Valerie has always wanted to help people learn to practice better self care. She earned her massage therapy certification from Great Bay Community College in August 2018. She loves being a part of the Body Mechanix team and is always looking to incorporate different modalities to help clients reach their health and wellness goals. She has Reiki One, Aromatherapy, and Metaphysical Massage Certifications.
Val’s intention with massage is to promote healing and energetic work. By working to support the mind-body connection through intentional hands-on therapy with deep tissue and Swedish/energetic techniques intertwined based on the client’s needs. Valerie likes to provide a warm comforting space with the use of aromatherapy and energy clearing tools. Most sessions will likely be accompanied by the sound of gentle acoustic folk music but she is also always open to client requests.
Val is looking to incorporate more stretching and mobility in her work. She’s also working toward incorporating more trauma energy release work, breathwork, and craniosacral techniques into her practice.
When Val isn’t working she likes to spend time with friends and family. She’s a green thumb in training, loves to read, practices meditation and yoga, and is always looking for new self care practices.
Valerie’s Treatments + Rates:
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling).
In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension — which aids in better sleep — and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
30 minutes: $55
45 minutes: $70
60 minutes: $85
90 minutes: $115
120 minutes: $150
Massage therapy includes the use of Cupping, Kinesiology RockTape, and RockBlade therapy, which will be determined by your therapist as part of your treatment plan.
* In-home massage is available for an additional fee. We also offer massage parties. Please contact us for details. The host receives a free half-hour massage.
“Val is an incredible therapist! Along with her compassion and genuine care, she has an innate ability to connect with her clients. She truly wants the best for her clients as is evident through her dedication and passion for her work. I leave my appointments feeling centered and grounded. My body, mind, and spirit feel in harmony after a session with Val. She is, and has been, an integral part in my healing journey towards recovery. Highly recommend!” – Michelle Kilens
“I’ve gotten a handful of massages from Valerie already, and I am blown away. She is so strong and intuitive. I like that she asks what’s bothering me at the start of every massage, and then actually focuses on those areas and takes the time to find the source and help that muscle. She also has some really unique techniques that feel amazing and she will find muscles you didn’t know you had.” – Michala Marsh