Allow us to introduce ourselves.
High-quality massage therapy requires high-quality people. Meet ours.
- Tasha BlackmanMassage Therapist & OwnerTasha BlackmanMassage Therapist & Owner
Certification/Education: PDMT, LMT, Alexandria: School of Scientific Therapeutics, 2002.
Modalities: Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy (PDMT), Swedish/Relaxation, Prenatal, Hot Stone
When I was a kid, I saw a preview for Oprah. It was about people who were seeking massage therapy—not necessarily because their bodies were hurting, but because they were missing human contact. Growing up in a supportive, loving family, that was something we never lacked so my heart nearly broke. That moment was the springboard for my career as a massage therapist.
I launched Lift with my partner, Nicci. I had been practicing massage for years and Nicci saw something special in how I treated my clients. She suggested we start our own studio to bring my approach to more people on a larger scale. In October of 2014, Lift was born.
I listen to my clients before each massage so I can adapt to their mood. I also listen to their body and try and sense if they need more or less pressure as I move from hand to arm to neck to back. I let my client lead any conversation or follow along if they prefer to have no conversation. Basically, I have a “Don’t speak unless spoken to” policy, and I’m cool with that.
I believe massage is a progressive practice. It took a lot of time and stress to build up those knots and aches in your muscles, so it is going to take some time to work them out.
Massage also provides prevention. I believe regular massage therapy can help you prevent that kink in the neck or that back injury. That is why we recommend a massage every four weeks or so. If you wait much longer, you’ll be starting at square one again.
I love meeting new people. I get to provide massage to people from all over the country (and maybe even the world), and I feel like I can connect with all of them. I love that people feel comfort, calmness, and happiness at my studio and that they trust us.
- Abigail ElizabethMassage TherapistAbigail ElizabethMassage Therapist
Certification/Education: LMT, Certificate of Sports and Medical Massage at Indiana Massage College of Carmel, Indiana
Modalities: Cupping, Stretching, Deep Tissue, Headache Relief, Sports Massage, Swedish/Relaxation
I help people with a calming experience. And each time it’s customized to their needs. I use a wide range of skills and modalities for an effective session. I also help my clients create a game plan to reach a new level of health and comfort.
I have struggled with chronic pain, depression, and anxiety throughout my life. I grew up watching my mother struggle with the same symptoms. Western medicine provided my mother and I with large bills and no relief. I eventually found relief though changing my diet, yoga, massage therapy, and acupuncture. I also found my calling: massage therapy.
I treat every individual differently. I pay close attention to their specific needs and by applying different techniques, flows, and modalities, I maximize the relief my clients will experience after a session.
My favorite part of every day is helping others. My goal is to help each client reach a level of relaxation and comfort that they often have forgotten is possible.
- Jess McGuireMassage TherapistJess McGuireMassage Therapist
dCertification/Education: LMT, Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, Indiana Therapeutic Massage School class of 2013
Modalities: Stress Release, Swedish/Relaxation, Prenatal, Reiki, Hot Stone
I help people remember how to relax. In our busy lives, it's easy to forget the sensation of complete relaxation of both mind and body. I like to think the massage I offer helps people remember that feeling—and more importantly, to be able to recall it later after they leave.
I have always been interested in alternative medicine. When I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in my late 20s, massage—along with yoga, nutrition, herbal medicine, and acupuncture—became part of my wellness routine.
I know firsthand the difference massage therapy can make. Especially for someone with chronic pain or struggling with the stress of a chronic medical condition. I want to be able to share that with other people.
I believe a relaxed person is a healthy person. And I love working with clients over months—or even years—and being able to witness the improvements we are making together over time.
- Chris MatternMassage TherapistChris MatternMassage Therapist
Certification/Education: B.S., PDMT, LMT, NSCA, Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics class of 1994; IUPUI B.S in Fitness Studies/Kinesiology class of 2010
Modalities: Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Swedish/Relaxation, Active Isolated Stretching, Prenatal, Hot Stone
I help people with an intuitive approach. I know and understand the body, but I can also read the more subtle clues a client’s body gives off. I follow the trail of breadcrumbs and get to the heart of the matter.
