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 2007and am also licensed. When I think back on my long journey through this career, Waddhams Senior Living, will always be home to one of my greatest experiences in this profession. It was my start, and luckily for me I had a great partner ...


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 2007and am also licensed. When I think back on my long journey through this career, Waddhams Senior Living, will always be home to one of my greatest experiences in this profession. It was my start, and luckily for me I had a great partner to share the experience with. Each day had it's own challenge, both physically and mentally. When we reach our senior years, Mother Time isn't always kind or forgiving to our body and/or mind. 

Debilitating diseases can ravage our total well-being without so much as a squeak of protest from us. Thus, leaving us frail or even forgotten about. 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 being forced to start from scratch so many times over.

 Another difficult task was convincing the skeptics massage was just not a thing of their time so it wasn't understood or received well. 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 members. We realized that all they really wanted was someone to talk to, to feel special because some people 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. So much so that 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 2007 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. I am thankful for the over-done experience because I learned so much working with client's and alongside other health professionals. 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've 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 and rebook. 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 particular 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, but independent therapists. So here I am, part of the Independent Massage Professionals team. 

I have come to the conclusion that at this point in my life all of these experiences have better prepared me for this very moment, like climbing a pyramid to the top. I now have 13 total years under my hands at this point and I know I've got so much more left in me. The best part about being solo is that my dreams are even bigger now and the skies the limit, which means I am capable of completely changing how people view this industry. It's not just a luxury to most, it's a way of life. 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 kinesiology 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 as well as pain management for all. I was an avid runner, completing around 5-7 races in a year and 30-50 miles/week, but I switched my fitness goals up and almost five years ago and moved in the direction of strength training. Now recently, bodybuilding. I've had the pleasure of working with trainers as well as a nutrition coach. So naturally, I am well aware of 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 with preferring bodywork that is specifically focused. Nobody wants to be out of work or off training due to an injury or illness, we lose so much during that down time. So if I can help someone recuperate and speed up the recovery process I am all about it. The goal is to maintain the body before there is an issue, not solely when one occurs.

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 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. It  must be an intended purpose for each of us to take proper care of ourselves. We are important so we need to treat self care, any style of self care, as a purpose. Massage Therapy has helped to ingrain that in myself on a level I never thought possible. I learn so much from all of my client's. 

Massage offers a reset button, don't be afraid to push it while taking 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.

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.

Cupping Methods

Cupping is an ancient bodywork artform that dates all the way back to ancient Greece, Egypt, Europe, Islamic practice, and Chinese medicine. During the beginning different cultures have used different cupping methods and techniques to suction out any "unwanted materials in the body", draw out sickness, pain, and even "evil spirits". Some cultures still believe in many of the ancient traditions today in regards to the cupping practice. In society now, cupping has changed on many levels due to the amazing science we have now. So what is it? Cupping works to lift the tissue with negative pressure by way of suction, or "pulling", which allows for the separation of fused or adhered tissue. Any tissue (fascia) that is "stuck", restricts optimal functioning. Tissues can be stuck from things like dehydration, chronic inflammation, repetitive use injury (when muscles stick together from fascial binding), and more. The same "pulling" or negative suction can draw out interstitial debris (old blood deposits, cellular waste that the lymphatic system could not draw out, lactic acid, medications, toxins...), and even pull up stagnant ink from tattoos! Cupping also has a powerful effect on blood. The cup acts as a vacuum to draw up fluids into the area while encouraging the fluid exchange process (filtration). This allows nutrient rich fluid to feed cells while removing waste materials at the same time. It's the combination of negative suction and vasodilation (action of widening blood vessels) that makes the fluid exchange possible. By way of suction, cups also encourage the rehydration of dehydrated or malnourished tissues. Thus making cupping a great benefit to working with scar tissue. Other ways cupping can benefit a person are through encouraging proper circulation, helping to clear congestion or stagnation (ex: limited movement of a joint), cellulite, rebuilds healthy tissue, and can even alleviate excess pressure on sensory organs in soft tissue (leads to a reduction in pain). Cupping aftercare is equally important and although cupping can be for everyone, there are some contraindications. Please consult your MT before adding on this body bonus.

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!

Synergy Stones

Ergonomically designed with the MT in mind, Synergy Stones come in many shapes/colors/sizes. Being made of ceramic, they naturally hold heat longer and glide really well on the skin. This is not a set-it-and-forget-it approach to hot stones. These are designed to work with the movement at varying pressures. Heat combined with pressure is a wonderful additive to those that prefer deeper work. They allow you to work heat into the tissues to loosen them before deeper pressure is applied. This makes the job of the therapist not only easier in a sense, but also therapeutic for our hands and body as well. Interestingly enough, these work just as well cold from the freezer for headache relief and it's an added bonus on hot summer days. Please let your therapist know ahead of session which you would prefer.

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Thomas on Oct 27
Rachel is a skilled masseuse. The space was great. Highly recommend 90 minutes
by Michael on Sep 09
Massage is always great.
by Paul on Aug 20
I had a great experience as always.
by Laurie on Aug 19
Rachel is an amazing healer, very gifted and professional. I highly recommend her to anybody dealing with a chronic pain.
by Mike on Aug 18
Rachel is amazing and always does a great job. Very skilled and always asks upfront what issues I’m havinh
by Adam on Aug 12
Rachel did an amazing job! Spent time on some tight/trouble spots and I left feeling much better. Already scheduled my next appt!
by John on Aug 03
Rachel is great, she really takes great care in her job. I always feel refreshed and the 90 min session feels like 20 mins. Highly recommend!
by Matt on Jul 29
I have been going to Rachel for over 10 years now. She always does an amazing job I can’t Imagine ever going anywhere else!
by Meredith on Jun 11
Rachel was a revelation. By far the best massage I've had. She helped identify key areas of focus (hello tech neck!) and recommended exercises and stretches I could do in between appointments. I cannot wait to go back post-Covid. Like literally counting down the days.
by Michelle on Mar 05
My favorite place to be 💗

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Reflexology
  • Therapeutic Touch
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Mobile Therapeutic Massage/Touch
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Reiki
  • Swedish Massage
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Mobile Deep Tissue