Massage Therapists

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

Rachel is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Graston Technique Specialist and Certified SportStretch® therapist.and is the owner and founder of The Neuromuscular Studio. She specializes in elite athlete injury rehab and performance, post-surgical rehabilitation, and complex pain conditions. She works with NFL, including the Arizona Cardinals, NBA and WNBA, and MLB athletes for correction of soft tissue holding patterns and treatment of injuries. She uses Neuromuscular Therapy, Graston Technique®, SportStretch®, NeuroCupping, and PNF in her Elite Athletic Therapy sessions. Her Neuromuscular Therapy sessions focus on correcting dysfunctional soft tissue patterns from surgery and those that contribute to chronic pain. She is the Soft Tissue Rehab LMT for the Cleveland Guardians (formerly Indians) and the LMT for the Phoenix Mercury.

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 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, 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, a Certified SportStretch® therapist, 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.

Due to her travel commitments with professional teams and players, her schedule is not online. Please contact the office to be placed on a wait list.

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 DeLany
Certified, October 2006
Status: Current

Certified Graston Technique® Specialist (GTS)
2021

Certified SportStretch® Therapist:
2023

Advanced Neuromuscular Cupping Therapy (NeuroCupping)
2020-2021

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

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
Cervical/Cranium – Judith DeLany – 2023
Torso/Pelvis – Judith DeLany – 2023

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

 

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

ElinJaja (Jaja) 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 specialized training includes Neuromuscular Therapy, oncology massage, fibromyalgia massage and treatment for headaches/migraines and anterior neck and swallowing disorders. She is also Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. 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.

 

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

Professional Massage Therapy Training and Certification
Arizona School of Massage Therapy
Graduated 2016

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training:
Cervical/Cranium – Judith DeLany – 2023
Torso/Pelvis – Judith DeLany – 2023

Manual Therapy for Voice and Swallowing Disorders:
Walt Fritz, PT – 2023

Oncology Massage training:
Advanced Arts and Education – Jimmy Gialelis – 2021

Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage:
Klose Training – 2023

Advanced Training
Gua Sha Scraping – August 2023

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
Status: Current

 

 

Stephanie Greer
Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Gentle to Firm

Stephanie is an Arizona Licensed Massage Therapist with a focus on therapeutic work for pain and stress relief. She graduated in 2022 from The Southwest Institute of Massage Therapy in Tempe, Az. She began her career in the spa industry but quickly realized that her passion was helping people in a medical-based environment.

Stephanie started her massage journey in 2003 at Phoenix Therapeutic Massage College and chose to pause her learning to care for a family member experiencing a medical crisis. Over the years, she has worked in Animal Welfare and the medical fields. Throughout it all, she has been a Medical Caregiver for her family member for 20 years, intensifying to in-home level care from 2015-2023. In many facets of her life, she is dedicated to serving with integrity and compassion.

Originally from the Bay Area of California, she loves to call the Valley her home. She and her husband enjoy a quiet life with their 3 dogs, and spend their spare time exploring small towns within the state.

Stephanie is very excited to be at the Neuromuscular Studio and enjoys work that is nurturing while being of service to her clients needs. The challenge and detail of massage therapy continue to motivate her to provide her clients with the best level of care and attention that their bodies deserve!

Stephanie provides gentle to firm pressure Therapeutic Massage at The Neuromuscular Studio, and has additional training in Neuromuscular Therapy, Cupping and Gua Sha scraping. She will begin her training in CranioSacral Therapy in June 2024 and is looking forward to providing this service for Studio clients.  She is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training:
Torso/Pelvis – Judith DeLany – 2023

Advanced Training
CranioSacral Therapy – Level 1 – pending June 2024
Myofascial Release Therapy – 2023
Cupping – 2023
Gua Sha Scraping – 2023

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association

Status: Current

Maceo Minardo
Licensed Massage Therapist Pressure: Moderate to firm

Maceo Minardo comes to us from another sports and therapeutic massage clinic in Phoenix. He is an Arizona State Licensed Massage Therapist, and attended the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts for his massage therapy training. He also attended the Neuromuscular Therapy training class held at the Studio in September where he was able to showcase his skills with peers. He impressed us with his specificity of treatment, outgoing and caring personality, and dedication to client care, and we felt he was a great addition to our team.

He currently provides Therapeutic Massage and Sports Massage at the Studio. His Therapeutic Massage is detailed and integrates Neuromuscular techniques for pain relief and better movement. His Sports Massage is geared toward the active adult competitive athlete, or High School, Club and Collegiate athletes and incorporates table stretching followed by specific muscle work and Swedish strokes for flushing.

Maceo is currently available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Licensed Massage Therapist

Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Status: Current

Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy training:
Torso/Pelvis – Judith DeLany – 2023

Advanced Training:
Sports Massage for injuries and recovery – 2024
Cupping – 2024
Gua Sha Scraping – 2024

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association

Status: Current