I am an independant contractor doing business as Tapestry Life Resources & Massage Therapy and working from my office at Hands On Massage Therapy in downtown Hickory, NC.

After teaching in the public schools for 34 years, I've changed careers, and I love being a massage and bodywork therapist. The human body is amazing, and every one is different.

I initially trained at the Whole You School of Massage and Bodywork in Rutherfordton, NC. I received a very complete education with training in many modalities, all of which I use in my practice. Since graduation, I have taken numerous continuing education classes. I continue to study new modalities and add to my toolkit.

My introduction to Craniosacral Therapy, Somatoemotional Release, and Lymph Drainage Therapy at The Whole You led me to the Upledger Institute, where I have received training in Upledger's CST and SER. I serve as a teaching assistant with the Upledger Institute; thus, I am now considered staff by them. I am also enrolled in Dr. Bruno Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy classes.

I have completed Touch for Health classes through TFH4. I am an Usui and Karuna Reiki Master and have studied Polarity Therapy.

The most recent addition to my toolbox is Massage Cupping and Medicupping which I have studied through the advanced levels.

License Number
LMBT #7619

Hands On Massage Therapy
407 2nd St. NW Suite C
Hickory, North Carolina 28601

tel. 828 315-9900 (day)
tel. 828 310-0161 (evening)


Hours of operation / Fees

By appointment only:
Monday: 11:00 AM-6 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11:00 AM-6 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM-6 PM PM
Friday: 11:00 AM-6 PM
Saturday: Closed

Prices range from $35 (30 minutes CST) up and averaging $60/hour, depending on length of session and modality used. Discounts are offered for the first visit and for seniors, public school students and public educators. For a complete menu, visit the Tapestry Life Resources or Hands On Massage Therapy websites. Online booking and online gift certificates are available.

Available for patients:

Case studies, easy to understand explanations about the CranioSacral System, Visceral Manipulation, products to use between sessions, and much more. More information

Driving directions

From 4th Street NW: Turn onto 4th Ave. NW from 4th St. NW at Oakwood School. My office at Hands On Massage Therapy, which is the lower level of Eldridge Dentistry at the bottom of the hill(#407 2nd St. NW, Suite C)

From Hwy 127 North: Turn on 5th Ave. toward Frye Hospital (Hospital Hill) and go to end of street; turn left on 2nd St. NW. My office at Hands On Massage Therapy, which is the lower level of Eldridge Dentistry on the corner (#407 2nd St. NW, Suite C).

My skills

I tailor every massage to the individual client's needs. I take a complete history and update it each visit. I am knowledgeable in several modalities, and I mix modalities as needed to achieve the best results. I proudly say that I never give the same massage twice. That's because your body has different needs this week than it will have next week. Part of the Upledger philosophy is to be present and to let the client's body talk to you as the therapist. I try to do that in every massage I give.

I particularly enjoy Craniosacral Therapy, Somatoemotional Release, Reiki, Myofascial Release, Lymph Draninage Therapy, Massage Cupping, Neuromuscular Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage. I am a member of the AMTA, IAHP, and TFHKA.

Articles & Books Written

Visit my online newsletter
and my blog

Professional Associations / Memberships

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork;
American Massage Therapy Association;
International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (Upledger);
Touch for Health Kinesiology Association.