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!)
To schedule, select the type of service (Bodywork, Energy work, or Coaching), and the appointment length. Then, select your practitioner. The scheduler will show available dates, and then available times. If you are looking for a specific practitioner, click here to go to our bios and use their direct scheduling link.
Human bodies benefit from intentional, skillful care and consensual human contact. ‘Bodywork’ is body-based therapeutic healing work that may include 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.
Energy work refers to a number of modalities such as Polarity Therapy and Therapeutic Touch that seek to gently balance energy in the body through light touch and focussed attention. A hallmark of all energy systems is trust of the body’s own innate wisdom and drive toward balance, and an intent to work with that flow.
Our coaching services are provided by Michelle Morgan, holistic life coach. Through personal exploration, we create forward movement and healing. Coaching nurtures a greater sense of self-awareness and well being and is focussed on personal goals. This process takes an investment of time and energy. For this reason, a series of sessions is most beneficial.
Massage Therapist and Founding Member of Durham Bodywork
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I study human identity and its vast range of expression and impression, all revealed within the wild world of the body: sensations, thoughts, images, feelings, and inspirations.
I have studied at the Body Therapy Institute and Center for Embodied Education, forming a foundation for touch and somatic inquiry through massage and somatic education. Currently, I’m studying Polarity Therapy with Janice Durand, a form of somatic energy bodywork rooted in Ayurvedic philosophy, which acknowledges the manifestation and relationship of the natural elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Intuition and Spirit within the human biosphere. Ecstatic Dance, Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement are regular practices that also inform my work.
I am awestruck by the wisdom of the human body, following the dance between collective and personal experience and curious about the flow between the mystery and the light. I am a commitment to confronting implicit biases within myself around race, class, sex, gender, sexuality, physical and mental ability, appearance, and social standing, seeking clarity, honesty, and compassion within personal and professional spheres. I live in both the Piedmont and outside of Asheville with my partner, David, and black furry miniature panther, Louie.
"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
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I have been in private practice as a massage therapist and bodyworker since 2012. I completed my initial studies at the Body Therapy Institute where I continued training as a teacher of Swedish and Myofascial massage, anatomy and physiology and therapist self-development.
In 2012 I began studies in Polarity Therapy, a system of health and healing intended to restore a balanced distribution of the body’s energy. I went on to complete two closely related trainings, Somatic Experiencing and BASE (Bodywork and Somatic Education). Somatic Experiencing is a gentle approach to healing trauma that “facilitates the completion of self-protective responses and thwarted survival energy bound in the body.” BASE is a hands-on mindfulness approach that aims to release constriction held in the internal organs and other systems of the body.
Each session is unique. I strive to support your wellness needs and goals. Contact me for a free initial phone conversation. I look forward to working with you!
"My mission is to support clients in tuning into the universal well of health and aliveness."
Reiki Practitioner, Usui Reiki Ryoho Reiki Master
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I am a Reiki Master Teacher in Usui Tibetan Reiki, and in addition to Reiki have had intuitive energy training at Wellspring Healing and Transformational Sanctuary in Columbus, OH and Santa Fe, NM (2005-present).
I am interested in how the subtle energetic layers of our being impact our physical, mental, and emotional health, and embody our potential as co-creators.
I’ve studied with Masters in Columbus, Ohio. My advanced Reiki training and Master Teacher training were with William Lee Rand at the International Center for Reiki Training in Southfield, Michigan (2008). I had further ICRT licensed instruction in Chapel Hill, NC (2011) and am a professional member of the ICRT Reiki Membership Association, abiding by their code of ethics.
I provide Reiki sessions in the Triangle area and teach Reiki privately, and at Duke Integrative Medicine.
"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 Senior Yoga Teacher
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My history and my bio is best summed up in admitting that I am a curious wanderer. I have gotten degrees upon degrees and certifications in all sorts of things as I try to learn more, engage more, and expand more! The technical details are that I have long worked as an educator, a yoga teacher, a nutrition consultant and cook, and a bodyworker. In each of these realms I am coming to the work through a holistic lens that asks what is really going on here, and what is possible? I look forward to getting curious and exploring with you soon!
"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
Holistic Life Coach
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I am a facilitator of awareness. I do this through one on one coaching and through workshops. My workshops will evolve over time as I do, but right now use teaching, guided meditations and ritual as tools of discovery. I’ve come to this path because I am by nature a seeker who has asked questions since childhood such as, “Why are we here?” and “What makes me tick?” My journey of growth, understanding and acquisition of skills has come as a result of my intuitive energy training at Wellspring Healing and Transformation Sanctuary (1996 - present), energy clearing and balancing work certification through Absolute Balanced Mastery, Reiki I and II training, and certification as an Integrative Health Coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. My work is simple, to assist others the way I have been assisted. I will meet you right where you are with the faith, love and guidance you need to take the next step in your discovery process.
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From 2013-Present I’ve worked as a LMBT, practicing Neuromuscular massage at Massage Spas, alongside Chiropractors, and at All Sport Muscle Therapy working on athletes. I grew dissatisfied with this intense approach that often left me with the feeling that I was fighting clients to relax, or working out their issues with force. I began studying gentler and more effective modalities for my continuing education.
In private practice I began using Freedom Bodywork as I began training with the renowned practitioner Trager student, Nancy Weinberger. In 2015, I joined the 500 Hour Certification Program of Clinical Qi Gong Master Michael Lomax, and have made great leaps in my understanding of energetics and healing the spiritual level. Since 2016, after a transformative experience study abroad program in Japan, I have committed to working on a deeper level and use only the most effective techniques to reach a complete state of well-being and peace. The most important lesson I learned from the Japanese was that we choose to be either in Harmony with Nature or against Nature. I refined my approach to have all techniques and sessions aimed at harmonizing with these principles. The result is returning to our original nature of peace, contentment, and relaxation.
"Your preciousness lies in your essence. It cannot be lost by anything that happens."
Massage Therapist, Founding Member/Owner of Durham Bodywork
My work is fundamentally about connection. I aim to support a deepening connection to ourselves, others, and the earth by accessing the body.
My education and study of massage therapy, anatomy, energetics, somatics, and yoga support an individualized, therapeutic approach.
Learning and teaching are at the heart of my work: I am endlessly fascinated with the human body in all it’s variations, and all the ways it helps us move through the world. When you work with me, I show up with all my skills, presence, and curiosity to welcome and appreciate you as you are now, to help you connect with your body and your self, and to support any changes you wish to make. We’ll work collaboratively, designing sessions that best fit your needs, today.
I was educated at the Body Therapy Institute, am a graduate and faculty member of the Spirit of Learning Teacher Education program with the Center for Embodied Teacher Education. I’m also a longtime yoga practitioner and teacher. Durham Bodywork is the joining of all the parts of my work, a community based organization developing equitable models of treatment and of business, expanding access to bodywork, and creating meaningful, sustainable opportunities for healing professionals.
The core values supporting my work are connection, integrity, respect, curiosity, humor, and love.
"How we inhabit our senses tests the mettle of our souls"
― Krista Tippett
NCLMBT #15094, ERYT200
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 within the practitioners thresholds, and the community fund ensures your practitioner is well-cared by covering the difference between your payment and their base hourly income. All clients contribute to this fund, which means that when you use the sliding scale, you also participate 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."