Hi! My name is Dennise! I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist graduated from the Virginia School of Massage, as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). I specialize in medical massage focused in neck and back pain management, including other modalites and tecniques such as Swedish, Reflexology, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stone Massage, Cupping Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Chair/Seated Massage.
After more than 10 years in the medical field as a Medical Office Coordinator, I longed for a career in Massage Therapy to help my husband with his Chiropractic practice, just to soon realize massage therapy is my passion in life!
I was already familiar with the benefits of massage, for as a teenager my mother was first introduced to chiropractic/massage care as a way to help relieve tension and pain after a very bad fall and that ended in a low back surgery.
This career has given me the opportunity to start my own business and help others find a path towards wellness. Having worked alongside chiropractors, physicians, athletes, accident victims, expectant mothers, children as well as elderly. I have focused heavily on therapeutic massage because so many people experience chronic pain that often do not respond to traditional medical treatments, and who are, therefore, searching for an alternative solution. I specialize in alleviating long-term pain, and discomfort. I founded Nativa Massage and Healing Arts to address these types of issues.
I consider my self an "Intuitive Therapist". This means I let your body do the talking by feeling what your muscles tell me. My bodywork is a bit unique with a blend of techniques and various modalites customized to benefit my clients needs. For example, some people think that Deep Tissue is all about the pain...If you are looking for someone to hurt you, I am not the therapist for you. I believe more in warming up the tissues and slowly work the muscle. Knots and tension will dissapear without the "No Pain, No Gain" approach.
From adjusting the temperature of the room to placing pillows for comfort, I will continually strive to bring my clients the best in alternative medicine and customer service with a caring and compassionate touch!
Dennise Thomas, LMT