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 with a lighter touch 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.
Paul Struck is a graduate of Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork. He is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and a member of American Massage Therapy Association. He uses a variety of techniques in his therapeutic based massage. He has an extensive background in dance performance and brings his understanding of the body in motion to his healing work. Paul is also a Reiki Master, using the Universal energy during his sessions, enhancing his healing touch. Additionally, he uses crystals and other stones during massage as a way to balance and clear subtle energies and aid in aligning the chakras. Paul is also a Crystal Dreaming(TM) practitioner, offering a hands free modality to clients. Crystal Dreaming(TM) places a client in a mandala of specifically chosen crystals to aid them in achieving states of expanded consciousness and bliss.
“My calling to bodywork was during a spiritual retreat to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico where I was asked by Spirit to work with my hands as a means of healing. I firmly believe that massage is a sacred and spiritual act, and I am grateful and blessed to be able to offer it to the world.”
Halima is a licensed massage therapist and a visual artist whose primary focus is relaxation and stress relief. Halima is recently certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and integrates many modalities into her work including Swedish massage, deep tissue, passive stretching, trigger point, prenatal, postpartum, myofascial and sports massage. As a Philadelphia native, she understands the joys and stresses of “life in the big city”, which is why she uses integrative techniques that combine modalities to customize your therapeutic massage session. Her hobbies are hiking, biking, fostering cats, arts and crafts, film noir, rereading classic literature and hunting for “garage sale treasure”.
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.