We are a team of highly skilled New York State Licensed Therapists, Certified in Prenatal Massage. We believe in treating our clients and team members with respect. We apply the highest standards of excellence to everything we do – from customer service to our therapeutic treatments. Committed to understanding the nature of holistic medicine, we hold the firm belief that a better feeling body produces a better feeling mind. Our practice stems from the desire to provide the nurturing touch that helps people unwind and heal.
We pay attention to the details that matter most to you. We take the time to sit and talk with our clients, working hard to understand and address your needs, providing excellent therapeutic care in a professional setting. Our massage therapists are warm, friendly and knowledgeable, and always happy to take the time to demonstrate stretches and techniques that you can take home with you, so you’ll get the most out of your session.
I love this job! I get to be the best part of my clients day, every day! Rachel Beider – Owner and Therapist
Rachel Beider is the proud owner of Massage Williamsburg, as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Professional Doula. Rachel started the small practice in 2008 with the hopes of combining a medical based massage practice with the relaxing environment of a healing space. Her motto is “Delicious Pain, Not Scary Pain”. She first studied massage in Thailand on a trip through India and Southeast Asia, becoming certified in Thai Massage at the famous WatPo School in Bangkok. Later she continued her education at the Swedish Institute, before becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has worked at Jena Wellness Center, Edamame Spa, an UES Surgeon’s Office, and for a physical therapist. She has continued her education, becoming a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, certified in Prenatal Massage, and has taken the ALACE training to become a Professional Doula. Rachel also helps individuals working in the wellness field to grow their practices through business coaching. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
Robert specializes in the use of pressure points and swedish massage to address tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. A graduate of the Swedish Institute and Ohio Wesleyan University, Robert has worked with the Martha Graham dance company, New York City Triathlon, Saint Vincent’s Cancer Center and Mount Sinai hospital. Prior to joining Massage Williamsburg, Robert worked as a staff therapist for Aveda Spa and at a physical therapy practice in Manhattan. Robert has also taught classes to massage therapists at the prestigious Pacific College. He is licensed in New York, a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and certified in Reiki.
Nichole is happy to be a part of Massage Williamsburg. She is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and Hunter College where she earned her B.A. in Dance. She is also certified in Pre and Perinatal massage, and is a New York State Licensed member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She enjoys working with all populations, and is committed to using her kinesthetic knowledge to help clients achieve better functionality in their daily lives. With each treatment, she is delighted to be able to help clients work towards a state of well being. Nichole is currently working on a Pilates Certification at the Kane School of Core Integration and her M.F.A. in Digital Art at Pratt Institute.
Alison is a Swedish Institute graduate, who first discovered massage through theater. Massage was a necessary part of warm up for certain classes, and it was in those classes at NYU that she realized massage was something she could do. After acquiring a BFA from NYU Alison enrolled in the Swedish Institute and has been in love with the healing arts ever since. Since graduating from school, she has worked in numerous locations, including fitness centers, chiropractors’ offices and the exclusive Gansevoort Hotel Spa. Alison is also certified in prenatal massage therapy. She is now bringing her love of massage, healthcare and service to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Joelle is a native New Yorker and graduate of the New York College of Health Professions. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and recently received a certification from the Thai Massage School in Chiang Mai. Joelle is currently studying Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College, and is slowly incorporating her studies into her practice. With a passion for orthopedics and neuromuscular therapy, she continues to expand her knowledge and grow as a practitioner. Some of her modalities include trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and Swedish massage, and she regularly incorporates stretching techniques in her treatments. She applies an individualized approach to all her treatments, based on the patients specific imbalances. Joelle provides not only a therapeutic massage but is highly dedicated to being a part of the healing process and helping her patients achieve relaxation, and balance.
Amanda is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. She believes that each body tells a story, and attends to the verbal and non-verbal cues that reveal. Combining an Eastern and Western understanding of the body, she works very thoughtfully and thoroughly. She has a BA in Dance and business minor from DeSales University, and is a certified Hypnotist. An avid yogi as well, she utilizes her heightened kinesthetic awareness to guide her clients toward a deeper understanding of posture and movement, and how this relates to their overall well-being and comfort in their own bodies. Amanda is equally proud and grateful to be a part of Massage Williamsburg.
