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As a BRCA1+ woman with a long family history of breast and ovarian cancers, I felt drawn to working with people in the cancer community as soon as I entered the massage therapy field. The fact that men and women can find comfort and relief in their bodies through touch during a time when so much is beyond their control is still inspiring to me even well into my career.

I have learned a lot from my clients on how to be with someone experiencing a life threatening illness. Those lessons were never more important than when I received my own breast cancer diagnosis in 2017. Through a double mastectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, and beyond, I am learning how to navigate life after cancer for myself and for those I work with. Having a patient’s perspective in addition to my formal training helps me relate to my clients in a unique way and I am humbled by every person who allows me into their journey.

massage therapist. lymphatic drainage therapist. educator. obsessive learner. dreamer. connector. cancer survivor. pottymouth pollyanna. 

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amy hartl

about me

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not all who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tokien

i'm obsessed with experiencing the world

travel

my love for the work I do grows with each passing year. 

that doesn't feel like work

my work

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trite but true, he's my favorite everything in this world

hubby

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she saved the world, a lot. and at times she saved me. her witty banter and punny style slay me. Get it? GET IT?!

the vampire slayer

Buffy

I have been madly in love with Kenny since my first concert at age 7. one of life's greatest lessons is learning that you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em

rogers

kenny

I have several and can't promise I'm done yet. They all have meaning. They all feel like a part of me and remind me of a place, event, or lesson I need to keep close.

sorry mom

tattoos

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As a consumer you want to know who you are working with and that they have the right training and experience to benefit your unique needs. I am an eternal student of my field, constantly working to expand my knowledge and hands-on experience. I offer full transparency of my credentials but if you have any questions about my licensing, training, or abilities please do not hesitate to contact me directly. 

education & experience

live as if you were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever. - Mahatma Ghandi

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Certifications & Memberships
BCTMB - Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (621607-12)
LMT - New York State Licensed (029431-1)
CMT - State Certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA #19010786)
CMLDT - Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (Monarch)
Professional Member of the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)
Board Member for Healwell Integrative Health Therapies (2013-2017)
2013 Healwell Hospital Massage Steward
Fully insured Member of the American Massage Therapy Association
First Aid and CPR/AED Certified by the American Red Cross 

education

I currently hold approximately 1800 hours of academic and practical training in a wide range of bodywork modalities. This includes professional education and hands-on training in:

Advanced Oncology Massage Mentorship with Tracy Walton, a pioneer in the field of Oncology Massage
Manual Lymphatic Drainage Certification through Monarch Continuing Education
Scar Tissue Mobilization for the Post-Mastectomy & Radiotherapy Client taught by Jamie Elswick through Healwell Integrative Health Therapies
Oncology Massage Training through Lauren Cates at Lighthold Massage Therapy & End of Life Care, a recognized provider of the Society for Oncology Massage
Hospital Massage Training through Healwell Integrative Health Therapies, providing in-patient care to those in Intensive Care, Oncology/Medical, Palliative Care, and In-Patient Rehabiliation units
Strain-Counterstrain for Massage Therapists through Kate Jordan
The Trager Approach level 1 by Gail Stewart and Judy Rose Seibert
Pregnancy Massage for Expectant Moms through the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage
Releasing the Iliopsoas through Cross Country Education
Opening to the Mystery: Presence in Caregiving at the End of Life - Compassionate and therapeutic care training for the terminally ill, through Lauren Cates at Lighthold Massage Therapy & End of Life Care
Reiki First Degree Usui System through the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage
700+ hours of academic education, practical training, and clinic hours through the New York Institute of Massage (NYIM) (Williamsville, NY),
600+ hours of academic education, practical training, and field work through the Professional Training Program at Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI (Washington, DC),