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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
Massage Therapist

 

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.

 

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Diana Keeton, LMT
 
Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Instructor
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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,
Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian style massage), Neuromuscular Therapy,
Connective Tissue Massage and CranioSacral Therapy.

 

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Karen Reagan, LMT
Massage Therapist
Personal Trainer
Certified Yoga Instructor

 

My massage technique includes a blend of Myofascial release, compression, joint mobilization and breath awareness.  Long, fluid strokes and firm pressure, result  in a feeling of connectivity between the physical body, the mind and the spirit (breath integration);  a feeling of being grounded.   Each client is unique. Each massage is customized to meet the needs of the client.  My massage training was at the Virginia School of Massage from 1999-2001.  I’ve attended numerous other trainings for a variety of modalities. 

 

Fitness and wellness have  been my lifelong passions. Through personal training, group exercise and teaching yoga,  I enjoy helping clients reach their personal goals.  I currently teach several varieties of yoga including gentle, yin, restorative and hatha.  My favorite style is a slow flow with emphasis on moving slowly and deliberately, fully experiencing the sensations in the body.  My yoga trainings were with FlyDog Yoga in Charlottesville,  Yoga Medicine in Peru and numerous other trainings and workshops. 

 

Throughout my professional career in bodywork, I continue to learn, research, explore and experiment with a curious passion for  the human body’s innate ability to heal.