Heart Felt Touch



Lauren Ho, L. Ac. **** New Service Provider! **** ACUPUNCTURE

Hi, I’m Lauren, a licensed Acupuncturist, practitioner of Chinese Medicine, and Shiatsu practitioner. I completed my studies at NUNM in Portland and am currently licensed in both Virginia and North Carolina, and nationally accredited as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM.

I am passionate about holistic healing and have specialized in treating mental and emotional health issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, and emotional imbalances. Additionally, I have a particular interest in working with patients who are experiencing challenging diseases that Western medicine may not have satisfactory answers for. My scope is inclusive of many other concerns as well, including digestive health, immune support, women’s health, and pain conditions.

I utilize a comprehensive approach to healing, which includes exploring the root cause of symptoms and developing personalized treatment plans that work best for each patient's unique needs. Using acupuncture techniques, massage, cupping, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and dietary/lifestyle advice.

I am committed to providing compassionate care and empowering patients to take an active role in their healing journey. With a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit, I work to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Nicole Abbitt, LMT

I firmly believe the body and mind are intimately connected. Asking compassionate questions to better understand the dynamics of my clients’ lives helps me to uncover areas where I can pour love and intention into how their unique circumstances may be contributing to how their body feels. I’ve been a mother for 25 years and I see the influence of my life experience in my work. I love to care for you. 

Clients who visit me can expect to find me leaning into my sweet spots - neck, shoulders, lower back, glutes for sciatic nerves, feet, hands and face. I do a lot of stretching, and long relaxing strokes. I’ve practiced herbal work for over 20 years, so that often drives my creative approach to care, and my pharmaceutical background and knowledge of medications often give me sneak peeks into my client’s symptoms and illnesses. 

My special skills: Pressure Point Work, Intro Reflexology, Dry/Damp Heat, Cupping, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release 1

You’re the client for me if you’re: 

  • Seeking light to medium pressure

  • Navigating sciatica, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, often on your feet all-day

  • A stressed-out mom who needs a breather

  • An overworked employee or business owner who needs to unwind 

  • Elderly who crave compassionate touch

  • Desperate for the opportunity to relax and be cared for 

  • Looking for a caring ear to listen to and a shoulder to cry on

I can’t wait to meet you. 

Kara Royall, LMT

Kara Royall, LMT 

“My working knowledge of anatomy and physiology helps me approach each session with empathy and understanding. By asking questions and exploring possibilities beginning with the simplest, my aim is to help clients understand how their bodies are constructed and how to help them better function. All bodies are unique, and often the solutions can be as well. By going in without assumptions about the circumstances and actively listening to what my clients are telling me, we can unravel aches and pains efficiently. Discussing the ways in which my clients use their bodies on a regular basis helps me to offer guidance on improving their daily well-being. I take a particular interest in conditions of the neck and upper back, especially those involving headaches, and also the lower legs and feet. I have several years’ experience treating college and world-class athletes. 

I may be a good fit for you if you are:

  • Experiencing a musculoskeletal problem that rest and NSAIDs are not helping,

  • An athlete who is recovering from an injury or seeking to prevent injury,

  • Looking for specific, therapeutic work with measurable results, or

  • Comfortable with medium to deep pressure, deep tissue or trigger point work.

I acknowledge and celebrate the fact that all bodies are unique, all bodies are good, and all bodies deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.”

Patricia Luna, LMT

Hi, I'm Patricia! I graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage and fell in love with the human body and the benefits of healing therapeutic touch.
I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in Virginia and a Registered Massage Practitioner in Maryland. I use a combination of different massage types and styles during a session tailored for your body’s needs that day. I am trained in Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Sports, Injury, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Acupressure, Hot Stone, Trigger Point and Assisted Stretch Therapy.
A client once told me, “the human body is like an amazing vehicle and we have to treat it the best way we can to get all the mileage out of it possible. It’s the only body we get in this lifetime.”
Whether you need help with pain management, chronic pain, injury recovery, or simply want to relax and de-stress, take time for your body. Book an appointment!


