Meet Parker

In January of 2015, Parker completed her second professional Doula training with ToLabor, a certifying organization based in Richmond, VA. Since that time, she has provided full spectrum doula support to the RVA community. Several years ago, while holding space for a laboring client, she discovered a deep connection with therapeutic touch and was inspired by the immediate relief it brought to the her clients during one of the most physically challenging events in their lives. Because of this experience Parker decided to pursue the study of massage and bodywork.

Parker graduated from the Lotus School of Integrated Professions and is a VA licensed massage therapist. Since graduating massage school, she has been trained by Claire Marie Miller in peri-natal and postpartum massage and studied Acupressure for labor and delivery with L.Ac Keith Bell. Parker became a Practitioner of The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy with the Arvigo® Institute in 2017, where she learned the art of abdominal massage for reproductive and digestive wellness. She’s also studied the Psoas/Diaphragm/pelvic floor connection with anatomist Tom Meyers of Anatomy Trains and works a couple of days a week at a Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic. She is fascinated with the pelvis and its dynamic structure.

She is currently studying Visceral Manipulation with the Barrall Institute. VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction. It elevates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments.

As Head of Reproductive Health Programs at Vitality, Parker hopes to co-create with like-minded individuals to build inclusive, empowering and safe spaces for people within the community to learn about their bodies. She often reflects on the words of her favorite anatomy teacher, “Your body is the healer”, and is passionate about understanding and honoring the mind-gut-body connection.

Parker believes that massage is a moving meditation, one that brings people into harmony with their incredibly resilient bodies and finds great joy in her practice. She hopes to give clients a unique and restorative experience. Some of her favorite modalities to bring to the table include: myofascial release and unwinding techniques, belly massage, acupressure, deep tissue, cupping, trigger-point release, breath-work, lymphatic drainage, and visceral manipulation.

In her free time, she enjoys a good book, adventures in nature with her pup Shiori and her partner, Taylor, riding her bike, traveling, cooking nourishing foods and learning about the human body!

Testimonials for Parker's Work:

“Parker was so helpful in talking through the pregnancy massage process and giving me recommendations on how to care for myself and my little one. She worked some magic on my back and I walked away feeling so relaxed and refreshed!”

-Anna K.

“I saw Parker for a massage the day after I had a miscarriage and just saw her yesterday for Arvigo. Both times were wonderful and exactly what I needed during a traumatic time. I would highly recommend her and Vitality to anyone needing some extra special care in their massage!”

-M. K.

“I look forward to my Arvigo sessions with Parker. She is a thoughtful, kind, and skilled massage therapist. My mental and physical health has improved due to her compassionate care.”

-Megan B.

“Parker is an incredibly gifted healer. I love coming to vitality and feeling entirely refreshed and inspired!”

-Rae T.

“I had a fantastic experience from start to finish. The whole space was gorgeous and relaxing. Parker was super knowledgeable and really helped my body feel significantly better. She used a variety of techniques and exposed me to cupping.”

-Rachel R.