Meet Your Therapists!
Our resident massage therapist offers a wide variety of both clinical and nonclinical bodywork modalities. Whether you want to relax and rejuvenate, loosen up after a workout, or get relief from an injury or illness, we’re here to help. Our therapists are available at a wide variety of times, and are trained in several different styles of Massage in order to help meet whatever your needs may be. Give us a try today, and take care of your body – after all, you only get one!
Megan Jean Durgan, LMBT, MMP
National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, NC & FL
Certified Medical Massage Practitioner
Healing Touch Practitioner
Essential Energy Massage Specialist
Megan relocated to the High Country after having fallen in love with the quaintness and charm of the Boone/Blowing Rock community. She is dedicated to sharing her passion and knowledge with others while immersing herself within a supportive environment. A place that embodies its values and thrives to nurture and enhance one’s quality of life.
Her background includes over 18 years in the field of healthcare with an Integrative Medicine approach that enables her to blend both conventional and alternative practices. This collaboration allows her to treat the whole person, with the focus on well-being and not just the injury and illness.She spent the past 10 years as the founder of Embracing Life Through Love, Inc. where she also participated as a practitioner of a nonprofit public charity that specializes in Neuromuscular and Motor Neuron Diseases. There she discovered first hand the value of one’s well-being to be of the utmost importance for a true quality of life.
Megan’s enthusiasm for assisting others in their practice of balancing and maintaining a lifestyle of well-being is one of her great joys, and she looks forward to serving our community and its members. Other interests of Megan include a love for finding inspiring ways for self-care by traveling, soaking up the sounds of nature, and being immersed in the beauty of the outdoors. She also enjoys creative crafting and live outdoor acoustic music with faithful friends and family.
Megan offers Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork sessions that involves the manipulation of soft tissue structures in combination with range of motion and assisted stretching techniques to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress. Using these modalities and techniques improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems. Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is to be considered your “maintenance level” of massage therapy. It is recommended with routine follow-up on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.
Ryan Phipps, LMBT
Graduate of the Asheville Center for Massage and Natural Health 2010
Focus in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Stretches|
Trained in Cupping or Myofascial Decompression
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, NC
Ryan Phipps has lived in the high country all his life, and graduated from the Asheville Center for Massage and Natural Health in 2010. He pursued a functional approach to bodywork, and was mentored by Eli Peltz of the Alchemy Center for Healing Therapies, where he gained invaluable training in Myofascial Release and Manual Therapy techniques. He continues his education towards functional and orthopedic massage. Ryan joined the team at Marathon Chiropractic Clinic in 2017 and has greatly enjoyed working with the wonderful community of health conscious people. With a focus in Myofascial Release, trigger point therapy and stretches he works with structure, function, range of motion and acute and chronic injuries.
In his free time Ryan likes to backpack, hike with his dog Charlie, play the acoustic guitar, draw and work with clay.
Information for Cupping Therapy Services:
Cupping, or Myofascial Decompression, is a therapy that has been around for many hundreds of years, and has been used across the world. It is most notably employed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but has also been implemented from Egypt to ancient Greece, and by a number of other civilizations for various purposes. Cupping is a form of deep tissue massage that instead of using deep pressure to the tissue, utilizes a negative pressure or vacuum to decompress muscles and the surrounding fascia, and to increase blood flow to affected areas. This can be used to break up adhesions, or “muscle knots,” and to stretch the fibers of muscles, thus freeing up range of motion and alleviating pain from tight muscles. One of the hallmark effects of cupping is the circular marks left on the treated area. Some may remember seeing these marks on swimmer Michael Phelps during his domineering performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Technically these marks are bruises, as blood has been pulled to the surface of the skin, however in most cases these bruises are painless to the touch. These marks can also be avoided by moving the cups across the tissue instead of being left in one area, which also feels great! This type of Myofascial work can also be used to break up scar tissue, so it’s just as good for post surgery/injury clients as it is for athletes or anyone who is just up for an interesting yet very effective treatment.
“The Therapists at the Wellness Center are amazing! Cannot recommend enough. Kind, professional, talented – really, the whole package!”
“Massage Therapy at the Wellness Center truly makes all the difference in the world. It’s now part of my regular wellness regimen!”
Take Care of Yourself with Massage Therapy
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