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Megan-photo-for-bioMegan may have been destined to become a massage therapist. If not destined, then at least there were some hints early in life. She tells a story of being seven years old and opening up a lemonade-stand-style operation called the “Back Rub Shop” with her little brother and cousin in her home town of Ennis, MT, selling back rubs to family members for 50 cents each.

So it’s a bit ironic that today she’s one of Bozeman’s most up-and-coming therapeutic massage therapists. Dr. Bacon (co-owner of Elevate Health) received a massage from Megan and was thoroughly impressed. “I just couldn’t believe the level of talent Megan had, especially in such an early phase of her career. I just knew we had to try and convince her to join our team.”

And join the team she has. Megan graduated from Health Works Institute in Bozeman in May 2015 and immediately started her own independent practice. She joined Elevate Health in April 2016, and now adds her unique blend of massage modalities to our integrative clinic.

In fact, she’s a perfect fit for Elevate Health because her skills, knowledge, and interests all gravitate toward the medical, therapeutic side of massage therapy. She typically mixes modalities in a session based on each individual client’s needs.

Some of her more commonly used techniques include:

  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching
  • Sports Massage (Pre-, Post-, Maintenance, Treatment, Rehabilitative)
  • Fire Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Tui Na
  • Hot Stone
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue

Megan also takes the time to talk with her clients and get to the root of what is causing them pain. “A lot of people feel that pain is put on them,” she says. “But it doesn’t have to be that way. I try and figure out why they’re feeling the pain, how I can help, and how they can help themselves.”

Empowerment is an ever-present theme when talking with Megan about her massage practice. She wants her clients to feel better on a long term basis, not just in the short term. And she wants them to improve to the point where they eventually don’t need to see her as often. When her clients are interested in learning more, she loves educating them – everything from the names of muscle groups to what to expect after the massage to how to take better care of themselves between massages.

Megan sees massage as being an extremely effective tool in addressing a wide range of health concerns, from physically-induced problems all the way to stress-related issues. At the same time, Megan sees herself as one tool in a wider, integrative approach to health. In fact, Megan joining the Elevate Health team marks an important turning point because it is the first step toward our vision of a true integrative clinic where practitioners collaborate to offer comprehensive, holistic care.

And her passion for massage extends beyond the treatment room. When she’s not working, Megan is always researching new techniques and approaches, analyzing what’s working and what’s not, and coming up with innovative treatment plans to help her clients reach new levels of health.

She also enjoys powerlifting with her husband, taking her dogs for walks, and eating healthy.

Her dad still teases her by asking for a back rub, harkening back to the days of her childhood “Back Rub Shop”. But these days it’s not just a joke. And now he often clarifies that, in fact, he really does want a back rub.

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