Emily is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and a TOLABOR-trained birth doula. She especially loves working with clients coming in for their first massage. Her goal is to always to help her clients feel more at home in their own bodies and to create an atmosphere of deep relaxation and comfort for the session. Emily has worked with ER staff at Mt. Sinai hospital, student athletes at NYU, and residents of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Emily is certified in prenatal massage, and excited to bring her love for bodywork to Massage Williamsburg.
Jacki’s massage career began informally at a very young age, when she would massage the ALS-related aches out of her grandmother’s hands and legs in exchange for a seat on Grandma’s lap during “Jeopardy”. Little did Jacki know that years later, she would combine her need to learn how everything works with her desire to care for others by studying massage. After graduating from SUNY Orange with an A.A.S. Degree in Massage Therapy and receiving her NY State license in 2004, Jacki worked as a spa therapist, most recently at Great Jones Spa in Manhattan. She has also worked with various charitable organizations, volunteering her time and skills to provide massage to people who would not be able to access such therapy. Jacki has developed her massage therapy skills over the last 7 years by working on a widely varied population, including athletes, expectant mothers, the elderly, and cancer battlers and survivors. As a runner and skater, Jacki knows the value of keeping the body in excellent working order. She combines modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and stretching in an empathetic and compassionate way, with the goal of increasing the client’s holistic wellness with every session.
Edwin‘s greatest reward is helping people live healthier lives. He pursues this passion through his work as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Holistic Health Coach. A native New Yorker and NYU graduate, Edwin found his gift for Massage Therapy when he attended the acclaimed Swedish Institute. Following his graduation, he embarked on a career in which he has worked with thousands of clients in spa, fitness, corporate, and medical settings throughout the Tri-State area, including popular Bliss Spa in Soho. His clients benefit from the various modalities he has studied, including Swedish, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki, Cranio-Sacral, Deep Tissue, Pre-Natal, and Sports. Edwin prides himself on listening, being thorough, and tailoring his work to each individual’s needs. He is grateful and excited to share his talents at Massage Williamsburg.
Katherine is a New York state licenced massage therapist with an Associate of Occupational Studies degree and medical massage certification from the Swedish Institute in NYC, and a B.S. degree in Forest Products Marketing from Virginia Tech. After 15 years as a technical writing professional in the financial and software development industries, Katherine changed careers in order to help people work toward achieving balance in their bodies through Swedish massage with a focus on medical massage techniques. Katherine also works with athletes and non-athletes at Chelsea Piers, and has previously worked with athletes and coaches from NYU, adults with mental health issues, and those with auto-immune conditions. Her experience as a stage performer, marathon runner, yoga practitioner, and working through a wrist injury gives her a unique and multi-faceted appreciation of each body’s uncommon abilities and challenges.
Ted is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and Fordham University in NYC, and is a registered member of the American Massage Therapy Association. He spent many years working in cancer care at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and after exploring the administrative side of health care he found massage as a less invasive, and incredibly effective, path to healing. It is forever gratifying to work with clients to find some peace and relief in this stressful city. He is passionate about good food, fitness, and listening to what your body needs.
Doug is NY State Licensed therapist, and a graduate of the NY College of Health Profession, and has over 10 years of massage therapy experience. He has brought his talents to a range of locations, including chiropractors, spas, office buildings through corporate wellness. His expertise in deep tissue and sports massage was popular at Ignite Fitness, and he now shares his talents at Massage Williamsburg.
Amey is a graduate of Pacific College, and a NY State Licensed Therapist with over 15 years of experience. She gained experience at the famed Soho Sanctuary Spa and Spa H, before starting her career at Massage Williamsburg. Amey is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and is currently studying for her Medical Qigong Certification. Her massages blend relaxing, soothing spa quality work with deep and effective healing.
