Brianna Forbes

  • MI License #: 7501004431

Serenity at Hand

Owner, Certified Massage Therapist 

Before founding Urban Massage, I worked in a variety of venues. Through my experience working in chiropractic settings and various contract massage jobs, I decided it was time to work on my own. 

My goal is to provide the best massage service possible. This means that every client is treated with respect and as a unique individual, with unique needs. Continuing education is a priority for me. I love learning new massage techniques, and how best to work with t...

Owner, Certified Massage Therapist 

Before founding Urban Massage, I worked in a variety of venues. Through my experience working in chiropractic settings and various contract massage jobs, I decided it was time to work on my own. 

My goal is to provide the best massage service possible. This means that every client is treated with respect and as a unique individual, with unique needs. Continuing education is a priority for me. I love learning new massage techniques, and how best to work with the musculoskeletal system and my clients needs.

Fair treatment and a healthy workplace for every staff member is important to me. It is my goal to create an environment where therapists' needs are considered equally as important as a clients'. If this aspect is not emphasized, the quality of care will decrease.

From the lotion to the linens to the music used during a massage session - all aspects of the massage service have been designed with a high standard in mind. 

I love working with my clients and am honored to have the privilege to work with so many professional staff members who have a passion for massage.

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Licenses
Massage

MI # 7501004431

Education
2009

Blue Heron Academy: Grand Rapids

1200 Hour Medical Manual Massage

Experience
Bodywork

Deep Tissue

During a deep tissue massage, your therapist will gradually increase pressure throughout the session, working deep into the muscle fibers. This type of massage is performed slowly and the pressure is gradually increased as the body allows. As the nervous system relaxes throughout the massage, the muscle will release its tension and allow the therapist to work deeper into the muscle fibers. Applying pressure too quickly during a deep tissue massage can result in a negative nervous system response and could potentially cause pain or bruising the next day. Deeper is not always better. Talk to your therapist to ensure that this technique is right for you.

Ashiatsu

"Ashi" meaning foot, "atsu" meaning pressure. The therapist uses bars secured above the massage table for stabilization, while applying deep pressure to the body with their sanitized feet. The smooth, relaxing pressure applied during ashiatsu naturally increases mobilization in the joints, due to the deep compression of the surrounding muscle. Ashiatsu has shown remarkable results from people suffering from: Chronic pain Limited mobility Recovery from injuries (whiplash, falls, sports, etc.) Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome Postural problems Ostearthritis pain Fibromyalgia Muscle tension or spasm You should not get ashiatsu if: you are pregnant or suspect being pregnant; you've had breast implants within the past nine months; had recent eye surgery; on prescription anticoagulants; have acute heart condition or high blood pressure, any acute inflammatory condition, certain cases of stenosis and spondylolisthesis, or severe nerve root impingement.

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