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I have been seeing Kaeli for massage for the past year. Not only is she one of the most learned (anatomically and in practice) massage therapists I have been too, but she also carries a heightened intuitive sense to her practice.
Open Circle offers therapeutic massage therapy in Providence, Rhode Island. Modalities include prenatal massage, laboring and postnatal massage, infant massage instruction, integrative massage, deep tissue massage, muscular therapy, and Thai massage. Private and group infant massage instruction available. Our practitioners are licensed massage therapists and adhere to the American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics. They are trained in several modalities, and will draw upon a single modality or multiple techniques in a session to address a client’s or families goals. Read more below.
Therapeutic benefits of massage therapy:
- Decreased stress/increased relaxation
- Injury healing and prevention
- Structural/postural support and education
- Increased immune function
- Increased physiological function
- Increased athletic/physical performance
- Increased energy and emotional wellbeing
- Supported infant-parent bonding
- Infant calming, sleep and digestive support
Prenatal, Labor + Postnatal Massage
Therapeutic massage specially structured to decrease the common physical discomforts of pregnancy, help prepare the body for labor, and support faster healing after labor. Sessions may incorporate numerous massage therapy techniques, breath and postural education, and labor preparation exercises. Each session is modified to address the specific physical, mental and emotional goals, of the client. In addition to the physical benefits of prenatal massage, mothers are offered a safe and quiet space in which to connect to their growing baby and to be present with the excitement, fears and hopes that arise throughout pregnancy and childbearing. Please visit our Mom & Baby page for more information.
Infant Massage Instruction
(private or group classes)
Classes teach parents or caregivers methods of massaging their babies to support bonding, relaxation, sleep, digestion and general health. Parents are supported in learning new techniques, but also encouraged to further massage and touch their babies each day.
Integrative Massage Therapy
Sessions incorporate multiple modalities to support structural and functional health and general wellbeing. Each session is unique, addressing the client’s requests and individual structure. Sessions may combine: relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, range of motion and stretching, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, passive holding release and energy work.
Deep Tissue Massage
A broadly used term that generally refers to working with the deeper layers of muscle. Our philosophy at Motion Center is that deep tissue massage means specific and focused work with muscles or muscle groups, tendons, ligaments and fascia. This may mean working on deep or superficial layers, depending on the level of restriction. We strive to maintain client comfort and work slowly into the deeper layers realizing that it is possible to work deeply without pain.
An integrative system of massage based in Swedish massage, but also incorporating techniques from Shiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports massage, and other modalities. Both modalities have similar benefits, however Swedish massage focuses on supporting the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, while Muscular Therapy works to support and bring positive change to the musculo-skeletal system.
Thai Yoga Massage
An ancient form of bodywork, Thai Massage developed first in India and then over hundreds of years in the Buddhist Temples of Thailand. Rooted in the Ayurvedic medicine of India, Thai Massage is simultaneously deeply relaxing and energizing, and provides the client with a unique experience of his or her structure, movement potential and energetic base. Thai Yoga Massage has the capacity to address a wide range of structural, physiological, and energetic conditions and goals. Sessions take place on a mat on the floor, with the client fully clothed. No oil or lotion is used. Practitioners, utilize their entire body as they guide clients through a series of yoga-like stretches, while applying palm and thumb pressure along the body’s energy (Sen) lines.
Kaeli Sutton has been a student of the body’s structure and function for over 28 years. Trained in 2001 at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA, she has been a Rhode Island Licensed (MT01079) since 2001. With advanced training from Kam Thye Chow in Thai Yoga Massage and Carol Osbourne-Sheets in Prenatal, Labor and Postnatal massage, she specializes in Therapeutic and Relaxation Massage, Thai Yoga Massage and Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage.
Kaeli’s approach to bodywork grows out of a life-long study of the interconnections between the physical, emotional, mental “bodies” of each person. Her many years of dance and yoga study deeply inform her work as a massage therapist.
Kaeli began studying dance at 15, eventually training at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC, and studying traditional West African dance while living in Senegal, West Africa and for 20 years since. She holds a Bachelors degree in Culture and Dance from Long Island University. Kaeli was first introduced to yoga while at the Alvin Ailey school, and has been practicing for over 26 years, initially primarily studying Hatha yoga with Leslie Journet and, later, “inner body yoga” with Angela Farmer, her primary teacher of the past 12 years. Kaeli has been a registered yoga teacher for 18 years, and holds her original certifications in Ishta Yoga and Gyrokinesis. Additionally, Kaeli has pursued extensive study of pre- and postnatal yoga. With her extensive background in yoga, dance, bodywork, and anatomy and kinesiology, Kaeli brings to her massage therapy work a multilayered understanding of the body’s structure and movement, and it’s role in finding an empowered and joyful connection to one’s self, and compassionate connection to others.
Ashleigh Dundas, is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Holistic Health & Reiki II Practitioner, with over a decade of professional experience. She is also the mother of one strong willed, amazing little girl. Ashleigh found her calling in Massage Therapy at an early age after receiving her first massage following a car accident. She was awoken by the holistic and therapeutic power of massage, transforming her pain on the path to healing in just one hour. Ashleigh has been on a healing, self-care journey ever since. She dove right into the field after graduating with a 1,000 hour certification in Massage Therapy from New Hampshire Community Technical College in 2008. Ashleigh has worked with thousands of clients and loves working with all ages. Her work is gentle yet effective, deeply relaxing, and therapeutic.
Ashleigh’s specialty in working with mothers and families became a natural progression after the inspiring home birth of her daughter. She has trained as a Midwife Assistant with The Farm Midwives in Summertown, TN and plans to take her training to the next level with nursing school to become a CNM. Rhode Island is proudly the fourth NE state she has become licensed as a Massage Therapist in and has expanded her practice, Massage Loft New England, to serve the wonderful community here.
“After the birth of my daughter, it was a very stressful time and I endured a significant amount of back pain for about a month. I could barely get in and out of bed. However, after Kaeli’s therapeutic massage I felt almost immediately better! It was absolutely amazing. After about one week, I could do everything without pain. She worked thoroughly with attention to every detail to insure I was always comfortable and at a peaceful place during the massage.” -SS, Providence
“Thank you for the work you’ve done in helping me with my shoulder and arm during these last few weeks of pregnancy. This shoulder issue has bothered me for many years, and I’ve been in and out of therapy, massage, and chiropractic care to help it. Although there has been some success in the past, the work that you have done has been different — I often felt that practitioners had a standard “script” that they were following and it didn’t really get to the root of my problem. However, the work you have done each time has been very unique to me and the issues that I’m experiencing. The difference is noticeable in the relief I’ve had after our sessions. Thank you! It has really made a difference! –G.M. Providence
“Massage has really done wonders with our little [boy]. He is so much more comfortable with his body. He loves being changed now, and his digestion is less problematic.” -CZ, Providence
“Kaeli’s Thai Yoga Massages are the most invigorating, relaxing and energizing massage experience I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried many. Little aches and stiff points seem to evaporate, I feel two inches taller, and the muscular surrender that is part of the massage experience carries over into a feeling of intense surcease that lingers long after. Wonderful!” -RF, Providence