About Amy Prior

I am Licensed by the State of Michigan and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). I practice mainly deep tissue massage therapy in Ann Arbor as well as relaxation massages. I graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy--one of the top five massage schools in the country. I'm certified by AAIMT in Myofascial and Neuromuscular Massage Therapy.

I graduated from Michigan State University and live in Ann Arbor with my wonderful husband, Don. We have three cats who are our children and our joy. I have studied martial arts and have a black belt in Jujutsu and Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship); I also have a brown belt in Karate.

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Ann Arbor Massage Therapy with Amy Prior

How I Got Started

How did I get involved in massage therapy? I have scoliosis with metal rods in my back that keep my spine straight. “I receive monthly adjustments from my orthopedist, Dr. Jay Sandweiss and bi-monthly treatments from my massage therapist, Sandy Castle (if I could massage my own back, I would!).

I've always had an interest in massage. I was becoming weary of the corporate culture of marketing and became a freelancer. I'd also been listening to Sandy tell me stories about how rewarding her career is for her. When I realized how great it would be to have a job where people are excited to come see me and when they leave, I've made them feel better, I decided to go to the same school Sandy went to and I've never looked back!

In 2009, I attended the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy (AAIMT), one of the top massage schools in the country. There, I finished a year-long, intensive program that focused heavily on human anatomy and physiology, the specifics of muscle function, physiology and kinesiology, deep tissue and relaxation massage practical techniques, and hours upon hours of clinical practice. I have been in business since 2010, working part-time with my home clients and part-time with a skilled chiropractor. As such, I take clients on an appointment-only basis.

My Philosophy

I believe that good massage therapy combined with chiropractic or physical therapy treatments can help maintain proper body alignment and keep you in better health than just one or the other alone. It's because the body's skeletal system and musculature are influenced by each other. If you adjust the body's structure, but not the tight muscles around it, then those muscles will pull the spine out of alignment again.

My clients are my top priority. I work with you to help you get rid of your pain. My primary goal is to attack trigger points--tight areas in muscles that cause pain and may refer pain to other areas of the body--and keep the pain from coming back.

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Manual therapy, Trigger point therapy, Bodywork, Relaxation massage, Massage therapy, Deep tissue massage, Myofascial therapy, Neuromuscular therapy, Chronic pain relief, Chronic muscle tension, Chiropractor, Alternative health, Alternative medicine, Sports medicine, Sports massage, Chair massage, Swedish massage, Effleurage, Petrissage

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Compression, Tapotement, Sciatica, Sciatic pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Hip pain, Shoulder pain, Neck pain, Headaches, Tension headaches, Postural imbalance, Postural distortions, Stress, Anxiety, Relaxation, Muscle strain, Muscle soreness, Scoliosis, High hip