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NICOLE KENNELLY, LMT, owner of Body Balance Massage Therapy
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, TMJ/Headache Treatment, Customized Wellness Programs, Customized Sports Massage Programs, Rock Tape Kinesiology Taping
Days Available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Nicole started Body Balance Massage Therapy in 2010 because of her passion for sports massage and movement and recognizing that, even in a city as big as NYC, there was a large demand for professionals specializing in this field.
Nicole first began her education as a Biology major at St John’s University. During this time, she volunteered in specialties such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and physical medicine, however all of these areas of medicine seemed to be lacking something. Nicole then started to explore other fields and found the holistic (or Wholistic) concepts of Massage Therapy a perfect fit, becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2004.
In practice, Nicole utilizes different massage and manual therapy techniques aimed at restoring functional movement, increasing performance and recovery and decreasing chronic pain. Her continuing education includes classes in: Orthopedic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1, Rock Tape (FMT) Kinesiology Taping, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Original Strength (OS) Pressing RESET
Nicole’s own athletic background includes: martial arts training, holding a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Eric San Jose Martial Arts, training in MMA, BJJ and American style kickboxing. Most recently, Nicole has begun Crossfit again, joining Crossfit North Tribe in Southold, NY!

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Andres A, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Early Bird Appointments
Days Available: Monday & Wednesday

Andres started off his journey to becoming a massage therapist at the Swedish Institute and then transferred to New York College where he graduated. There he studied sports massage, reflexology, asian massage, thai massage, medical massage, trigger point therapy and chair massage. He interned at Columbia University with their Olympic fencing team as well as doing an internship in Bellevue hospital with their nursing staff.

Andres says he loves being a massage therapist and initially started his journey because of his wanting to help people but wasn’t sure in what way to do it. As a child he played sports such and soccer and handball and was frequently injured causing him to need treatment. He would go to a Columbian physical therapist who worked with major league soccer players and his style was mostly hands-on. As he grew up, he learned more about the holistic approach to things and that really seemed to hit home with Andres and led him to massage therapy.

Andres says, “I hope this gives you a little insight into who I am and I look forward to working with you on your journey back to a well maintained body.”

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Yesenia A, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs, Corrective Exercise/Injury Prevention
Days Available: Sunday

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MIKE B, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Pre & Postnatal Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Wellness Programs, Customized Sports Massage Programs
Days Available: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Graduated from The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage NY (Accelerated Program) in 1998.
Training: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Myofascial Release, Sports Therapy, Medical Massage, Vortex Healing (guided meditation), Polarity (tonal vibration), Trigger Point Therapy, Pre Natal, Reflexology

Specialties: Fully customized treatments to meet the individual needs. Confident in all aspects of massage therapy. Results driven to match the short term and long term needs of each person. Never a standardized one fits all protocol.

Additional Studies: Nutrition, Personal Training, Gyrotonic, PNF (stretching or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), Facial Reshaping, Gua Sha, Thai Massage, Connective Tissue, CPR/First Aid

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RYAN D, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs
Days Available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Ryan studied at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. He specializes in deep tissue and sports massage and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. Ryan uses exercise in conjunction with massage therapy to promote overall wellness. Feel free to ask him about ways to increase strength or flexibility.

Ryan lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife Raela, a Doctor of Chiropractic. His interests include music, books, basketball, fitness and meditation.

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MICHAEL E, LMT
Specialties: Deep Tissue Massage, Eastern Influenced Treatments
Days Available: Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

Michael is a NYS licensed Massage Therapist, graduating from the New York College of Health Professions in 2013. He has significant experience in different modalities including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Tui Na/Asian Bodywork, Reflexology, Medical Massage and Sports Massage.
He utilizes his knowledge of Western and Eastern techniques using anatomy in helping to assess and treat pathologies and working on channels and points to help develop a quick and accurate individualized treatment plan. Michael uses a medical approach to massage. Upon addressing the tissues upon initial assessment, he uses his knowledge and intuition to decide the best approach for the client.

Michael says, “I address the whole person and the whole body. Clients are more than just their trigger points and adhesions. I like to create a feeling of integration with the areas that are hypertonic (tight) or in spasm with the parts of the body that are well. My teachers taught me that deep tissue need not be painful. I allow the tissue to invite me in.”

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CRYSTAL H, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs, Customized Wellness Programs
Days Available: Wednesday

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DAVID M, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs
Days Available: Thursday

David is a graduate from the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Westchester. He has been practicing massage therapy since 2014 and has spent the past 4 years working and studying in different sports and medical studios of NYC. He offers thorough and targeted bodywork, using each session to understand and address the patterns and imbalances in the client’s body. Specializing in modalities such as deep tissue massage, medical massage, neuromuscular therapy, fascial therapy, active and passive release techniques, David seeks to offer his clients long lasting relief.

