All of our therapists are New York State Licensed professionals with advanced certifications in their areas of specialty. Advanced training and experience really do make all the difference.
Jen is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and received her massage training from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA. She holds advanced certification in Clinical Sports Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release, Active Isolated Stretching, and flexibility training. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Russell Sage College, Troy, NY.
She started her massage career at the Southern Saratoga YMCA in Clifton Park, NY in 1996. She served as both a certified YMCA strength training instructor and a massage therapist. Jen is the Sports Massage Instructor at Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY. She is also the Sports Massage Therapist for University at Albany’s Athletic Program and has been a part of numerous championship teams.
Her areas of specialty include clinical sports massage, orthopedic massage/injury recovery, myofascial release, and chronic pain management. She has provided sports massage at many events including The Ironman USA Triathlon in Lake Placid, NY, the Boston Marathon and Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany, NY. She has been a Massage Tent Captain at the Ironman USA Triatlon for the last 13 years. She believes that regular massage is a priority in the lives of her clients and helps them achieve optimal health and wellness. She is a certified in Kinesio Taping Practioner from The Kinesio Taping Association International.
In Spring of 2003, she was awarded “Outstanding Sports Massage Achiever” from the New York State American Massage Therapy Association in addition to receiving the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce.
Brian is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer and a recent graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. As a graduate of Keene State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine, he has worked in various settings including clinical, high school and professional sports level. Brian specializes in Sports Massage, Swedish, Injury Recovery and Deep Tissue Techniques. He also holds a degree in occupational therapy from Russell Sage College.
Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979 from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. She obtained her massage training at the Center of Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, New York. She was a competitive athlete throughout high school and college in sports including basketball, tennis, and volleyball. One of her fondest memories was qualifying to participate in the NJCAA Tennis Nationals in Midland, Texas in 1976 and 1977.
Kathy is an avid runner and feels it is her responsibility as a Massage Therapist to maintain a level of physical fitness. She emphasizes the importance of gentle stretching before and after exercise. She offers Swedish Massage for relaxation and to decrease daily stress. She also provides Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. Kathy firmly believes that gentle stretches should be incorporated into each massage session. Her goal is to educate clients about the benefits of massage and to encourage self care.
Bethany has been a professional New York State Licensed Massage Therapist at Back In Balance Center for Therapeutic Massage since 2006. She received her massage therapy training at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA, in 2003 and is also a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College with an associate in arts. She is a professional member of the National Association of Massage Therapists.
Bethany offers sessions tailored to each client’s individual needs using various massage techniques including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, medical/injury recovery, pregnancy and lymphatic facilitation. She has a special interest in clients with fibromyalgia and enjoys working with younger children, as well as local high school athletes. She is also looking forward to working with local musicians as they are often overlooked as being true athletes in need of therapeutic massage.
She prides herself on being an Ironhands Massage Team member, providing sports massage to athletes at the Ironman Triathlon in Lake Placid, NY, since 2005. She also provides on-site massage for many charitable events throughout the year including Tour De Cure, RITA Walk and Suicide Awareness Day.
Sherri received her massage therapy training from The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Her areas of expertise with advanced training include deep tissue, Swedish massage for relaxation and stress reduction, hot stone therapy, medical/injury massage, lymphatic facilitation,myofascial release and energy work.
Sherri’s approach is gentle and compassionate, as she seeks to create a sense of calmness in sessions, incorporating varying techniques and pressure. She works with clients to understand and address issues of chronic tension in the body, encouraging client empowerment and self-care between sessions, as well as the benefits of massage. Her goal for each massage is to nurture the client by reducing the aches and pains of stressed muscles, improving mobility, and allowing for a sense of ease and well-being within the body.
Sharon O’Meara, BS, LMT
Sharon has obtained National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Sharon is a certified Pilates instructor for both mat and apparatus and has been instructing for the last 9 years. Sharon has taught gymnastics to tiny tots and young teens at the YMCA and gymnastics academies. She is an avid participant in several outdoor sports, including snow skiing, water skiing, kayaking and has been a student of varied dance forms, such as: ballet, jazz, ballroom and Argentine Tango for many years. Sharon, has a strong foundation in the structural Integration of the body, and is passionate about educating and assisting her clients in their rehabilitation process. Sports massage and myofacial release techniques are among her specialties. Massage is not just for athletes, however, and Sharon experienced this first hand during the community service portion of her massage education at Hospice.
