About Us

Come see our NEW space located inside the O’Marks building in beautiful downtown New Bern. We offer a customized massage session based on your expectations and goals. Although we are upstairs we now have an elevator for your convenanc. Call to book your first relaxing massage, schedule a session on a Sunday, or for couples massage. (252) 626-3101.

Balanced Hands & Bodywork, LLC

233 Middle Street

Suite 211

New Bern , NC 28560 map it

(252) 626-3101

License: #1707542

Hours of Operation

M 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
T 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
W 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Th 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
F 09:00 AM - 06:30 PM
Sa 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
S By Appointment Only

Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients are saying


  • Happy client always!

    Very professional.

  • It is clean, nice and relaxing! I enjoy going there!

    Professional.

  • A fabulous deep tissue massage

    Janell did a fantastic job! Highly recommended

  • I liked the professional, knowledgeable, and absolute comfortable atmosphere.

    I felt comfortable and she focused on my specific problem areas. She encouraged me to speak up if things were too light or harsh and gave me tips on things I can do at home. Michelle shows a passion and positive attitude for her work.

  • I loved the new office space. Very comfortable and safe environment. Outstanding experience.

    Michelle ALWAYS does a wonderful job and I feel amazing both while there and after I leave.

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Michelle S.

License: NC #15868

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by Ruth on Aug 04
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by Jim on Jul 23
I've had numerous massages and Michelle give a wonderful experience. Will be back!
by Tom on Jun 24
Michelle is friendly, professional and very good at her job
by Anonymous on Jun 16
I felt comfortable and she focused on my specific problem areas. She encouraged me to speak up if things were too light or harsh and gave me tips on things I can do at home. Michelle shows a passion and positive attitude for her work.
by Anonymous on Jun 14
Amazing massage
by Katie on Jun 13
Can I just say...OMG! I love Michelle. She is one of the kindest and most generous people I know, and on top of that she helps me feel better physically. I can’t recommend her enough.
by Anonymous on Mar 07
Wonderful as always, and very helpful with tips for helping manage pain between sessions.
by Teri on Mar 04
Love the new office!
by Sarah on Mar 01
Michelle's approach is great for releasing tension and stress from your muscles.
by Anonymous on Feb 08
Very comfortable

Michele M.

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by Anonymous on Jul 09
The masseuse is caring and does her best to make me comfortable and pain free! She checks on me couple days after the session to make sure I am ok and my backache is better! I love going to her!
by Melissa on Mar 11
Michele is very professional and customizes each massage to the customers needs every time!
by Laurie on Jan 09
Best combination of massage I’ve ever had. I felt balanced and at peace. Michelle is truly special. Will be a monthly necessity from now on.
by Deb on Aug 29
Extremely experienced masseuse. I giver her my highest recommendation.
by Herb on Aug 08
Michele does a great job asking how she might be able to best help the client through the massage process. She is very knowledgeable and gives a great massage. I would definitely recommend her to family and friends.
by Tom on Jun 17
Michelle has a lot of experience, and used it to customize the massage for my needs. She was able to loosen the tightness in my hip and shoulders.
by Quincy on Apr 03
Michelle is an extra-ordinary massage therapist, so you can imagine she would hire another extra-ordinary therapists in Michele M. (You try to spell that.) M.M. gives a very therapeutic massage. I had an angry shoulder causing some nerve pain. After four weeks of targeted deep tissue work, I'm happy to say that I'm pain free after 3 1/2 months! She's easy to be around and is a great conversationalist (but she'll be quiet when you need. ;)
by Kathy on Mar 28
Michelle was friendly and knowledgeable . She answered my questions and offered suggestions to help me address my issues
by Anonymous on Mar 04
Very professional, and skill was great. Very considerate and knowledgeable.

Janell H.

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by Anonymous on Jun 29
Professionalism.
by Anonymous on Jun 21
Thorough and detailed
by Anonymous on Jun 18
I like the absolutely comfortable atmosphere
by Anonymous on Jun 03
Janell helped me feel like myself again
by Anonymous on Mar 22
Very good and knowledgeable on pressure points
by Randy on Mar 16
Was AMAZING!!
by Kessa on Mar 02
So grateful that I found Janell! She has done a great job helping loosen up my tight back which has been causing me pain. She is professional, strong and really cares about helping me in alleviating my back pain, not only during a massage but passing along stretches I can do in between visits See you soon!
by Walter on Feb 28
She is the best I have ever been to. Exceptional.
by Candy on Feb 28
Best EVER !!!
by Jennifer on Feb 03
She made me feel comfortable. I was a lil nervous at first.