After working with David, clients often say they’ve never had a more thorough and precise massage that directly addressed their specific needs. In addition to offering massage, David addresses lifestyle habits and provides home care techniques to further his clients along the path of healing. His calm and lighthearted energy matched with his deep bodywork creates a truly relaxing and rewarding session.

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ALEC M, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage
Days Available: Saturday & Sunday

Throughout the last 5 years, Alec has had the great fortune of working in many medical massage settings for clients with serious injuries who really need an effective therapeutic massage. Through these experiences, he has developed a strong desire to help others from recovering from injuries, reducing chronic pains, or assisting in relieving depression/anxiety. Alec says that he has experienced all of those in some way before so he is able to deal with each client without judgement and with compassion. It has also made him much more versatile so he can confidently treat spinal problems, sciatica, tendonitis, bone fractures and meniscus tears.

Finally, Alec feels that through Tai Chi training for the past 10 years, he has the quietness and calmness of mind necessary to give a massage while being present in the moment and alert to my client’s reaction to the work. He says he can always listen to the client’s body and respond accordingly. To achieve this, he uses modalities such as Swedish, Myofascial release, Shiatsu and Tuina to effectively reduce pain and restore balance to the body.

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Kelsey O, LAC (Licensed Acupuncturist)
Specialties: Sports & Medical Acupuncture, Cupping & Gua Sha, Rock Tape Kinesiology Taping
Days Available: Monday

Kelsey Ojima is a board certified acupuncturist who has a passion for helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. She was first introduced to acupuncture when she was 18 years old and suffering from back pain after a car accident. When her pain went away after a series of treatment, she knew there was something magical about acupuncture. Kelsey holds a Masters in Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from one of the top alternative medicine schools in the country, Bastyr University. She graduated in 2010 and went on to participate in an externship program at Chengdu, China in 2010. Recently, Kelsey has worked under the master healer, Dr. Ken Kobayashi in NYC.

Kelsey has over 5 years of clinical experience and has worked in both spa and rehabilitative settings, starting her work as an acupuncturist onboard major cruise lines where she was able to introduce Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to thousands of people. Living in a fast paced setting lead her to settle in NYC where she has been for 3 years now. She has spent her time in the city working in multidisciplinary settings alongside chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and pain management doctors.

Kelsey’s specialties include facial rejuvenation acupuncture as well as pain management and rehabilitation with a developing focus on sports medicine. She also has experience treating many other conditions from respiratory, stress, insomnia, digestion, female gynecological, fertility and more.

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GARY O, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Pre & Post Natal Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs, Customized Wellness Programs
Days Available: Friday

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JOSEPH P, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Customized Sports Massage Programs, AIS (Active Isolated Stretching), TMJ Treatment, Pre & Post Natal Massage
Days Available: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Joe lived in Hong Kong since 1996 and has recently moved back to the US. He is a qualified massage/manual therapist specializing in Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and has over 15 years of experience.

Joe evaluates and treats clients with a variety of orthopedic conditions, including post surgery, tendon inflammation, muscle tears, sprains/strains, joint inflammation and disc herniation. He has also treated a range of musculoskeletal conditions from Parkinson’s disease, polio, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and multiple sclerosis. As part of his continuing education, Joe trains under Aaron Mattes (founder of AIS) in Sarasota, Florida learning new skills and applying its use to injuries and injury prevention.

Joe brings with him a passion of learning and continues to develop his knowledge and further his experience.

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ADRIENNE W, LMT
Specialties: Sports & Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Customized Wellness Programs, Customized Sports Massage Programs, Corrective Exercise/Injury Prevention
Days Available: Tuesday & Saturday

Adrienne Willis is a born and bred New Yorker who is passionate about total wellness, giving back and living life to the fullest. She started her journey of Massage Therapy in 2014 after a life changing health scare. While recovering, she decided she wanted to pay it forward to others who are in need of help, especially veterans. Noting that teaching proper movement and corrective exercises are a vital part of preventing injury and promoting stress relief, she decided to further her studies and become a Certified Personal Trainer. She incorporates many massage modalities including Sports Massage, Reflexology, Swedish and Aromatherapy in her practice. She approaches each client with a holistic, personal treatment plan geared towards total wellness.

Adrienne graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2017 with an AOS in Massage Therapy and became a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist in 2017. She is also a graduate of the Focus Personal Training Institute Master Trainer program and a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA CPT). By 2019 she hopes to embark on her registered dietician journey to continue to educate and help other regain the power in their lives.

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