Heather Ralston, Licensed Massage Therapist, founded Elevate Massage in 2015 and chose the name when considering the feeling she experienced during and after her first massage. Massage has measurable benefits, sure, but it also has intangible effects on mind and body. Massage can help to heal physical trauma after an accident, but it can also help to heal emotional trauma long held in our bodies.
Elevate Massage is located within the Center on High, a space for healers of varying types to practice. Though there is a simple pricing structure, Heather also offers a Pay What You Can scale for those with financial need. If massage and the education that comes with it can become more widely experienced, her hope is that massage will be recognized for the essential treatment that it is, and the industry and community overall will benefit. Healthy and loving touch is sorely missed and needed in western society, and this is her way of addressing it.
Heather’s undergraduate work in business management led her to financial account management, which she did not like. Chronic neck and stress issues led her to try acupuncture, massage, and a library of self help topics. Her shift to the healing arts was almost immediate, and she started classes a month after receiving her first massage. She studied at Columbus State Community College, where she later taught massage coursework. She has additional training in lomilomi, prenatal, sports, trigger point, aromatherapy, hot stone, and lymphatic drainage massage techniques.
Heather is interested in the mind-body connection, and is always considering new forms of healing and new community dynamics.