Rachel Baumann

There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies. -Friedrich Nietzche


Hello,
My name is Rachel and I am honored that you are thinking about getting a massage from me. Let's just dive right in shall we! I have been a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) since 2006, graduating shortly after in 2007 with my certification and my Associates in Applied Science from Baker College. It was only two years ago that I became licensed, as it was not previously required by the state of Michigan, thankfully n...


Hello,
My name is Rachel and I am honored that you are thinking about getting a massage from me. Let's just dive right in shall we! I have been a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) since 2006, graduating shortly after in 2007 with my certification and my Associates in Applied Science from Baker College. It was only two years ago that I became licensed, as it was not previously required by the state of Michigan, thankfully now it is (licensing helps to weed out those not practicing legitimately). 

While I was in my last semester of school I had the pleasure of working in an assisted living home. When I think back on my long journey through this career, Waddhams Senior Living will always be home to one of the greatest experiences in my massage career. It was my start and luckily for me I had a great partner to share the experience with because each day was a new challenge, both physically and mentally. When we reach our senior years, Mother Time is not always kind or forgiving to our body and/or our mind. Debilitating diseases can ravage our well-being without us having a choice in the matter. Thus, leaving us frail or forgotten. Dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's are just a few that my partner and I had the pleasure to work with. When I use the word pleasure, I do mean pleasure. It's not a word most would use to describe a debilitating disease and if my parent would be experiencing any one of these I most definitely would not use that word. However, for us it was a pleasure because the people were a pleasure and we gained SO MUCH from the experience. It was truly eye opening, the challenges we faced. With some people we had to reintroduce ourselves everyday for the past 3 months because they had no recollection of receiving massage or even meeting us for that matter. It was a challenge and often times frustrating because we wanted to help them so badly and couldn't due to having to start from day one so many times. Another difficult task was convincing the skeptics, massage was just not a thing of their time so it wasn't understood. We had to chip away at these particular people little by little each day to gain their trust. We informed them of how massage worked and how beneficial it was, answering every question that came our way. Much of the time we listened to war stories and heard about family. We realized that all they really wanted was someone to talk to, to feel special because some had felt so forgotten over time. It took a few weeks but we managed to break down a barrier with several of the resident's, they trusted us enough to finally accept therapeutic touch. Once that happened it was a flood gate of volunteers to be first up when we walked in the door. We had to have a sign up sheet! One skeptical man in particular, after about 2 sessions twice per week over the course of a month, actually ended up ditching the walker and mowing the front lawn of the establishment! I will never forget the proud look on his face when he told us all about it after we walked in the door that day and how the tremors from his Parkinson's seem to dwindle a little each time. He was so happy. Massage isn't just about bodywork. It's also about intent, trust, and a bond between client and therapist. Without those things there would be no work for me to do. When a client lies on my table they are trusting me to not only behave professionally but, to help them with whatever is ailing them. As humans, it can be extremely difficult to let down our walls. Intent is everything in the massage field. It's what defines a good therapist, an effective therapist, period. I will never regret those difficult days for a single second. I also don't recommend working in an assisted living home as a first job for any new massage therapist, but it did better prepare me for my next venture. 

After graduating in 2008 I already had a job. I was shocked! I was shocked because I really and honestly wasn't very good at it. I had the people skills but, I only practiced at school. My skills didn't come until a couple of years later. That's the thing about experience, the more you do something and the longer, the better you become at it. This particular place was a great first job for me. I was very over worked, sometimes taking up to 9 clients per day at almost 5 days a week. I became good at massage with the more client's they loaded on my schedule. I gained so much knowledge with each client because the facility was a multi-specialty clinic, a one stop shop for health. I got to work with all kinds of ailments. I didn't just do massage though, I was also trained as a CT (Chiropractic Technician). That means working the front desk when I wasn't massaging and taking x-rays for the clients getting adjusted by the chiropractor. It was a lot and when I say that, I say it as an understatement. It was often stressful every day because it was a lot to handle at one time. However, I am thankful for the experience because I learned so much working with client's. I worked with anything from tendinitis to a pinched nerve, even the aftermath from the occasional auto accident. Also most importantly, I learned how I didn't want to practice. Over working yourself, or being over worked in general, is not the way to go in this field. The aftermath will be early burnout accompanied by chronic fatigue, pain, or even injury. No amount of money is worth your health or sanity. I am most grateful to these lessons because it means I am that much better at working on the next client. I still recommend client's to Total Health Systems because I truly believe in the client care they provide. In the end that is all that matters, the client. I do plan to offer insurance massage to my clients in the future to better assist them with more specialized needs. Iv'e seen first hand what a wonderful benefit it is for anyone whose insurance will cover it. After 3.5 years I left THS and decided working as an MT at my own pace would be most beneficial for me. 

