With unique and varied skill-sets, the experienced massage therapists of Metta expertly customize sessions to facilitate pain relief, relaxation, and somatic awareness for whole body healing.
Our offerings include but are not limited to:
- Integrative Therapeutic Massage
- Traditional Thai Bodywork
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Cupping Therapy
- Healing Touch
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Jennie Herb, RMP
Tara Parker, RMP
Lainie Smith, LMT
Marvin Shiflett, LMT
Jennifer Stephens, RMP
With an extensive background working and volunteering in nursing homes, Jennifer is highly attune to the sensitive nature of transition, and the importance of connection through and with life’s changes. It was through her work with our elderly and their caregivers that she was inspired to learn more about human anatomy, kinesiology and pathology, and the curative effects of human contact and reciprocity.
Jennifer completed her massage training at Baltimore School of Massage in 2014, is nationally certified and registered to practice massage through the state of Maryland, and insured by AMTA. She brings clinical knowledge and experience, as well as intuition and awareness to each session. Jennifer views mind, body and energy as parts of a whole being; she develops comprehensive assessments and goals to foster overall awareness and balance. Jennifer’s practice is deeply guided by Thai Folk Medicine, thus her technical and energetic approaches to the work are focused, intentional, subtle, and deep.
Esra Seniz, LMT
Esra graduated from Towson University with a B.S in Pyschology in 2009 and completed a 150 hour Herbalism program at the Ecology Academy in Costa Rica.
Laura Kalman, LMT, Founder
Laura is a Nationally and State Certified Massage Therapist since 2005. In addition to running Metta since 2009, Laura has organized many wellness related projects, fundraisers, and community events, including the seasonal Community Energy Healing events at Baltimore Yoga Village, the Wellness Camp at Fields Festival 2016, The Baltimore Healing Music Project, and the former Heal Baltimore Project.
Since graduating from The Baltimore School of Massage in 2005, Laura has continually refined her skills to expand her therapeutic knowledge and better serve clients and communities. Her most influential trainings have been in Dynamic Body Balancing with Dr. Carol Phillips, Chi Nei Tsang as taught by Master Mantak Chia, Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy, Plant Spirit Aromatherapy with Amy Meilman, and the Jivan Yoga Teacher Training with Anjali Sunita. Laura also studied Traditional Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is a long time student of the Sivananda Yoga lineage.
Drawing from various modalities such as Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Unwinding, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki, Yoga, and Aromatherapy, Laura intuitively improvises bodywork to assist the neuromuscular, visceral, and energetic systems to release what no longer serves. Being supported in this way can make create greater ease in life as you practice to observe, experience, and release sensations as they arise, while learning from the qualities, stories, and lessons they hold.
Since returning from her 2017 Sabbatical Year, Laura’s primary roles at Metta include administrative management, practitioner mentoring, and event planning. She offers Integrative Dynamic Bodywork on a limited basis to facilitate the management of chronic illness and trauma.
For a variety of reasons, not all of our massage therapists have returned from COVID leave. If you have any questions or concerns while these therapists are deciding if and when is the right time for them to return to work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly Farwell, LMT
Molly employs a gentle, slow approach to bodywork therapy, which is recommendable for treating persons suffering from stress-related tension and chronic pain. Gentle bodywork practices, including yoga, massage, and other techniques, are gradually becoming recognized as effective treatment options for PTSD and other stress-related pathologies.
Dawn Blais, LMT
Dawn is a state certified, Licensed Massage Therapist, Shiatsu (Acupressure) Therapist, and Reiki Master. In practice since 2003, Dawn approaches bodywork with a deep understanding of our mind body connection and a strong intuitive awareness. Guided by releasing the learned and held patterns of tension within the body, Dawn strives to help you find a greater sense of ease both physically and mentally. Through the integration of various modalities: deep tissue, myofascial release, cupping, zero balancing, acupressure, aromatherapy, and reiki, Dawn is able to provide gentle, focused, supportive bodywork that provides relief from the symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or depression, chronic fatigue and pain, and auto-immune conditions.
Dawn graduated from The Baltimore School of Massage in 2002, with a concentration in Shiatsu and Asian Bodywork – Acupressure and Thai Massage. She is a trained Yoga teacher 200 level. In addition, she also holds a BA in Mental Health Counseling from Goddard College, and is graduating with her MA in Mental Health Counseling in 2019.
Stephanie Barger, RMP
Stephanie shares a rhythmic, yet calming style of bodywork with her clients. She blends gentle deep tissue with Swedish and myofascial massage techniques, as well as elements from the Trager Approach. Depending on the unique focus of each session, she can also incorporate aromatherapy, trigger point work, non-traditional cupping, TMJ and sports massage.
Since beginning her massage practice in 2010, Stephanie’s love and admiration for the healing arts have expanded in Baltimore’s inspiring community. She is currently working with other local wellness providers (massage, sound therapy, acupuncture) to develop new collaborative modalities and public workshops. She’s a Maryland Registered Practitioner (R01695) and has maintained her NCBTMB Board Certification and her professional membership of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Nyesha Roberts, RMP
Nyesha, best known as Yoshi, has been practicing massage therapy since 2012. While she is skilled in deep-tissue and cupping massage, her practice can focus on the energetic realms of the human body including the in-body chakra systems, the out-of-body chakra systems, and the human aura. She’s able to cultivate a unique and personalized session catering to the energetic, mental and physical aspects that may need extra attention when you arrive to the session. She is able to observe and feel energetic and physical stagnation within and around the human body, and bring attention to it so it may dissipate. She likes establishing long-term rapport with clients that may be seeking to bridge gaps in multiple parts of their well-being.
Nyesha is certified in Prental Massage, Cupping Massage, Chakra Balancing, Reiki, and Intuitive Mindfulness Therapy. She is currently continuing education in Cognative Behavioural Therapy and Reflexology.