I began my professional career in massage therapy in 1989. Over the years I have studied, developed and practiced many modalities including neuromuscular therapy, lymphatic drainage, massage cupping, prenatal massage, craniosacral therapy and sports massage. A large portion of my clients have come in as a last resort for chronic pain and found much benefit and relief from this approach. I also support clients in countering and healing the effects of poor posture through manual support and postural re-education.
Another aspect of my work includes craniosacral therapy and vagus nerve regulation. These more subtle modalities prove to be the most beneficial for some. In my years of practice and training in pre and perinatal studies, I have developed an awareness of the ways in which trauma, if not resolved, can be held in the body, creating physical symptoms. Some of these symptoms include chronic headaches, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I offer an open heart and listening hands along with a safe space for fear, shock, emotional distress and imprints from accidents, birth trauma or illnesses to come to the surface for resolution. The body has an inherent ability to heal itself and release anything that creates imbalance therein. Clients will often feel a sense of relief, a deep understanding of themselves and a quality of clarity after a session.
In 2016, my husband, Andrew, and I found the perfect property in downtown Charlottesville to create a dream that I've held for years. After a year and a half of hard work and determination, we are happy to have brought this dream to fruition. Longtide Wellness Collective is a tranquil space in the heart of Charlottesville where experienced practitioners come together for the health and wellness of our beloved community. We are excited to see this vision unfold in the community.
Lory Bedotto LMT, NCBTMB
Founder, Longtide Wellness Collective and Cville Massage Therapy
I have been a Massage Therapist since 2014. Along the way I have studied and practiced many different modalities such as reflexology, Manual lymphatic drainage, cupping and myofascial release. Whether someone wants deep tissue, Swedish or any of the aforementioned techniques, I always cater to each person's individual needs and work with the intention of helping to bring balance and harmony to the body and mind alike. In addition to being a massage therapist, I also have been a certified yoga instructor since 2009 and have studied and taught Yin, Vinyasa, Beginners and children’s yoga. I am also currently working towards a Yoga therapy certification. My background in yoga strongly influences my approach to massage, helping me to see, feel and help in a more holistic way with lasting results. I believe when you can relax the mind and breath, pain in the body and overall tension eases.
Diana Keeton, LMT
Certified Yoga Instructor
Mary-Sherrie Lewis, LMT
I am blessed to have been introduced to massage in 2002, a Friend needed a “guinea pig” to practice on. Four years later while out with my daughter for lunch an enrollment sign for The Virginia School of Massage seemed to scream at me. Remembering how great that one hour of relief felt for me, decided to contact the school and after talking with admissions a new passion had been ignited!
I am so grateful to have discovered Bodywork and completed my 600 hour program, graduated and was licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing in 2008. The healing arts have helped me understand the value of self-care, service and purpose.
My field of study in the modalities of Proprioceptive NeuroMuscular Facilitation (PNF),
Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release (MFR), Reiki, Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Prenatal, Hot Stones and Swedish massage allow me to explore and specialize in whole body attunement through the sacred healing of chakra alignment. As a guide to assist in facilitating our bodies natural inclination towards homeostasis hope to help you in your journey of peace, joy, and a more wholesome place of relief. Our bodies are temples and my goal is to assist you on your wellness goals and support pathways
to self healing.
I look forward to working together and seeing the Divine within you.
Charlotte James, LMT
Massage Therapist, CPCC
- Somatic Expressive Arts Practitioner
As an integrative bodyworker, I offer caring, present and intuitive touch to
my clients. I co-create customized experiences with each client, tailoring the
session to meet their needs. My approach is nervous system and process
oriented and has been shaped by both my personal and professional studies
in various somatic embodiment trainings and modalities over the past 20
years. I view the body to include the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual realms of the self. Our bodies hold our entire life experience. Body
sensations, postures and gestures can reflect our history and our current
patterns of moving and ways of being.
I support my clients to shift patterns of tension and pain, orient toward
agency and resourcefulness, attune to the felt-sense of their inner guidance
and inherent wellbeing and live a more embodied, joyous and creative life.
My intention is for my clients to walk away from their session feeling
nurtured, enlivened and more at peace in their own skin.
The modalities I incorporate in my work include Swedish, Deep Tissue,
Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian style massage), Neuromuscular Therapy,
Connective Tissue Massage and CranioSacral Therapy.