I was right. I loved the easy-going-laid-back atmosphere of a private practice. I answered to one person and she took care of all the appointments. My only job was to provide massage. However, I soon discovered I craved more than that. I wanted more purpose, guidance, a staff to work along side, stability, and an opportunity to move forward in my career. So I left Body Balance after 2.5 years and moved to Greenleaf Bodywork located in Ferndale. I currently still practice here while in limbo taking on my own practice. It's an easy going and laid back atmosphere with stability and a great team. Greenleaf won "Best of Detroit" in 2013 and one day I hope that can be my practice. It has been an honor working for this company. 

I have come to the conclusion that at this point in my life all of these experiences have better prepared me for this moment, like climbing a pyramid to the top. I have nine years under my hands now and I know I've got so much more left in me. The best part about opening my own practice in Center Line is not just the fact that it's my home town but, the fact that I'll be changing the city's history. I am so happy to get to be the one to contribute that. I have so many ideas, goals, and dreams for my practice! I'm grateful for the new challenge's that I have faced as well as the one's that await me. I look forward to all of the new client's that I'll have the pleasure of working with, building their own pyramid of health and wellness.  

While working at Greenleaf and building my practice I will also be taking continuing education classes to better myself and care of the client. One of the classes on my list (for fun) is K-9. I have a Weimaraner named Charlotte (in the profile picture) and a Boxer name Bear, they are my world and partners in crime. So naturally, knowledge in k-9 massage is definitely on my list of classes to take, and along side that Equestrian massage (horses). Another class I have a high interest in is essential oils, the need and want for them is continually growing but they can be dangerous when not used properly. Eventually I hope to become a certified Aromatherapist. Something that completely intrigues me in the massage world is Sport's Massage in relation to injury prevention. I am an avid runner, completing around 5-7 races in a year. So I know how hard training can be on the body for an athlete at any level. That being said, as I previously mentioned earlier, I plan to provide Insurance Massage in the future. It is a long process to get started, but worth it in the end to be able to provide relief to workman's comp client's. Nobody wants to be out of work or off training due to an injury, we lose so much during that process. So if I can help someone with an injury to get back on their feet in less the time then I'm going to do just that.

My sincerest apologies for this novel of a bio and a big thank you for reading it. I feel it is most important to let a potential future client know exactly what they are getting when trusting me to work with them. We owe it to our health, our well-being, our soul, our mind, our family and our friends to take proper care of ourselves. To leave a better foot print on the world while functioning properly and efficiently must be an intended purpose to each of us. We are important so we need to treat ourselves as such. Massage Therapy will help to ingrain that, opening our eyes to so much more than just going through the motions of every day living but, rather going through them at a better quality of living. Massage offers a reset button, don't be afraid to push it, take a deep breath, and remember to exhale. 

Stress less and live happier, 
Rachel Baumann, LMT










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Licenses
Massage

MI # 7501002686

Education
2006

Baker College of Clinton Township: Massage Program

Certification of Therapeutic Massage

2016

Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Ethics: Online Marketing

2016

Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Ethics: Question and Answer

2016

Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Business Management

2014

State of Michigan - Department of Licensing - Board of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy License

2016

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Deconstruct Your Headache Pain

2016

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

The Big Three: Addressing the Major Muscles Restricting Cervical Roation

2016

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Somatic Dysfunction in Head and Neck Pain

Experience
Bodywork

Deep Tissue

Deep Tissue is great for all clientele looking to get receive relief for specific issues. It utilizes much of the same techniques as other massage modalities, but a much deeper pressure is key to making this modality most beneficial with aiding in more painfully chronic problem areas. The focus is on the deepest layers of the muscle tissue's, tendon's, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). The term "deep" can vary between client and therapist so please provide feedback to the therapist in terms of pressure.

Sports Massage

Another favorite for athletes or those that partake in any type of physical fitness. Sports Massage is typically a combination of deep tissue accompanied with stretching for specific muscle groups and trigger point therapy. A Sports massage is ideal to treat injuries as well as a preventative treatment dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of movement, tone, symmetry, balance of muscle and quality of posture.

