Melissa Levin, LMT
I'm from Missouri and I've been a massage therapist for over five years. I'm the daughter of a chiropractor and a physical therapist/massage therapist. I have a dance background and enjoy traveling and learning about new massage techniques. My favorite type of massage is sports and deep tissue and I have worked on many pro athletes and I look forward to working with you.
Nicole Poole, LMT
Mother always used to say, 'Quit touching things. Put that down. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.' My grandmother drew the conclusion that that's how I learned: by touching and feeling. I went on with great joy and encouragement from my family to play competitive sports which was also hands on: ice and roller skating, basketball, softball (All-Star Team 3 consecutive years), swim team champion, martial arts competitor.
But sports ended with high school and after a year or so of college I sat down with my parents to let them know that my career passion was to become a massage therapist.
I completed my first 300 hours of basic training for licensing at the Austin School of Massage in May 2003. Following graduation I went straight to work at an upscale spa eager to show off my pampering skills for a few years. I then spent another few years working with therapy establishment clientele who had various ailments and injuries. At the same time I was able to grow a small network of private clientele providing mobile in-home care.
I realized early in my career that working with Chiropractic doctors would do more to advance my skills and techniques. In addition, I have more than 150 hours of continuing education from the Lauterstein-Conway and other schools. Today, working with doctors and other specialized therapists I am able to better serve my clients with their pain and ailments.
I am grateful to have a career that I love. I want each and every client to feel the tremendous positive energy I have to offer. My modalities to serve you are in Sports Massage, Deep Tissue with Myofascial Techniques, Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point, Thai Massage and Stretching, Swedish and Reflexology. Let's discuss your needs and how I can help.
Slade Manes, L.Ac., LMT, M.S.Ac.O.M.
Slade Manes (pronounced Manus) was born in Baton Rouge, LA on Nov. 5, 1979. He attended Catholic High School, playing football while there. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from LSU in 2002, then attended Medical Training College where he earned a Massage Therapy diploma. His NeuroMuscular Therapy ('Deep Tissue') instructor, Steve Thomas, was an understudy to Janet Travell, the woman who developed the technique and literally wrote the books on Deep Tissue. He graduated as valedictorian of his massage class and gave the benediction speech at graduation. Additionally, Slade has been blessed with the gift of touch. This, combined with 12+ years of experience, make him an excellent massage therapist. He migrated to Austin in 2004, quickly falling in love with the music, nature, and the culture. In 2006, Slade furthered his education at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. After taking two breaks- one to take care of a sick grandmother and once to be a stay-at-home dad, he eventually earned his dual Masters degree: Masters of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (M.S.Ac.O.M.). Slade maintains state licenses and national certifications in both acupuncture and massage. He makes Chinese herbal tinctures locally and in small batches. He is also a certified Supreme Science Qigong Foundation Level 1 Form facilitator. He is also certified by Kinetacore in Functional Dry Needling. Slade's focus outside of work is his family. His wife is a physician assistant for a urology group in Austin. They have two children, Edi and Ethan. Personally, he enjoys music, cooking, good food, travel, hiking, camping, disc golf, and anything outdoors (especially water-related activities). Slade follows LSU football, and during big games, he manages blood pressure spikes with good bourbon.
Sierra Swindler, LMT
Sierra is a board certified massage therapist with over 6 years of experience. She is a top professional in her field who enjoys helping her clients get relief from pain, de-stress, increase their range of motion and improve circulation. She has worked in high-end spas as lead therapist as well as maintaining a private practice and is expanding her experience to the clinical setting. Specializing in deep tissue neuromuscular therapy, trigger point, sports therapy, Swedish, and prenatal massage, Sierra combines her different modalities to customize your massage to meet your individual needs.