Rachel’s interest in massage and bodywork started in her adolescence. As a gymnast, it was very important for her to have full control over her body and have a strong capacity to visualize. When she would visit her sister at the University of Cincinnati, she would spend most of her time getting to know her sisters new friends and what they were studying. One of them had just returned from Colorado where she was attending massage therapy school and described to Rachel the various modalities being taught. The concepts surrounding body movement, acupuncture points that correlate with organ systems, as well as the numerous modalities that can trigger the healing process in the body peaked Rachel’s interest and motivated her to pursue her education in this field.
The following year Rachel enrolled at Tennessee Institute of Healing Arts in Chattanooga. There, she completed her massage therapy and bodywork education with an emphasis on neuromuscular therapy, a precise and thorough treatment of the body’s soft tissues.
After graduating in 2003, Rachel began her career in Massage working in the spa industry. During this time, She learned body scrubs, wraps, and hydrotherapy treatments using vichy showers and cold and hot therapies. This led her to a longing of more knowledge of how the other body systems fed in to the musculoskeletal system. So she then spent 1 year learning Reflexology at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ and began to see the wonderful healing capabilities of the modality, Which pushed her to go out on her own.
In 2010, She opened her own business, Open Hands Massage joining forces with Total Lifestyle Chiropractic Where Rachel spent the last seven years gaining an extensive amount of education on how the nervous, fascial and skeletal structure works together within the body. She wanted to find less aggressive ways to loosen fascial adhesions and scar tissue, which lead her to training in Fascial Stretch Therapy at Stretch to Win in Tempe, AZ in 2014. FST is a constant, gentle form of stretching the body through different fascial lines.
The availability of training in multiple modalities continues to grow. And with it, the many therapists in this field. Cupping Therapy had always been an interest of hers. She had the opportunity of attending two Advanced certification classes in 2016. One in Sedona, AZ and one in Portland, OR. Using negative pressure to reduce inflammation, release emotional energies, and promote healing is an ancient form of medicine dating back 3,500 years ago.
Rachel strives to create the highest level of care for her clients to give them a peaceful, healing environment and a space for them to connect their mind, body, and spirit.