About the Staff at Somatic Wellness: Our therapists hold themselves to the highest standards, pursuing top-quality education from leading practitioners and innovators in the massage field. To better serve the client, our therapists continually seek new, leading-edge modalities of treatment.
LMT WV 2007-2283
Lois is a Licensed Massage Therapist in WV. She graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a BS in Public Administration and her MPA from West Virginia University.
She studied massage therapy at Garrett College in McHenry, MD. and is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a Certified Practitioner in orthopedic massage. She is also a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
Psychosomatic wellness is another area of interest. She is a Reiki Two Practitioner and has over 10 years experience with alternative health care. She too is a consumer of massage, meditation, guided imagery, and yoga to address chronic neck, back and elbow pain.
LMT WV 2007-2284
Mike is a Licensed Massage Therapist in WV. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BA in Linguistics and English. Mike pursued additional graduate study at Georgetown University, WVU and The Katz School of Business.
He studied massage therapy at Garrett College in McHenry, MD. Mike is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage. He is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Mike took an interest in therapeutic massage after a lifetime interest in human anatomy and physiology. Too often the symptoms of chronic pain are treated with pharmaceutical solutions while the muscle and connective tissue origins of chronic pain are not addressed. Mike seeks means to identify and treat the soft tissue origins of inflammation and chronic pain with therapeutic massage and bodywork techniques.
LMT WV 2012-3044
Following a successful career in the insurance and financial industry, a move to Florida provided Manuela the opportunity to pursue a career change and obtain her massage therapy license. Upon graduation from Cortiva Institute in Florida, in 2012 she moved to Virginia where she worked as a licensed massage therapist for two years before returning to her hometown of Morgantown in October of 2014.
Manuela fully believes in the value and benefits of massage therapy and her goal is to assist her clients physically and increase their sense of well-being. Sessions often incorporate several different techniques, such as Myofascial release, Swedish and deep tissue, and neuromuscular therapy.
At an early age, I recognized how simply painted fingernails or a glossy lip made the females around me walk and speak with confidence. That visual shaped my interest in makeup and my path to becoming a professional makeup artist. I studied cosmetology during high school and after graduation obtained a license in cosmetology from Altoona Beauty School.
Turning my career towards beauty makeup, I was accepted to Douglas Education Center in the Tom Savini Special Effects Makeup Program and in 2013 received an Associate Degree in Specialized Business. In this program I learned the art of theatrical makeup editorial makeup, sculpting, lifecasting, and body and face painting. These skills helped to form my basis for beauty and fashion makeup. Since 2012, I have worked in the salon/spa settings gaining valuable experience in hair cutting, coloring, styling, nails, microdermabrasion, oxygen facials, eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions. Also during this time, I began my dream career as a Freelance Makeup Artist working with several talented photographers to provide beauty and fashion makeup and hair for weddings, senior photos and fashion photos shoots.
Since becoming certified to perform eyelash extensions through Lavish Lashes, I have offered this service to my clientele. I am now working out of Somatic Wellness Massage Therapy and Salt Spa to offer eyelash extensions, facials and beauty and fashion consulting to their menu of services. I am available to book appointments online at massagewv.com/ . I proudly use the Lavish Lashes products and offer a private and relaxing atmosphere for your beauty experience.
“There is nothing better than the feeling I get when watching a woman look into the mirror and smile at her transformation.” That feeling is what drives me to pay close attention to the specific needs of each client. When you look your best, you feel your best and when you feel your best, you are unstoppable!