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:

"Wow! I loved everything about this. I did an hour float followed by a massage with Parker. I really enjoyed the float. It was such a relaxing experience, but Parker’s massage was amazing. One of the best I’ve ever had. I will be back!"

-Amy A.

"Parker is extremely skilled with her hands and cups! I have been receiving treatments from her for many months now and she has an amazing attention to detail, intuition to where I need work, and a loving and gentle presence. Sign up with her asap!!"

-Nick L.

"Went to Parker with a shoulder/neck injury recently and she has been extremely caring and helpful getting my muscles repaired and healthy again. Wonderfully friendly and calming presence and very skilled hands!"

-Ethan J.