Meet Our Massage Therapist, Leah!

  Tell us a little about your personal background:   I was raised in an tiny beach town on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island with a whopping population of 2,000. I spent my childhood in the water, fishing and clamming, canoeing and snorkeling in the summers, and making things (carving, painting, weaving, sewing, drawing) by the wood stove in the winter. I moved to Tennessee for adventure’s sake twenty one years ago and I live out in the woods with my awesome 16 year old son and rad drummer fiancé, plus two sweet kitties. The most important thing in my life is my personal meditation practice. I thrive with my time connecting to the earth, I love to prepare every meal at home with seasonal, local food grown by friends, and have to get into the city to get my connection with people. I manage two wonderful local farmers’ markets and teach meditation and self healing tools, as well as communication and boundary work.    What did you do before massage and how long have you been practicing?   Before massage I was a Colon hygienist, energy reader and worker (still am!), retreat center chef, restaurant trainer, and did backstage artist hospitality. I like to do all of the things that make me happy serving my community, and usually have my hands in several pots as they enhance each other and help stretch and strengthen different parts of me.    Why did you choose to go into massage?   In facilitating energetic work for others, the body always wanted to catch up and align with the work I’d do with clients, and I wanted to be able to facilitate the physical shifts that were wanting to happen. Embodiment is so important and I think someone facilitating us physically releasing is invaluable. The way receiving bodywork benefited me and the changes I was working toward in my physical, spiritual, and emotional well being gave me the passion to do the same for others. It is truly incredible what our body holds that is not what we’d initially think of as physical. Massage is an art to help restructure, and most importantly, take off layers we’ve acquired, bringing us back to the truth of who we are. And we all need that, plus, the world deserves us!    What are your favorite massage modalities or specialties?   I love Craniosacral work, Myofascial Release, and Acupressure. I love incorporating Acupressure into my massages at Vetiver. It gives an incredible release of tension and I can hold points with one hand while my other hand can work to give that feel good, soothing motion to remove layers of tension in another way with varied modalities. Whichever modality I am using, I love to deeply connect with the tissue I am in contact with, and I swear it talks, telling me which way it would like to be released.    Tell us about you...What are your favorites things? Neighborhoods, Vacation Spot, Music, Restaurant, Book, Movie   Oh, geez- plant and mushroom ID books?! Anatomy? Spirit medicine...  If you can get me to watch tv it will be a Wes Anderson movie, some old 90’s movie like Dumb and Dummer or Tommy Boy, or Arrested Development.  Music is gonna be the same as high school-old Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, electric era Miles, the Talking Heads, David Byrne...Bowie, Paul Simon...Joni... throw in some Rush... I haven’t progressed much in this department and love what I love!  Vacation- anywhere that I can connect with people that live there and play with the local/native foods, and play with the Earth!

Tell us a little about your personal background:

I was raised in an tiny beach town on the North Fork of Eastern Long Island with a whopping population of 2,000. I spent my childhood in the water, fishing and clamming, canoeing and snorkeling in the summers, and making things (carving, painting, weaving, sewing, drawing) by the wood stove in the winter. I moved to Tennessee for adventure’s sake twenty one years ago and I live out in the woods with my awesome 16 year old son and rad drummer fiancé, plus two sweet kitties. The most important thing in my life is my personal meditation practice. I thrive with my time connecting to the earth, I love to prepare every meal at home with seasonal, local food grown by friends, and have to get into the city to get my connection with people. I manage two wonderful local farmers’ markets and teach meditation and self healing tools, as well as communication and boundary work.


What did you do before massage and how long have you been practicing?

Before massage I was a Colon hygienist, energy reader and worker (still am!), retreat center chef, restaurant trainer, and did backstage artist hospitality. I like to do all of the things that make me happy serving my community, and usually have my hands in several pots as they enhance each other and help stretch and strengthen different parts of me.

Why did you choose to go into massage?

In facilitating energetic work for others, the body always wanted to catch up and align with the work I’d do with clients, and I wanted to be able to facilitate the physical shifts that were wanting to happen. Embodiment is so important and I think someone facilitating us physically releasing is invaluable. The way receiving bodywork benefited me and the changes I was working toward in my physical, spiritual, and emotional well being gave me the passion to do the same for others. It is truly incredible what our body holds that is not what we’d initially think of as physical. Massage is an art to help restructure, and most importantly, take off layers we’ve acquired, bringing us back to the truth of who we are. And we all need that, plus, the world deserves us!

What are your favorite massage modalities or specialties?

I love Craniosacral work, Myofascial Release, and Acupressure. I love incorporating Acupressure into my massages at Vetiver. It gives an incredible release of tension and I can hold points with one hand while my other hand can work to give that feel good, soothing motion to remove layers of tension in another way with varied modalities. Whichever modality I am using, I love to deeply connect with the tissue I am in contact with, and I swear it talks, telling me which way it would like to be released.

Tell us about you...What are your favorites things? Neighborhoods, Vacation Spot, Music, Restaurant, Book, Movie

Oh, geez- plant and mushroom ID books?! Anatomy? Spirit medicine...

If you can get me to watch tv it will be a Wes Anderson movie, some old 90’s movie like Dumb and Dummer or Tommy Boy, or Arrested Development.

Music is gonna be the same as high school-old Pink Floyd with Syd Barrett, electric era Miles, the Talking Heads, David Byrne...Bowie, Paul Simon...Joni... throw in some Rush... I haven’t progressed much in this department and love what I love!

Vacation- anywhere that I can connect with people that live there and play with the local/native foods, and play with the Earth!

Poppy Monroe