Mary Szegda, MA
Specializing in Body Based Psychotherapy & The John Barnes method of Myofascial Release
Spa Room Founder, Licensed Counselor, Yoga Teacher , Mindfulness Instructor
I’ve enjoyed many years of working and training in the field of mind-body studies. These days I’m happily integrating my experience as a dance movement therapist, professional counselor and yoga teacher at The Spa Room. This work is informed by a MA in applied psychology, intensive study of rehabilitation counseling, certification as an Infant Massage Instructor, intensive study of drama therapy , teaching creative movement in Montessori schools and supporting people with brain injuries in their rehabilitation. I’ve been practice massage therapy since 2003. I’m also a practitioner of the John Barnes Method of Myofascial Release at the intermediate level and am continuing to advance my skills in the fields of dissociation & PTSD through enrollment in the level 1 sensori- motor psychotherapy training.
My goal is to create a healing community based on the concepts of simplicity, authenticity and self-expression. There are so many ways to find happiness and learn about ourselves. The Spa Room is a place where artists, yogis and healers can advance their skills, try out new projects and practice their art forms in a supportive environment. It is also meant to be a place where people from all walks of life can come to experience the original intention of spa- healing through connection to nature, physical body and community.
While some people experience temporary symptom relief from deep tissue massage, there is a growing body of research to suggest that methods which address the nervous system and the fascia in combination with mindfulness skills have a more powerful and lasting healing effect. I work best with clients who are open to being active participants in their own healing journey. I also believe strongly that each human has within them everything that they need to heal themselves, and my role is to assist you in discovering your best self. While I do still accept clients for relaxation and general therapeutic massage, each session includes an intake, education, and clinical discussion.
I offer the following service at The Spa Room.
- Massage 101- Private Massage Instruction
- Infant Massage Instruction
- Myofascial Release
- Mindfulness Sessions for Anxiety, Depression & Stress Reduction
- Myofascial Release for Lactation
- Integrated Reiki & Swedish Massage Sessions
- Mindfulness Instruction
- Private Yoga Sessions for Self-Awareness & Stress Reduction
- Therapeutic Massage Sessions -Combination of Manual Therapy/Myofascial Release
- Private Movement Sessions (Authentic Movement & Dance Therapy Based)
- Ayurvedic Bodywork
- 30 Min. Complimentary Wellness Consultations
When I’m not in the massage room, I enjoy choreographing and performing post-modern dance.
Energy Worker & Aromatherapy Practitioner
I’m a Master/Teacher/Practitioner of a number of forms of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). I’m also a certified Professional Aromatherapist, registered with the Aromatherapy Registration Council and a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). I’ve been practicing complementary healing for seven years. I offer sessions, full certification and short classes in aromatherapy, energy work and combining healing modalities and I make all kinds of handcrafted and custom aromatic products. My goal as a healer is to support self healing and self actualization in others (see more at www.starchaser-healingarts.com).
I also hold a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics. I have worked in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia on poverty alleviation, economic empowerment of small-scale farmers, food markets and famine early warning for over 25 years. I continue this work on a part-time basis through Starchaser Consulting where I am increasingly focusing on opportunities for smallholders in aromatics, medicinals and natural products.
For me it’s important to surround myself with other healers in order to exchange, grow and create new services and products that everyone can benefit from and enjoy. When I’m not giving healing sessions or working in my aroma lab, I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, running, yoga and learning about Ayurveda, intuitive healing and vibrational medicine.
Patricia is a friend of The Spa Room she can be reached at and owner of Starchaser Healing Arts. More information about Patricia can be found here.