Get to know Mary-Claire
It's my goal to help clients feel better through awesome massage and to empower massage therapists to transform their careers.
With my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film, you may wonder why I chose to become a massage therapist. Well, I like to eat (most actors don't make so much). And I wanted to help people.
Massage therapy makes my clients feel better through not only due to my massage skills, but also because I listen. Sometimes, that helps people heal just by getting things off their chest. Add to that my awesome ninja barefoot massage skills, and people say it's a winning combination.
About a year after I learned Ashiatsu (in 2002), I was practicing massage at a both a day spa (hands on only) and a chiropractor's office (primarily Ashiatsu) when I had a eureka moment.
I realized that although I had been performing Ashiatsu barefoot massage at the chiropractor's office, I hadn't done any hands on massage for about a week. My first hands-on massage at the day spa on a busy Saturday, and my wrists started to bother me.
I realized they hadn't hurt in a week. It was at that moment when I knew I had to teach other massage therapists who suffered the same issues that there were other options, and Ashiatsu was an excellent choice.
Ashiatsu barefoot massage enabled me to work through 3 pregnancies, one of which was with twins.
(That's our massage class on our last day, October 1998.)
From 2008-2017, I trained therapists in the art of Bamboo-fusion.
With my husband Paul and friend, we've opened the Center for Barefoot Massage, a continuing education program that focuses on - you guessed it! - barefoot masssage.
My most recent venture is Massage Momentum, where I teach massage therapists online how to design successful massage memberships. I have been featured on It's a Tribe Thing Podcast (E.48), MindBody Radio, and Massage Business Blueprint (E. 147)
Having trained 100s of therapists throughout the US and into Canada, my home training studio in Cincinnati is my permanent location. It is here at Affinity Massage Studio that I both teach therapists and maintain my personal client base.
My husband Paul helps me run the back side of the businesses, and we are filled with love and laughter from our 8 children.
In July 2021, I earned my certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, working to help others live their lives more healthfully.
In my spare time, I sneak healthy foods into my family's meals.
In the past, I've also worked part time as a professional photography blogger who specializes in conceptual photography and thematic portraits.
(Who needs sleep?)
Massage Momentum is on Instagram.
In case you're wondering, I graduated from massage school in 1999 and am licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board for massage (license # 33-008321). The first modality I got certified in was TouchPro chair massage (1998), then Nurturing the Mother pregnancy massage (1999) followed by Ashiatsu barefoot massage (2002), Bamboo-fusion (2006), Ashi-Thai (2009), ACE Massage Cupping (2013), and finally, Rossiter (barefoot pin-and-stretch) (2017), Fijian barefoot mat massage (2018). I've also taken sports massage, insurance billing, ethics courses, the science of fascia, and lots more barefoot massage training.
Most recently, I co-created the Center for Barefoot Massage training classes (2017) as well as our first "Relax Track" class, Hot Ashi (2018).