Meet the Team
Our team of New Haven massage therapists are thrilled to welcome you to the Well for Women in Connecticut! We offer everything from relaxing Swedish massage to deep tissue, and we specialize in prenatal, postpartum and geriatric body massages. We pride ourselves on putting women, in any stage of life, first.
LMT, Founder, CEO, Entrepreneur, Mom
I like to keep my fingers on the pulse of women and their care. In a world where women often find themselves last on the list, my passion is to notice and care for their physical and emotional needs that often go unacknowledged and unaddressed. Through my work as a massage therapist and entrepreneur my goal is to provide pain relief, down-regulation of the nervous system—that is, biological relaxation—and other resources to women so they can go out and be their best selves in the world. This is a sentiment that extends, but is not limited, to providing the best prenatal body massages and antenatal massages for all women in Connecticut.
Along the way, this life-long mission has led me to found a feminist group in college, The Pregnancy Massage Center in Atlanta, The Tampa Bay Birth Network (with friends), Lotusleaf Therapeutics, Westville Massage, and now The Well for Women. (Whew!) My massage and doula practice has always centered on the childbearing year, which leads me to design and patent the Lotusleaf ergonomic pregnancy sleep system (date to market TBA). When I see my clients in discomfort, I love nothing more than to find, innovate, or otherwise quilt together a solution for them.
I live in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven, and I have two awesome kids. When I’m not obsessing about the comfort of my clients I enjoy contra dance, playing with fabric, and connecting with my friends.
I welcome you to meet our team!
Jess is adding her experience of office management and love of organizing to the front desk at the Well. Her combination of skills is perfect for our team--along with the warm welcome clients will receive from her when you walk in the door. This long time married mom of twins (and 8 pets) hails from Woodbridge via NYC.
My journey to massage therapy started with a simple desire: to help people reach their full potential through the emotional and physical support massage therapy can provide. Each massage I provide is customized to your needs, incorporating a combination of modalities including Swedish, cranial sacral work, stretching, and deep tissue techniques as needed. I believe in the power of health and wellness massages, and have seen the positive impact they have on people’s lives.
In August of 2018, I received my certification as a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT) specializing in providing Touch Therapy services to children on the autism spectrum. My training was provided by Tina Alle, founder of the children's health and nurturing touch organization Liddle Kidz™ Foundation. I welcome the opportunity to include woman and girls on the autism spectrum to the healing world of massage therapy.
Eboni is a graduate of Branford Hall Career Institute. While in school she fell in love with Eastern massage modalities because of their more holistic approach to balancing the body and all of its parts. Like Eastern medicine, the goal is to find the root cause of an issue, instead of just treating the symptoms. It goes beyond relaxation to relieve pain and restore the body’s natural homeostasis. This is also crucial in maternal massages and post-baby massages, so attention is always paid to individual experiences, and each treatment is tailored to our customers’ needs.
She actively challenges herself to keep learning and sculpting her craft to provide a variety of techniques that are then tailored to meet each individual's personal requirements. She believes massage therapy is not as simple as getting or giving a relaxing rub down, because much thought, science, and tradition has gone into the techniques behind your massage. She understands that we live in a hectic world where most of our time is spent rushing around and juggling a crazy schedule. Busy jobs, having family commitments, maintaining an active social life, trying to get or stay in shape, etc can seem to take up all of one's time. She helps you step back from this constant ‘on the move’ lifestyle so you can form a deeper connection to a healthy mind and body - you must always find time for self-care!
My goal as a massage therapist is to meet each client where they are on any given day. I specialize in therapeutic massage for anxiety/stress relief, preventative care and gentle pain management. I customize each massage to address my clients' current needs, utilizing a variety of modalities including but not limited to: Myofascial Release, Lomilomi, orthopedic techniques and Swedish massage. If a client is more comfortable remaining fully clothed for any reason, I am happy to customize their massage to accommodation. I'm also a Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner(MLD -Vodder Method).
My philosophy is that massage does not need to be painful in order to be effective and I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for all. While the cornerstones of my practice are anxiety/stress reduction and pain management, my focus also includes the use of massage as a compliment to mental health care and LGBTQ health concerns. For example, I have training in massage for voice & speech, scar tissue work, MLD and knowledge about mental health through both continuing education and my current college course studies.
Outside of massage, I am a college student studying pottery and psychology, as well as a mom and grandmother. As a life long learner, I enjoy reading for pleasure, taking continue education classes to improve my massage skills, and intend to continue one day earn a master's degree.
Laura started receiving massages while pregnant with her second child after some personal difficulties. It had such a powerful impact on her physical and emotional well being she decided to dedicate herself to helping others feel their best, especially mothers-to-be. Clients describe her work as deeply relaxing with specific work in the areas that need it most. Laura’s understanding of the needs of both pregnant women and new mothers helps shape her approach. From after-delivery body massages to offering guidance on the best massage technique for lower back pain in pregnant women, Laura is on hand to help each and every one of her clients.
She graduated at the top of the class from Branford Hall Career Institute in 2012. In addition to her clients, she also obsesses over family, friends, music, art, books, and gardening.
Laura is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is licensed in Connecticut and has been practicing since 2016.
Laura enjoys helping her clients work through tension and holding patterns, by taking a holistic approach to massage therapy and customizing each session based on the individual's needs. She is experienced in Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, stretching, and myofascial release, and often utilizes a variety of these techniques to help increase mobility and decrease pain and dysfunction. Laura's sessions are customized to provide a highly therapeutic experience.
In her spare time, Laura enjoys staying active and enjoying the outdoors through hiking, cycling and running. She is passionate about food and nutrition and loves to spend time cooking and creating new and healthy recipes.
I am a licensed massage therapist, with certification from the American Institute in Hartford CT in 2021 (Dean's List). I was guided towards the healing arts for my own inner healing, which led me to massage and other ancient practices different cultures around the world have used for hundreds of years. I am very intentional in my work and extremely grateful to be helping other women. I am constantly learning from my teammates and clients and will always adjust my craft to your specific needs. I want to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and relaxed. Let’s work together to achieve your goals!
Front Desk Team Member
I am so excited to become part of The Well For Women family. I'm passionate about creating a positive and peaceful environment and I am grateful to bring additional smiling energy to the welcome area.
My interest in massage started very young. I would often rub and poke at my mom’s hands and wonder what I was feeling. I had so much natural curiosity about how the body was made up that eventually, she bought me a set of musculoskeletal flash cards. This was, unbeknownst to me at the time, the launching point of my path in life.
That instinctive curiosity carried me into a physical therapy program in college, but it didn’t feel like home to me. I turned to CCMT for massage therapy and completely fell in love. Because of my education history, I do approach massage with a clinical-leaning mindset. Over the last ten years of practice, I’ve weaved my knowledge and experience into a mixture of relaxation, sports, deep tissue, trigger-point, and orthopedic massage to create a customized session based on my client’s individual needs. Every massage is different, but my goals are always the same: to really listen to what you have to tell me and what your muscles have to tell me, and then guide your body toward fixing problem areas, increasing overall mobility, and improving your general well-being. I take into account my client’s daily lives and routines and their goals for the session to make sure you leave feeling and moving better than when you came in.
Angie is our Original Office Girl and came to The Well via a long time friendship. She has recently taken on a new position but is still working with The Well in a smaller position. We hope she sticks around forever!