About Monroe Healing Therapies
Monroe Healing Therapies infuses a combination of Swedish Massage, deep tissue, Ashiatsu, and Ayurveda to create its unique style of massage.
Massage therapist Annie Monroe works closely with her clients to formulate specific massage styles and techniques to effectively meet the needs of each client, and find restorative solutions for the body.
Monroe Healing Therapies practices in a downtown massage studio offering a private setting for consultation, table massage and Ashiatsu. Come visit Annie, or schedule an out call and you will receive a massage in comfort of your own home.
Annie Monroe Bio
Born and raised in Dearborn MI, Annie spent her summers in Yellowstone National Park. Her appreciation and love for the wilderness and active lifestyle drew her to the natural traditional healing realm.
Annie Monroe graduated from MountainHeart school of bodywork and transformational therapy in 2003, and has been practicing Ayurvedic Medicine since 2010, when she graduated from the Ayurvedic Institute. She obtained her National Massage Certification from the NCBTMB in 2011, and Washington License in 2013. She has been a member of the Associated bodywork & Massage Professionals since 2003.
Annie moved to Bellingham, WA in 2013 to pursue her active lifestyle near the ocean and mountains. When she has a free minute you can find her foraging in the wilderness, frolicking on top of a mountain, skiing powder in the cascades or sailing in the San Juan Islands.
Personal connection to Oncology Massage
In recent years, benefits and contraindications of oncology massage were unknown. Many thought massage would spread cancer, and massage therapists were warned to stay away from those with cancer. Today, research has shown that massage therapy may not cure cancer, but it has proven to be beneficial emotionally, physiologically and physically during and after cancer treatments. Massage may alleviate symptoms and side effects experienced by cancer patients, and is considered to be a supportive therapy.
In 2004, when I graduated massage school, research told me to stay away from massaging all people living with cancer. In 2011, my father was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. As a “Daddy’s Girl”, the only thing I wanted to do was give him comfort, but my education and training had told me not to touch him. With permission from his oncologist, I started to massage my father gently and for short durations. To see him with out pain and a smile on his face, my heart sang.
After my father’s passing, I started my education with my first course: Massage for people living with cancer. This was the first step of my healing from grief. Since the beginning of my oncology massage training, I have had the privilege of assisting and educating massage therapists, cancer patients, Doctors, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists on the benefits of massage therapy for cancer patients. I have directly seen the benefits from my clients from decreased insomnia, decreased pain, increased daily joy, and increased mobility.