About Our Massage Therapists

Our Therapists:

 

Ross LaBossiere, LMT   RI license #MT00346

Ross LaBossiere is a licensed physical therapist assistant, a licensed massage therapist and a certified yoga therapist with over 35 years of experience in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

With an academic background in health education, exercise science, physical therapy, and massage, he notes that his real education has come from years of clinical observation and the application of several therapeutic massage, bodywork, and movement oriented techniques, to address a wide range of musculoskeletal pain disorders.  In addition to this, he has also explored, studied, and practiced some of the more alternative, mind/body approaches to treatment.

His therapeutic massage/bodywork is anchored in Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular/Trigger Point Therapy.  This, in combination with his clinical orthopedic massage experience, allows him to bridge the gap between the clinical and more wholistic approaches to treatment for the benefit of each individual client.

Structural Integration (SI) is form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.  These connective tissues surround, support and penetrate all of the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. SI is a mindfulness-based approach to aligning body structure with body function.  SI is the integration of therapeutic bodywork (myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Trigger Point Therapy), along with gentle passive, assistive and active stretching to improve pain free range of motion, flexibility, posture and proprioceptive movement awareness.  As soft tissue restrictions are released, the appropriate movement allows the body to "realign" itself.  New organization of the fascial structures creates new movement patterns, and new movement patterns allow the structural changes to remain intact. 

For those who want to take an extra step, Ross also offers his Mind/Body Health maintenance and Rehabilitation programs.  These mindfulness-based programs are individualized for each client's specific needs, and can be booked separately or in combination with massage/bodywork sessions.

*Relaxation*Stress Reduction*Meditation*Mindful Movement*Therapeutic Exercise* Integrated Yoga*Yoga Therapy*

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Sara Whitney, LMT   RI license #MT01315

Sara Whitney is a graduate of the prestigious Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts.   Sara joined our team with over 13 years of professional therapeutic massage experience.  She brings compassion, knowledge and wisdom to each of the sessions that she tailors to every individual client.   She is a member of the national American Massage Therapy Association and is  Board Certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. A former soccer player, Sara is active as a soccer coach, spin teacher and avid runner. 

Sara offers integrative massage using a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Sports modalities.

 

Kirsten Jones, LMT    RI license # MT02362

Kirsten has been involved in the healthcare field since she was just fourteen years old.  She is a graduate of the renowned Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington, Connecticut.  Her education focus was in various aspects of health care and she became proficient in medical terminology.

Kirsten spent time advancing her education by shadowing other professionals in settings such as hospitals, adult day care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.  All of those experiences had a direct impact on her career path, namely:  "helping others".  As part of her high school curriculum, Kirsten took the CT state exam and became a CT sate licensed CNA and began her work in a skilled nursing facility at the young age of seventeen.

After being accepted into the New England Institute of Technology's nursing degree program in 2014, Kirsten moved to Rhode Island.   Her time at NEIT included extensive studies in biology and human anatomy.   Although she concluded that nursing would not be her passion, she valued her learning and work experience and carried it forward as she transitioned into the massage program at Lincoln Technical Institute in Rhode Island.

 Kirsten quickly realized, from her very first day of training, that she had chosen wisely.  She anticipated her daily attendance in the program with an incomparable eagerness to advance her learning experience.  With over 2,000 hours of hands on experience in just 1.5 years, Kirsten is looking forward to learning more and more about massage and herself.  She plans to continue her education while implementing her finely tuned skills here at Massage On Main.  

Kirsten is gifted and she is attuned to the needs of her clients, adjusting her massage treatments accordingly using relaxation and deep tissue techniques.  Her skills receive many compliments from clients who routinely re-schedule for her tailored treatments.

 

Ni'cole Whalen      RI license #MT02374

Ni'cole is a graduate of  Community College of Rhode Island's Therapeutic Massage Program  and holds an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Massage Therapy. She utilizes elements and concepts of Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Work, Shiatsu, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage

 Ni'cole is a Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist trained in the Vodder technique by Klose training. This specialty technique allows her to work with clients to aid in the reduction of edema and pain. 

She incorporates these various modalities into treatments, in a way that is tailored to the individual needs and requests of each client. 

