Valeo is a Latin word meaning “to be well.” Our therapists are here to help you attain wellness for life. At Valeo Massage, we tailor each treatment to the unique needs of the individual.Our therapists are experienced in treating for everyday pain and stress relief as well as auto accident recovery, chronic pain conditions and sports injuries.
Benefits of Massage
Massage/Bodywork has a wealth of benefits, some are physical some are mental and improve flexibility, reduce blood pressure, and restore proper fluid flow in the body. The mental benefits of massage are reduction in mental stress, decreased irritability, improves focus, and improved sleep periods. The emotional benefits of massage are a decrease in anxiety, enhancement of self image, and a more enhanced feeling of wellbeing.
Types of Massage
The goal of deep tissue massage is to get in contact with the deep layers of muscle and connective tissues.
Trigger Point Therapy
TP or Myofascial release is a therapy that targets sore, irritable, or tight spots in muscles. The therapist carefully seeks out trigger points and uses specific compression techniques to release these areas.
VM uses very specific soft manual forces to encourage normal mobility, tone and motion of the internal organs and their connective tissues.
Sports Massage/Injury Recovery
Sports Massage/Injury Recovery is designed to increase athletic performance. Most often sports massage focuses on the muscles used by athletes, i.e. runners want special focus on their legs and hips. Deep tissue techniques aid in increased blood flow and a reduction in soreness of stressed or over used muscle groups.
CST is a gentle hands on technique used to find and release restriction in the body’s fascia. Fascia is a thick layer of connective tissue which encompasses every organ, bone, and muscle, as well as brain, spinal cord and central nervous system.
Our Massage Therapists
Frank Harris, LMT
Frank has been in practice since 1996. Upon completion of Massage Therapy training at Aveada Institute he began his journey to learn more. Throughout this process Frank gained the insight, knowledge and expertise in massage therapy skill beyond muscle, bone and ligament focused treatment. Frank has learned that listening to the body is the most effective method in helping to resolve whatever the dysfunction may be for each individual. To give an analogy, pain is usually the fire alarm but where is the fire that set off the alarm. Frank’s approach is to use his skill set, intuition and experience in a gentle and noninvasive way to address the real cause of each patient’s health care issues.
Naomi Pierre MT, CNMT
Naomi Pierre is passionate about helping people heal in mind, body, soul, and spirit through the healing touch of massage therapy.
Naomi is certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release techniques through Judith Walker DeLaney’s NMT Center (St. Petersburg, FL) and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington, MN). Under the guidance of skilled instructors at NWHSU, Naomi learned the art of Clinical, Western Style Swedish Relaxation, Oncology and Geriatric massage therapy techniques. She enjoys working with people who suffer from migraine headaches, TMJ Syndrome, whiplash, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, as well as hip discomfort and sciatica.
When not working with patients and clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, long-distance running, event photography, and cooking.
Ralph Scott Smith, CMT
As a USA Diving coach for over 30 years, personal trainer, and health club manager, Ralph has the knowledge of sports, and training necessary to provide exceptional massage therapy for athletes and individuals of all types. His in-depth understanding of the body gives him an insider’s insight as to what each individual needs for sports readiness, rehabilitation, and preventative bodywork.
Ralph is a two-time World Record Holder in the sport of diving at a Master’s level. Having over 20 Master’s National Championship Gold medals and several World titles to his name, he combines his years of experience with a deep knowledge of sports performance and training to provide unmatched therapeutic massage.
Ralph received his degree in massage therapy at CenterPoint Massage and Shiatsu School and has advanced training and experience in kinesiology, anatomy, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, and reflexology. With a blend of clinical practice working with physical therapists, chiropractors and allied medical providers, as well as extensive experience in providing therapeutic massage, Ralph has an amazing skill set to help each patient with their individual needs. The only thing more impressive than his background and experience is his compassion for his patients and his ability to connect with each of them in a personal and professional way.
Ralph is a member of the ABMP, a professional massage organization and has been a member of the Hopkins Health and Wellness Center and DMR Clinic team since October 2015.