gabrielle Mohn, LMT
Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, Sámara, Costa Rica
Deep-tissue massage; hip girdle, deep pec, chest, and shoulders; sports massage (especially cyclers and mountain bikers); abdominal massage; side-lying massage; trauma-informed bodywork
Gabrielle Mohn was born a farm girl in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she spent her youth playing in the woods and reading books. By the time she was fourteen, she had developed mysterious abdominal pain and digestive dysfunction that led her to seek out all kinds of alternative medicine—acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, lymphatic drainage, energy work, yoga, and, of course, massage. While completing her BA in Colorado, Gabrielle developed a relationship with a massage therapist who inspired her and encouraged her professional pursuit of the healing arts. After completing her bachelors degree, she swiftly enrolled in the intensive program at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, where she spent months immersed in all things bodywork. She graduated with a zealous interest in muscle attachments and postural assessments and a hunger to know the human body better.
Gabrielle honed her skills in the mountain town of Durango, Colorado, where she found many clients living with sports injuries and chronic pain. Working regularly with clients and coming up with treatment plans and techniques to tackle their issues was greatly rewarding, and she became increasingly aware of how humans hold their emotions, mental patterns, and traumas in their bodies and how important it is to work with the nervous system in order to heal. After moving to Tucson, she sought training in trauma-informed bodywork and continues to study and practice intuitive bodywork.
Informed by her own experience with gastrointestinal issues, Gabrielle understands that the causes of our bodily tensions aren’t always as straightforward as bad posture, repetitive movement, or sleeping funny. Often our chronic pain patterns have a message for us. Should a client be open to sifting through these causes, trauma-informed bodywork holds space for messages from the body to surface and educate us on how to move forward. As with all bodywork sessions, trauma-informed bodywork is most effective when a client is able to communicate with the therapist, allowing us to work together to heal and release.
A typical session with Gabrielle may include passive and active stretching, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, craniosacral holds, in addition to hot stones or cupping as appropriate. She values connecting with her clients and holds compassionate space for whatever arises during a session. Her style is firm, intentional, and effective while still being intuitive and nurturing.
When she is not massaging, Gabrielle is most likely road biking, mountain biking, or riding on a tandem bike with her partner. She loves to cook hearty vegetarian meals, create linoleum prints, and read good books. She avoids social media and screen time as much as possible and is known to disappear into the wilderness whenever she gets a chance.