Average Rating:

4.97 (Based on 106 Reviews)

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Professionalism
by Ruth on Aug 2020
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Happy client always!
by Jim on Jul 2020
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Very professional.
by Anonymous on Jul 2020
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It is clean, nice and relaxing! I enjoy going there!
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Professional.
by Tom on Jun 2020
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A fabulous deep tissue massage
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
Janell did a fantastic job! Highly recommended
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
I liked the professional, knowledgeable, and absolute comfortable atmosphere.
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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I felt comfortable and she focused on my specific problem areas. She encouraged me to speak up if things were too light or harsh and gave me tips on things I can do at home. Michelle shows a passion and positive attitude for her work.
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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I loved the new office space. Very comfortable and safe environment. Outstanding experience.
by Katie on Jun 2020
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Michelle ALWAYS does a wonderful job and I feel amazing both while there and after I leave.
by Anonymous on Jun 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
Very relaxing and clean atmosphere
by Anonymous on Mar 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
Very good experience
by Randy on Mar 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
Was my first professional massage. I'm sad I dont live in town to get my 2nd here!
by Melissa on Mar 2020
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The new location is great!
by Anonymous on Mar 2020
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Wonderful as always, and very helpful with tips for helping manage pain between sessions.
by Teri on Mar 2020
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Michelle is an amazing masseuse with a kind heart. She provides a soothing space so you can emerge refreshed and balanced emotionally and physically...🌈
by Kessa on Mar 2020
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by Sarah on Mar 2020
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I love the relaxing atmosphere at Balanced Hands and Bodywork.
by Walter on Feb 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
I’ve been having massages for over 15 years and was looking for another therapist bc mine retired. Janell is the only one who as ever listened to me and took care of all my aches, pains and allowed me completely relax and enjoy my time.
by Candy on Feb 2020
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Service Received: Personalized Massage with Janell H.
Janell hands have been blessed by god him self!!! She is super professional , personal and goes the extra mile to ensure your comfort level and make sure you enjoy your massage . She focused on my problem areas , also gave great advice on how to help maintain the work she done . If there was a million star rating she would receive it ❤️
by Anonymous on Feb 2020
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Very relaxing and calm.
by Penelope on Feb 2020
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Love all of it.
by Jennifer on Feb 2020
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Love everything about my experience. She was awesome!
by Heidi on Jan 2020
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I love that she takes her time to work the problems out and that I feel very well taken care off!
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
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Janell is a great addition
by Elizabeth on Jan 2020
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The best massage I’ve ever had... such a healing touch
by Telli on Jan 2020
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Everything was excellent I was impressed
by Laurie on Jan 2020
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Good location
by Anonymous on Jan 2020
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The whole experience is calming, soothing and leaves one feeling very refreshed!!
by Dyan on Jan 2020
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I should have booked for a longer massage. It went by too fast.
by Jenna on Dec 2019
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Simply wonderful!
by Meredith on Dec 2019
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Michelle is Friendly. Relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful massage!
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
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Live Michelle!! She gets good muscle release, and I always feels so much better after a massage with her!
by Anonymous on Dec 2019
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Great private space for massage therapy
by Jana on Dec 2019
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Like: Everything! Dislike: Nothing
by Allen on Oct 2019
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Onsite
by Bonnie on Oct 2019
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Such a relaxing and soothing message. My first appointment with Michelle, and she attended to areas we discussed before beginning the message. Relieved tension in neck and back areas from sitting at a computer all day. Will definitely be back.
by meg on Sep 2019
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As always Michelle is amazing!
by Jeremy on Sep 2019
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Loved every bit of it, except the ending part where the time ran out
by Holly on Sep 2019
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Welcoming environment and a great place to relax
by Deb on Aug 2019
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Calming environment.
by Herb on Aug 2019
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Relaxing atmosphere and Michele does a great job. Will be recommending her and Balanced Hands and Bodywork to friends.
by Linda on Aug 2019
