I’m going to be retiring October 1, 2023, because my own body is suffering under the repetitive strain of doing massage. I love helping people on their healing journey, but I also like walking, and that’s where I am. It’s kind of a miracle that my structurally unsound body has been able to do this as long as I have. But now it’s time to say good-bye.
Finding a New Therapist
I know how hard it is to find a good massage therapist, so I want to help you find a new therapist who will be good for you. You will find recommendations below based on the following criteria:
One of the criteria I’m looking for is education. SHI, where I went, is known as one of the best massage schools in the nation. That’s not to say that others are not good, but I know what SHI grads have learned. Other things also make a good massage therapist, including observation, listening, intelligence, intuition, experience, spirit, compassion, specialties, and continuing education. And then there’s just a matter of fit. Some folks you connect with; others not as much. You will find that prices vary, and most folks need to keep to a schedule. The extra time that you’ve received for massage from me has been intended as a gift of grace. I am privileged enough to be able to do this thanks to my husband’s well-paying job. Most massage therapists are not, so keep that in mind, too. I’ve also tried to find folks in your general area.
What Do I Look For?
Just so you know, in case you haven’t figured it out: I’m weird. You can find the modalities I use here. This will help you to know some of the lingo so you know what to look and ask for based on what you’ve responded well to in the past. Or what you’d like to experience more of. I’ll be more than happy to tell you what I’ve noticed about what kind of techniques your body seems to respond well to and who I think you should check out.
Here Are My Referrals You can find this list in a separate file here.
For those of you who like orthobionomy, Carole Poffinbarger is an advanced orthobionomy practitioner and instructor. She is in Hamilton. She knows I’m retiring, so let her know you’re my client. She is delightful and may know of others who’ve taken classes in orthobionomy but who aren’t certified yet who may be practicing closer to you. Carole is at
2928 Hamilton Scipio Rd.
Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Janice Vell, https://www.yourhealingsolution.com is one of the foremost cranio-sacral therapists in the area. She teaches other cranio-sacral practitioners. She also does neuromuscular techniques, of which orthobionomy is one. Cranio-sacral therapy is imperative for those who suffer from headaches. She’s a bit of a drive, but check her out.
800 Compton Road, Unit 24
Cincinnati, OH 45231
513.521.5333 ext. 128
Gary Johnson is a myofascial release therapist whose office is in with the Headache Center of Hope on Thursday and Fridays near Jewish Hospital area. Gary was a physical therapist who went on to study myofascial release and is also certified in abdominal massage. He not only knows his stuff; he also works intuitively according to what he perceives your body needs and can help you unwind deep layers of hurt physically and emotionally.
4565 E Galbraith Rd
Cincinnati OH 45236
Brandy Foreman is in Maineville. She is worth the beautiful drive. Uber-smart and intuitively sensitive, she follows what the body tells her is needed with a variety of techniques. Also a SHI graduate, she’s taught there and mentored many students. She owns her own practice:
Clinical Massage and Wellness
62 W. Foster-Maineville Rd., Suite 1C
Melissa Salchli is an SHI grad who tailors massage to your needs. She takes a good history and listens well with compassion. She does wonders with your neck. She also does lymphatic drainage and cancer massage and has a great touch for a medical Swedish massage. She's at
Motion Therapeutic Massage
at the corner of Stanley Ave. and Columbia
347 Stanley Ave., Suite 2
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Robert Repasky does a form of gentle Thai massage, which seeks to align your joints. He’s also certified in cancer massage. He’s also worth the drive.
His office is in the same building as Hutchinson Chiropractic
4444 Dixie Hwy
(513) 505-5737 call or text
Medical Massage Associates offers easy online scheduling. Both Amy and Amber are good. Both are SHI graduates (where I went to school). Amber works more in the Swedish massage tradition. Their office is on Beechmont Ave. in Anderson across from the Target/Big Lots shopping centers. I think they have a new therapist there now, too, but I don’t know him.
8595 Beechmont Ave
Cincinnati OH 45245
Jessica or Cindy at Elements on Beechmont Blvd. may suit your needs if you like a relaxing Swedish massage with attention to trouble spots. Jessica is just starting out, but she impressed me with her attention to my own hip that improved greatly after she worked on it. She will continue to grow and get better. She is the one who recommended booking with Cindy who’s a lead therapist there.
7753 Beechmont Ave., Suite 100
Cincinnati, OH 45255
I’ve also seen Sandie Brock at Equilibrium3, a practice devoted to holistic massage that includes the more spiritual dimension of massage. But Sandie retired during the pandemic. The other massage therapists, Beth or Robbie, may be good for you if you’re interested in holistic medical massage that considers the deeper emotional/spiritual nature of massage. I just haven’t had a massage from them, but they’re worth a try.
