Massage Therapists

Rachel Carroll
Founder, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Graston Technique Specialist, and Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Firm

Rachel is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and Graston Technique Specialist, and is the owner and founder of The Neuromuscular Studio. She specializes in complex pain conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation, and elite athlete injury rehab and performance. She works with members of the Arizona Cardinals and other professional athletes for correction of soft tissue holding patterns and treatment of injuries. She uses Certified Neuromuscular Therapy, Certified Graston Technique, NeuroCupping and Kinesio-Taping in her Elite Athletic Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy sessions.

She has been a practicing, licensed massage therapist since 2002 when she graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in Tempe. She began her massage career at an upscale athletic club where she concentrated on Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation of athletes, including members of the Arizona Cardinals. In 2003 she began her private practice and founded The Neuromuscular Studio, concentrating her efforts on rehabilitating athletes and treating the injuries of performing artists. Her areas of expertise are post-surgical rehab, athletic injuries and performance,  motor vehicle accident injuries, shoulder pain, hip pain, and migraines. Her touch is moderate to deep.

It is her own experience with music, the performing arts, and injuries that originally inspired her career in massage therapy. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Arizona State University where she studied with Dr. Jeffrey Lyman. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in December of 1999. In her Junior year of study as a performance major, she developed severe tendonitis as a result of the repetitive stress and playing demands of her degree. After exhausting traditional options with little relief she chose to look at alternative therapies, including massage, to alleviate her pain and restore her performance. The treatments and their success prompted Rachel to pursue a career in massage therapy.

Over the years her specialties in soft tissue treatment for injuries and medical conditions has expanded to also include concussion, elite athletic injury treatment and prevention, post-surgical orthopedic and spine rehabilitation, and motor vehicle accident injuries. Her particular post-surgical rehab interests are Ortho rehab including Hip Arthroscopy, spinal fusion, and Cesarean Section, for which she has developed soft tissue and scar release treatment protocols.

She is currently an Arizona State Licensed Massage Therapist, a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist under Neuromuscular Therapy American Version, a Graston Technique Specialist, and a Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist under Kate Jordan and Bodywork for the Childbearing Year. She has also been a member of the exam item writing panel for the National Certification Board for Massage Therapy and Bodywork, writing questions for the National exam. She is currently an active professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Certified Neuromuscular Therapist (CNMT)
Injury Rehab Specialist; Elite Athletic Soft Tissue Specialist; Post-Surgical Soft Tissue Rehabilitation

Neuromuscular Therapy American Version – Judith Walker DeLany
Certified, October 2006
Status: Current

Certified Graston Technique Specialist (GTS)
2021

Advanced Neuromuscular Cupping Therapy (NeuroCupping)
Neuromuscular Cupping Therapy – Gretchen Popp, 2020-2021

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training
Unique Aspects of Whiplash Syndromes – Judith Walker DeLany, April 2011
Spray and Stretch Techniques – Judith Walker DeLany, July 2009

Kinesio-Taping:
2013

Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist
Bodywork for the Childbearing Year – Kate Jordan, January 2008
Status: Current

Orthopedic Massage training
Orthopedic Massage for Lower Body Conditions – James Waslaski, January 2012
Orthopedic Massage Techniques: Lower Body – Whitney Lowe, September 2015

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
2002-Current

Member of the Arizona Massage Therapy Association
2002-Current

Graduate of the Professional Massage Therapy Program
The Arizona School of Massage Therapy
Graduated 2002

Instructor of Injury Massage Curriculum at the Arizona School of Massage Therapy
Tempe and Phoenix campuses
2003-2005

Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance
Arizona State University
Graduated 1999, Magna Cum Laude

Jason Sarkissian
Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Firm

Jason is a licensed massage therapist and Certified Neuromuscular Therapist who loves using his knowledge to help facilitate functional movement. He specializes in referred pain and range of motion issues due to accident, injury, or repetitive motion. He also works on athletes with performance goals.

Growing up, sports were a big part of his life and being a top-level athlete gave him insight into what the body can do along with first-hand experience of how injury and pain can hold us back. It also gave him the chance to experience what physical therapy and soft tissue manipulation could do to relieve pain and promote functionality. These experiences also gave him understanding when communicating with a client about a pain they were experiencing.

