As the proud new co-owner (along with my wonderful husband Colin Stipe) of The Kneaded Touch, I am excited to ground my roots in Amherst and share my passion and love for Massage Therapy with my clients. I grew up in Amherst and met Sue McMillan and Julie Haldeman(the previous owners) through a Medical Technology program at Amherst Steele High School. They inspired me to follow the path of Massage Therapy. After a significant motor vehicle accident in 2004, I found out first hand the healing ways of touch and massage which further drove me to follow this path.
I graduated from Harmony Path School of Massage Therapy in Rocky River, OH in September of 2008 and received my State Board Licensure in January of 2009. I have studied Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian Massage), Hot Stone Massage, Pre-Natal Massage and Deep Tissue for Relaxation.
Together with life experiences and hard work, I have a great collection of tools that I use to help tailor each therapy session to the individual.
Graduated from Ehove Massage Program in 2008 and has worked at The Kneaded Touch since. Post graduation, she studied and became certified in Ashiatsu and Ashi-Thai in February of 2011.
Michelle went into the field of Massage because of her family's needs for therapy. She believes in all the wonderful benefits of massage and how it can help so many people needs. Michelle had tried other career paths before Massage but can honestly say that this is what she loves and is meant to do.
Charline Hodge, LMT began her massage journey by enrolling at The Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage in March, 2011 and graduated in November of 2012. She then receieved her license and started working at The Kneaded Touch in February of 2013.
Since graduation, Charline has studied to become a Certified Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage Therapist. Where she has become trained in Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum, and Newborn/Infant Massage. She has also studied Hot Stone Massage and techniques used for relieving headaches, sinus issues and TMJD.
After spending nearly 10 years in the accounting/finance field, Charline decided it was time to follow her heart and her hands. Having learned first-hand how effective massage can be in the healing of her own injuries she fell in love with the power of touch. She is thankful everyday and couldn't be happier to have been able to pursue her passion and dreams of being a massage therapist.
Trish is currently enrolled in the massage therapy program at the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage in Middleburgh Heights (graduation in April 2014) She loves her role as the weekend receptionist at The Kneaded Touch and is also available to perform relaxation massage sessions.
Trish decided to pursue her education in massage therapy after many years of friends and family telling her that she has strong hands and should consider a career as a massage therapist. She is passionate about the natural healing benefits of massage and wants to bring good health and balance to the mind, body and spirit of her clients. After graduation, Trish plans to obtain her license immediately and continue her education by obtaining certifications in several different modalities of massage such as deep tissue bodywork, Thai Yoga massage and methods for natural relief to those who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines.