I believe my clients, now friends, reflect my work the best.
“I first met with Rita in 2014 when I was experiencing unusually high anxiety and a family member recommended I go see her. All my life had been spent seeing “traditional” therapists. I was looking for something new so I wanted to give it a try. I was aware Rita did body work, but wasn’t sure what else her practice entailed. Little did I know that this woman would end up essentially change my life.
My first visit was booked in absolute desperation. I was having daily panic attacks that were starting to affect my job and my relationship. I got there and Rita welcomed me with hot tea and a gentle smile. I sat down on a comfy couch and we talked like old friends. Before I knew it, we had been talking for over an hour about life, work and so much more. It was time for body work. The area for body work is incredibly relaxing. The lights are dim and you get to choose you own aromatherapy and music! I used to work for a massage therapist business and got work done all the time and absolutely nothing compares to Rita’s body work. She truly understands how each body part works and connects. I always leave there feeling like a new person.
The two main reasons I see Rita are anxiety and sexual abuse from my childhood. My anxiety started when I was in my early 20’s and I chose medication to treat my symptoms. When I started to see Rita, my views on how I was treating my anxiety changed. She never said I was choosing the wrong the method, but showed me some other options and ways to handle my panic attacks. I’ve never liked medication so Rita helped me explore the natural route of living with anxiety. I decided to come off of my medication with the help of my doctor. It was the most intense thing I’ve ever done. I was crying every day. My body hurt so bad. I was seeing Rita every week. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She helped me through days when I thought suicide was the only answer to ending my misery. Months later, I was able to get through my worst days without wanting to cry myself to sleep. I looked forward to our visits every week. In these visits, I discovered another part of myself that needed healing.
I was sexually abused as a child. I was taken to therapy, but it seemed like I never really learned to deal with the abuse. I actually always thought I was fine. As soon I started to talk to Rita about the abuse, I realized I was far from ok. Each week I learned something new about the way this experience had shaped me and ways to work through them. She encouraged me to talk to family, which I had never really done before. The robotic therapists I spoke with before made me feel like just another case to them, but with Rita, I felt like I was talking to an unbelievably knowledgeable friend. I still have a ways to go with healing, but she showed me that there’s hope.
The work Rita does it genuinely wonderful. I owe so much of my personal success to her. The body work pairs so well with talking to someone with such life experience. It doesn’t matter if you need help with daily life stress or the much more complex stuff, I highly recommend going to see Rita!”
Kathy, client “I wanted to let you know what a blissful experience Saturday’s session was for me.
Besides feeling totally relaxed and pain free, my mind had no anxiety or tension.
The most amazing thing for me, was that I had no pain until late Sunday night, and even then, it was minor and just starting to creep up on me.
I still feel pretty great, so thank you, thank you, thank you!
It was a session unlike I had ever had. I just sat back and let you drive.
I love that you let me ask questions – like “Motown music – really”?
Everything you did worked and worked well.
SO looking forward to my Sunday session.
Vicki Rae Thorne, Owner Earth Heart Herbal Aromatherapy
Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative “Rita brings a caring compassionate presence that allows you to relax and trust her work. Each session is unique, tailored to the physical and emotional needs of that day. She is attentive, working with you as a partner, allowing her technical and intuitive expertise meld for a truly holistic experience. Rita allows you time and space both before and after the session to discuss your needs or simply to be.I highly recommend her.” October 14, 2008
Candace Sinclair, clinical director/therapist, Northwest Community Counseling “There is no one more passionate about healing body work than Rita. She engages in a genuine manner with respect and a clear presence to one’s individual need, combining physical release with emotional relief. You’re in good hands with Rita!” December 1, 2008
John Magill, client
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
“Rita was amazing, she was able to connect at a very individual level. The massage was given carefully and thoughtfully and the results were extraordinary, I would and have recommended Rita to any one seeking a massage that is out of the ordinary and results driven. She is an Excellent communicator.”
July 17, 2008
Tim Hayes, Psy.D., client
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value “Rita is an excellent massage therapist, who knows energy and reads energy well. My experience with massage therapists is extensive. Rita provided one of the best massage experiences I have ever had as she combined her expert knowledge with unsurpassed sensitivity. I recommend Rita without reservation!” July 17, 2008
Bill Dawson, client, age 71
‘With Rita’s massage and stretching treatments I lead a very active life. I play tennis five times a week, and there is no doubt that after one of Rita’s treatments, not only does my tennis game improve, but my physical well-being is much better. Rita should definitely be a part of everyone’s life.
Joe Noonan, CEO, PlanetaryPartners.com
I’ve received many profound benefits as a client of Rita’s; most significantly how simply and easily she would remove any pain, tension and fear from the muscles of my body, and the graceful way her work facilitated me to embody more and more of my true essence. She is a master at her work, and my body, mind and spirit have received tremendous benefit as a result.”
