Brenda Westlake, LMT
“My favorite thing about massage is seeing the imbalance in a body, working the muscles, and then watching the client’s posture improve with each session. I love the challenge of deep-tissue work; it’s what I’m best at.”
Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Tucson
Deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, and deep neck and shoulder mobilization
After graduating from massage school in 2000, Brenda moved to Illinois to be closer to her sister, who was growing her family. While there, she worked in a hospital with cancer patients as well as women and infants until she could open her own business, Sound Body Therapeutic Massage, which she nurtured for 11 years until COVID-19 hit, at which point she sold her house, closed her business, and moved back to Arizona to be closer to her mother. “Family is everything to me,” she says.
Brenda has a knack for going where she’s needed. “I have always known I wanted to help people,” she says, “I just didn’t know how.” When a friend told her about massage therapy, she took a short introductory course and was immediately hooked. In addition to traditional massage, she has studied and been certified in many different modalities—deep neck and shoulder joint mobilization, pregnancy massage, lymphatic drainage, hot stones, and cupping, to name a few—that allow her to give each client specialized care and the results they need. “I work on a wide variety of clients,” Brenda says, “from those who just want relaxation to the clients who have a goal to achieve. My joy comes from the client’s satisfaction when the session is done.”
Before your first session with Brenda, you will fill out a detailed intake form then discuss with her the results you are looking for from your treatment. She will confirm the areas of focus and the techniques she will be using. After that, you can relax, breathe, and be confident that Brenda will take care of you.
With over 20 years of experience and unflagging enthusiasm for her work, Brenda is definitely someone who has followed her true calling. “It combines my favorite things: I get to help people get relief from their pain and expand my family of friends, all the while having a rewarding job that I love.”