Rachel Baumann

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

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 three years ago that I became licensed, as it was not previously required by the state of Michigan, thankfully...

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 three 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 go there because I truly believe in the client care they provide. In the end that is all that matters, the client. Iv'e seen first hand what a wonderful benefit it is for anyone whose insurance will cover it. After 3.5 years I left 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 This private practice after 2.5 years and moved to an independent practice. It Too was another learning experience, but I craved even more, AGAIN. I craved true independence, running my own show and sharing space with other talented independent therapists. So here I am!

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 twelve total years under my hands now and I know I've got so much more left in me. The best Part about being solo is my dreams are even bigger now and the skies the limit. It’s an even bigger curve ball learning the ins and outs of business, and I am enjoying it. 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, helping to build their own pyramid of health and wellness.  

 I will also be taking continuing education classes to better myself and care of the client. I’ve become Certified in kensiology taping as well as cupping and I work on the side for an insurance company providing Bodywork to auto accident victims. I am a huge animal lover, so naturally I have also taken canine massage as well as equestrian. Horses are much more intuitive than we give them credit for. Something that completely intrigues me in the massage world is Sport's Massage in relation to injury prevention. I am was an avid runner, completing around 5-7 races in a year, but I switched my fitness goals up and four years ago moved in the direction of strength training. Surprisingly I haven’t missed running. So naturally I know how hard training can be on the body for an athlete at any level. That being said, now I prefer a more clinical approach to massage. Nobody wants to be out of work or off training due to an injury or illness, we lose so much during that process. So if I can help someone recuperate and speed up the recovery process I am all about it. 

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. It  must be an intended purpose for each of us. We are important so we need to treat ourselves as such. Massage Therapy has helped to ingrain that in myself on a level I never thought possible. 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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Baker College of Clinton Township: Massage Program

Certification of Therapeutic Massage


Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

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Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

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Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Business Management


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

Massage Therapy License


Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

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Somatic Dysfunction in Head and Neck Pain


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.


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.


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 Anonymous on Jan 22
She is awesome
by Loren on Jan 15
What did I like? Everything What did I dislike? Nothing
by Janice on Jan 07
I felt great and better on Tuesday .
by Bryan on Dec 30
Rachel is the best! I recommend her to anyone who will listen.
by Nathan on Dec 13
Great overall! Friendly and professional and i felt amazing after
by Kristin on Dec 12
Feeling a little lost and hopeless with my carpal tunnel, Rachel was a true professional, reading my body's response to massage and constantly adjusting for better results. She has provided me with numerous options for continuing my therapy at home. I truly appreciate her taking the time to listen to me and my concerns and create a full plan catered to my specific issues instead of giving me a cookie cutter routine. Highly recommend!
by Anonymous on Nov 17
by Patrick on Nov 09
Wow. Rachel has serious skill. I’m so glad!
by Karli on Oct 29
Rachel was personable, professional and knowledgable. It wasn't just another basic massage. She started the visit with questions, which made me feel comfortable seeing that she took it seriously. The massage was incredible. Very skilled. And it ended with a complimentary water. An hour well spent!
by Anonymous on Oct 13
Rachel really took her time to understand what issues I've been having and targeted those areas

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Cupping Methods
  • Reflexology
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Mobile Therapeutic Massage/Touch
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Mobile Medical Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Reiki
  • Mobile Other
  • Swedish Massage
  • Pre-Natal/Pregnancy
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Mobile Deep Tissue