Meet The Massage Therapists
The Healing ZONE Massage Staff
Nanci Newton, Owner
Nanci is a 1998 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Springfield Technical Community College. She has traveled & taught Advanced Oncology Massage with Tracy Walton & Associates since 2005. She has also taught advanced prenatal massage with Carol Osborn.
Nanci has maintained a full time practice since 1998 and in 2000 opened her award-winning company, The Healing ZONE Therapeutic Massage. She and her team provide quality massage therapy for everyone as well as oncology massage therapy for caregivers and patients. Nanci strives to create a “healing zone”—a place where all who enter feel safe and comfortable with anyone on her team of therapists. Receiving the care and treatment they need to feel better.
In 2014, Nanci was named one of the one hundred honored by Massachusetts General Hospital who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the fight against cancer. Her oncology massage therapy work was featured in Thrive magazine. She was an invited speaker at the 2016, 2018 & 2020 Oncology Massage Healing Summits in Minneapolis.
Annually, Nanci organizes oncology massage therapy volunteers for the annual Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is a lifelong musician, juggler and dedicated just-for-fun joggler in many local fundraising events, from 5K races to half marathons.
Nanci has a full schedule and is beginning to teach prenatal and oncology massage once again therefore is no longer taking on new clients. Please feel free to call/text her at (413) 687-5632 or email [email protected] to see if we can help find the right therapist for you.
Brio Kelly Howard, LMT
Brio is a 2015 graduate of Oregon School of Massage. They are licensed in MA. In addition, they have a BA in Environmental Studies from California State University, Hayward.
Brio’s knowledge and passion for the natural world informs their massage work and style. Brio is fascinated by how muscles coordinate to move arms and why sometimes the muscles don’t play well together. How emotions can affect the body in both positive and negative ways. There is so much to learn and science is discovering more and more each day.
Brio’s massage style is therapeutic and intuitive.
Brio first chose to work in medical settings, where they had the opportunity to work with people with a variety of body types and ranges of activity (from sedentary to yoga instructor). They also worked with those whose bodies had been injured in motor vehicle accidents. Brio attended “Massage for People Living with Cancer” taught by Gayle MacDonald to better understand the challenges those on a cancer journey may be faced with.
Sarah Casey, LMT
Sarah Casey is a 2000 graduate of the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy. She has a BA degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sarah’s strengths lie in her listening skills, her intuition and technical abilities to be able to work with her clients to tailor the message plan. Her work is based on the perspective that she and her client are a team.
Tara Borgilt, LMT
Tara is a 2022 graduate from Ashland Institute of Massage in southern Oregon. She also has a BA in Spanish literature from Reed College, Portland, OR.
Jennifer Green, LMT
Jennifer is a nationally certified massage therapist and a 2005 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute, in Cambridge, MA Additionally, she holds a B.A. in Art History from Bates College.
Jennifer has a background in modern and improvisational dance, which enhances her massage training and understanding of the body. She constructs individualized treatment plans for her clients using a blend of bodywork techniques including muscular therapy, swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, passive and facilitated stretching, sports massage and deep tissue. Jennifer has trained in pre and perinatal massage therapy with Carole Osborne and enjoys working with clients at all stages of their pregnancy.
Jennifer’s practice is increasingly focused on working with clients with more complex medical histories, such as clients with cancer histories, and people in the midst of diagnosis or current treatment. Jennifer’s advanced coursework includes training in oncology massage with Tracy Walton and Gentle Scar Tissue Mobilization for Post-Mastectomy and Radiotherapy with Jamie Elswick.
Martha Hoffman, LMT
Martha (she/they) is a 2022 graduate of The Massage School. They hold a B.A. in Dance and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. Martha works as a full-spectrum doula and fertility awareness educator. Martha has training in Swedish, deep tissue massage and has taken supplemental classes in craniosacral therapy and myofascial release.
Hannah Donner, LMT
Hannah (she/her) is a 2022 graduate of The Massage School. She has completed additional training in Oncology Massage with Healwell. She also holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College.
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