Margaret West
NC Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist #11858
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For years, I thought about massage school and getting laid off from my office job was the motivation to finally actualize this dream. I graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2012 and continue to have daily reminders that this was the best decision I ever made for myself. When I moved to Wyoming, I met Brenda Blakesely, LMT, Ashiatsu Instructor (http://southwestashiatsu.com), who made the time and space to mentor me in my favorite massage modality, Ashiatsu.

Massage school awakened a curiosity for both bodywork and facilitating self-care, a passion that lead me to India in 2015 to attend my first 500 hour Hatha yoga teacher training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. This, however, was just the beginning and I completed my second 500 hour Vedic yoga teacher training in January of 2017 at Heart of Yoga in Carrboro, my hometown. Both of these experiences has resulted in my love of Bhakti, or devotional, yoga, which fuels my love for kirtan, chanting, and learning how to play the harmonium.

My approach to massage begins with listening, both to the client's description, as well as the tissues themselves. Once I establish a state of "rest and digest" to counteract the often stimulated "fight or flight" mode of the body, I use long, wide strokes and heat to soften the muscles. I then slowly and gently work into the tissue, allowing the body the time to welcome the pressure, with the intention of helping relieve pain and increase range of motion. My toolbox of techniques blends concepts and applications from trigger point therapy, myofascial release, Ashiatsu, post isometric relaxation, and reciprocal inhibition. The gratitude I have for each client who allows me into their space reinforces my resolve to continue following a path towards wellness, mindfulness, and balance in my own life.