Allow us to introduce ourselves.
High-quality massage therapy requires high-quality people. Meet ours.
- TashaFounder, Owner, and Senior TherapistCurrently not available for online booking and not accepting new clients.TashaFounder, Owner, and Senior Therapist
Certification/Education: PDMT, LMT, Alexandria: School of Scientific Therapeutics, 2002.
Modalities: Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy (PDMT), 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.
- JessClient SpecialistJess is currently on hiatus from massage.JessClient Specialist
Certification/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.
- NicciCo-Founder and Operations ManagerNicciCo-Founder and Operations 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.
- ChrisSenior TherapistChrisSenior TherapistCertification/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, 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.
- Sara S.Massage TherapistSara S.Massage TherapistEducation/Experience: BA in French and Food Security from Indiana University and Certificate in Massage Therapy from the Center for Natural Wellness AlbanyModalities: Swedish, Shiatsu, Sports, PrenatalFrom an early age I used touch to try to relieve pain in myself and those around me. After farming for a decade, I became very aware of the toll that that work takes on the body, and I wanted to be able to help others who do physical work. I'm so in awe of the human body, and love learning about all the intricate systems that keep us going.I strive to design a relaxing and effective session. That way, a person's nervous, immune and muscular systems can take that relaxing moment to work together towards healing.I have so much respect for everything our bodies must do every single day, and all the pain and trauma they might hold over years. I like to aid the body in finding its equilibrium & release, especially through the use of passive stretches, joint mobilizations, and friction to adhesions. I find massage similar to farming in that you must be patient, observant, and intuitive for the best results.Massage therapy is a two-way street. It boosts serotonin levels for the recipient AND the practitioner! I love the reciprocity inherent in bodywork.
- FeliciaMassage TherapistFeliciaMassage TherapistEducation/Experience: LMT, Indiana Wellness College, 2022Modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Hot StonesThroughout my life I have seen the power of intentional touch and presence to heal emotional and physical pain. I have been able to provide healing through energy work at a young age, often working with the energy of my family and loved ones.
I have always been interested in massage and its miraculous ability to heal in a profound way that is about human connection. I truly believe each person’s mind and body are capable of healing themselves, and our role as massage therapists can be to provide a space and energy to facilitate this process and help people live lighter, more fulfilling lives.
My goal is to create a safe and relaxing environment for the client before anything else. The body heals when it is relaxed so setting the energy of a session is very important to me.
I bring an attention and care to each individual that steps through my door, and provide an environment for open communication. I check in about pressure and sensation throughout the massage so that we can make sure the body is being treated correctly without pain. Pain is not necessary for deep release to take place.
I spend plenty of time in intake to find out what goals they have for their session—whether it be pain management, injury, or relaxation—and tailor the session to their needs. I also provide stretching and gentle, passive holds as part of my session, which allow the body to bring awareness and energy to trouble areas.
I encourage deep breathing throughout the session because I find it helps the mind “drop in” to the body and deepen the healing experience.
I love feeling grounded and rooted through my work, and of course helping others heal and feel better.
In my free time, I enjoy gardening, painting, and baking.