Kelly Lavallee, LMT, OMT
Kelly firmly believes in the body's ability to heal itself and the benefits of preventative monthly massage. Utilizing her experience and training to assist in this process, she combines that notion with her clinical education. She graduated in 2010 from the acclaimed Elizabeth Grady School of Massage Therapy in Medford MA, which is a unique and comprehensive program with emphasis in the clinical and holistic applications of massage therapy. Kelly offers custom massage tailoring to each individual client's needs. She would describe her massage as relaxing deep tissue with alternating pressures depending on what the area needs. She also incorporates a variety of modalities of massage that include: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Neuromuscular, Myofascial release.
Additionally, she continued her education, achieving certification in Orthopedic Massage (OM), a system rather than a single technique, that involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. OM focuses on restoring functional balance throughout the body for both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. OM works to address the cause of the pain, whether it's from injury or postural imbalances, to help facilitate the healing process to strengthen, and prevent re-occurrence.
Kelly is a member of the American Massage and Bodywork Professionals and she is a veteran of NH Air National Guard.
She is passionate about the many benefits of massage and works closely with other medical professionals to make massage a valuable part of her clients wellness plans.
Outside of Ka lani, Kelly greatly enjoys the outdoors, with different types of activities including backpacking, skiing, camping, boating, golfing , etc. and spending time with her family.
"Kelly is a magician! She has a beautiful technique, with a perfect blend of bliss and release. I am so grateful to have Kelly’s gift as a part of my self-care! ~ Lauren S
Nancy Primo, LMT
Nancy has been a Massage Therapist since 2010.
She joined Ka lani with extensive training in hip issues, sciatica, shoulder problems, and plantar faciitis. Her experience with people who suffer from migraines has been very successful as well. Nancy utilizes kinesio tape to treat sports injuries, delay fatigue and enhance performance. However, massage is not just about physical aches and pains. It’s also about relaxing, unwinding, and de-stressing. If it’s relaxation you want, Nancy can provide that as well. She is well-equipped and eager to help. Her mission is to restore and promote balance and well-being.
She has also recently added “Cupping” as another tool to enhance the results of massage. Cupping creates negative pressure and lift. Tissue lifts much more than it can compress. It’s been said that five minutes of cupping can equal thirty minutes of deep tissue work.
Cupping is also deeply relaxing. The cups are seamlessly worked into the massage using a variety of techniques.
Is cupping right for you? Healthy adults can discuss this with Nancy at the time of their appointment as there are certain medications and medical conditions that may mean cupping is not for you. Click here for more info on cupping.
"Love Ka Lani Massage! Nancy was my excellent massage therapist. This is my second visit with Nancy and I will book another one. She asks what to focus on, listens and the gets to work. She has a great technique. She did s stretch which I have never experience before, and it brought me relief. I always appreciate Kayla and Adrienne at the front desk. Efficient and so friendly. The rooms are gorgeous, very relaxing atmosphere. I left so relaxed and my muscle aches were gone. Go to Ka Lani, you will love it!" ~ Sandra O.
Kelly Ashe, MS, OTR/L, LMT
Kelly graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in 2009, and earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in her home state of Central New York, in 2019. Kelly is a true believer in the power of healing touch, and its ability to restore a sense of well-being, and quality of life. She brings ten years of practice in Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and Shiatsu massage to her clients. While on the table, clients will experience a blend of Myofascial Release techniques, passive and active stretches, and Trigger Point therapy to rejuvenate tissue, encourage circulation, and improve range of motion. Because Kelly believes in the empowerment of each client to continue their healing off the table, self-care, stretching and strengthening recommendations are a valued aspect of her treatments. She invites each client to learn more about their bodies, and how to prolong the benefits of their massage. Whether it's targeted work to relieve pain from injuries or heal after surgery, or a tranquil, fluid massage to encourage deep relaxation, Kelly aims to bring the mind and body into balance, and wants her clients to feel heard and satisfied. Kelly is elated to join an exceptional team of specialists in massage therapy at Ka lani.
"I have been going to Ka Lani Massage Specialists every month for over two years to help reduce 62 year old lower back, hamstring, and quad tightness from a somewhat physical job restoring and protecting my clients kitchen and bath surfaces. All of the therapists I have experienced have been excellent. Kelly Ashe is a new therapist that is a fantastic addition to Ka Lani. So happy she is working Thursdays. The couples massage experience is also awesome. The staff is very friendly and the facility is always spotless and looking nice as well. Thank you for keeping me moving!" Paul M.
