Adrienne Elder, LMT
I love my job. Being a massage therapist is joyful, rewarding work. Each session is an opportunity to use my knowledge, training, and intuition to relieve stress, soothe aches and tension, and encourage self-acceptance and mindfulness.
What initially led me to massage therapy was a desire to reach out to older adults, and to people who don’t receive enough caring touch in their lives. This might mean someone who needs human contact but is anxious about being judged. Or it may mean someone for whom touch is usually clinical, impersonal, or even painful. 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.
As time went on, I discovered I also love deep tissue massage. Between my enthusiasm for anatomy, my exceptional training in techniques, and my playful experimenting, I have created a style that provides deep, effective massage tailored to the person I’m working with. Many of my clients deal with neck and shoulder tension, low back pain, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, post-surgical pain, and sports injuries.
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 do something to it. And it brings beauty, lightness, and joy to my sessions.
Credentials and Memberships
- KBLMT Licensed Commonwealth of Kentucky Massage Therapist, LMT #108792
- CAMTC Certified California State Massage Therapist, CMT #37164
- 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
- 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
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage Institute International
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage Training
- 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