Dan Zahn, client
“From our first conversation Rita instinctively knew how to help me with my pain. Her skills are amazing. She has helped ease my pain and taught me ways to move so that I don’t cause myself further injury. Her ability to listen and thoroughly understand a situation and her gentle manner made our first massage therapy session a relaxing and wonderful experience. Years of doctors and chiropractors didn’t come close to helping as much as Rita did in our first session. Thank you. Rita!”
Monique M. Karaganis, MD, client
“Rita’s work is remarkably centering. She brings a peace and serenity with her in all that she does. Her hot/cold stone work is transforming. I would wholeheartedly recommend her work. She is a generous and wise spirit whom I have been privileged to cross paths with. I learn every time she is near.”
Wendy Harbath, client
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative “The body work/massage I had with Rita left me feeling grounded in well-being. It was very relaxing while at the same time, after the massage, I was ready to be active and productive again. It is evident that she loves what she does and she has a talent for her profession!” July 24, 2008
Patrick Andries, client
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity “Rita is a talented bodyworker who intuitively responds to the needs of her clients. She has a wide variety of healing modes available to her and skillfully draws upon this bank of knowledge as she works. I highly recommend Rita for bodywork.” July 24, 2008
Mayo Underwood, client
Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity “Rita takes the meaning of “good massage therapist” to a whole new level. Yes, she manipulates and massages the body’s soft tissues, as a good licensed massage therapist. Yet her attention to every detail and gentle personality create a space where you feel confident and comfortable. She goes the extra mile to work with clients on self discovery and inner re-connection. All of this combines to relieve pain, release stress and tension, lower blood pressure, improve circulation and help with menopause, chronic pain and illness. After the first visit, you’ll know what a gifted person you’ve found.”
Lucy Pabst, Licensed Massage Therapist, North Shore Pro-Active Health
“I’ve worked with Rita both as a service provider and we worked a job together. As a therapist I find her to be one of the best. She goes way beyond the constraints of time, getting a one hour massage at the spa, and gives your body exactly what it needs. She is very professional and thorough, happy to answer any questions you may have. Through our therapeutic connection, Rita offered me to work a job with her doing chair massage for a nonprofit. Again she was professional and thorough. I felt well taken care of. It was nice working with her and sharing our trade secrets. It is always a pleasure to work with Rita!”
July 18, 2008
client, Administrative Assistant, Denholtz Associates
“Rita is a terrific massage therapist. She has an amazing gift of finding where you are holding any stress and working through it with you. I have gone to other massage therapists before Rita, and I find Rita to be the most warm and comforting. She is very focused on the client.” July 17, 2008
Sara Ryerson (Brown), client
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
“Rita provides excellent physical relief through massage therapy but she is also able to address discomfort related to more internal/emotional stress. Her techniques leave one feeling not only physically great but also calm and centered.” July 18, 2008
Lora Freeman, Owner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Freeman Therapeutic Massage
“I’ve known and worked with Rita for two years , and I’ve found her to have a truly inspired approach to bodywork and business. I recommend her work wholeheartedly – she brings a depth of listening and understanding to her bodywork, tremendous professional integrity and the highest quality to anything she undertakes.” July 21, 2008
Anny Liao, client
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative. “Rita was very professional and has in depth knowledge in this field. She takes time to identify the needs of the client and help to evaluate the root cause of some of my pains. I felt relaxed after our session and she even gave suggestions on exercises that I can do myself to improve my overall health. I highly recommend her service.” July 23, 2008
I have been training professional body workers, world-wide, for over 30 years. I meet over 200 new students each year, from every culture and nation. On rare occasions one student stands out as uniquely talented. Rita is one of those rare gifts and I am grateful to have met her. Rita attended our Stone Medicine workshop for advanced continuing education in Geothermal Therapy.
Her commitment to learning the details of the course content, while integrating it immediately with her current knowledge base was a refreshing experience for the entire class. Rita took advantage of the invitation to stay in touch via e-mail to enhance her new knowledge base by asking questions and sharing experiences as she adds this modality to her well rounded menu of treatment techniques. Not many students have the tenacity or true hunger for knowledge to follow up after a course and dig deeper for additional insights.
Rita made an additional investment of time and money to travel across the country and visit at my home for a more in-depth look at the Native American Medicine Ways. Her journeys to South America to enhance her skills by visiting indigenous elders is further proof of her commitment to bring her clients the highest quality healing and wellness available to the professional massage industry. Her ability to blend the spiritual wisdoms of ancient tradition with the knowledge of modern science is what gives her an exceptional grasp of her chosen profession.Anyone blessed to live near Rita should visit her at InSpire Massage.
Sincerely, Jenny Ray
Owner; Stone Medicine Education Systems
CEO Stone Walkers Geothermal Therapy Association
2009 World Massage Hall of Fame inductee