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Marlene Bruce, LMT
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Marlene Bruce, LMT
Krista Merwede, LMT

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Massage Therapist Bios

Bullet Marlene Bruce, L.C.M.T., B.A.
Bullet Sandra Wittingham, L.M.T.
Bullet Krista Merwede, L.M.T., B.A.

Marlene Elizabeth Bruce, L.C.M.T., B.A.

Marlene (say "Mar-lay-nuh") became interested in massage while earning her B.A. in art, where anatomy drawing made her curious about the structure and function of the human body. After a decade as a professional web and graphic designer, Marlene decided to go back to working with her hands. Upon graduating from the Shenandoah Valley School for Therapeutic Massage in Edinburg, VA (2006) and receiving highest marks in every section of the National Certification Exam, Marlene went on to open her own practice in Front Royal, VA, which she maintained for four years before moving back to the DC area. Her visualization skill, combined with somatic understanding and investigative curiosity eventually revealed a natural aptitude for clinical massage.

Marlene is continuing studies in Orthopedic Massage (a form of medical massage) under Whitney Lowe and James Waslaski, and brings an array of related skills to the table: Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, PNF Stretching and more. She also enjoys helping clients simply relax and recover from everyday stress, aches and pains.

Client testimonials:

"Marlene, Just wanted to let you know … there has been only one other time in NY that I had a massage (close to) the experience today. I have been searching for someone like the person in NY I had. Well … today was the best massage I've ever had! You are talented and terrific! My body feels very relaxed. I want to thank you so much."
Debra Maszeros
April 23, 2010

"Marlene ~ I just wanted to let you know how much IMPROVEMENT I've seen in my ability to WALK. When I last left your office, I walked to the van carrying my cane without even realizing it. This past weekend at my cousin's I only used the cane a couple of times. I'm not sure exactly what the difference is — perhaps the work you did on my hip, perhaps on my thigh — but I basically haven't walked without my cane in maybe a year. You have changed my life. THANK YOU!!!"
DiAnne Wolfe
May 25, 2010

"My entire upper body feels much improved. The most noticeable effect is the lack of pain in that little area near my shoulder blades. This is such a relief. I have been on the computer for long periods of time, and it has not been a problem. Also, my entire shoulder area feels more flexible and there is significantly less pain on that left side. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to this."
Alison Roeser
April 1, 2009

Sandra Faith Wittingham L.M.T.

Sandra’s interest in massage therapy flows naturally from her Jamaican roots, where touching and sharing foot rubs was a regular pastime. Sandra left her homeland in 1988, to pursue formal training in London, England, where she studied Eastern Bodywork and Swedish massage. Since moving to the United States in 1992, she has continued her training at, The Baltimore School of Massage and became certified by the National Board of Therapeutic Massage.

Sandra believes in a holistic approach to massage therapy by Integrating Eastern and Western techniques and other disciplines such as yoga, meditation and nutrition to balance and maintain the integrity of the body. With the increase of stress in the work place today, Sandra is aware of the importance of educating her clients to take responsibility and actively participant in their individual health. Sandra is continuing her studies in traditional Thai Massage and Herbal Medicine at the, Thai Institute in Arlington, Virginia.

Krista Lauren Merwede L.M.T., B.A.

Krista has been a holistic health professional and a massage therapist for over a decade. Graduating from the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, CA in 2001, Krista began her career in the treatment room with the dual focus of Neuromuscular Therapy (trigger point release) and Myofascial Release. She added Cranialsacral Therapy to her repotoire in 2002, studying with the Upledger Institute. Questing for another dimension to her healing practice, in 2006 she traveled to Bisbee, AZ where she received a Clinical Herbalist Certification from the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine.

Krista's strengths in the treatment room include headache relief, frozen shoulder release, unwinding stress from working at a desk and tracking muscular pain to its source. She holds a Reiki Master's Attunement and received her B.A. in 2005 from Burlington College in Burlington, VT with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in Holistic Studies.