Sarah is a New York State Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. Her desire to share massage comes from her education and career as an actor, musician, and singer as well as her devotion to yoga and running. These different facets of her life all pointed her towards massage as an effective means of self-care. She finds joy in empowering others to benefit from massage and feel at home in their bodies. Sarah regularly uses a blend of trigger point therapy, deep tissue, Swedish, range of motion, stretching, and breath work for a tailored, thorough, relaxing, and therapeutic experience. She has worked at Great Jones Spa in Manhattan and is thrilled to be at Massage Williamsburg!
Lori graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage and is a NYS licensed massage therapist. She began her career working at the Ithaca Health Alliance, a free clinic based in Ithaca, NY, where she provided medical massage to uninsured and under-insured patients. Prior to Massage Williamsburg, she shared her talents as a massage therapist at Natural Balance. Over the years she has worked with a wide range of clients, designing sessions based on individual clients’ needs. She is highly skilled in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Reflexology and is continually looking to improve her practice through education and application. With a passion for holistic treatment and a varied set of massage skills, she is a great fit for Massage Williamsburg.
Marianne has over 10 years experience practicing the art of massage therapy. She graduated from Florida’s Therapeutic Massage School in Pensacola and became nationally certified in massage therapy in 2002. In 2003, she became licensed in Louisiana and practiced massage in the New Orleans area until Hurricane Katrina. Relocating to the Northeast, she attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and became licensed in New York State in early 2009. Marianne gained experience at the Au’bre International Day Spa and Salon, and brings the warmth of Southern hospitality to a city that can sometimes be cold and stressful. She is well versed in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage with energy work incorporated into the massage in the form of Reiki and Polarity Therapy. She also has training in Reflexology, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Hot Stone, Massage Cupping and Aromatherapy. Marianne believes that regular massage is essential in keeping your body in optimum condition. She practices what she preaches by frequently receiving bodywork.
Tracy is a licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncturist. She studied at New York College of Health Professions on Long Island where she earned a Master’s Degree in Science. Throughout her career she has gained a variety of experience with the focus being in the medical environments of Tribeca Spine and Wellness as well as Silk Day Spa, where she has utilized her skills in Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Medical Massage and Trigger Point Release techniques. Her training as an Acupuncturist enables her to focus on key pressure points throughout her treatments that most clients enjoy and respond very positively to. She is often told that she has a way of “knowing just where all of the tight spots are”. She is excited to bring her experience and skills to the Massage Williamburg team of therapy. Tracy is also passionate about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, and strives to help clients learn how to achieve their optimal health.
Bob is a licensed massage therapist emphasizing an integrative and holistic orthopedic approach to massage therapy. A tuina practitioner at heart, Bob also incorporates trigger point therapy, myofascial release, PNF stretches, Thai body work, and traditional Chinese acupressure while creating a cohesive client-centered treatment that will address each patient’s specific conditions and goals. In addition, Bob maintains a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice under the guidance of Eddie Stern, one of Sri Pattabhi Jois’ earliest Western students. Along with an extensive knowledge of the world’s religious traditions, as well as a background in writing, Bob is also an editor and teacher of many things creative and strange.
Jessi has been practicing as a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist since graduating the Swedish Institute in 2006.Trained in Deep Tissue, Miofascial, Swedish and Eastern Modalities, she has an insatiable curiosity for the human physiology. As a certified personal trainer, she incorporates touch therapy with a thorough comprehension of human anatomy to balance uncomfortable and chronic body mechanics. After working under chiropractors and physical therapists for the last few years, she has developed a relaxation and deep tissue blend to strengthen, lengthen, and realign postural difficulties. Jessi enjoys addressing specific ailments while using a full body approach to her work.
Alexis believes that “balance is the successful negotiation of asymmetry” (Judith Aston). Combining a holistic approach with anatomical accuracy and a specificity of depth, Alexis’ work promotes greater ease, energy and function, inside and out. A graduate of Kinesis Myofascial Integration with Tom Myers, Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, and Bard College, Alexis is a certified Structural Integrator, New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and a dance artist with a BA in choreography. With nine years of experience Alexis has worked and trained in diverse New York establishments like Four Seasons Hotel, Opal Massage Center and Stone Spa.
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