We offer comprehensive therapeutic bodywork from head to toe.
Modalities used include:
Often a top request for athletes and weekend warriors, deep tissue is characterized by firm pressure throughout the massage within the comfort and tolerance of each individual client. It is aimed at releasing tension and correcting kinetic chain dysfunction.
Megan has owned 2 massage therapy practices in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, and operated multiple offices over her 10 year career as a clinical massage therapist. She has passion for excellence in therapeutic bodywork and is in continual collaboration with multiple physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists with whom she has worked with over the years. She pursues continuing education in her field every year.
Megan has undergraduate experience in Biochemistry and Entrepreneurship from Grove City College and Temple University, with goals toward medical school. She is currently certified from the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy; her additional certifications include Sports and Orthopedic massage, Myofascial Release, Medical Massage for Hospital and Hospice Care, Whiplash care and relief, TMJ therapies, Prenatal and Postnatal Bodywork, and NeuroKinetic Therapy. A functional neurology approach to bodywork is utilized for therapy, as Megan seeks to identify underlying causes while treating movement and musculoskeletal based problems.
Megan has worked with professional and competitive athletes for her entire career. Many of these athletes including players from Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pennsylvania State University and University of Pittsburgh, and a plethora of high school athletes playing sports ranging from football to cross country runners. In the dance community, she has worked with dancers from the Pittsburgh Ballet, Dance Alloy, the Pennsylvania Ballet, Point Park University Ballet program, and competitive West Coast Swing dancers from all over the USA.
In the Philadelphia area, Megan specializes in working with the CrossFit community, partnering with several gyms from Center City to the Main Line, West Chester, and King of Prussia to bring sport specific bodywork to competitors and casual athletes alike. She also works with the Olympic style lifting and Powerlifting communities to optimize stability and strength, while repairing and preventing injury.
When she is not working as a body mechanic and sports therapist, she enjoys competitive West Coast Swing, CrossFit, Olympic style Weightlifting, reading, playing piano, and cheese with olives and Lambrusco.
Kristin began her massage therapy career in 2009 graduating from Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami FL, which has been named “one of the top 10 places to study massage therapy in North America.” She is also a certified yoga teacher and a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts in 2005. Her love of human anatomy, movement and holistic healing practices informs her bodywork.
She had built a successful mobile massage practice in Miami, Florida. But her family called her home, recently relocated to the area, she is learning what she loves about Philadelphia. Currently, she specializes in Neurokinetic Therapy and Neuromuscular Reprogramming, and Thai Massage and she still loves to teach yoga.
Sam is our resident movement coach. If it involves exercise, there is a good chance he can teach you how to perform it. He likes to take the most complex movements and figure out how to teach them in the simplest format. On the flip side, he loves taking simple movements and finding the enhanced complexities that can make them better.
Sam passion revolves around being a teacher. Whether teaching in a classroom at Temple University, a gym, or working with his clients, his goal is to provide the information at the level his students and athletes can best understand it. Movement can be confusing and terrifying and he wants to make it available and understood by everyone.
Sam teaches as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Kinesiology program, and is growing a budding powerlifting club in Philadelphia. When he is not busy with those endeavors or studying, he likes to keep busy trying new sports, reading new books, and keeping life interesting with a reasonable amount of mischief.
Sam is a certified personal trainer and nutritional consultant, and studied at NPTI for his education in training and rehabilitating amateur and competitive athletes.
We specialize in therapeutic bodywork, pain and postural relief, body structure alignment, autoimmune pathologies such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndromes, and trauma care such as pre/post operative adjunctive care and auto accident care. Prenatal massage care also provided.