Anita M. Peitrzak, LMT, CKTP
Anita received her massage training at the Center for Natural Wellness School in 2006. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She enjoys taking advanced training courses to achieve a higher knowledge to bring to her clients. She holds certifications in CORE Myofascial Therapy & CORE Sport Bodywork as well as a Certified Kinesio Taping Practioner.
She likes to customize each session to the client’s needs. Rarely are two sessions exactly the same. She offers sessions in Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone therapy, sports massage, orthopedic massage, lymphatic facilitation, Active Isolated Stretching, Kinesio Taping and pregnancy massage.
Anita actively participates at numerous sporting events including Ironman USA Triathlon Lake Placid where she is part of the IronHands Massage Team. Whether she is traveling to work with professional athletes, weekend warriors or the everyday athlete, she will listen to their needs and work towards achieving client’s needs.
Loren Renaud moved to Upstate New York in 2011 from Rhode Island. After 15 plus years of professional experience as a Licensed Massage Therapist in Rhode Island, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist and professional in New York State. Prior to moving to New York, Loren was a Certified Massage Instructor at the Lincoln Technical Institute in Lincoln, Rhode Island as well as a practicing professional of massage therapy.
Over her career, Loren has been associated with various health and fitness facilities in New England, along with being a certified group exercise instructor. She was a chiropractic assistant for several years performing massage for personal injury patients, as well as therapeutic exercise. Loren specializes in relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and rehabilitation massage for injuries. She has worked on several professional athletes and has rehabilitated them back to professional performance levels. Loren has also done on-site massage for several businesses at several venues over her career.
Loren is an honored graduate and alumni of Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts. She also holds her Associates in Science Degree in Business Administration from the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick, Rhode Island. Loren is also an accredited and certified chiropractic assistant. Outside of her professional interests, Loren enjoys fitness, reading, and spending time with her family.
Steve Ryder, AAS, LMT
Steve Ryder was born out of the area and moved to the Mohawk Valley at an early age where he was raised. Starting at childhood he was very active in sports including skiing, baseball, soccer as well as track and field events. He carried these sports through school and into college where he added rugby, rock climbing and scuba diving to his repertoire. Steve attended college at SUNY Canton where he received his education in the legal field then SUNY Potsdam where he studied Psychology.
After college he continued with his sports and worked in the legal/justice field for approximately 20 years until an injury forced him into early retirement. During his recovery from the injury he went through surgery and two years of extensive physical therapy and massage therapy for his healing process. It was at this time he started to gain an interest in the massage therapy field. Near the end of Summer of 2012 Steve began his education in the massage field at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy and graduated in 2013. During his education at the school he gained in interest in the area of Therapeutic Massage and Medical Massage. He is currently developing his style of massage that incorporates Swedish, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release Therapy and Sports Massage. Steve strives to give his clients a customized massage that will promote relaxation, healing and an overall sense of well being.
Misty Guillaume, AA, LMT
Misty Guillaume is a Licensed Massage Therapist who graduated from Center for Natural Wellness of Massage Therapy. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She received her degree for Physical Education and wants to implement these skills into Sports Massage. Misty pursued massage therapy as a career mainly because she has always had a passion for helping people, it’s very rewarding. “If I can make someone feel better (mind and body) I’ve done my job.” Misty specializes in Relaxation Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, and Hot Stone Massage. Misty also has an interest in on-site massage for corporate businesses.
Miss Murphy, Relaxation Coordinator
Murphy joined our staff in April 2011. She knew immediately she had very large “paws to fill” as the knew Relaxation Coordinator. She takes her job very seriously greeting customers and helping make every visit to Back in Balance Therapeutic Massage a positive one. Her kind and gentle spirit is a very welcomed energy in our office.
In loving Memory, August 4, 1996 to June 9, 2010
Molly graduated from Canine University with a degree in communications. She finds her position of Welcoming Committee Chair and Relaxation Coordinator extremely rewarding. Her philosophy is each day should be filled with lots of massage and several long naps in a tranquil and peaceful setting.
She is now happily chasing squirrels at the Rainbow Bridge