3440 Edwards Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Go to www.Equilibrium3.com to read more about each of the therapists and for their contact information.
Chrisanthi Fekkos blends Swedish, myofascial release and craniosacral therapies into her sessions, like I do, to create a massage tailored for your needs. She works out of
Thrive Chiropractic Center:
Thrive Massage Therapy
+1 (513) 722-5072
3069 Madison Rd.
If you need a good chiropractor, I highly recommend seeing Dr. Jessica Kowalski at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic. She is gentle and smart and has helped me personally as well as many of my clients. I started seeing her after one of my clients started doing so much better after going to her that I decided to check her out. I appreciate her wisdom and compassion.
Mt. Lookout Chiropractic's Recommended Massage Therapists
I do not have any experience with the following massage therapists personally, but Mt. Lookout Chiropractic recommends the following, whom you might try. I’ve included what I found out about each of them with a bit of online research:
Lee Caldwell at Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage in Hyde Park, 513-257-5952. A graduate of SHI, Lee specializes in deep tissue, Swedish and sports massage and is certified in cranio-sacral therapy. She enjoys working with issues in the head, neck and shoulder areas.
Katie Baker in Blue Ash specializes in deep tissue massage, medical massage, sports massage, Swedish massage and aromatherapy massage. Her massage is focused on reducing pain from chronic medical conditions and injuries. Call or text 513- 300-2279.
Carla Drury at Precision Healing, Mt. Lookout, 513-218-1152.
Her website says, “Precision Healing Massage strives to provide you a vibrant continual sense of well-being. Your massage therapy will be tailored to suit your unique needs. A balanced approach blending both relaxation and medical massage will be used to create a therapeutic experience. . . . Licensed massage therapist, Carla Drury, is trained in neuromuscular therapy and orthopedic assessment. She uses her clinical problem- solving skills and vast knowledge of functional anatomy to pinpoint the cause of painful muscle problems. Her primary focus is on pain relief and correcting muscle imbalances.”
Jason & Lynda Imholte The Massage Studio, Hyde Park, 513-7813. Their website is mostly about monthly financial plans without much other information.
Mark LaMeier Eden Park, 513-328-3335. I do not know Mark personally, but I know of him through mutual friends. He, too, is an SHI graduate with a reputation for being a good massage therapist.
Onnie Martinez at The Garage Massage Therapy and Bodywork, Madeira, 513-235-0566. A graduate of SHI, her specialties include sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, cupping therapy, and neuromuscular therapy. If you like a deeper massage for problem areas, check Onnie out.
Jeanne Miller does therapeutic massage, spiritual counseling, and breathwork, Norwood, 513-351-7551. Jeanne is a licensed massage therapist and New Age spiritual counselor who’s also trained as an intuitive healer in the Edgar Cayce tradition. She’s trained in rebirthing and has more extensive education in polarity therapy than I have. Polarity therapy is about helping the body rebalance its energies. She also appreciates the honor of working with those recovering from trauma.
Kevin O’Melia, Next Step Therapeutics, East Hyde Park, 513-655-7170. An SHI grad, Kevin specializes in neural reset therapy, which, like orthobionomy, utilizes the nervous system to "reboot" muscles allowing for a rapid change in both pain and tension to occur.
Sue Pogue, Mt. Lookout, 513-236-3408. Sue specializes in neuromuscular release therapy combined with relaxation massage.
Emily Seibel, The Zen Escape, Mt. Lookout, 513-262-8157. Emily is a recent graduate of Cincinnati School of Medical Massage. She says this: “My clients are not just a number in my day, they are human beings and I care so much for my clients. I make note of how their mood is and where their body is giving them trouble. I follow up the day after a massage to check-in and remind them to stay hydrated. I really enjoy using my anatomy guidebook to help answer questions clients might have regarding certain muscles. It provides my client an opportunity to show me exactly where they are experiencing discomfort and allows me to practice more efficiently as a massage therapist.”
Libby Sickle, Columbia Tusculum, 513-325-2580. Libby is a SHI graduate who specializes in massage for pain and stress management. She also offers TMJ massage.
The following therapists are on Mt. Lookout’s list, but I couldn’t find any information about them online:
Go ahead and start the process of looking. Most therapists are booking well into September at this point, so I urge you to go ahead and schedule your October massage now. I suggest that you make appointments with a few of these therapists to see which you’d like to continue with at this point. But I do hope that you will continue your healing journey because you are very precious and deserve to feel good.
Thank you for the profound honor of accompanying you on your healing journey during the time we’ve had together. I will miss you more than I can articulate at this point, so I will simply leave with prayer for your shalom and
Teresa Eisenlohr is a licensed massage therapist who's also an ordained Presbyterian pastor with a Ph.D. in Christian theology. Needless to say, it's been a weird and interesting healing journey.