Jason went into the roofing industry for 13 years. Working his way up from being a laborer to eventually becoming a regional director overseeing multiple large industrial projects at a time. Working up to 90 hour weeks around over-stressed people in a dog-eat-dog environment he knew he did not want to do this forever. He often said he was going to quit his job and go do massage. He finally decided to go visit a massage school and fell in love with the environment immediately. Everyone was happy, friendly, and in a good mood. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to focus more with injury massage. Early into his program he heard an instructor talking about neuromuscular therapy. He then knew that was what he wanted to do.

After graduating he took a job at a day spa to gain some experience while at the same time working as a teaching assistant at the school he graduated from. It was at this time that he learned how much he enjoyed teaching as well. He then found a chiropractor he aligned with and began his private practice within the chiropractic office. In that environment he was able to fully focus his talents towards neuromuscular work, and it inspired him to pursue his Neuromuscular Therapy certification with Judith DeLany. It was about this time that Jason was given an opportunity to also work as an instructor at a school that was opening a new campus in the Phoenix area. He taught kinesiology, NMT, facilitated stretching, and neuro re-education, and continues to teach there today.

Jason provides Certified Neuromuscular Therapy and Sports Massage at The Neuromuscular Studio, with a specialty of treating thoracic outlet, whiplash, lower back pain, hip pain, and athletic injury treatment and prevention. He loves treating traditional martial artists and MMA fighters, as well as rock climbers, and professional athletes.

Licensed Massage Therapist
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy: Current

Certified Neuromuscular Therapist

Neuromuscular Therapy American Version – Judith Walker DeLany 2017

Advanced Neuromuscular Training
Developing Clinical Strategies for Chronic Pain Cases – Judith Walker DeLany
November 2018

Graston Technique
Level 1 – 2021

Orthopedic Massage and Assessment
Hip and Pelvic – Whitney Lowe, 2020
Thigh and Knee – Whitney Lowe, 2021

Advanced Training
Haase Myotherapy – Robert B. Haase
Evaluation & Treatment Of Adhesive Capsulitis: A Paradigm Shift – Anne Osborn PT
Facilitated Stretching including PNF – MCC

Instructor
Arizona School of Integrated Studies
Neuromuscular Therapy, Kinesiology, PNF, Pre and Post Event Sports, Neuro
Re-education.
Mesa campus 2016-2020

Graduate of the Professional Massage Therapy Program
Tempe campus 2008

Danielle Ford
Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Gentle to Moderate

Danielle is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has been practicing since 2019 when she graduated from ASIS School of Massage Therapy in Mesa, Arizona. She is extremely knowledgeable in Western and Eastern medicine. She is a very intuitive therapist who utilizes her innate gifts to guide her throughout her customized therapeutic and cranial sacral sessions.

Danielle has been in the healthcare industry for 12 years as a COA, COS, and Physician’s Assistant for Retinal Consultants of Arizona. She decided to become a massage therapist when she was introduced to holistic healing and the power of massage therapy, and realized that she could helping others find relief of physical pain and discomfort in different ways than traditional medicine. Dedicated to furthering her education and career,  she regularly attends advanced seminars to learn additional modalities to provide the best healing experience possible for every client.

She has a passion for working with those who need emotional and physical healing from trauma, including pediatrics, and those who have an interest in integrative, intuitive therapeutic experiences to better their quality of life. Her intuition and knowledge of eastern paradigm modalities informs all of her work for a true healing experience.

Licensed Massage Therapist
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Upledger Advanced CranioSacral Therapy:
CranioSacral Therapy, Levels 1 and 2 – 2021

Advanced training:
Postpartum Massage – 2020
Prenatal Massage – 2020
Cupping – 2019
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy – 2019 and 2021
Cranial Sacral Therapy – 2019

Member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Current

Additional Training:
Certified in Study of Mind Body Connection and Developmental Stages of Chinese Medicine – 2019

Graduate of the Professional Massage Therapy Program
ASIS School of Massage Therapy – Mesa, AZ
Graduated 2019

Richard Slusher
Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Medical Massage Practitioner Pressure: Moderate

Richard graduated from Soothing Arts Healing Therapies School of Massage in Florida in 2014, and has been practicing full time ever since. Previously, he was a Certified Personal Trainer through World Instructor Training Schools and completed the Crossfit Level 1 Certification. He and his wife owned and operated a boutique gym until 2017.

In early 2018 an auto accident made practicing massage therapy painful and he sought out training in different massage specialties that would allow him to continue to perform effective work for his clients. His love of manual therapy drove him to train and complete his Medical Massage Practitioner certification in Costa Rica. (If you can train and become Certified anywhere, why not Costa Rica!?!)