Swedish

For all clientele and by far the most requested type of massage. Swedish, "classic" Massage aims to help relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups. The Swedish massage is also considered the massage recommended for beginners. A typical Swedish massage usually consists of five types of moves: 1. Effleurage – making long and gliding strokes along the body. The rubbing and pushing of the muscles helps you relax plus reduce tension and stress levels. It has many other health benefits as well such as an increase circulation of blood flow to the heart. Great for the upper back, neck, and shoulders. This is the most common move used in many massages. 2. Petrissage – Simply put this technique looks like you are kneading dough. It works on your muscle tension. The kneading and squeezing motion of this technique gets rid of and smoothes out any sort of lumps or impure substances from the muscle. 3. Tapotement – This is the gentle pounding of the body like the motion you are drumming. There are many ways to form your hands for the drumming. The way you form your hand produces a different sound from slapping to chopping to cupping. This is a very noisy move and is usually used at the end of the session (if used at all), as it helps wake you up if you have fallen asleep. 4. Vibration – This is the rhythmic and rapid shaking of the body. Great for the neck and shoulders. 5. Friction – This is worked on your muscle fibers and is done using circular or perpendicular motions. It's a technique best used to break up knots. If you don't like deep work and need something more than a relaxation massage then try Therapeutic Massage. It's just one step up.

Trigger Point Therapy

When pressed, trigger points feel like "knots" or tight bands in the muscle, and are usually very tender. Trigger points may refer pain both in the local area and/or to other areas of the body, and common patterns have been well-documented and diagrammed. These are called "referral patterns." Approximately 74% of the time trigger points are not located where you feel symptoms, and working on the area you feel symptoms does not give you relief. These referral patterns do not necessarily follow nerve pathways. Pain levels can vary depending on the stress placed on the muscle and any of other the perpetuating factors that keep trigger points activated. Trigger points can cause symptoms not normally associated with muscular symptoms, such as sweating, ringing in the ears, dizziness, urinary frequency, buckling knees, and tearing of the eyes. Trigger points may cause other muscles fibers to contract. They will also cause weakness and loss of coordination of the involved muscles and an inability of the muscles to tolerate use. People who exercise regularly are less likely to develop trigger points than those who exercise occasionally and overdo it.

Pre-Natal/Pregnancy

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques with Swedish massage. Swedish Massage is the recommended massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts. Massage helps to stimulate soft tissues to reduce collection of fluids in swollen joints (edema), predominately taking place in the last trimester of pregnancy. This massage is usually performed with the client on her side AFTER the fist trimester. Other potential benefits of prenatal massage: Reduced back pain, Reduced joint pain, Improved circulation, Reduced edema, Reduced muscle tension and headaches, Reduced stress and anxiety, Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles, and Better sleep

Therapeutic Massage/Touch

All massage is therapeutic in nature because it affects the largest organ in your body—your skin. All massage will increase circulation, decrease blood pressure, and promote relaxation. The intention and techniques are what make a therapeutic massage different from a relaxation massage. A therapeutic massage is intended to affect CERTAIN areas whereas a relaxation massage GENERALLY covers most areas of the body. Many therapists use specific neural muscular therapy and connective tissue release techniques during a therapeutic massage. A massage does not have to be either a therapeutic massage or a relaxation massage. A massage session can be a combination of both. In fact, most massage sessions are a combination, making Therapeutic tied with Swedish Massage in popularity. Sometimes it can be a challenging balance, but the results are worth it!

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Tony on Mar 05
If you are looking for a massage therapist that knows her stuff and can perform miracles, Rachel is the one!
by Anonymous on Feb 26
Excellent job
by Shelia on Feb 01
Yes, an amazing experience in every way!
by Anonymous on Jan 31
Rachel created a WONDERFUL experience tailored to my own therapeutic needs. She was very attentive to my input, & offered a plan of action for future visits. A day later, I feel GREAT!! I am looking forward to my next massage!!
by Anonymous on Nov 22
Very professional and knowledgeable
by Anonymous on Oct 27
Rachel is genually interested in understanding your needs in order to customize a treatment. Her professionalism and skills are outstanding
by Anonymous on Aug 31
Girl, you rock!!!
by Matt on Aug 25
I have been a client with Rachel for years now, I would not go anywhere else. Rachel is very professional and always does an Amazing job. I recommend her to everyone I know!
by Michael on Aug 20
Best relaxing deep tissue massage
by Lawrence on Apr 02
Rachel is an amazing massage therapist. I have been going to her for a few years and she is absolutely the best! I like deep tissue massage as I have back soreness associated with my work. She works out all the knots and kinks. Her knowledge of where to focus is great. I feel wonderful afterwards. Would highly recommend.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Swedish Massage
  • Mobile Therapeutic Massage/Touch
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Pre-Natal/Pregnancy
  • Mobile Deep Tissue