our NETWOrk of massage therapists
The practitioners who massage at Melt are downright incredible. Instead of the one-dimensional model of massage, the independent therapists at Melt create a beautiful and wonderfully weird patchwork of personality and style. They each bring something different and unique to their table, but all are remarkably versatile in their work. What is uniform is each LMT's ability to listen to their clients, to make them feel safe and taken care of, and to
perform knowledge-based, intuitive, and effective therapeutic bodywork. How each of them accomplishes that,
well that's something you'll just have to see for yourself!
Becky Raik is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. Her approach is investigative, thoughtful, confident, and warm. She works with her clients to ensure that each session meets their individual and specific needs. Becky studied at The Swedish Institute where she gained a firm understanding of shiatsu, myofascial techniques, and Swedish and deep tissue massage. She has enhanced her training with courses in trigger point therapy and a certification program in advanced sports massage. In addition to her practice as a massage therapist, she has served as the assistant teacher for the palpation class at The Swedish Institute. Her knowledge of anatomy and passion for bodywork just keeps growing.
Karen Clifton Mahoney is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and proud Brooklynite in practice for over 10 years. A graduate of New York City's esteemed Swedish Institute, her work is a relaxing and free-flowing fusion of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. She often incorporates other massage modalities and techniques including Reflexology, Sports massage, Acupressure and stretching, creating unique treatments for her clients. So whether your goal is to reduce stress or to help relieve chronic pain, Karen customizes her sessions to best suit your needs. Additionally, she is certified in Pre/Postnatal Massage, having studied under Susanrachel Condon, CCE, CNM, LMT at the Swedish Institute.
Dylan's interest in massage was piqued when he first decided to attend the Swedish Institute for massage therapy. Having previously earned his BFA in Acting from Ohio University, he thought himself woefully underprepared. But with excellent instructors and an insistence that he do nothing short of his best, he graduated summa cum laude. Dylan takes an analytical approach to massage moving from one concern to the next assembling a treatment plan as he does his assessment. He makes every effort to help clients understand what he finds and what he believes to be the source of their concern. It is his firm belief that you do not come in to be worked on but are an active participant working with your therapist to achieve the best results possible. Communication and trust are pillars of his work which he learned while earning his degree as an actor. Outside of massage, Dylan is passionate about his place in the Capoeira community and is a regular cyclist.
Crissy has been practicing massage for as long as she can remember. Her father would have her walk on his back when she was four or five years old and ever since then she has been developing and crafting an intuition she has been happy to embrace. Her education from the Swedish Institute gave her the tools and language necessary for working to alleviate pain and initiate serenity within people. In her five years as a licensed therapist, she has worked in many settings from day spas to chiropractic offices, always absorbing new methods and techniques to add to her own cocktail of remedies. Integrating Shiatsu and Swedish in a seamless session, she finds, leaves clients with a feeling of completeness and newness that makes 90 minutes feel like a week of rest. She understands that her client's bodies and minds are changing everyday and every session reflects that. She feels it's her job to find those changes and basically make her clients feel like marshmallows. Healthy, happy marshmallows.
Danielle Fink is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and National Board Certified Massage Therapist since 2004. Danielle also received her Certificate in Aromatherapy and Registered Aromatherapist status in 2002. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University and has spent over 20 years working in the performing arts. She is currently undergoing her training to become certified as a Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapist under the tutelage of Stillpoint NYC and Franklyn Sills, one of the pioneers in the field. Danielle’s work draws on her many years of hands on experience in several modalities, including traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Shiatsu, Thai Massage and Reiki Energy Healing. Her “listening hands” are known to find areas of tension and holding whereupon she draws upon her deep knowledge of the body and intuitive sense of touch to find the best method for release. Danielle does not believe that massage need be painful in order to be effective. Specific, thoughtful techniques applied with the client’s comfort and session goals in mind is what creates a successful outcome. Whether clients come in for acute or chronic pain issues, or to relax and de-stress, Danielle is equipped to provide a tailored massage experience that best suits their needs.