Richard continues to focus on reducing pain and increasing performance for his clients. He integrates his training in cupping, myofascial release, sports massage, and IASTM to deliver a varied approach to bodywork to help a variety of pain conditions and improve joint range of motion.

Richard has relocated to the Valley with his wife and three children from Santa Rosa Beach, FL. He and his family are looking forward to exploring all that Arizona has to offer, including assisting clients in their health and wellness goals at The Neuromuscular Studio.

He is a licensed massage therapist in Florida and Arizona, and an active professional member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Licensed Massage Therapist
Florida State Board of Massage Therapy
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Professional Massage Therapy Training Program
Soothing Arts Healing Therapies School of Massage – Florida
Graduated 2014

Medical Massage Practitioner Certification
LMT Success Group – Costa Rica
Completed 2018

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training:
Upper Extremity – Judith DeLany – 2022
Lower Extremity – Judith DeLany – 2022

Additional Advanced Training:
Myofascial Release Therapy – 2018
Evidenced-Informed Clinical Cupping – Cupping Canada, Inc. – 2020
Visceral Massage and Abdominal Techniques – 2021-2022 – Barral Institute
Lymphatic Massage – 2021
Graston Technique Level 1 – 2021

Certified Personal Trainer (previously):
CrossFit – Level 1 Certification

Member of the American Massage and Bodywork Professionals
Status: Current

 

Juliana Schad
Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Moderate to Firm

Juliana is an Arizona state licensed massage therapist with a focus on therapeutic work for pain relief. She graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in 2014, and has always been passionate about helping others heal and succeed, which is what drew her to the field.

She started her career at a local day spa, and quickly realized that working for a spa was not her niche. In 2017 her husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and had an extensive hospital stay, and in 2019 she became a mother. These two major life events caused her to put her career temporarily on-hold, but she continued to take CEU courses in different areas of her therapeutic interest the field. This kept her skill set fresh and drove her to continue working toward her passion of helping others.

Education is another passion of hers, especially educating clients about their bodies. She utilizes every teachable moment in her sessions to educate clients on what they can do at home to continue heading in the direction of healing, and how they can sustain the results they want from bodywork. Massage therapy is so much more than a luxury, it’s a tool to allow individuals to thrive in their physical, emotional and even mental health.

Currently, Juliana provides therapeutic massage with an emphasis in trigger point therapy, but has a goal of becoming Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy.

Juliana is a current Arizona State Licensed Massage Therapist, and an active member of the American Massage and Bodywork Professionals.

 

Licensed Massage Therapist
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training:
Upper Extremity – Judith DeLany – 2022
Lower Extremity – Judith DeLany – 2022

Member of the American Massage and Bodywork Professionals
Status: Current

Additional Training:
Working with patients with Multiple Sclerosis – 2016
Working with patients within the Autism Spectrum – 2017
Cranial Sacral Therapy – 2017
Myofascial Release Fascial Fusion – 2017

 

ElinJaja Truleysingi-Stoll
Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Gentle to Firm

ElinJaja is an Arizona State licensed massage therapist who specializes in customized therapeutic and medical work for pain relief and improved function. She began her immersion into the benefits of therapeutic massage as a child when it was used to treat her migraines. This propelled her into the world of the healing arts and massage and influenced her career path. Inspired to help people in pain, she began her training at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 1989 but then took a hiatus in massage to focus on her growing family. Years later she returned to massage training and graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy Master Bodyworker program in 2016.

Jaja started her massage career working at a chiropractic sports clinic, where she worked alongside chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, and physical therapists treating a variety of clients including chronic pain patients and professional athletes. She then transitioned to mobile massage during COVID and continued growing her knowledge base by taking advanced education courses, and worked in a non-profit setting providing bodywork for oncology patients. With a desire to be in a team environment she dipped her toe into the spa world, and quickly realized that her passion is in the medical massage realm, which brought her to the Studio. Her long-term goals are to be a part of the integration of massage into western medicine patient care.

Jaja’s work is integrative and blends a diverse combination of massage modalities for her client’s progress. Her training includes trigger point therapy, myofascial release, PNF stretching, oncology massage, fibromyalgia massage, and prenatal massage. She is client-focused, and believes getting to know the individual, their history and their lifestyle helps to develop a more specific treatment plan. Her work is specific and detailed and her pressure spectrum is gentle to deep, customized on the client’s sensitivity of tissues.

Jaja is a current Arizona State Licensed Massage Therapist and an active professional member of American Massage Therapy Association.