I’ve always enjoyed hands-on work. My mom and dad raised us in the country on a big apple orchard with lots of space to run and play. We were active all our lives, and needed regular massage therapy and chiropractic care to stay active and healthy. I’ve benefited from the work greatly.
A massage doesn’t have to hurt to be effective. Some people assume a painful massage equals results. But I lean toward an osteopathic philosophy that states that the more gently you can achieve a release, the more likely the body will hold the release. Excessive pressure can lead to soreness and an unpleasant therapeutic experience.
Massage makes lives better. I love seeing and hearing how much better a client is doing after they’ve received care from us.
- Rebecca TownsendMassage TherapistRebecca TownsendMassage Therapist
Certification/Education: LMT, Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage class of 2015, diploma of sports and medical massage
Modalities: Sports, Deep Muscle, Swedish/Relaxation, Hot Stone, Prenatal
I sometimes describe my style as ninja. I try to slip unnoticed into the depths of guarded muscles, accomplishing targeted deep release when and where necessary while otherwise performing a relaxing and revitalizing massage.
I tailor each massage to the client’s needs. A session may include Classic Swedish techniques (including gliding, kneading, friction, percussion, and rocking), trigger point therapy, rhythmic Shiatsu-style pressure, as well as breathing and stretching components.
A wide range of people respond well to my approach. That includes top-tier athletes, surgeons, scientists, and desk workers who spend their days hunched over computers. Hardened soldiers, frail seniors and people just beginning their wellness journeys after years of hard living are all at home on my table. I love helping ease the burdens that weigh them down.
As the mother of a teenage daughter, I understand the challenges of pregnancy. I love helping women with prenatal massage—especially when they send us pictures or even drop by with their new arrivals!
- Jodi FaidleyFront Desk/Therapist-in-TrainingJodi FaidleyFront Desk/Therapist-in-Training
Currently in massage college; will graduate in September 2018.
Helping people is a passion of mine. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at Lift and see just how therapeutic and beneficial massage therapy can be for my future clients and my career.
I love spending my days with people who are so grateful and happy. I initially joined Lift to give myself a break from my work in the service industry. Little did I know the doors it would open.
My own personal journey has led me to appreciate osteopathic doctors and eastern medicine. I especially like their holistic approach and how they address the root of the problem. I strongly believe that massage therapy is the way of the future for both individuals and our society.
We are all in this journey of life together. Massage therapy allows me to bond with people and help them in a way that few other careers allow. And I love working as part of a team of passionate, like-minded individuals who have the compassion and empathy needed for a happier, healthier future.
- Nicci HerrenOperations ManagerNicci HerrenOperations Manager
Background: Community relations manager (Borders Books and Barnes & Noble), art gallery manager, artist
Massage has had a big impact on my life. Years ago, I was in a bad car accident. Afterward, I was told that I should try massage along with physical therapy. I was very reluctant because I wasn’t comfortable putting myself in what felt like a vulnerable situation. I was referred to a great therapist and not only did she help me physically, but emotionally, too.
I know massage can have the same impact on others. Just getting a massage once a month, whether you feel like you need it or not, helps. It can keep you from getting a pesky injury when running, doing yoga, working out at the gym, or even bending over to pick something up. It can ease the symptoms of certain illnesses, improve circulation, relax a racing mind, ease chronic anxiety, release clogged emotions, and make you feel cared for.
Our goal is to lift your health and your spirits. We’re here to help you feel better, from the inside out. We don’t want you to feel pressured to buy anything (or to rebook, for that matter). We’re not about surface beauty, trying to change your appearance, or overhauling your whole lifestyle.
We want you to feel lighter when you leave. We want our clients to feel better and to continue listening to their bodies. We have clients who come in anywhere from once a week to once every other month. Each person is different, and our therapists listen and respect those differences.
I enjoy knowing that we’re helping people in our community. So many of our clients leave smiling or in a post-massage daze and they usually can’t wait to come back. We’ve created so many wonderful relationships here, not just with clients, but our staff too. It’s a family vibe here and that’s what Tasha and I always wanted it to be.