Vanessa Sychak, Rolfing SI, LMT, RMT
Vanessa began her holistic practice in 2014 as an energy-worker, yoga, and meditation instructor after receiving her 200 hr yoga teacher training at the renowned Himalayan Institute, located in Honesdale PA. After running a successful yoga and bodywork practice in Philadelphia, Vanessa became inspired to deepen her knowledge. She traveled to Thailand to study traditional Lanna Healing, Thai massage, as well as studying Thai language and martial arts, such as Muay Chaiya and Krabi Krabong. After living in South East Asia for two years, immersed in the mountains of Northern Thailand, she yearned to deepen her knowledge once more. Wanting to gain an in-depth knowledge of body-systems and fascia Vanessa picked up and moved, this time, to Boulder CO to study the art of Rolfing®. Vanessa received her certification in Rolfing® Structural Integration from the
distinguished Ida P. Rolf Institute of Rolfing® Structural Integration.
Today, Vanessa is a Certified Rolfing® Structural Integrator, LMT, USUI Reiki Master Teacher.
Emma Carlson, LMT
In 2016 Emma became a permanent resident of the United States from Canada where she graduated as class Valedictorian from the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in New Brunswick, Canada. Emma and her husband, an active duty coast Guardsman, recently were re-posted from Port Aranas, Texas to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Emma mainly specializes and enjoys deep tissue, therapeutic massage as she had found it to be most beneficial with positive results for the client. She has a passion for helping others, making clients aware of their muscle anatomy. You will find Emma using stretching and myofascial manipulations throughout her treatments. Emma holds a certification in cupping massage which has been proven beneficial for chronic injuries and fascial restrictions.
Emma was awesome. Good deep work. Beth J.
Michelle Richmond LMT
Michelle graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts located in Hudson, NH in 2010. In 2011 she relocated to Texas, where she became nationally certified. While in Texas she expanded her knowledge in corrective massage techniques by working in a pain management clinic alongside a mentor who generously shared his knowledge. She also worked in a salon setting, performing relaxation massage and giving spa treatments. Since returning to NH, Michelle has continued to expand her knowledge in many more modalities of massage including energy work.
Michelle's goal is to help people achieve overall health and wellness. She specializes in deep tissue, neuromuscular, myofasical release, prenatal and trigger point release while utilizing corrective massage techniques. She also enjoys giving relaxation treatments such as hot stone and Swedish massage. She continues to feed her passion as a massage therapist and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and techniques in the near future.
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"Thank you Michelle for an amazing massage" ~ Darcie B.
Hannah Gershfield, LMT
Hannah is a graduate of the North Eastern Institute of Whole Health in Manchester NH. She is very focused on the individual needs of her clients and her massage is both specific and flowing. Her style combines the deep relaxation of a firm, rhythmic massage with a combination of other therapeutic techniques to provide each client with a treatment that is both personalized and beneficial to them.
By integrating techniques such as Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, and deep tissue work, Hannah can relieve muscle tension and discomfort while providing her client with an environment that encourages the natural healing process of the body.
Jessica Guillemette, LMT, RMT
Jessica has been professionally practicing massage therapy since December of 2016. She uses a wide range of modalities which include deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, hot stone massage, prenatal massage, geriatric massage, sports
massage, pediatric, and specialized focus sessions.
Jessica has had training on trauma informed massage therapy, as well as Sacred Lomi Lomi. She has her masters in Reiki, and has worked quite frequently with clients who have chronic illnesses, injuries, pain, and autoimmune disorders. She is very willing to work with the individual needs of each client so they can get the greatest benefits of massage therapy.
William Miller, LMT
William began his journey in the therapeutic arts in college, obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in 1987. From there he went on to serve in the Army’s airborne forces for several years, twice completing the very rigorous Special Forces Assessment and Selection program before being selected for medic training. During years of hard physical activity, he learned early and often the value of massage in physical maintenance, rehabilitation and injury prevention, eventually graduating in 2011 from Hesser College of Portsmouth’s program in Massage Therapy. Since 2018 William has been a licensed therapist in New Hampshire, he is also a certified personal trainer. William believes exercise and massage are not just recreational luxuries, but are scientifically advanced healing modalities that when integrated together along with proper nutrition, create a foundation for holistic health.
"Bill is such an expert, he listens to the customer and always gives his best."
Virginia Virnelli, MS OTR/L, LMT
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