 

Susan Mulvaney, LMT   RI license # MT02355

We welcome Susan Mulvaney to Massage On Main as she begins her new journey as a RI licensed massage therapist.  Susan comes to us with a background as a freelance designer specializing in print design and product development.  As she gracefully leaves her design career behind, she welcomes the opportunity to connect clients, through massage, to mind, body and spirit to promote wellness.

As a graduate of the  Community College of Rhode Island's prestigious therapeutic massage program, Susan has completed over 800 hours of education and hands-on clinical massage work.   She has also completed 50 hours of externship at the Leon Mathieu Senior Center working with the elder population.

Susan offers integrative massage using a combination of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu and Sports modalities, incorporating her  advanced training in Enhanced Muscle Therapy.

 

Christine Farinick, LMT     RI license # MT02539

Christine is a native Rhode islander and, after living in the Carolinas, moved back in 2018.  She looks forward to offering her therapeutic skills and experience to clients here at Massage on Main. After moving to SC from Bristol, RI, she worked as a Student Assistance Counselor and after several  years and some soul searching, decided to be a stay at home Mom with her daughter.  After awhile, she felt as if she needed an outlet for her desire to help others, which led her to enroll at The Southeastern Institute of Neuromuscular Therapy.   Christine has fulfilled her desire and purpose and feels this every time she is able to help a client. She feels that being a massage therapist is a reciprocally rewarding experience.  

Christine chose a second career as a Massage Therapist over a decade ago and states that she did not choose massage therapy, but feels that it has chosen her.   She aims to assist in facilitating the body’s innate capacity to heal itself naturally. 

Her experience includes working with cancer patients, NFL players, various other athletes, TMJ clients, medical massage clients, and pre and post-op clients.  "All of my work is done, through my hands, with guidance from above" 

Christine is  a graduate of  the Upledger Institute, having earned her certification there in Craniosacral Therapy. Craniosacral  is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the physiological body system, which comprises the membrane of the cranium, spinal cord, and the cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds both. Using a soft touch, the therapist releases restrictions in the Craniosacral system to improve function of the central nervous system. This type of therapy compliments the body’s own natural healing process, bolsters resistance to disease by enhancing the immune system, helps with symptoms from chemotherapy, migraines, anxiety, PTSD

She has advanced training in Neuromuscular Therapy through the Southeast Institute of Neuromuscular Massage. This pain relief technique incorporates various tissue and muscular manipulation, and trigger point therapy and releases restrictions in the muscle system positively effecting the bodies alignment.  The therapist looks at the Neuromuscular system as a whole, to fix misalignment, normalize muscle function to reduce the pain response. NMT will allow for increased range of motion, stabilized muscles, reduced pain and improved balance.

Temporomandibular:  TMJ work is an effective treatment for those with temporomandibular dysfunction. The neck muscles and fascia surrounding and associated with the jaw are manipulated resulting in the exterior mandibular muscles softening. The intra-oral massage is then administered using non latex gloves to release the massiter and related jaw muscles. The treatment is very effective, and the client will gain increased range of motion , decreased tooth grinding and minimizing of pain

 

Giana Giarrusso, LMT, CYT     RI license #MT02494

Giana’s path in the healing arts began with her introduction in 2013 to the ancient technique of yoga.  After personally experiencing her first yoga class in 2013, she took a deep and purposeful dive into the study of this ancient form of exercise and wellness.  In her course of study, Giana learned about the mind, body , spirit connectedness and the direct correlation to overall holistic health. Giana demonstrates a devout passion for the healing arts, which continues to grow as she nurtures her knowledge base through continuing education and integrating new modalities into her treatment sessions.

She has attended and graduated from a  200 hour registered yoga teacher training here in Rhode Island and in  2016 she completed another  100 hr yoga teacher training at Pure Yoga West in New York City .  In these trainings, she learned important details  about injury prevention and maintenance for teachers and practitioners and clients.

As her love for yoga and holistic health grew, she was driven to learn more about caring for  the physical body, which lead to her enrollment in the massage therapy program at the prestigious Bancroft School of Massage Therapy.  Giana demonstrates a devout passion for the healing arts, which continues to grow as she nurtures her knowledge base through continuing education and integrating new modalities into her treatment sessions. 

Giana uses an array of Swedish and deep Swedish techniques, myofascial release, and stretching to help relieve pain, relax tense muscles and assist clients to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.