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Rachel Romanelli is a licensed and board-certified massage therapist (LMT, BCTMB), as well as a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) through Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy hosted at Duke University Medical Center. She has provided services to patients for nearly 25 years and has been practicing at Minneapolis-based Avenues of Health since 2010. Led by Dr. Paula Allenburg, DC., Avenues of Health is a wellness center that offers chiropractic care and therapeutic massage.

Depending on patients’ needs, Avenues of Health’s massage therapists often work closely with Dr. Allenburg to ensure chiropractic and therapeutic massage treatments produce the best possible outcome.

Rachel has also practiced in Washington, Montana and Minnesota since graduating with honors from the Seattle Massage School in Seattle, Washington, in 1996. As a naturally curious person who loves to learn, Rachel understands the importance of listening to people who are seeking to heal and restore their health. Rachel is also a teacher, trainer and former massage therapy school owner, who has earned a national reputation in massage therapy and related professions.

Rachel’s experience and certifications covers a wide range of healing modalities, including deep tissue, injury treatment, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, energy work, pregnancy massage, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), oncology, scar tissue work and post-surgical treatment that includes lymphedema and lymphatic therapy.

Known for being an articulate advocate for her patients and the massage therapy profession, she is always working to educate patients and the public on the benefits of massage therapy as an integrative health choice.

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Education

Rachel graduated from Seattle Massage School in Seattle, Washington, and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1996. She holds an intra oral endorsement on her Washington State LMT license and additional education in Chest/ Breast scar tissue work. Rachel is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage Bodywork (BCTMB). She has had additional education in lymphatic therapy starting in 2001 and obtained certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) in 2009 through Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy, hosted at Duke Medical Center. She is certified in pregnancy and postnatal massage. Rachel has also taken Healing Touch levels 1-4 and has an intraoral endorsement to treat TMJ. She completed her Reiki Mastery in Sedona, AZ., in 1996.

Philosophy

In her practice, Rachel believes that every person has their own path to achieving balance and wellness. And it is essential to listen and review a full health history when developing a plan that incorporates massage to achieve a therapeutic goal. This may also include collaborating with patients’ health care practitioners as part of a team approach. All patient sessions include time to review a health history and post-session self-care education.

Read more about how massage can be beneficial here.