Michelle Patton, LMT
-Michelle Patton, LMT
-Michelle Patton, LMT
Being a Licensed Massage Therapist, or LMT, is not always a money-making profession—and it’s hard work. But I’ve found you get to help lots of different types of people, it’s very rewarding. After graduating from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, I joined Dr. Adkins when he opened his chiropractic business. We worked together for over 10 years before I joined Denali. And after 12 years in the industry, I’ve never found a patient I didn’t want to work on. Many LMT’s will not work on pregnant women because it can be difficult. It requires massaging at unique angles—side lying, etc. But I’ve always enjoyed it because it really makes women feel better. Beyond it being relaxing, prenatal women tend to sleep much better and have improved circulation.
How I do a prenatal massage depends on how far along the woman is in her pregnancy. We use custom pillows so she can lie on her stomach comfortably, then once she hits a certain point, we’ll use a wedge she can lean up against. I avoid doing any deep tissue massage in the legs and instead, focus on relaxing any tight muscles to help them feel as comfortable as possible.
Besides prenatal massage, I also do a lot of deep tissue and aroma touch therapy. We want women to feel this is a safe place to be and get worked on. And if they come in with a referral, their massage is usually covered by insurance.
I’m seeing a lot of issues with people having neck pain. Women are often taking their work home, are on their cell phones, sit with their laptops, and it can be really bad for ergonomics. I’ll even hear it from my son. He’ll say, “Oh my neck hurts,” and it’s because he’s hunched over on his phone all the time. So, we’re also educating more and more women about proper posture and the root causes of these pain points.
Michelle was certified in 2004 at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Massage Therapy. She has experience in chiropractic massage, aroma touch therapy, advanced sports massage, advanced pregnancy massage, and deep tissue massage.
Michelle has magic in her somewhere! I love feeling pain free, relaxed and centered after visiting her.Denali OB-GYN Patient