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About Meg’s Approach

Welcome!  I'm Meg Donnelly, a Licensed Massage Therapist, movement enthusiast and on again/off again run-for-fun runner.  While my studio is open to all, much of my work focuses on the unique needs of recreational and new-to-fitness athletes.  We ARE athletes, we are Weekend Warriors . . . runners, cyclists, swimmers, outdoor enthusiasts and fans of fitness of all levels and abilities.

If a cookie-cutter approach doesn't work, this is the place for you.  My role will vary based on your individual goal or goals.  Whether its performing at your best, recovering quickly or even just finding some much needed balance during the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives... I'm here for you!

Why I chose to become a Licensed Massage Therapist focused on mobility:

After a 20+ year career in the hotel industry, I found myself longing for something new.  So I decided to take time off to travel, assist my family, explore other career options and find a new challenge. 

  • Within days of my sabbatical however, I broke my wrist and forearm in multiple places while hiking in West Virginia.  It was an extremely painful months long recovery but I was amazed at the progress I made through Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, under the direction of a Hand Specialist.  It was then that I realized the power of those in the Health & Wellness industry.
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  • I looked into many different related careers including Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Yoga and Personal Training.  I was also receiving massage therapy regularly at this time for stress reduction and to help my body recover more quickly.  I experienced so many positive effects, I decided to go to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist.
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  • During school, I joined Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals (ABMP).  I remain an active member of ABMP today.  After working with one of my mentors at her studio, I officially opened my own studio, Meg Donnelly LMT, LLC, in January 2018.  Located at the Springwood Professional Center on the border of Herndon and Reston in Northern Virginia (NoVA), I've created a convenient, relaxing atmosphere for my clients to meet their goals.
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  • In addition to my initial massage education and mobility training, I have taken many continuing education classes including Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Intelligent Deep Tissue Techniques, How Essential Oils Work in the Body, Stretching Techniques, Table Thai Yoga Techniques, Elite Athlete Care, Management of Chronic Conditions and Pain Science Applications, Prenatal and Postpartum Massage, and The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer (Oncology Massage). I earned my personal training certification in 2021 as well, so look for additional movement and mobility courses and appointments, coming later this year.
    Meg Donnelly, a Licensed Massage Therapist

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Frequently Asked Questions 

A Guide by Your Side Approach: Empowering Clients in the Massage Therapy Studio

In the realm of massage therapy, person-centered care is emerging as a pivotal approach. Some refer to this as Guide by the Side. This collaborative...
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Myth Busting: Water, Hydration, Muscles and Massage

You might have heard the old myth that the way a muscle feels or its tonicity, is an indicator of dehydration. Or maybe you’ve heard...
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FAQ: Swedish vs sports vs deep tissue massage. What’s the difference?

https://youtu.be/yVMQDuKHV7I (00:00) Anna asks "What's the difference between Swedish, sports & deep tissue massage?" That's a great question, Anna. And the answer is... there really...
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Will Massage help my Post-Op Recovery from a Sports Injury?

When it comes to massage for recovery post-surgery, there are some claims you might read in articles that we used to think were true. But,...
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Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) or Insurance Rewards

The short answer to whether you can charge massage sessions on your HSA/FSA card or Insurance Rewards Program is...maybe. Not such a short answer after...
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Addressing Scent-Related Allergies & Sensitivities

While I am unfortunately unable to provide a 100% scent-free environment, I use the following precautions with all clients and practitioners in my studio to...
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What to Expect on your First Visit . . . and Every Visit

It can be confusing to know what to expect on your first visit as the type of massage and services offered can differ depending on...
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What’s Included and What Isn’t

You may be wondering why my pricing is set up the way it is. This blog post will hopefully answer some of your questions and...
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