Adrienne Elder, LMT, CMLDT
Hi, I’m Adrienne, and my pronouns are she/her. I love my job. Being a massage therapist is joyful, rewarding work. It enables me to use my gifts to make the world a better place, one person at a time.
What initially led me to massage therapy was a desire to reach out to older adults. As my career progressed, I found myself increasingly drawn toward the more medical side of massage, and now I focus primarily on people with complex medical issues, or with a history of injury, surgery, or trauma. I have many clients in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, as well as those with medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and fibromyalgia.
When you and I work together, I will be fully present with you, and accepting of who you are—not a past version of yourself, nor a future version you hope to become, but the person you are, exactly as you are, in that moment. We will work together to personalize your sessions, so that you will receive the caring, effective massage that’s right for you.
I work with people of all shapes, sizes, statures, ages, races, ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. If you have a health issue or disability, whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional, I am happy to make accommodations, and to coordinate with doctors, therapists, or other care providers to develop safe, effective sessions for you.
I practice evidence-based massage. I keep up-to-date on the current research, and I modify my techniques and the information I share with my clients in accordance with it.
My knowledge of anatomy strongly informs my practice, and I continue to study and to learn more about the human body. This helps me to choose appropriate strokes and to deliver them accurately.
My massage style is influenced by Yoga and Tai Chi. From my Yoga practice, I bring breath, grounding, and stillness. From my Tai Chi practice, I bring balanced motion and strength in softness. With these elements, I am able to create smooth, flowing strokes, and to blend both power and gentleness into my work.
My technique also incorporates elements of sculpture and dance. This enables me to work with the body, rather than to try to force it. It brings beauty, lightness, and joy to my sessions.
Credentials and Memberships
- KBLMT Licensed Commonwealth of Kentucky Massage Therapist, LMT #108792
- NCBTMB Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, 621246-12
- ABMP Member #831216
- Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing(IPSB)
- 550-hour Massage Therapist Training
- On-site Massage
- Pregnancy Massage
- MLD Institute International
- Manual Lymph Drainage (Bachelor’s Level) Certification
- Greet the Day
- Oncology Massage Training
- Oncology Massage Practicum
- Infusion Center Practicum
- Heart Touch
- Compassionate Touch Training for End-of-Life Care
- LMT Success Group
- Certified Lymphatic Drainage Plus Practitioner
- Upledger Institute International
- CranioSacral Therapy Training
- International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA)
- Certified Contemporary Cupping Methods Practitioner
- Santa Monica College(SMC)
- Associate in Arts degree With Honors