We are a full service rehabilitation and corrective bodywork practice, using non-traditional methods of release and activation based on scientific principles of movement. Most people find us the same way you have, after traditional medicine and methods have simply not been able to find a solution for our clientele. With this in mind we look for a more unique approach to the human body, understanding that the nervous system is responsible for most limitations in the human body - and that unlocking those limitations involves assessing where the nervous system lacks stability. This instability exhibits itself in many forms, from inflamed tissues in the lungs, GI tract, skin, or extremities, to pain and lower ranges of motion in the musculoskeletal system complex. To address these issues, our practice attacks the problems on multiple fronts:
And we do it all vastly under the cost it takes to undergo treatment at traditional Physical Therapy and Chiropractic/Orthopedic clinics. We don’t believe in seeing any of our clients forever on a sustained basis: each client deserves the outcome of health and strength, and we prefer to generate practice growth by having those results speak for themselves in our client communities.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage therapy also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Massage at Back In Balance Therapy is practiced with the greatest respect and dignity to the human body, and in the belief that the body is a whole organism capable of healing itself - with perhaps some help along the way. Our goal is to release this potential for the benefit of my client, and cultivate a relationship of health and wellness.
Massage therapy and NeuroKinetic Therapy in our office is conducted after filling out a health information history form and a brief discussion as to the expectations and goals of the client. If receiving massage therapy as part of their session services is scheduled: the client will be left in privacy to remove their outer clothing to their level of comfort, and can then climb onto the massage table underneath the draping sheets. After knocking, the therapist enters the office to conduct a massage tailored to the client's needs. Only hypoallergenic lotion is used in our office, with no added scents or oils.
Because we focus on corrective bodywork, we typically will perform any diagnostic and corrective work at the beginning of the bodywork session, and finish with the more traditional massage techniques towards the second half of the massage. If your practitioner needs more time to accomplish your goals for the session, they may offer you an opportunity to upgrade your session to a longer time slot, or recommend returning for future sessions. If you are not looking for corrective bodywork but just wish to receive relaxation massage, please let your therapist know at the beginning of the session and prepare for a zen session of relaxation and bliss.
We accept cash, check, or credit.
We can invoice you so that you can use your HSA or FSA, and you can also apply for insurance company reimbursement if you secure a prescription from your physician.
NeuroKinetic Therapy is a tool we use to help your nervous system work properly and recover from injury. Incredibly useful for physical therapy, athletic injury, and injuries like whiplash from car accidents. It can also be used to help manage chronic pain.
Absolutely not. Most clients prefer to be completely nude because they are always completely and appropriately covered under sheets and blankets, but you are welcome to leave your underwear on if that makes you more comfortable. See about massage therapy for more details.
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At Back in Balance, we choose to approach the body from as many angles as possible to find the cause of your problem. Many times when we experience pain in the body, we are feeling a symptom and not the primary point of dysfunction. Everything in your body is connected so when one portion is not working correctly it is felt everywhere else.
When a client comes to us for rehabilitative services, we will generally start by assessing stride and movement patterns. As they are walking, will usually continue asking about what they feel, discomforts they have while walking, and any issues they have experienced in the past. After a few passes back and forth, there is a short standing assessment to look at their posture. We’ll observe how their body settles as they stand and look for asymmetries. For athletes, we check movements related to their sport for vulnerabilities.
As we identify patterns and issues to look at, some brief therapy on the table may follow. This is noninvasive and does not require any clothing removal. During the session the client will be asked to get up and stand, walk, or move to see how any chance the therapist has made on the table reflect in their body.
Rehabilitation training often follows this process in one of the two facilities we work with, Max Effort Fitness or Crossfit West Chester. We break down exercises to pieces that anyone can understand and complete, and assign homework for the client to work on. Feedback is also provided to all the other care members of our client’s team: massage therapist, physical therapist, chiropractor, or physician upon request.
We firmly believe in the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, we are merely facilitators and providers of the map to better health. We ask our bodies to do a lot but do not always have enough muscle tissue or activatiation to counterbalance those activities. By looking at the muscular system, the nervous system, skeletal system, and digestive system, we are able to identify the root causes of what is causing you problems.
We understand, life happens! In the event of a need to cancel, please give us 24 hours notice. If you are unable to give less than 24 hours notice, please understand that the time reserved by your therapist is valuable and you will be billed for the price of your reserved service.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us, 978-480-0634. We'd love to hear from you!