My name is Masha (MAH-shuh) Davis. I am a Nationally Certified and Illinois-licensed massage therapist. I love holistic health care and I am amazed by the human body and its natural ability to heal itself. I enjoy learning a variety of massage and bodywork modalities in order to help my clients fulfill their health and wellness goals.
I decided to learn more about massage therapy after a friend of mine, who has severe asthma, became ill. In the hospital, respiratory therapists and nurses performed massage therapy on my friend for tactile and organ stimulation. I was shown various massage techniques to help with her recovery after going home from the hospital. In January of 2006, I enrolled in massage school.
While studying to obtain my national certification and massage therapy license, I was hired as a chiropractic assistant at Chiro-Med in O'Fallon, Illinois under the leadership of Dr. Michael Hines. I then moved on to working as a massage therapist in clinics, rehabilitative offices, salons, and spas. Desiring the opportunity to create my work schedule, I decided it was time to be my own boss. I started traveling to my clients as a mobile massage therapist in Madison County and St. Clair County, Illinois. In April of 2014, I moved my massage practice to my current location in Swansea, Illinois.
History Raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, I attended Lincoln Sr. High School. Following in my parents' footsteps, I had wanted to be a writer since I was 5 years old. I wrote for the Eye of the Tiger Newspaper, gathering my first bit of experience as a journalist. I graduated from Lincoln in 1994 and enrolled in Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, graduating with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing in 1998. I had my first story, The Smell of Pine (1996), published in "GRASSROOTS"--a collection of poems and stories written by students at SIUC. Shortly afterward, I began writing articles for "THE MONITOR"--a newspaper published weekly in my hometown of East St. Louis. I also wrote several press releases and ads for other publications and businesses throughout the bi-state area. After spending several years as a writer, editorial assistant, teacher's aide, and journalist, I needed a change. I left my career as a writer and searched for something I could do to fulfill my passion of helping others. I eventually became a caregiver, working with the elderly at night, while I attended massage school at Sanford-Brown College during the day. I graduated and became licensed to practice massage therapy in 2007.
Specialties My office is easy to find, comfortable, quiet, & relaxing. My rates are affordable & fit the budget of anyone who loves massage & wants to make it a part of their lifestyle without overspending. I enjoy the one-on-one time I get to spend with each client. You will never feel rushed, your appointment will always start promptly, & you will receive every minute of the session for which you paid. An hour is a full 60 minutes--not 50 or 55.
I am the sole owner & operator of my business. Therefore, I don't feel the need to compete with larger massage practices in the area that are crowded, have lots of therapists, medical services, long wait times, & unreasonable prices. You will not walk out of your massage into a room full of glares from other people waiting in line. My focus is on making you feel better & accomplishing the goal that has been set for your massage session, whether it's relaxation, pain relief, or greater mobility.
I love massage therapy overall, but I feel my specialty is simply the ability to help my clients relax. There is no better feeling, as a massage therapist, than to see my clients feel better--mentally, physically, & emotionally--when they leave my table.
What Separates Masha from the Rest? My clients tell me all the time..."I've never had a massage like that!" When my clients are in my care, I treat them the way I would want to be treated. I give them the massage treatment that I would request as a client. I usually don't go by the book. Therefore, my massage techniques are often completely unlike those of other therapists.
Coming from a background in chiropractic assistance, I am especially careful and attentive to the neck and shoulders. As a person who suffers from neck and shoulder pain myself, I like to create treatment plans for my clients that I feel would help with my issues as well. I live vicariously through my clients.
No one treatment plan works for every person who walks into my office. And I may not be the right massage therapist for everyone. However, putting myself in my clients' shoes and "feeling" tension or pain from their perspective helps me care for them more efficiently. If I feel that I cannot help a client reach his or her goals, I have no problem referring them to another therapist who may be more skilled in the area for which they are requiring care.
Ethics As a practicing certified and licensed massage therapist, it is always my goal to live up to the highest Standards of Ethics and professionalism in my place of business, as required by the ABMP. I will always treat my clients with respect, and I will accept nothing less in return.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale BA in English/Creative Writing: 1998
Sanford-Brown College (CLOSED) Massage Therapy Diploma: 2007
National Certification in Therapeutic Massage (NCTM):Since 2007
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA): 2007-2010
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP): Since 2010
The Body Therapy Center Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)--Spine & Cranium; Upper Extremity: 2010, 2012
The Healing Arts Center Certification in Touch for Health I: 2014
The Healing Arts Center Certification in Reiki I: 2016