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I loved that I was greeted as a friend, my cares and concerns discussed, any problem areas were noted and we caught up with what was happening in both our lives.
by Herb on Jul 2019
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First class experience
by Kristin on Jul 2019
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Love!
by Vicki on Jul 2019
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This place is absolutely amazing! From the time I walk in to the time I leave I feel so relaxed and peaceful
by Doug on Jul 2019
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Soooo needed, thanks Michelle
by Anonymous on Jun 2019
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Calming ambiance, heated table, great smells.
by Ruth on Jun 2019
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Awesome experience...
by Tom on Jun 2019
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Nice convenient location in downtown New Bern. Comfortable massage table.
by Barbara on May 2019
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A comfortable and relaxing environment. Michelle is an experienced professional!
by Anonymous on Apr 2019
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Very warm and serene space.
by Anonymous on Apr 2019
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Wonderful experience! Definitely coming back. Michelle really paid attention and helped with areas that have been in pain for a long time.
by Anonymous on Apr 2019
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I like the fact that she encourages feedback. What hurts, what doesn’t, what do you think she needs to work on. It’s an amazing way to build trust
by Quincy on Apr 2019
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Michelle is an Amazing person. If you ever hear the back story on how she build her business, then you're in for a treat! Besides that, Michelle is constantly seeking out new techniques in body work. She is obviously in love with what she does, and it shows in her work. I was very happy to find a therapist who adapted the entire massage to my needs and never lost focus. Her therapeutic massage is quite effective. I think you'll find she has a wonderful personality, and you'll probably make a new friend!
by Kathy on Mar 2019
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The new space is great..so peaceful!
by Anonymous on Mar 2019
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Overall experience was amazing! Finding the exact door to go in was a but tricky, but I eventually found it. Lighting could be a little more dim
by Jeff on Feb 2019
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Great massage what more could you want????
by Sarah on Feb 2019
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I loved the location and the way everything was arranged. It would be helpful to have a sign visible from the road, but the experience itself was perfect!
by Kris on Feb 2019
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My massage was amazing!
by Anonymous on Feb 2019
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A very relaxing atmosphere
by Karrie on Jan 2019
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Michelle used some techniques that really helped relax me. The warmed roller along with the table warmer was very soothing.
by Karl on Jan 2019
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The new location is really shaping up. Lots of space and decorated in a relaxed, comfortable style. It even smells good when you come up the stairs!
by Anonymous on Dec 2018
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Michelle is a great massage therapist. She is knowledgeable , listens to your needs , and I always feel better when I leave!
by Anonymous on Dec 2018
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As always, my massage was amazing! I never have any complaints about Michelle! She got the exact spots that were needed.
by Meredith on Dec 2018
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I loved getting knots worked out in my back. I like the extra tip of what kind of stretch to do to help my lower back.
by Karen on Nov 2018
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Michelle's space is calm and peaceful, her manner is friendly and welcoming, her massage is soothing and relaxing...always a positive experience!
by Quincy on Nov 2018
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I went to massage school when I was younger and have had many massages and different types of bodywork. Michelle has set up her 'office' as an extremely comfortable and relaxing space. She sat down with me in her upholstered chairs and we talked for a while about what I wanted from her. I appreciate that so much because most therapists (in any field) will have the client fill out a form and rush to the table. Michelle was also interested in my life and what I enjoy and what might cause me stress. Once on the table, the skill was apparent. Her touch was very therapeutic, and she was very clear in asking about the effectiveness and comfort of the pressure she used. I was there for some therapeutic, deep tissue and recovery work. She is very skilled at deep work. I found her intuitive understanding of my issues to be a healing experience. For example, when I got there, I had trouble walking from hip and lower back pain. After my session, I was moving with zero pain. Overall, my experience was excellent. I highly recommend Michelle, so much so that I bought three gift certificates! I hope you enjoy your visit and get out of it as much as I did.
by Janell on Oct 2018
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Love the hot towels, The ambiance, And the whole experience. I always leave relaxed / refreshed and with a smile
by Emily on Oct 2018
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Loved everything about my experience. Having this be my first real massage, I am hooked and will be back all the time!
by Anonymous on Oct 2018
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Michelle was awesome. I went for my first massage ever and she guided me through the process and I felt 100% comfortable the entire time. The massage felt great and I will definitely go back.
by Caroline on Oct 2018
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Michelle is fantastic! Best self care I ever did was commit to monthly massages!
