About Our Massage 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. Sara is currently studying for her nursing degree.
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.
Janis Knight, LMT RI license #MT02217
Janis has a 35 year background in the corporate world, working in the Information Technology field. Janis had always felt and innate ability and passion for body work and developed some self-taught skills by practicing on friends and family for many years. She made a decision to follow her intuition, left the corporate world behind her and enrolled at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2012. She completed the state required exams and became a licensed therapeutic massage practitioner in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. An avid student, she continues to add to her palette of techniques, often integrating acupressure and reflexology into her personalized tailored treatment sessions.
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.