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I began my career in 2006 after graduating from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Over the years, I've learned that the root of the problem can often stem from scar tissue formation after surgery, injury or a prolonged period of inflammation. The tension from the site of tissue trauma can spread to surrounding areas of the body affecting lymph and blood flow, nerve function and range of motion. Over time, our bodies get used to it or and the injury goes unnoticed; before long, it feels "normal". When it doesn't feel normal after a period of time, a mindset develops "that's just the way it's going to be.”

In my experience, standard deep tissue massage is at times not enough to create sufficient relief in areas of traumatized tissue. To be a more effective therapist, I've developed a focus in helping mend traumatized tissues by reducing swelling, bruising and fibrotic texture of tissues. Old and new scars can be helped with a discerning quality of touch. I also take a whole body approach integrating a variety of hands-on styles of bodywork for lasting relief.

My desire to help people with cancer and lymphedema, led me to complete a Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification in 2011 and a Lymphedema Therapy Certification in 2023. Over the years, I've pursued many continuing education courses in Scar Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Oncology Massage, Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Visceral Manipulation.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Certified Lymphedema Therapist Michelle Licha-Oros Vodder technique


  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Myofascial Release (MFR)

  • Scar Tissue Therapy

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage


UC Berkeley, Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology


Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Boulder, Colorado

  • 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Certificate with electives in orthopedic massage, prenatal and postpartum massage


Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Continuing Education

  • Neurovascular Compression Syndromes of the Upper and Lower Extremities:
    carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, forms of sciatica and "pseudo-sciatica" and piriformis syndrome.

  • Sports Injuries and Dysfunctions of the Cervical Spine and Upper Extremity:
    Frozen Shoulder, Headache and TMJ Dysfunction.

  • Sports Injuries and Dysfunction of the Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine


Klose Training and Consulting

  • Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage- Vodder Technique 2011

  • Lymphedema Therapy Certification October 2023

  • Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Axillary Web Syndrome

Oncology Massage Education Associates- Gayle McDonald

  • Massage for People Living with Cancer

Jamie Elswick and Lauren Cates- Healwell Institute  

  • Scar Tissue Mobilization for the Post-Mastectomy/Post-Radiation/Reconstruction Client

The Spurgeon Method- Therapeutic Breast Massage

  • Therapeutic Breast Massage Basic and Advanced. Breast massage for health and post-surgical issues following upper chest trauma including augmentation, mastectomy, reconstruction and open heart surgery

North American Seminars​

  • Massage Therapy Protocols for Breast Cancer Management

Kathleen Lisson

  • Plastic Surgery Recovery and Fibrosis Massage

  • Massage After Tummy Tuck

  • Massage After Breast Reconstructive Surgery

  • Massage After Facelift

Sharon Wheeler Rolfer 

  • ScarWork 2015 and 2023

Restore Scar Therapy- Emma Holly

  • Understanding Scars: Online Scar Training

Nancy Keeney Smith and Cathy Ryan

  • Traumatic Scar Tissue Management: Principles, Practice and Protocol 

Handle With Care- Burn Scar Massage Therapy

  • Jen Hartley UC Burn Center

The Barral Institute

  • Visceral Manipulation 1: Abdomen 1

  • Visceral Manipulation 2: Abdomen 2

  • Visceral Manipulation 3: Pelvis 

  • Visceral Manipulation 4: The Thorax 


John Barnes

  • Myofascial Release I

  • Myofascial Mobilization

  • Cervical Thoracic Myofascial Release​


Advanced Trainings Til Luchao

  • Pelvis, Hip and Sacrum

  • Sciatica and Disc Issues

  • Headaches

Anatomy Trains

  • Anatomy Trains for Manual Therapists

  • Structural Visceral for the Low Back, Pelvis and Abdomen

Dr Ben Benjamin Workshops 

  • Frustrating Neck Injuries, Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment



  • Scar and edema

ACE Massage Cupping Therapy: Home Study Full Course

ACE Lymphatic Balancing and ACE Massage Cupping Intensive

Meridian Care Center Lisa Dowling

  • Cupping for Scars

David Weinstock 

  • Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) 1

Egoscue Institute

  • Posture Alignment Specialist (PAS) 1

  • Posture Alignment Specialist (PAS) 2

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