Individual massage therapy and energy work sessions are provided by our community supported practitioners in our beautiful treatment space. Schedule your individual appointment online.
Our equitable treatment space model not only supports you with more ease in your body and being and a sliding scale when you need it, it includes our practitioners in the circle of healing. Bodyworkers and energy workers who make a comfortable living wage and are well supported in their own development are more likely to have long, joyful, and truly sustainable careers, offering exceptional healing work.
When you schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners, you are supporting two local, mission-driven small businesses - while getting the care you need to move more freely in the world. All of our practitioners are independent business owners participating in Durham Bodywork’s vision of a better world through resilient nervous systems, improved access to healing services, and sustainable, meaningful work.
Each practitioner sets their own rates and policies, and we all offer sliding scale sessions. We share a foundation of practices promoting presence, equity, and ease of movement (in the body and through life). We are supported by the overlap of our community agreements, our individual skills, and your body’s own unique healing wisdom.
Please see practitioner bios below to learn more about the individuals that make up this (internal) community that supports you (our whole community!)
Human bodies benefit from intentional, skillful care and consensual human contact. ‘Bodywork’ is therapeutic healing work encompassing massage therapy, gentle to deep hands-on contact based on your needs, manual joint mobilizations, movement instruction, and guidance in body awareness. Bodywork supports physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy work. Developed in Japan, Reiki is a stress-reduction technique that channels and focuses life-force energy through light touch, intended to facilitate the healing process. Reiki treats the whole person, the energy body as well as the physical body.
Massage Therapist and Senior Yoga Teacher
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"You have nothing. You possess nothing. You own nothing. You are free. All you have is what you are, and what you give." - Ursula LeGuin
Reiki Practitioner, Usui Reiki Ryoho Reiki Master
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"When we think of energy-based interventions, we recognize that nonlinear, nonreductionist, and nonmechanistic processes are involved…Our verbal skills take a backseat to the reality of nonverbal communication that emanates from the practitioner’s entire energy field and interacts with the client’s.” -Dorothea Hover-Kramer
Massage Therapist and Founding Member of Durham Bodywork
"Maybe the fear is that we are less than we think we are, when the actuality of it is that we are much much more.”
― Jon Kabat-Zinn
Students of Perception
Arrive a few minutes early to get settled in our cozy waiting area, have some water, and use the (gender-neutral) bathroom if needed. Your practitioner will greet you at your session start time.
If this is your first time with us, please arrive 10 minutes to complete your health history form before your appointment. Your health history asks questions that are relevant to your treatment only and is confidential.
You’ll begin your session in conversation with your massage therapist or energy worker about your current state of being and your needs and desires for your session. Together, you’ll agree on an intention or treatment plan that reflects the meeting of your needs, your own knowledge of your situation, and the practitioners skills and abilities. We encourage you to explore what might support you on the day of your session.
Your session may be clothed or unclothed/draped, depending on your needs and what feels most supportive to you. If your session will include unclothed work to any portion of your body, your practitioner will exit the room to allow you time to undress and get settled on the table, and will knock and get consent before re-entering the room.
The shape of your session will be individual to you as determined in your opening conversation. Your practitioner will work to meet you where you are with respect, kindness, and skill. Your sense of comfort and sense of safety is of the utmost importance, and bodies and spirits shift, even in stillness. Your practitioner is here to support you and will check in with you and will actively work to meet your needs within their scope of practice and skills. Please note, in service to promoting safety in this work, that both you and your practitioner have the option of ending a session at any time, for any reason.
Your therapist will allow some time for you to transition between the table and a more upright/alert state, exiting the room to allow you to shift and dress if any portion of your session has been unclothed. You’ll have a conversation to check in on how you are feeling and how that compares with the start of your session, identifying anything that has shifted (or stayed the same), anything that was useful, and any curiosities to explore on your own or in future sessions.
Your practitioner will say good-bye and you are free to go slow if you have the time, sit for a few more minutes in our waiting are, drink some water, and gather yourself before going back out into the world, carrying the effects of your session with you.
Our practitioners set their own rates (please see bios and their websites for more details.) Your practitioner will take your payment via cash, check, or credit card before or after your session depending on their own workflow.
Each of us offer a self-determined sliding scale with no income verification. We believe in the power of regular care, and making regular healing care more affordable is a primary part of our mission.
Our sliding scale work in individual sessions is supported by a process similar to our Community Massage Clinics - 5% of every client payment goes into the practitioner’s community fund. When you need a sliding scale, you pay what feels right for you that day, and the community fund ensures your practitioner is well-cared by covering the difference between the sliding scale payment and their base hourly income. All clients contribute to this fund, which means that when you use the sliding scale, you are also participating in our mission by helping to make this care more available to your neighbors.
Our treatment space is located at 819 Broad Street in a yellow house, close to Dollar General and a few doors down from Papa John’s Pizza. Enter through the front (four stairs) or rear (ramp or stairs) of the building, and proceed to our waiting area facing the street.
Free parking is available in a small lot behind our building, driveway on the right side, and on the street. For accessible parking and ramp access, please park in the lot behind the building.
“I feel peaceful, less stress, connected.
I love these sessions, you really feel the love!”
"I came in with very little range of motion in my shoulder.
That's no longer the case - I'm stunned!"
"Y'all are magical."