by Anonymous on Oct 2018
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Michelle is amazing.
by Tara on Oct 2018
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Michelle is an excellent massage therapist but she is also a great person. Best massage in eastern NC.
by Robert on Oct 2018
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I’ll be back :)
by Lynne on Oct 2018
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Perfect! Exactly what I have been looking for! Will be coming back!
by Anonymous on Sep 2018
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Great experience.
by Phillip on Sep 2018
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Fantastic experience!
by Nancy on Aug 2018
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I definitely felt relief from my session with Michelle (this morning) Yes, she was working on a Sunday, too. Thank you, Michelle! I'll be back. Nancy
by Logan on Aug 2018
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Michelle did an amazing job, she knows exactly what places need work! Very relaxing, will be back again soon!
by Anonymous on Aug 2018
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Wow no pain for the rest of the evening...jeepers forgot what it was like to have no pain! Hot towels...just awesome. Trying to make arrangements to set up a bi weekly schedule!
by Hope on Aug 2018
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Great massage!!! Thanks Michelle!!
by Matthew on Aug 2018
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Best person ever!
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
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Love Michelle!!!
by Lynne on Jul 2018
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Michelle, You did a wonderful job and I am already planning to make a visit to you part of my New Bern trips. Thank you!
by Leslie on Jul 2018
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Michelle is awesome!! Super fun personality. I feel so much better and am already trying to figure out when I can schedule another appointment.
by meg on Jul 2018
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Michelle listened to what was bothering me and gave those areas just a little extra love. That was the quickest hour of my week, I wish it could have lasted longer. I went home and took a great nap.
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
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I just liked it,
by Joy on Jul 2018
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Michelle was fantastic. Very attentive - encourages feedback and communication and extremely personable.
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
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Michelle was warm and welcoming, and her massage was absolutely wonderful!
by Cheryll on Jul 2018
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The atmosphere was very peaceful, and the level of skill and understanding were extremely encouraging.. I am certain after a few more visits I will be feeling 100% better.
by Randi on Jul 2018
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It was GREAT! Michelle showed me some awesome stretches and techniques to help with my plantar fasciitis. She was very friendly, personable and informative. I'll definitely be back!
by Linda on Jul 2018
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The massage was excellent. I felt relaxed, no muscle or joint pain and no stress!
by Jeannie on Jul 2018
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Best massage I have ever had
by Judy on Jul 2018
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This was my very first massage ever and I must say Michelle was so wonderful the experience was amazing she has magic hands and I highly recommend
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
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Love Michelle ...her hands are magic
by Anonymous on Jul 2018
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Very relaxing hour!
by John on Jul 2018
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Michelle is amazing!!! The best massage therapist I've ever been to, hands down! She has a great personality to boot!
by Herb on Jun 2018
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Michelle has a great attitude and works hard at adjusting her techniques to those areas needing attention. Great move to a new quieter location as well. Highly recommend.
by Vicki on Jun 2018
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I love Michelle and the attention she gives specific areas of 'tension/muscle sprain'. She is very focused and just fantastic!
by Jerrilee on Jun 2018
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It was awesome! Best massage I have ever had!
by Ashley on Jun 2018
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Michelle ROCKS! Always a wonderful experience.
by Anonymous on Jun 2018
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Michelle knows how to put you at ease even when she's working deeply and it can be painful. She is very skilled at finding the areas that need work and is sensitive to the client's tolerance level. And she's just a really nice person!
by Anne on Jun 2018
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While her technical skill is on point, Michelle is much more than a skilled massage therapist -- she is a healer, and one who demonstrates intuition developed from experience as well as genuine concern for her patients. Don't know what I would do without her! Highly recommend.
by Anonymous on Jun 2018
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Your massage will be exactly what you tell her you want! Michelle listens. She really wants to know how she can help you feel better. The least little indication that you want extra attention somewhere and she is right on it; "more pressure", "less pokey", "that neck stretch with the towel" and she gladly adjusts to your requests. Her dialogue and focus on your needs is something I have seldom found and it will make your visit a great experience.
by Holly on Jun 2018
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Amazing massage by Michelle as always. I always feel so good leaving there. I wish I could go more often!

Balanced Hands & Bodywork, LLC

233 Middle Street

Suite 211

New Bern , NC 28560 map it

Phone: (252) 626-3101

License: #1707542