Our Massage Therapists
Judy Moon is a certified member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, is licensed in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Massage Arts Center, Philadelphia.
In addition to practicing Therapeutic Deep Tissue massage, Judy also specializes in Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Prenatal and Postpartum massage, and the subtle but powerful Aviana Mindful Touch Therapy.
Additionally, Judy is a Certified LifeLine Practitioner. The LifeLine Technique is a tool to discover, harmonize and interpret the root cause of symptoms and stress in the body — emotions that are trapped in the subconscious. By removing this roadblock, the body can do what it is designed to do — heal, regenerate and be whole.
“The spirit of my practice is dedicated to providing a therapeutic, healing treatment in a comfortable, sacred loving environment. Symptoms and stress in our bodies are often in layers, like the layers of an onion. I am most passionate about doing integrative bodywork and treatments that incorporate many modalities to peel away these layers.”
Judy lives in the Newbold section of South Philadelphia with the loves of her life – her husband Joe and their Terrier mix Murphy. She spends as much time as possible on her award winning roof top deck, is a Tree Tender, loves to cook, entertain, travel, laugh with friends, read a good book, and be on the beach. Ask her about “Asparagus Fest”…
Gwyn MacDonald is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCTMB) specializing in Prenatal and Postpartum massage. She is a graduate of the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in New Jersey and is certified in prenatal massage by Carol Osborne of Body Therapy Associates. Gwyn is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and is licensed in Pennsylvania.
Her practice includes Swedish and deep tissue techniques, Hot Stone Therapy, and Aviana Mindful Touch Therapy. She is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and offers classes throughout the Philadelphia area.
“I enjoy educating my clients about their self-care as this empowers them not only physically but in all aspects of their lives. I try to work out the kinks during their session and then give them some ‘homework’ to help the positive results last longer. Providing prenatal massage is such an awesome experience and I feel honored to be doing this work. It’s amazing how many times a mom has said to me ‘Wow, the baby was kicking like crazy all through the session!’ This is the power and beauty of touch at work!”
In her spare time Gwyn loves to garden, sew, make soup and anything with quince. Time lolly-gagging with her hubby, friends and family is also on the list of favorites.
Steven Margolies is a proud, born and raised Philadelphian with a love for bodywork and working in the healing field. He is a graduate from the National Massage Therapy Institute, where he not only vividly took an interest in the art of different modalities of massage, but also learned how to incorporate the science of Kinesiology into giving a thorough Sports Massage. “With studying every aspect of the body including anatomy and physiology, I know that the body is a complex machine, and discomfort can arise when we don’t even realize it. Through the art of massage and manipulation of the muscles I will address those issues and help you heal properly.”
Steven practices Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Hot Stone, Sports Massage, and Reiki. In his free time Steven can often be found at the movies as he is passionate about film, and also his new kitten TomKat.
Julie Phay graduated from Cortiva Institute in November, 2013. Her modalities include Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Sports Massage, Hot Stone, and Table Thai. She works with mentally disabled adults when not massaging as she loves to contribute her support to the community. She’s enthusiastic about fitness and health. In her free time, she enjoys chess, flea markets, art shows, scenic walks and of course…food!
He began this study at the International School of Massage Therapy in San Francisco, where he became certified in Swedish Massage and Shiatsu. Wanting to further his study , he decided to move to the source of Shiatsu….Japan. Living in a Zen temple in Tokyo for 2 years, he studied at the Iokai Shiatsu Center, and practiced Shiatsu in Japan.
Upon returning to the States, he became interested in healing people’s homes too, and did a 3 year professional Feng Shui Training Program at the NY Open Center. This also lead to the practice of QiGong, an ancient Chinese technique of energy cultivation through slow, mindful movements and deep abdominal breathing. He currently teaches at The Cancer Support Community, the Philadelphia Senior Center, and the Sporting Club. Kevin also trained in Thai Yoga Massage at the Lotus Palm School, based in Montreal, and now Thai Massage is a big part of his practice. In addition to Therapeutic massage, he does prenatal Thai massage, Thai Foot Massage, and Thai Herbal Compress massage.
In his spare time, Kevin is a dedicated volunteer with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, where he can put his passion for the oceans into action.
Amanda Shaw is licensed in Pennsylvania and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. As a graduate of Cortiva Institute, she has carved a path for herself as an intuitive and natural body worker.
Amanda practices Swedish and Deep Tissue, but really enjoys an Integrative massage session where she can work to address her client’s specific issues. Techniques are applied in a slow, fluid manner and come from a variety of modalities including Prenatal, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy.
With a love for anatomy, Amanda is dedicated to helping every client relieve the physical and emotional stresses of everyday life through educated and mindful touch. She is passionate about connecting with individuals on a profound level to facilitate health of mind, body and spirit. You’ll no doubt feel her warmth and receptive nature before you even get on the table!
Amanda is passionate about plants, wildlife, dance, and music. She volunteers at a local community garden and takes care of her little blue bird, Charlie.
Maneki-neko has been on the team at Judy Moon and Associates since January of 2004. His arrival at our practice was most auspicious. Not long after starting the practice here at Washington Square, Judy receiving a Mindful Touch Technique treatment from another associate.She drifted in to a dream state. In this dream, she was standing at the base of a very large mountain and carved in to the side of the mountain like Mount Rushmore, was the likeness of Maneki-neko, the welcoming cat. Judy did not know much about him but had seen the image many times in China town and in different businesses so she had to look it up.
According to Wikipedia, “The maneki-neko is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—often at the entrance—of shops, restaurants, pachinkoparlors, and other businesses.”
The very next day Judy was presented with the one at the office as a gift from a friend (who did not know about her dream) and Maneki-neko has been an “associate” since then.