Staff Bios

Denise S. Healy-Mason, LMT

Denise opened Balance Massage Studio in December of 2001.

Her massage career began at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage therapy (CNWSMT) in 1999, a member of the first graduating class.

Denise has received certifications for studies in Hot Stone Massage, John Barnes' Myofascial Mobilzation Techniques, Myofascial Release 1 and in 2008, Pediactric Myofascial Release to name a few.

In 2003 Denise was introduced to the benefits of Energy Healing with Joy Adler, a former instructor at the Barbara Brennen School of Healing Arts. She began studying with Joy in several classes including: Introduction to Energy Healing, Past Life Regression Healing Techniques, Advanced Energy Healing, and Apprenticeship programs in Energy Mastery and Psychology of the Body. Denise has also assisted Joy in Introductory Energy classes as well as assisting In a Shamanic Soul Retrieval Class with Patricia White Buffalo (2010). Denise continues to expand her knowledge in Energy and Shamanic work to help empower her clients in gaining balance and clarity in their lives.

Throughout her career in the Healing Arts, Denise has also participated in workshops including introduction to Pranic Healing, Fibromyalgia and Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervical and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Pain Techniques.

Her professional memberships include the American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA) since 1999 and the Bethlehem chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Denise has many interests including nature walking, cooking, gardening, animal spirits, Shamanic studies, Angels, aromatherapy and crystals.

She is fortunate to have a supportive husband and two wonderful sons.

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Mary Panza, LMT

Mary has been a therapist at Balance since the doors opened in December 2001. She is a graduate from The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy.

Mary is enthusiastic about the shift in the public's interest in massage and the numerous benefits massage provides.

"I can say with all sincerity that I love my job!"

Mary has pursued her love for bodywork by taking continuing education on myofacial release techniques, hot and cold stone therapy, deep tissue, Thai-yoga massage, shiatsu, and prenatal massage.

Mary has been included in the Metroland Reader's Poll for Best Massage in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and was voted #1 Therapist in 2010.

Mary can be requested Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

Outside of Balance, Mary is a very visible member in the Capital Region's arts/spoken word community. She is Vice President of Albany Poets, a not-for-profit devoted to the creative community. Her own work can be viewed at www.albanypoets.com and www.thehiddencity.com.

Mary hosts Poets Speak Out Loud, an open mic held the last Monday of each month at McGeary's Irish Pub. She is an organizer and host of Discard Avant Garb, the area's first and longest running recycled fashion shows.

Mary

Sarah Bowman, LMT

Sarah started her path toward holistic health and massage therapy as a child, spending time at the Kripalu Center in the Berkshires. Her interest in helping others led her to earning a bachelors degree at Ithaca College in recreational therapy where she specialized in the rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries and stroke patients.

Sarah graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in 2006 and joined the Balance team in the spring of 2007.

In addition to Swedish, deep tissue/therapeutic massage, prenatal massage, lymphatic facilitation, and hot stone therapy, Sarah specializes in trigger point therapy, often utilizing several of these techniques into one massage to best meet the needs of her clients.

Sarah enjoys spending her free time at her home in the Adirondacks, photography, and embarking on new adventures of home improvement.

Sarah was voted #1 Massage Therapist 2011 by Metroland Reader's Poll.

Sarah is available for appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Sarah

Roseanne McCaffrey, LMT

Roseanne is a graduate of The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. She began her career at Balance in 2013.

Roseanne will carefully plan each massage in accordance with the clients' needs and requests. She integrates various modalities to reach session goals. Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, aromatherapy and myofascial stretches are among the methods used to provide a theraputic, genuinely relaxing massage.

With almost 20 years of experience as a teacher-aide, it's no surprise Roseanne is committed to sharing her knowledge. She will often recommend stretches and pain relief ideas to support her clients well-being.

Currently, Roseanne is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is also a teacher-aide for special needs children at a local elementary school.

Roseanne

Kathryn Kilian, LMT

Katie is a graduate of Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. She started her career at Balance Massage Studio in 2015.

Passionate about her work, she loves to integrate different massage techniques to fit the individual client’s needs. Such as Swedish, deep tissue/therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, reflexology or her personal favorite Shiatsu with acupressure cupping.

Katie believes in the healing massage therapy brings to people not just in chronic pain, but for emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

Katie is available for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Mary Carol Burke, LMT

Mary Carol graduated from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in June 2013 and became part of the Balance team in May 2015.

Although Mary Carol has worked several different jobs that allowed her to help people, it is her belief in healing touch through massage that sparked her to pursue her massage therapy license. She currently practices Swedish, Deep Tissue and Prenatal Massage and has been taking continuing education classes to enhance her skills in Myofascial Release, Lymphatic Drainage as well as Energy Diagnostics for Healers with Joy Adler.

She is married and has three adult children, who have supported her every step of the way in pursing her passion.

Mary Carol’s love of travel has taken her around the world and she enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life. She feels that massage not only heals the body, but it relaxes the mind and feeds the soul and helps us to connect to ourselves and to each other.

Mary Carol is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
She can be requested on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Allison Lockrow, LMT

Allie is a graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy.

She began working at Balance in December of 2015. She believes strongly in the power of healing touch and will blend multiple massage modalities to best suit each clients individual needs. Such as Swedish massage, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

Allie also has a particular passion for prenatal massage work. Outside of Balance, Allie is a avid yogi and hula hooper. She loves spending time in nature with her dogs. She believes that connecting to the Earth and staying centered can help bring a certain calm and focus to her massage work.

Allie