MassageWORKS is operated by Dave Wilkinson
Dave has been working with body mechanics through coaching, athletic training, and massage therapy for more than 35 years.
He has been licensed in Oregon and California and is a certified Medical Massage Practitioner. He is the inventor of the Water Immersion Massage Table.
He trains other therapists in rehabilitative massage through a one-year Apprenticeship Program. All of the Massage Therapists at MassageWORKS have completed or are currently taking this course.
Nora Richards has practiced massage therapy in Minnesota, Illinois, and now in Oregon and is certified in Rehabilitative Massage. She has also received training in Thailand and is currently training in Nursing and Midwifery.
Michelle Black is a Massage Therapist that graduated from East West College of Healing Arts in 2013. Besides specializing in Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Therapy, she has received further certification in the specific modalities of Lomi Lomi, Thai Massage, and Reiki. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher.
Casey Perry specializes in Reflexology and has been helping people in the Albany who have been dealing with stress, pain, and wellness concerns since 2012. She also has 18 years of experience with therapeutic essential oils.
Erica Harms graduated from Southern California University of Health Science with a certificate as an Ayurvedic Practitioner in 2017. She has since pursued publication of her thesis: An Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause, as well as conducted workshops at various locations in California and Oregon introducing people to the medicine of Ayurveda.
Michelle: Rehabilitative Massage
Dave: Rehabilitative Massage.
Rehabilitative Bodywork Center
Ayurveda (The Science of Life) is ancient holistic medicine originating from India more than 5000 years ago. It focuses on each individual's unique mind-body composition; creating a healing protocol based on a preventative diet and lifestyle, as well as balancing the body's current state.
This is the newest form of massage therapy at MassageWORKS is Water Immersion Massage. This form of rehabillitation, designed by Dave, allows you to receive a massage while immersed in hot water. The hot water helps soften the fascia and the hydraulic action of the water helps release entrapped nerves.
Our Rehabilitative Massage therapists use a combination of modalities to best meet the needs of the client. Modalities include but are not limited to deep tissue, sports, neuromuscular, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, active release, shiatsu, reflexology, and cupping.
They view the body as a whole and not only focus on the muscles that are limited or in pain, but also the opposing or compensating muscles that may be having an impact on recovery.
Reflexology is a non-invasive, manual method of stimulating reflexes in the feet, hands, or ears that correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. This stimulation effectively reduces stress and tension in the body. It is an effective therapy by itself or it can prepare the client for a more effective rehabilitative massage.
Nora: Rehabilitative Massage
Erica: Ayurvedic Medicine
Dave launched The Apprenticeship Program in July 2016. He annually trains one or two Licensed Massage Therapists in a Rehabilitative Massage Certification Program. He is currently accepting applications for the next program. Massages given by Apprentices will be offered at a discounted rate. .
Dave is NCBTMB Continuing Education Provider # 1159. Currently he is teaching CEs in Rehabilitative Massage.
Erica is a Certified Ayurvedic Practioner and teaches workshops on Ayurvedic Medical Practices.
Introduction to Ayurveda TBA
Myofascial Release TBA
Neuromuscular Techniques TBA
Water Immersion Massage TBA