Ashley has been working at Natural Balance since July, 2015. In 2005, she went to school at Fox Valley School of Massage in Wisconsin. Since then, she has been a Certified Massage Therapist in several states including Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia. She is skilled at Swedish and Deep Tissue massage and also performs Prenatal, Sports, Hot Stone, and Trigger Point. She strives to give the best care and customizes each massage to the needs of her clients.
Kathi has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1999, trained at Healing Hands Institute in New Jersey. She decided to study massage after seeing firsthand its healing and restorative effects while recovering from a sports injury. Kathi offers numerous massage styles (modalities), from classic Swedish, to Prenatal, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Geriatric, as well as Sports Massage. Whether you seek relaxation or bodywork for just a few problem areas, Kathi seeks to help you best achieve your current wellness goals.
Laurie is a graduate of the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy and has been practicing massage since 2006. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and is nationally board certificated by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). During your session with Laurie you will sense her unique intuition and passion for the art of massage flow through her hands. Your massage will be free style form where she skillfully integrates various bodywork modalities to assist you in meeting your optimum wellness. Her training includes Oncology Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical Massage, Pre and Post OP Surgery, Prenatal and Thai on the Table. Laurie also provides Energy Work which includes Healing Touch and Reiki. With compassion and careful listening, she will address your needs as a whole being, bringing your body, mind and spirit together for balance, relaxation and healing as needed. Laurie relocated to Virginia Beach in 2014. Prior to her move, she owned a successful practice in Connecticut for three years. Clients who have benefited greatly from her massage techniques include individuals with cancer, pregnant women, athletes, chronic pain and migraine sufferers and anyone seeking overall wellness.
Lorraine is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage in Virginia Beach. Born and raised in New Orleans, she first heard about Virginia Beach from her mother’s stories of Edgar Cayce. Initially pursuing a career in teaching, Lorraine taught creative writing at the Young Audiences Charter School for several years. One day, in an effort to inspire a sluggish class of 3rd graders, she suggested that they do some yoga to get their blood pumping. Not only did the students love it, but afterwards they completed some of the best writing they had ever done in her class. This experience started Lorraine on her journey and interest in bodywork, and she became a certified vinyasa yoga instructor after studying with Nathalie Croix at the Shanti Yoga Shala of New Orleans. After seeing the benefits yoga could provide for the body and mind, it wasn’t long before she was drawn to massage, where she found she could provide the same state of balance and rejuvenation but in a completely passive form. Eventually Lorraine realized that she wanted to pursue a career in massage, so she moved to Virginia Beach in order to study at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Lorraine tailors each massage to meet the needs of the individual, and will help you meet your goals whether they be healing an injury, gaining strength and flexibility, overcoming anxiety, or simply finding a state of deep relaxation. She will most likely suggest a few yoga poses following your massage. Here at Natural Balance she offers Therapeutic, Swedish, Relaxation, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Hot Stone, and Prenatal massage. She also teaches Foundational and Restorative Yoga classes, and is available for Private Yoga classes and Kids Yoga sessions.
Originally from a small town in New Jersey, at the age of 21 I decided I needed to get out of my comfort zone and move onto something new. I bought a one way ticket, packed 2 suit cases and headed to Hawaii. While on the beautiful island of O’ahu, my eyes where opened to a different type of life. I began to research different ways to better myself and others. Through my research I discovered I wanted more! My search led me to a beautiful town in Arizona surrounded by red rocks and filled with people that shared my passion. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to study massage then Sedona.After massage school I made my way back to Hawaii where I spent my mornings taking people to swim with dolphins in the crystal blue waters and my afternoons practicing massage at on of O’ahu’s premiere Resorts. It was like a dream. After 6 beautiful years in the Hawaii sun, sand and water, I felt like something was missing. I took myself to different water and started exploring the shores of California. In California I deepened my practice of yoga and completed my 200hr teacher training. My style of teaching floats towards vinyasa while almost always including some gentle and restorative postures allowing you to leave refreshed, worked and relaxed. I am now back on the east coast sharing my passion for yoga and massage with others. Practicing massage for almost 10 years many modalities make up most of my practice. Craniosacral, lomi lomi and deep tissue are to name a few. I continue to enjoy the constant learning experience massage and yoga bring to my life and I can’t wait to see what else it has in store for me.
Sylvia is a graduate of The Advanced Fuller School of Massage and have been practicing massage therapy in Virginia Beach since 2003. Her experience ranges from working with clients in a chiropractic office to performing relaxing massages in day spas. She considers deep tissue work to be one of her strengths, but also enjoys working with expectant mothers and senior citizens. She enjoys many different massage techniques and employs a blend of more relaxing and subtle modalities to ease into deeper work with minimal discomfort. She believes in learning new techniques to complement her skills and loves working with essential oils to enhance and personalize the client’s experience. She loves the challenge of bodywork! It is a unique blend of physical application, mental comprehension and individual intuition. To quote her many massage mentors, “It’s all connected.” Her specialties include: Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Hydrotherapy, Ayurvedic, Prenatal Massage, Myofascial Release, TMJ Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, A.C.E. Massage Cupping, Geriatric Massage and many more.