Amy Bray-Short, LMT

Amy Short, LMT

I truly enjoy my work! I received my license to offer Massage Therapy in November of 2001 after graduating from Virginia Academy of Massage in Newport News. I have completed continuing education courses in medical massage, including:
Whitney Lowe's Orthopedic Massage Clinics, Lymph Drainage Massage, Neuromuscular, Therapy for Spine and Thorax, Pregnancy Massage, Myofascial Release for Upper Body. 

In my practice I use many of the techniques to complete a therapeutic massage session. Over the years I have learned that each person's differing needs can be met by using a variety of these massage techniques.

I love my work because it is a calm one on one environment and I gain great satisfaction knowing that I have the opportunity to make someone feel better both mentally and physically in such a hectic world.


Daniel Pollock, LMT

Hi, I'm Daniel!  I have been a massage therapist in Hampton Roads, Virginia since December of 2020.  I specialize in the use of techniques from the traditional Hawaiian massage style of Lomi Lomi and I am proficient in Swedish, Thai, and deep tissue massage.  As a massage therapist, I am always looking for ways to improve as I strive to provide my guests with the best service possible, and I pride myself on an ability to help my clients find a great middle ground between relaxation and pain relief, tailoring each session to the needs of the individual.




Beth Saunders, LMT

Beth Saunders, LMT

I approach every massage as a puzzle to be solved. As we explore your life, each piece will fall into place. Curiously, that last piece is always elusive, and I love the ever-evolving dialogue of your body. It’s like a painting, where you can always find something you’d do a bit differently or an area to be improved upon. As a lover of art, I enjoy learning, creating, growing, and exploring. I approach therapeutic massage with that mindset and thoroughly enjoy the artistry of the human body. 

My top areas of expertise are neck and shoulders, followed closely by hips. 

My special skills: Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Prenatal, Medical Massage

You’re the client for me if you’re: 

  • Recovering from surgery, broken bones, or other medical events and injuries

    • Whiplash, migraines, oncological care, chronic issues like scoliosis

  • An athlete - sportsman, runner, lifter - athletic build with a highly active life

  • In a stressful career - teachers, nurses, military, first responders, etc. 

  • Seeking deep tissue and deep pressure

I am aiming for you to live pain-free. I will bring my best to you, each and every time, seeking to improve how your body feels, providing the routine work and maintenance that will establish your baseline for a healthy, strong, restored body. Your body tells the story of your life. I simply have to listen to what it’s saying. 


Ginger Spencer, LMT

Ginger Peer-Spencer, LMT and Owner

I love my work. Exploring the body and laying on hands to heal and restore is something that never ceases to amaze me. As similar as the overall makeup of our bodies may seem, they are each drastically different for a million different reasons and each person deserves the attentive care that seeks out and addresses their unique needs with purpose and precision. 

I have spent a considerable amount of time learning how emotions and trauma affect the body. I can tell when someone’s nervous system is functioning in overdrive, and use that knowledge to help my clients discover ways to nudge their bodies toward moving in a more relaxed state. I cultivate a state of calm and comfort in my therapeutic approach and honor everybody with compassionate, trust-filled care. I understand that massage therapy reveals people’s vulnerabilities, stressors, anxieties, and pain. Acknowledging and honoring that experience is a critical piece of therapeutic support. You are safe with me. 

If you need to talk, I’m here. If you prefer silence, I’m here. If you are grieving, I’m here. If you are resting, I’m here. This is your time and your space. I will follow and honor your lead.

My deepest love is caring for people in later life stages, especially those who may not receive a healthy, compassionate touch, and may be experiencing loneliness, depression, anxiety, and pain. Providing any sense of relief that uplifts them physically, emotionally, and spiritually is something I hold sacred. 

You’re the client for me if you’re: 

  • Battling chronic stress and need help unwinding tension

  • Seeking medium pressure to help your entire body find a state of rest

  • Working through trauma or medical crises

  • Looking for compassionate touch that connects on physical, emotional and spiritual levels

  • Navigating later seasons of life, including hospice or terminal illness

  • In need of a therapist who can come to you (off-site care available)

The time we spend together is all about you. I will listen to you and to your body, tailoring your experience to align with what’s going on in your world, whether spoken or unspoken. I give my all, my best, every time. You are loved and you are not alone.

Existing clients please call 693-9000 to schedule.

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