Leah started massaging at the age of 8, after getting her very first massage and loving it. This love of bodywork blossomed into a business after a frustrating whiplash injury and a realization that she could actually help people.Leah loves learning about how our bodies work and how we can help them thrive. Not only does she treat bodies, she is also a modern dancer with years of experience taking care of her own body and learning from past injuries.
After getting whiplash from choreography 6 years ago, she had an epiphany. She was wasting her time as a bartender, and she finally woke up to her yearning to help people find their pathway to health. She immediately enrolled in The Swedish Institute in New York, and a year and a half later, received an Associates degree in Massage Therapy.
Listening is the Key to a Great Therapist
Along her journey to heal her neck, she saw a physical therapist, a chiropractor, a massage therapist, and a craniosacral therapist. What she noticed was that it didn’t matter what kind of techniques were used to bring her back to health; what mattered was the practitioner.
She’s since seen many different wellness “experts”, and the ones that helped were always the ones who did not pidgeon-hole her into a pre-existing model of bodily perfection. They did not try to “fix” her. They allowed space and encouragement for her body to heal. This is how Leah approaches her clients- she listens to them, she learns about them and their history, and she works with them, creating space for their body to heal itself.
She allows her extensive knowledge of the body to help hone in on the root of an issue, and then her intuition guides her hands. She employs numerous massage techniques, but she doesn’t follow any set choreography. Each person is profoundly different and should be treated as an individual, not a statistic or just another body.
“A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.”
- Licensed Massage Therapist in UT & NY
- Certified Health Coach, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Swedish Institute AOS in Massage Therapy
- NCBTMB: Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
- BA in Dance, from Barnard College, Columbia University
- Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians Workshop
- Energy Kinesiology: Nutrition, Cleanse & Detox Workshop
- Nutritional Kinesiology Intensive
- Trigger Point Therapy 1: Upper Extremity & Neck
- Trigger Point Therapy 3: Legs & Forearms
- Exploration: The Pelvis
- Structural Integration: Head & Neck
- The Lower Back Workshop
How Nutrition Entered Leah’s Therapy
Fast-forward a few years into her career as a massage therapist.. During her decision to move to Salt Lake, Leah was also performing in Massachusetts, and eating more bread, cheese and wine. Soon after, she developed some major stomach pains after eating.
Pain should never be taken lightly, so Leah quickly saw her wellness mentor and expert, Dr. Kate Klemer. After finding out she had candida and discovering what her specific food sensitivities were, Leah was quickly on her way back to a pain-free body and healthy lifestyle. After a year of eating well (with cheat days of course), Leah’s long-term spring allergies didn’t return and colds and flus became a thing of the past!
She was so profoundly affected by the simple knowledge of what foods were causing her system harm, that she wanted to make this knowledge accessible to her clients. She quickly trained with Dr. Klemer in New York, and then with Ron Wayman in Salt Lake.
Leah now incorporates Health Coaching and Nutritional Energy Kinesiology in her practice. Her coaching informs her clients of healthy dietary changes, some broad, some specific for the individual, and Energy Kinesiology balances nutritional stresses (ex: lack of vitamins, minerals not assimilating properly, difficulty breaking down fats). Balancing these stresses can lead to pain relief, a healthier gut, less bloating, relaxed feeling, emotional breakthrough.. the list goes on.
Sometimes a health issue can be very confusing, so if you are wondering whether or not Leah can help you, please don’t hesitate to call 801-878-6044 if you have any questions.