Megan Belanger’s fascination for the physiology of the human body propelled her into the massage profession, and she has never looked back. She is passionate about educating people about how gentle massage can facilitate positive change in the body, about lymphedema treatment options and risk reduction practices, and about society’s innate need for therapeutic touch. She views her work as an integration of science, art, communication, and heart, and she is proud to provide her specialized services to help with pain, swelling, discomfort, illness, and stress.
Megan’s touch is gentle yet highly effective. She works to calm the nervous system and interrupt the stress cycle, to facilitate increased body awareness and movement, and to offer tailored safe, specialized, comfort-oriented care for her clients. She fosters a partnership with every client, and integrates their unique needs into each individualized session to promote feelings of overall restoration and well-being.
She is a member of the Society for Oncology Massage and the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), and is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, providing Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) for clients in the maintenance stage of lymphedema. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University and graduated from the Cortiva Institute. She has taken additional coursework in oncology massage, lymphedema therapy, elastic taping for lymphedema, traumatic scar tissue management, breast cancer rehabilitation, and post-mastectomy scar tissue mobilization.
Megan is the founder of Touch of Kindness, a pay-it-forward fund that helps provide oncology massage and lymphedema treatment for people with cancer, cancer histories, and lymphedema. She has worked as a teaching assistant for Tracy Walton & Associates, helping to train oncology massage therapists in the Boston area. She currently offers mentoring in oncology massage and manual lymphatic drainage. Megan also speaks regularly at cancer support groups about massage, lymphedema therapy, and scar rehabilitation, and is the creator of the educational comic strip “Under Your Skin.” She is the illustrator of “Understanding Lymphedema: Keeping the Train on Track,” written by Dr. Dhruv Singhal and sponsored by LE&RN.
Chrissy Heyl is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist and Certified Yoga Instructor. Chrissy is also a professional member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. She has maintained a private practice in Hanover, Massachusetts since 2018.
She believes deeply in a person’s innate capacity for healing, given the right support through a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Her focus is working with clients, not on them, to ensure each session meets their needs, whether the goal is lymphatic support, stress reduction, chronic pain relief or as a proactive part of an overall health and wellness routine.
Her interest in the healing arts began in 2016 when she made the decision to change careers after two decades as a professional chef. Pursuing a Yoga teacher training certification helped her to understand that by inviting exploration of the body through movement, with breath and awareness, that healing is not just possible but probable. With a desire to further understand the benefits of natural healing and self-care she began studies in Massage Therapy at Spa Tech Institute. Chrissy has continued to deepen her passion for, understanding of, and knowledge surrounding both Yoga and bodywork through continued education and a deepening of her own personal practice. She approaches each massage as an opportunity to soothe aches and pains and to create space in the body for positive changes to occur, whether physical, mental, or emotional.
Chrissy is also a wife, mother of two, and Yogini who enjoys cooking, hiking, pickle-ball, gardening, and curling up with a good book.
Chrissy’s post-graduate studies include:
- Cadaver Anatomy, SOL Integrative Wellness
- Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the Low Back and Pelvis, Joe Muscolino, DC
- MediCupping Therapy – ACE Institute Online
- Thai Yoga Massage – Heath & Nicole Reed
- Manual Lymph Drainage Certification – Klose Training
- Neuromuscular Cupping Therapy – Gretchen Popp
- Usui Holy Fire III – Level II
- 500 Hour AYTT – Whitman Wellness Center: LeeAnn Trigler & Cara Cappellini