Marielena Gomez started her practice in 2009 as a Licensed Massage Therapist and graduate of the Swedish Institute. After becoming certified in prenatal and postnatal massage, she became an internationally trained Doula through DONA - Doulas of North America, advancing her knowledge of pregnancy. She has seven years of vinyasa yoga and a keen sense of how daily living affects the body. Before investing herself in a more holistic lifestyle, she studied creative writing and photography in college and has been published in LA’s Latin magazine “Palabra”. Marielena organically integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic principles into her bodywork (and creative work) and has been a practicing vegan since 2004.
Ynez came to massage at the coaxing of workmates who insisted that she share her gift of massage with the rest of the world. An alumni of the Swedish Institute, New York City's premiere school of massage therapy, she has spent the last 11 years honing her skills in New York, Mexico, and Europe. "I use everything I've learned on each client," she often says, and approaches each bodywork session with an open and observing mind in order to learn and adjust to what each individual's needs are. Among her strengths is an intuitive ability to combine the principles of eastern and western bodywork to achieve surprising results and bring her clients closer to their goals.
Betsy Housten is a 2009 graduate of the Swedish Institute. Back in Brooklyn after 3 years in New Orleans earning her MFA in poetry, she is thrilled to be a part of the team at Melt. She considers massage both a career and a passion, and firmly believes in the transformative power of therapeutic touch. As a bicyclist, runner, drummer, writer, and migraineur, Betsy understands the many realities that comprise each of us, and her client-centered approach integrates aspects of techniques such as myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Shiatsu and energy work to bring the body and mind into greater balance.
Jen Kosky has always loved to move. She grew up studying dance on the CT Shoreline and moved to NYC after undergrad to pursue her artistic aspirations. Along the way she picked up the trades of massage therapy and teaching Pilates after learning first hand how important these practices were to her own body. In recent years she has become passionate about spending time in nature and exploring the world as an avid hiker, traveler and animal welfare advocate. She loves dancing, kickboxing and adventuring by land or sea with her dog by her side.
Jen holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an AS in Massage Therapy from The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, a Certification in Pilates from the Kane School of Core Integration and is currently finishing her MA in Sustainable Development from the School of International Training.
Cynthia A. Mustafa studied massage therapy and personal training at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, received additional training and certification in Prenatal and Perinatal massage therapy under Carole Osborne Sheets, and is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer as well as a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. Since obtaining her license in 2009, she has performed massage therapy in chiropractic offices, massage clinics, wellness centers, luxury spas, and health clubs. Always seeking to grow and learn as a wellness professional, Cynthia has pursued continuing education in anatomy for movement injuries, postural assessment, body reading, myofascial techniques, prenatal massage, and functional movement screening.
Cynthia's customized therapeutic massage treatments incorporate deep tissue techniques, Swedish massage techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, passive and active stretching, deep breathing, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy. Having worked closely with a varied population that includes athletes, fitness enthusiasts, sedentary office workers, elderly clients, chronically injured clients, and physically-challenged clients, Cynthia is committed to applying her education and experience to help her clients reach their wellness goals.
Fiona became a NY Licensed Massage Therapist because she finds great satisfaction in helping others. She has extensively studied holistic medicine, yoga, and tai chi — knowledge that she incorporates in her massage therapy practice. She holds a degree in massage therapy from the Swedish Institute of New York City and is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association. As a painter and a sculptor she also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Her massage has a creative & custom approach tailored to the special needs of each individual. She currently practices Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Sports, and Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal, Shiatsu and Energy Balancing Massage.
Pamela is a Licensed Massage Therapist living in New York City. She graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in NYC, and has worked in 5-star spas and with renowned chiropractors and doctors. She knew that she would do massage since the age of 12, when she met a man who had studied massage under a Shaman in Mexico, and has been enthralled since by the combination of energy work with therapeutic touch. She has been trained in aspects of both Western and Eastern Massage, and enjoys communicating with her clients to help them to understand their muscular tensions from emotional, energetic, as well as Western Medical standpoints. She is highly influenced from her years of practicing yoga, and feels that through the rhythmic control of the breath, clients are better able to release tension. This is because it is through this rhythm that we are able to better harmonize the rhythmic pulsations of our heart, and by attaining peace in our heart, we are able to increase blood circulation and achieve acceptance of all the traumas we have endured. This acceptance helps us to confront and to let go of those traumas and leave the massage feeling lighter and more brisk, and better able to receive the benefits of the massage itself.
