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.
Amanda Shaw is a graduate of Cortiva Institute, licensed in Pennsylvania and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She is trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Myofascial, Prenatal and Hendrickson Method massage techniques.
Your comfort is prioritized while an educated and mindful manipulation of soft tissue is exercised to maximize benefits such as pain relief, increased mobility, stress/ anxiety reduction and overall wellness. Amanda is dedicated to employing evidence based methods of treatment to support your body’s natural capacity to heal.
Amanda is passionate about our Earth and all the life that it supports. She volunteers at a local community garden and takes care of her little blue bird, Charlie.
Nancy is a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Massage & Bodywork. Before becoming a massage therapist, Nancy worked as a yoga instructor, health food store floor manager, and research assistant. She is fascinated by the intelligence of the human body and brings a gentle touch and mindful presence to her bodywork. Nancy is especially drawn to working with musculoskeletal conditions and uses an integrative approach to massage to help her clients move more freely and feel more at ease.
Victoria DeSalvo is a graduate of School of Body Therapies in Langhorne, PA. She is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. She specializes in Deep Tissue Therapeutic, Thai Massage and Kinetic Chain Release. She is also a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has been teaching children and adults since 2012.
“The intention of my practice is for the receiver to awaken their inner healer. Our issues are in our tissues and when we store so much in our bodies, it is essential for us to find ways to release tension in order for the natural healing process to occur. I am here to simply facilitate that innate capacity within each person.”
Victoria recently moved to Philadelphia and in her spare time she enjoys being active, being a part of nature, meditating, drawing, journaling, traveling, warm bubble baths and taking care of her plants and cat.
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.