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Therapeutic Touch

 Massage Therapy


-TTMT-

Specializing in stress reduction & pain relief, naturally.

Our Therapists


Holli Nye, LMT, MMP, BCTMB, BAS

CT License #006359

BCTMB #446019-00 

     Holli is the founder and owner of TTMT. She graduated from the Groton campus of the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT)  in August of 2005. After relocating to South Carolina, Holli passed the National Certification exam from the NCBTMB and obtained SC state licensure in January 2006. Holli worked in a variety of settings including a day spa, chiropractic practices, and a private massage therapy practice specializing in working with Fibromyalgia clients. In 2007, Holli completed continuing education for advanced certification as a Medical Massage Practitioner (MMP).

     After returning to Connecticut, Therapeutic Touch Massage Therapy was founded in May of 2010. Using her experience and extensive training in several modalities of massage; including: Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, prenatal, and injury rehabilitation; Holli customizes each session to treat the client's needs. Holli constantly continues to increase her knowledge and skill with continuing education. 

     Holli has worked as a Teaching Assistant at CCMT in Groton and is also an Approved Provider with the NCBTMB to teach continuing education to other licensed massage therapists.

     In May of 2017, Holli graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelors of Applied Science majoring in Massage Therapy. She is a current member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and a Board Certified Therapist with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). (Board Certified practitioners have passed an extensive background check.)

     Holli is passionate about the field of massage therapy and seeing it more widely recognized as a complement to medical care and overall wellness for clients. When she is not providing massage therapy, Holli is with her family enjoying being a mom to three amazing kids or taking time to practice yoga or receive massage therapy!

     

Basilia Montesanto, LMT

CT License #005932


     Basilia is an independent contractor working with TTMT. She is available for appointments during the evenings and weekends.

     Basilia has been in practice since she graduated from the CT Center for Massage Therapy in Groton, CT in 2009. Since graduation, she has continued to further her knowledge and skill by completing several professional massage therapy training courses. 

     In 2011, Basilia completed Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for Clients with Cancer, by the researcher and writer Tracy Walton. Basilia fully believes in the benefits that massage therapy can offer this specific group of people, from reducing anxiety/depression, enhancing body image to reducing pain/suffering just to name a few. She has the training to offer therapeutic massage during the diagnostic process, while in cancer treatment, for survivors and for people who are living at the end of life. She also has the training to adapt the session to specific medication and current/past medical conditions.

     Basilia also completed Pregnancy Massage: Advance Technique and Training offered by Connecticut’s AMTA Chapter in 2011 and Mother Massage®: Massage During Pregnancy in 2013, which was taught by one of the earliest pioneers of prenatal massage and developer of the Mother Massage® professional course, Elaine Stillerman. With the knowledge gained from these two courses, Basilia knows when it is appropriate for an expecting mother to receive massage therapy and how to safely adapt her touch to address physiological/emotional changes throughout all three trimesters and also after labor.

     In 2016, Basilia completed her Reiki 1 training and also trained in Hospice Massage Therapy with Center For Hospice Care In Norwich, now known as Hartford Healthcare at Home, Center For Hospice Care of Norwich. She visits hospice patients regularly either in their home or at nursing homes to provide gentle respite massage therapy and Reiki to help ease emotional/physical discomfort.

     Currently, Basilia specializes in nurturing massage therapy to help relax the mind, body and spirit. She loves to incorporate essential oils, CBD oils, heat packs and stretches into her sessions. When appropriate, she also loves to incorporate heated or cold stones into her session to help soothe achy muscles and ease inflammation. She recently completed Cupping Therapy Massage in 2021. Her goal is soon to add cupping therapy as a form of deep tissue massage into her massage routine. And, also gentle facial cupping for relaxation & to help stimulate the collagen / lymphatic system of the face to give a more youthful appearance.

     When not practicing massage, Basilia loves to express her creativeness by playing the guitar, drawing, sculpting and painting. Daily meditation is a routine she practices in to help keep her centered and grounded. Spending time with her friends, family and her three cats are things she values and tries to make time daily, as well.



Barbara Harvey, LMT

CT License #000974

     Barbara is an independent contractor working with TTMT. She is available for appointments during evenings and weekends. 

     Barbara graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy (CCMT) in Newington, CT in 1988 and has been practicing massage therapy since. Barbara is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and licensed as a massage therapist in the State of CT. She worked as an assistant teacher at CCMT for several years and practiced massage therapy in the New Haven area working with both chiropractic and naturopathic practitioners as well as in a day spa setting.

     Barbara relocated to Mystic, CT in 2001 and became co-owner of Mystic Therapeutic Massage. During this time she was also drawn toward treating elderly and health-challenged clients both in home and in inpatient facilities. Over the years she has volunteered as many local charity events including the Terri Brodeur breast cancer walk, Angel Ride, and Tour de Lyme, among others. Barbara is certified in Mother Massage: Massage During Pregnancy, and has taught prenatal partner massage at Backus Hospital. Her continuing education also includes: Craniosacral Therapy Level I, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, and Myofascial and Visceral Release. Barbara earned a Hot Stone massage certification through Carollanne Crichton at Solavedi Organics in Guilford, CT.

     Barbara moved to Niantic in 2015 and is excited to be a part of Therapeutic Touch Massage Therapy and build a clientele in Niantic, in addition to continuing to see clients at Advantage Personal Training in Mystic. Barbara is passionate about self-care and massage therapy as part of everyone's wellness regimen; her extensive experience and training allows the customization of each massage session to suit the client's specific needs.