Dawna Dawna’s Southern hospitality makes you feel welcome and relaxed upon entering Graham Park Massage. Her compassion is apparent in her intuitive touch. Dawna strives to hold space for her clients by being fully present, allowing a deep sense of relaxation, wholeness, and integration of mind, body, and spirit. Her practice coaxes the body to become more relaxed, accentuating the breath while applying pressure that varies as the body allows. She incorporates a variety of techniques, including Swedish, Myofascial Release, and Thai Massage. In addition, she utilizes stretches, rocking to calm the nervous system and encourage the release of holding patterns, and Reiki to employ the power of heat to release tension. Her long, flowing strokes fire neurotransmitters to allow for a deep sense of relaxation, both mentally and physically. Dawna will tell you that from her experience, consistent therapeutic massage prevents stagnation that can lead to dis-ease, and instead will inspire your highest potential.
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.
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.
Melanie Melanie graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy in 2001 with Advanced Massage Therapy Training. Melanie does a wide variety of massage work from sports massage with professional ballet dancers & runners to corporate Chair Massage and soothing Swedish massage with Reiki or Aromatherapy. NMT and trigger point work can also be used in the “therapy” part of her massage. Melanie comes from an Arts Management background and enjoys the cultural scene in her adopted home of Pittsburgh. She’s a firm believer that massage therapy is an essential part of a long, healthy, active lifestyle.
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 20 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.