Margaret Madsen: Massage Therapist and Owner of Focus Bodywork

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Margaret’s childhood fascination of the natural world led her to earn a Masters degree in vertebrate paleontology.  After ten plus years working with fossils, Margaret looked to work with bones in motion and eagerly completed her national certification as a massage therapist in 2011. Applying her unique understanding of anatomy to the quirks of the human body is one of Margaret’s strengths.

After almost a year and a half of detailed mentoring with Emma Maaranen, Margaret took over the reigns of the business. Her go-to tools are Neuromuscular Therapy, Myoskeletal Alignment, and Myofascial Release Technique that she incorporates into her orthopedic massage therapy session, and recommends exercises based on her experience as a yoga instructor and student of movement therapy.  She also practices cranial sacral therapy — a light touch modality — as an effective means of engaging the soft tissue components of the nervous system.

Margaret loves to hike anywhere in the Southwest and does her best to keep up with the real athlete of the family – the dog.  She can talk for hours about all aspects of food and freely admits her favorite hobby is puttering about the house and yard.

Shannon Herzog: Massage Therapist and Pilates Instructor

Shannon has been involved in the health and wellness industry since 2002.  She is a nationally certified graduate of the massage therapy program at Myotherapy College.  Shannon integrates her training as a fitness mentor and certified instructor of the Pilates method of movement re-education into her bodywork sessions.

When Shannon’s not working with clients or geeking out on a variety of  health and wellness education, she enjoys getting lost in a good book or cooking seasonal foods to share with family and friends. Shannon specializes in helping clients recognize unhealthy posture and movement patterns that are detrimental to their goals and well-being, so come to your session with her ready to try a new way to interact with gravity.

Brenna Gardner: Massage Therapist and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy specialist

photo fullBrenna has actively worked as a licensed massage therapist since 2001, primarily at high-end ski resorts and golf clubs. She comes to Focus Bodywork with extensive continuing education, including being a Vodder School certified Manual Lymphatic Therapist and assists as a teacher in-training for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education (ASTECC) post-graduate bodywork program.

Brenna’s experience with the sport enthusiast in a spa setting complements the existing Focus Bodywork team. She specializes in acute and chronic injury recovery and is also poised to help pre- and post-surgery. Her many other talents include Connective Tissue Massage, which is great for scar tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, and assisted stretching.

Outside of her career as a therapist, Brenna is a mother to one very pleasant teenager, two eager canines and two cats who have erratic sensibilities. She enjoys growing vegetables, hiking, going on awesome travels, having nonsensical conversation with friends, and making yummy food.

Emma Maaranen: Founder of Focus Bodywork For over a dozen years, Emma built Focus Bodywork into a thriving practice to serve athletes of all sorts. In February 2015, she went off to start a whole new adventure in Bend, Oregon.

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