Our massage therapists are here to help you achieve and maintain wellness for life. At Hopkins Health & Wellness Center and DMR Clinic Woodbury, we tailor each massage treatment to the unique needs of the individual. Our massage therapists are experienced in treating everyday pain, relieving stress, and encouraging circulation for improved function and movement. Our massage practitioners can assist in auto injury recovery, while addressing chronic pain conditions and sports injuries with therapeutic massage.
Benefits of Massage
Massage and bodywork offer a wealth of physical and mental health benefits. On a physical level, massage can improve flexibility, reduce blood pressure, and restore proper fluid flow and circulation in the body. The mental benefits of massage include a reduction in mental stress, decreased irritability, improved focus, and improved sleep patterns. The emotional benefits of massage include reduced anxiety, enhancement of self-image, and an increase in feeling improved well–being.
Types of Massage
The goal of deep tissue massage is to get in contact with the deep layers of muscle and connective tissues to alleviate pain, improve flexibility and movement, and enhance circulation.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy or myofascial release is a therapy that targets sore, tight, irritated points in muscles. The massage therapist carefully searches for trigger points and uses specific compression techniques to release these areas, providing pain relief and a reduction in tension.
Visceral Manipulation uses very specific soft manual forces to stimulate normal mobility, tone, and motion of the internal organs and their connective tissues.
Sports Massage/Injury Recovery
Sports Massage/Injury Recovery treatments are designed to increase athletic performance. Most often, sports massage focuses on the muscles used by athletes, such as runners, who want a special focus on their legs and hips. Deep tissue massage techniques encourage increased blood flow and a reduction in soreness of stressed, overused, or fatigued muscle groups.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, focused hands-on technique used to find and release restriction in the body’s fascia. Fascia is a thick layer of connective tissue which encompasses every organ, bone, and muscle, as well as the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system.
Our Massage Therapists
Frank Harris, LMT
Frank has been in practice since 1996. Upon completion of Massage Therapy training at Aveda Institute he began his journey to learn more. Throughout this process, Frank gained the insight, knowledge, and expertise in massage therapy skill beyond muscle, bone, and ligament-focused treatment. Frank has learned that listening to the body is the most effective method in helping to resolve whatever the dysfunction may be for each individual. To give an analogy, pain is usually the fire alarm, but where is the fire that set off the alarm? Frank’s approach is to use his skill set, intuition, and experience in a gentle, noninvasive way to address the real cause of each patient’s health care issues.
Naomi Pierre MT, CNMT
Naomi Pierre is passionate about helping people heal in mind, body, soul, and spirit through the healing touch of massage therapy.
Naomi is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release techniques through Judith Walker DeLaney’s NMT Center (St. Petersburg, FL) and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN). Under the guidance of skilled instructors at NWHSU, Naomi learned the art of Clinical, Western Style Swedish Relaxation, Oncology, and Geriatric massage therapy techniques. She enjoys working with people who suffer from migraine headaches, TMJ syndrome, whiplash, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, as well as hip discomfort and sciatica pain.
When not working with patients and clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, long-distance running, event photography, and cooking.
Ralph Scott Smith, CMT
As a USA Diving coach for over 30 years, personal trainer, and health club manager, Ralph has the knowledge of sports, and training necessary to provide exceptional massage therapy for athletes and individuals of all types. His in-depth understanding of the body gives him an insider’s insight as to what each individual needs for sports readiness, rehabilitation, and preventative bodywork.
Ralph is a two-time World Record Holder in the sport of diving at a Master’s level. Having over 20 Master’s National Championship Gold medals and several World titles to his name, he combines his years of experience with a deep knowledge of sports performance and training to provide unmatched therapeutic massage.
Ralph received his degree in massage therapy at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu School and has advanced training and experience in kinesiology, anatomy, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, and reflexology. With a blend of clinical practice working with physical therapists, chiropractors and allied medical providers, as well as extensive experience in providing therapeutic massage, Ralph has an amazing skill set to help each patient with their individual needs. The only thing more impressive than his background and experience is his compassion for his patients and his ability to connect with each of them in a personal and professional way.
Ralph is a member of the ABMP, a professional massage organization and has been a member of the Hopkins Health and Wellness Center and DMR Clinic team since October 2015.
Sandra Conde, CMT
Sandra Conde, CMT graduated from CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic in St. Louis Park MN. She specializes in Sports and Therapeutic massage, Trigger Point release, stretching, and is also a certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner. Sandra has been practicing massage for over 6 years. Sandra’s knowledge of the human anatomy combined with a hands-on approach gives her insight into what tissues and muscles are being affected.
Sandra’s knowledge of sports came from her younger years as an athlete. She has participated in a variety of sports, but running has remained her passion. She was a collegiate runner; running with some of the top athletes in the nation. She has a lot of respect for those in collegiate and elite sports.
Aside from work, Sandra stays active by participating in various sports and traveling on adventures with her 2 kids. She even likes to give her kids a routine/recovery massage when they beg her for it.
Melissa Lau, CMT
Melissa has been our Licensed Massage Therapist for over 3 years at DMR Clinic Woodbury. Her career began 10 years ago. Still to this day she has a true passion for deep tissue massage as she loves helping people recover, and feel their best. Melissa continues to enjoy her profession as she loves the challenge and finds Massage Therapy rewarding. One of her favorite parts about working at DMR Clinic Woodbury is building relationships with patients.
When not at work Melissa enjoys spending time with her family; her husband, Craig, and 4 children. She also has 4 cats and 2 dogs that keep her busy.
Holly Butler, CMT (Woodbury Location)
Holly Butler was a born and raised in Minnesota. She grew up near Cottage Grove. In addition to playing soccer, she was involve with theater and acted in many local productions. Holly always had a natural ability to massage people’s pain away and she helped many friends and family. It led to her developing a passion for helping people through massage.
Holly went to Centerpoint Massage and shiatsu school and clinic in St. Louis Park to further develop her technique and skills. She loves helping people, and because she’s an animal lover, she even does massage on her own pets. Holly hopes to someday work in a zoo and help animals.
In her free time, Holly enjoys her pets, spending time outdoors, playing soccer and acting in local theater productions.
Schedule A Therapeutic Massage Today
If you would like to experience truly effective pain relief while encouraging better function, flexibility, and performance of different muscle groups and the musculoskeletal system, contact Hopkins Health & Wellness Center or DMR Clinic Woodbury to request a massage therapy appointment with one of our skilled, compassionate therapists. You may call us or reach out to us online via our online form. We look forward to working with you!