I became interested in massage through receiving relaxation massage (which has tremendous health benefits: it has been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and in itself can offer pain relief through relaxation of tense muscles and descending modulation of the nervous system). It wasn’t until after I decided to go to massage school, that I realized numerous people look to massage for their muscular aches and pains, as well as athletic enhancement and range of motion limitations. It is always exciting to help people get out of pain, or increase their ability to move. I enjoy working with both relaxation and orthopedic aspects of massage.
I graduated from the COMTA endorsed New School for Massage Bodywork & Healing in Chicago, IL in February 2017.
Illinois requires massage therapists to complete 24 hrs of continuing education every two years (though none are required in the first two years of licensure) in order to remain licensed. Although nothing has been required of me so far, I have taken numerous in person continuing education classes
- Dermoneuromodulation (DNM) June 2017 St. Louis, MO credits: 16
- PNMT for the Low Back and Thoracic Spine 2018 Chicago, IL credits: 19
- Stretching 2018
- Pregnancy 2018 Rockford, IL
- Table Thai February 2019 Evanston, IL
- PNMT for the Upper Extremity March 2019 Grafton, WI credits 19
- PNMT for the Cervical Spine April 2019 Grafton, WI credits 19
I have also taken numerous online CE courses, including Hot Stone (& have completed in person practicals with Massage Envy), Art Riggs’ Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release, Perry and Johanna’s Deep Bodywork Esalen Massage, and many more. I am currently working my way through Whitney Lowe’s Professional Orthopedic Massage Program.
Before I became a massage therapist, I spent almost 20 years as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab. I’m glad to be out of the lab and working directly with the nervous system of everyday people.
I also work full time at the Massage Envy on State St. in Rockford. You can find me there Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturday mornings.
Also, my name, spelled Nela, is pronounced NAY-la, or NEIGH-la. I was named after a 19th century Spanish novel.