Jill Rothenberger is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist with over 10 years experience in the field. Her passion for wellness and mind/body integration began at a young age and was enhanced through studies at the Aveda Institute, the Ohashi Shiatsu Institute, and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Her success in the field comes from her devotion to meet each individual client’s needs, her ability to asses their ever-changing health goals and communicate effectively with them for optimum results. She knows through experience that wellness is dynamic, and that Massage Therapists are most effective when they use a variety of approaches, always working with compassion at the forefront. Drawing from both Western and Eastern modalities, Jill utilizes techniques from Swedish massage and Deep Tissue to Shiatsu and Reflexology. She is also fully trained in pre-natal massage. Being a Massage Therapist has become more than a career for Jill, it has become a meaningful and rewarding calling. Jill believes that health and well-being are the gatekeepers of potential and that self-care is not a luxury, it is our right. Jill is proud and honored to be a part of such an exciting field and as a member of the great team at Melt.
Colleen is a New York State Licensed and NCBTMB Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. Her extensive training at the Cortiva Institute of Massage (Hoboken, NJ) focused on Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release techniques. A long-time resident of New York City, she understands the toll that stress takes not only on her clients' mental and emotional states but on their physical health as well. Together with clients, Colleen will develop a personalized plan to rebalance the body and mind and help manage any chronic health concerns or post-injury recovery. She intuitively blends Eastern modalities, such as reflexology and acupressure, with Western techniques to bring a deeper level of healing to her massages.
Megan believes deeply in people's innate capacity for healing. She approaches each massage as an opportunity to soothe aches and pains and to create space in the body for positive changes to occur, whether physical, mental, or emotional. A Swedish Institute graduate and avid ongoing learner, Megan is trained in a variety of techniques, including therapeutic relaxation massage, Myofascial Release, Tui Na, Shiatsu, Pre and Post-Natal Massage, and massage to encourage and support labor. Whatever techniques she is using, Megan's massage is guided by a love of comfort, relaxation, and ease and the belief that a little nurturing brings us all a step or two closer to our best selves. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her very active toddler who occasionally stops moving long enough to request a foot massage.
Chris studied massage at New York College of Health Professions where he graduated at the top of his class. Combining a deep knowledge of human anatomy with an intuition for restorative touch, Chris helps his clients understand the cause of their pain and how to meet the challenges of modern life in a way that won't lead to further pain. Treatments are flexible and can take many shapes, each catered to the body's needs at the time of the massage. Chris has also had a lifelong passion for plants and years of sitting silently and watching plants grow has led to a patient and flowing style of work.
Diane is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), in practice full-time since 2005. She studied Western and Eastern forms of massage, as well as extensive Anatomy, Physiology, Neurology, and Pathology at the Swedish Institute in Manhattan. After graduating with an Associate's Degree in Occupational Studies, she continued her Shiatsu studies at the Ohashi Institute in NYC. She is certified in Pre- and Perinatal Massage and is also a Reiki II practitioner in the traditional Usui method.
Diane individually tailors each session to the client’s needs, with the goal of promoting self-healing and encouraging body awareness. She has worked with a wide variety of clients, and her expertise and intuition have allowed her to successfully relieve pain and discomfort while regaining a sense of balance and calm in the body. Diane’s work has helped ease conditions such as musculoskeletal tension, migraines, anxiety, edema, pregnancy-related tension, digestive discomfort, repetitive strain injuries, nerve compression, and scar tissue.
Kip is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. He provides Swedish wellness and recuperative Deep Tissue massage that encompasses myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Each session is custom tailored to address any specific pains and discomforts that you may be experiencing. Kip's goal for each and every massage session is to promote health and wellness within yourself to achieve balance of the body, mind and spirit and provide lasting and sustained relief from everyday stresses, strains and chronic conditions. A graduate from the Swedish Institute, Kip is certified in Prenatal Massage and has additional training in Advanced Sports Massage. Kip was an actor with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas Tech University before fulfilling a desire to do something more with his life by enriching the qualities of others' lives as an LMT. A runner, extreme sports enthusiast, and sometimes surfer, Kip can also be spotted on various softball fields throughout the summer months.