Thank you for your interest in Cynthia's Massage and Bodywork!
My journey to massage therapy began five years ago when friends and family recognized my gift for massage and encouraged me to pursue it as a career. I was further drawn to massage therapy not just to help people ease their aches and pains, but also to create a calm, welcoming space for inner healing. For me, the healing power of massage lies in creating a connection with my clients and so I strive to create a space where people feel comfortable to be themselves.
I focus on working with clients who are managing depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Research shows that massage, which helps the body to relax, also helps to reduce anxiety and depression. I use a variety of techniques, including myofascial release, slow massage strokes, and compressions. These same techniques can also help to relieve chronic pain gently, or deeper methods, such as deep tissue massage or trigger point therapy, can be used to address specific areas.
I graduated from Johnson University in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Urban Studies. My program’s focus on intercultural studies has most benefited me in continuing to learn how to welcome those who have life experiences very different from my own. After working in the restaurant industry for 5 years, I began a massage therapy program in Asheville at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga. This program focused on understand the mind-body connection and looking at the body holistically. Afterward I had to opportunity to continue my studies for 5 months in the school’s Extended Study program.
Since graduating, I have moved back to Knoxville to serve in my communities here. I am thankful for opportunities to work with those in my neighborhood and to continue my learning through courses in myofascial massage and Thai massage.