Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #000974
Barbara graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in Newington, CT in 1988 and has been a practicing massage therapist since that time. Barbara is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and a licensed massage therapist in the State of CT.
She is certified in Lymphatic Drainage and Mother Massage: Massage During Pregnancy. She earned Hot Stone massage certification through Carollanne Crichton at Solavedi Organics in Guilford, CT. Her continuing education includes: Craniosacral Therapy Level I, Sports Massage, and Myofascial and Visceral Release. Barbara has taught prenatal partner massage at Backus Hospital, and worked as an assistant teacher at CCMT for several years. She practiced massage therapy in the New Haven area working with both chiropractic and naturopathic practitioners as well as in a day spa setting.
Barbara was a co-owner of Mystic Therapeutic Massage in Mystic from 2001 until 2015. During this time, she was drawn toward treating elderly and health-challenged clients both in home and in inpatient facilities. Over the years, she has volunteered at many local charity events including the Terri Brodeur breast cancer walk, Angel Ride, and Tour de Lyme, among others.
Since moving to Niantic in 2015 Barbara has continued to practice massage in various settings from Stonington to Old Lyme, CT. She is passionate about self-care and massage therapy and believes it should be part of everyone’s wellness regimen. Her extensive experience and training allows her to customize each massage session to suit the client’s specific needs.
Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #8597
Luray received her BA in Psychology from Loyola College in MD and has worked in the social service field for the past twenty years.
After observing the benefits of massage on a terminally ill family member, she decided on a career transition. “It was during that hour session my cousin felt “normal” and her pain was alleviated for hours after. I want to be able to give that peace of mind to people.”
Luray graduated with academic achievement from CT Center for Massage Therapy in Groton. Her empathetic nature and understanding of people help clients relax while receiving a therapeutic massage. Luray is also a Level 2 Certified Reiki Practitioner.
Luray uses a fluid blend of myofascial release, Swedish and deep tissue techniques catered to each individual’s needs.
Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #7672
Stefanie is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, the leading school for massage therapy in the State, where she was trained in Swedish Massage, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release & Sports Massage.
Stefanie has a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and believes that massage therapy can greatly improve her clients’ body awareness thus resulting in a better sense of well being.
Stefanie enjoys multiple athletic activities including trail running, road & mountain bicycling, stand up paddleboarding, swimming & weight training.
Through her understanding of the training needs of these sports she is able to focus her sessions around muscular imbalances & areas of holding to achieve better sports performance for athletes of all disciplines while decreasing pain, improving mobility, decreasing recovery time and improving overall well being.
Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #7682
Gloria is a graduate of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy.
Marveled by it’s effectiveness, Gloria has developed a love and appreciation for Myofascial Release Therapy, a mode of massage designed to lock into and release tension from the continuous web of connective tissue in the body (fascia) and thus, the muscles. The slow tensile pulls and gentle traction on the skin provide as much relaxation as relief.
Gloria’s hands “listen” to your body and let it guide her in a unique blend of swedish, deep tissue and myofascial techniques, executed with grace and care.
Qualifications: CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #6025
Nikki graduated in 2005 from the Rising Spirit Institute of Natural Health in Atlanta GA.
At Vitality she specializes in Signature Massage and Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy Massage.
Her work is characterized by fluidity, tailored to your individual needs. Her intuitive hands love what she does and it shows in each and every massage.
Nikki is also known for her deep tissue massages but gives them with a relaxing touch, ideal for de-stressing and relaxing.
Nikki is an avid hobbyist and loves “everything”. Her zest for life, upbeat positive energy is certainly catching!
Qualifications: LMT, BSc
- CT Licensed Massage Therapist: #6324
Lesley graduated magna cum laude from Colby-Sawyer College in 2007, where she received her B.S. in Exercise Science and was presented with the Baccalaureate Award for demonstrating the highest degree of dedication and excellence in her field of study.
Lesley began her career at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy – the most highly accredited school in the state, graduating in 2010 with honors for academic and hands-on excellence. As a former collegiate athlete and “red shirt” member of the award winning CT Sports Massage Team, she values the importance of stretching and range of motion and will often incorporate these techniques into her sessions.
Lesley joined Vitality in 2010 and in addition to her talents as a dedicated massage therapist, her calm demeanor, intelligence and sense of humor have made her a trusted and indispensable Spa Director. Her intuitive approach makes anyone she works with – clients or colleagues – feel good. So whether you are seeking stress reduction or deep tissue bodywork, Lesley’s warm and gentle approach, combined with her sports science background translate to deeply therapeutic and restorative massage sessions.