by quieting the mind with a deep sense of grounding.  All these elements are offered in Graham Park Massage's “Muscle Melt Massage” treatment.

     Pregnancy massage was important to Patty’s training because it gave her the ability to assist in the wellbeing of her clients during such a special, yet tiring and difficult time.  Patty, having children of her own, knows personally the changes a woman’s body can go through during a pregnancy, both positive and negative.  Comfort  and relaxation is key to bring this mother-to-be a treat (ment).

     Patty is also certified in Lymphatic Drainage massage. This light touch, but truly impacting modality, has helped many.  Coupled with an “Aroma Touch” application of essential oils, this is a wonderful therapy.  Many LD clients are cancer survivors or, with doctor’s permission are still getting treatment for cancer.  This is what lead her to her latest journey into discovering Oncology Massage.  Still working with nurturing and comforting, this modality can boost the immune system and minimize the effects of chemotherapy and radiation not to mention the reconnection of mind, body and spirit – something that is often lost when cancer is found.  Clients say, “I’ve had enough pain, now it’s time to feel good.’

 

Jessica   Jessica is that rare massage therapist and yoga instructor who understands the natural healing processes throughout the nervous and muscular systems of the human body.  She is able to venture deep within the healing centers of the body while incorporating light stretching techniques and breathing techniques.

     With the massage therapy that Jessica offers, Jessica enhances the body's natural healing process because her therapy addresses both the nervous and the muscular systems.  Jessica believes that adding massage to one's exercise regimen also reduces stress and muscle tension, which are primary contributors to muscle pain, postural misalignment, and increased susceptibility to injury.

     A licensed massage therapist who has completed the vigorous 900-hour program of the DCI Career Institute, Jessica is trained in many modalities of massage, including deep tissue, sports massage, and pregnancy massage.  She is also able to offer Swedish massage, Hot Stone massage (GPM's Muscle Melt treatment), and Trigger Point massage, and she can customize them to your particular therapeutic needs – for instance, incorporating stretching techniques along with doTERRA essential oils.

     With her Trigger Point massage, she targets those areas within a muscle that cause pain locally and can refer pain to other parts of the body.  This massage is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release in the area of the muscle where lactic acid is built up and adhesions have formed.

     As a certified yoga instructor, Jessica combines her knowledge of muscular anatomy with yoga techniques that further enhance relaxation and encourage gentle breathing, all of which are part of her holistic approach to healing.

 

Victoria   Victoria is a licensed massage therapist and member of the ABMP. She earned a BSE degree at Case Western Reserve University before studying massage at the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. Victoria believes in a holistic approach to massage therapy by treating the body, mind, heart, and spirit as one connected entity. She most often uses Swedish massage and Neuromuscular therapy to address chronic tension and relieve deep-seated pain, and incorporates Reiki or meridian work to address energetic imbalances. One of her passions is aromatherapy, and she uses essential oils to promote regenerative physical effects as well as emotional health. Victoria is certified in Integrative Reflexology, a method that combines knowledge of structural alignment, zone therapy, meridians, and psychoneuroimmunology theory. By working on the reflex areas on the feet and hands, she can affect organ function and energy flow without applying direct pressure to sensitive areas. She also practices Shiatsu, a Japanese floor massage that addresses disorders of the musculoskeletal system and reestablishes chi flow through the meridians. Victoria’s goal is to integrate these methods to provide a session that is therapeutic on the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels. 

 

Karianne   Kari is a graduate of 2001 PghSMT Massage Therapy Training and Advanced Massage Therapy Training. Kari specializes in sports and orthopedic as well as pregnancy massage. In addition to massage she is also an instructor at Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy teaching Sports massage, Aromatherapy, Chair Massage and Pregnancy Massage. Kari loves to help clients achieve maximum pain relief, recover from repetitive strain injuries, and help athletes increase their athletic performance. She has additional training in Geriatric Massage, Spa Stone Massage, massage cupping, and Myofascial Massage. Kari is a member of the ABMP.

 

David   David is a graduate of the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy with training in many modalities including Swedish, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release and Sports Massage. He has been a musician in the U.S. Army, an international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the operations manager for the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, and has a Master's degree in Public and International Affairs.  After searching for a career that combines his talents with who he is as a person, he arrived at massage as a way to connect with people while helping them, and it has been one of the best decisions of his life.

 

Wen   Wen is a 500 hour RYT yoga teacher, martial arts teacher, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, T'ai Chi instructor, Reiki practitioner, and licensed massage therapist. Wen, who at one time co-owned nine martial arts studios, holds a black belt in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, and has practiced marital arts in the Chinese styles for over 30 years. Recently, she learned to whitewater kayak, ski, and scuba dive.

     Offering a liberating approach that embodies the alchemy of all of these disciplines, Wen has been bringing her unique style to her massage practice for over 18 years. She has studied Watsu Massage in California (massage in a warm pool of water), Thai Massage in Thailand (massage on a mat), and Phenomenal Touch Massage in Colorado (a master modality given on a massage table) which has led her sons to quip that her next training will be learning to massage in a tree in Africa. Her obvious joy for life experiences, combined with her love of travel for massage trainings, brings a singular style of massage to her practice embodied in her Master Massage offering on Graham Park Massage's menu of services. Wen is a professional member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals.