Massage Monday! Post 1

Hi! I’m Hannah, the Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) at The PlayGround in Staunton, VA. I’ve been doing massage for about three years here. You’ll see my name associated with The PlayGround in a few different capacities. In addition to being the CMT, I’m also our professional photographer, an event coordinator, a Zumbini Instructor, and Co-owner of the business with my sister, Sarah.

I’m originally from North Carolina and my husband and I moved to Staunton after we completed active duty obligations in the Marine Corps (OORAH!). I have been a massage client for many, many years and towards the end of active duty I started looking into different courses to become a CMT in order to help others feel the benefits of massage that I’d experienced. When we moved to Staunton, Blue Ridge Community College opened a course in Massage Therapy. I’d been here for about a week when I heard about the course, and registration was about to close, so I jumped at the chance to sign up. After completing the course work, clinicals, and a grueling test, I was very proud to claim CMT as one of my accomplishments. My continuing education in massage has been focused on prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as infant massage. So, I am a student, Marine, wife, sister, daughter, and 20 months ago I earned the title I’m most proud of…Mommy. We have a gorgeous daughter, who, as fate would have it, was born on the Marine Corps Birthday.

This is the first blog I’ve ever written and it will be about massage. I’ve heard people refer to massage as “pampering,” more than a few times and I thought, “Hey, maybe all the benefits and intricacies of massage are a mystery to people who haven’t gone through professional training. I want to get the word out there!” While prenatal and postpartum massage are my personal favorites, this blog is for everyone in every stage of life who either currently receives massage or is curious about it. I’ll be doing some posts about infant massage. (I massaged Lily from the time I could feel her kicking and I’ve massaged her every day of her life since birth). I’ll talk about how to massage your child as they grow. I’ll also discuss massage for specific aches and pains, geriatric massage, general relaxation massage, benefits of massage, and stretches/some things you can do at home.

Most of all, I’d love to hear what questions you have for me to answer. I love what I do and I see and feel the benefits of it. My goal with this blog is to draw from my experiences and training and get that word out to you on a weekly basis. So, get ready for this blog – Massage Mondays!

Please reach out with your questions, comments, or concerns by commenting or by emailing admin@theplaygroundva.com with the Subject line of “Massage Blog.” I look forward to hearing from you!