I had bodywork by Dee two weeks ago and I am just now getting over the shock of her repairing my shoulder in about 5 minutes time. My shoulder was out of alignment and has been for almost two decades. Dee was able to move it back into place. I have been working with physical therapists, chiropractors, and many other medical personnel to rectify the situation. None of us can believe my new shoulder after I saw Dee.
In addition, prior to seeing Dee I developed numbness in my right hand and arm. It was getting worse each day. I have TMJ and was actually there to see Dee for my jaw and my shoulder but Dee was very concerned about the numbness. She explained that it was more serious than I realized and that she needed to really spend my time working on that. Within a few days of seeing her, I noticed that the numbness was happening less frequently and for the past week, I have not had it at all!
I am about to schedule another appointment with her for my jaw as we didn't have time to get to it last time. I was able to pay for my appointment with my flex spending account. I have also booked my husband, daughter and sister with her. Thank you Dee! I am so very grateful for you and your knowledge and dedication.
Massage, bodywork and the healing arts are my life’s work. My passion for the healing arts is demonstrated through my deep roots in the massage community. I am a board certified massage therapist (BCTMB), licensed massage therapist in Tennessee #6935 and Alabama #1747. I offer holistic massage therapy services to the Memphis community through my private practice at Opulence Massage in Memphis, TN. I am a professional massage educator to massage therapy professionals as a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) approved provider. I am a volunteer massage therapist for many organizations to include: Race for the Cure, Healing Heroes Network, The Church Health Center and The Ronald McDonald House for Saint Jude. I am the co-founder and co-director of the Memphis Massage Professionals organization. I am a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-TN) and the Association of Massage and Body Work Professionals (ABMP). I am also a certified BLS CPR instructor for the American Heart Association.
I have had so many amazing teachers in my life. My triplets are probably one of the greatest teachers. They have taught me organization and patience. I call so many others teacher as I have traveled this journey of learning throughout my life. My students, fellow massage therapists, clients, formal teachers, family, friends and interesting strangers I have met along the way have all contributed to my knowledge. My professional education and training began with my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Auburn University in Marketing Education. I taught high school for seven years as a marketing and vocational teacher in public high schools. I returned to formal education at Gadsden State Community college earning my massage therapy foundational training to become a certified massage therapist. My massage education continued after my professional practice began and continues to be part of my journey as a massage practitioner.
I have been fortunate to train with creative, brilliant people! I was an apprentice to Patricia Casebere LMT, RN. Patricia was a direct apprentice of Dr. Janet Travell the founder of trigger point therapy. I credit Patricia with lighting my path for massage by teaching me so many hands on techniques. Under Patricia’s supervision, I learned many massage and bodywork methods. The method I treasure learning the most from Patricia was TMJ massage. She passed down to me the methods and procedures for doing TMJ massage as she learned them form Dr. Travell. I have 50 hours of training in Vedic Thai Massage from Michael “Mukti” Buck. I am a certified Nurturing the Mother Fertility, Pregnancy, Post-Partum, Labor Support and Infant Massage practitioner. I have training in reflexology, cranial sacral massage, oncology massage with Cheryl Chapman who is a pioneer in massage for cancer and mastectomy. I have advanced training in traditional chinese medicine, breathing/relaxation/meditation methods, hot stone massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy technique (MET), active isolated stretching and myofascial release.
I believe in healing the entire body through connecting the physical body with the conscious mind. By opening my heart and listening to my client’s voice and their body, I enter into the healing journey with each client. I integrate all the methods and techniques that have been passed down to me through the years to achieve balance and healing for my client’s.
Healing and maintaining balance in the physical body and the conscious mind is a journey. It would be an honor to join you in your wellness and healing journey.