Linda Dwyer, LMT, CPMT, S40M
Following my December 2002 graduation from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY, I went on pursue my passion for working with families affected by cancer. I trained with Cheryl Chapman, RN, HNC, Gayle McDonald, MS, LMT and Charlotte Versagi, LMT, NCTMB in various techniques for cancer patients, and with Joyce Garland, RN, LMT in Geriatric Massage. I have also been certified in Pediatric Special needs massage through Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMI., and am a Certified LaStone Therapist. I am a Charter Professional Member and Founding Board member for the Society for Oncology Massage, an international organization dedicated to connecting cancer patients, their families and their caregivers with skilled oncology massage therapists.
If you come to me for body work, expect to fill out a detailed health history that we will review together at your first appointment. From there, together, we will customize a therapy session that works for you. Typically, energy work, Swedish massage techniques and/or specific techniques designed to help you cope with whatever issues you come to me with will be incorporated into your session. On a case by case basis, I do accept Worker’s Compensation insurance and No-Fault.
I welcome you to ROC City Wellness!
Linda A. Dwyer, LMT, CPMT
Rochester Massage Alliance
1598 Penfield Road
Rochester, NY 14625
office ph. 585-899-9288
Monday 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Services & Rates
30 Minute Custom Massage: $45
60 Minute Custom Massage: $70
90 Minute LaStone Massage: $120
For Oncology Massage please contact Linda directly. Thank you.
Home visits: $90 plus mileage
July 1, 2013 Featured Practitioner
July 1, 2013 ROC CITY Wellness featured Linda Dwyer as their Featured Therapist. Let us leave you with a fun picture of Linda. Her personality comes out in the picture…fun loving, caring, compassionate and a great smile. Check out her website on WWW.ROCCITYWELLNESS.COM or Contact her today at 210-2412 to schedule an appointment!
People ask, “what inspired you to become a massage therapist?” I spent the majority of my working life as a computer geek and then as a corporate aircraft scheduler for a company here in Rochester – on the surface, hardly a candidate for a massage therapist. Over the years, I had lost both my mother in-law and then later, my Dad, to major catastrophic illnesses. In both cases, touch was instrumental in easing their anxiety and their pain. When no one else could bring themselves to ‘massage’ them because of their frailty, it seemed I could. So, not long after my Dad passed, I was laid off from my job and I knew I needed to go to massage school. My original intent was to work exclusively with hospice patients. Little did I know that there is no funding for massage therapy for the hospice patient. So, the next best thing I could do, in my mind and in my heart, was to train in oncology and geriatric work. I wanted to be prepared to safely provide massage therapy to someone that may come through my door living with cancer or in the throes of an age related condition requiring some extra precautions.
Given the work that I do, I truly don’t have any funny stories (except a clinic story while in school, that some will remember) though I do have many touching ones. The only way to express it really is by sharing with you something I wrote following the passing of one of my hospice patients.
Upon meeting her, she was a down to earth,
totally delightful spirit
in a very ill,
worn out body.
She enlightened me, a little,
on her history,
on how she lived,
how she thought,
and all about what excited her,
what kept her alive and smiling,
One of those things was being barefoot.
She loved the feel of spring grass under her feet,
of being free.
I’ll never forget her wistful longing
as she spoke, lying there,
too ill to move much,
with feet sticking out from under the blankets,
“still barefoot and free”, she said.
Her spirit lived on during the service at the church
when the pastor invited all,
in her memory,
her delightful spirit,
to remove their shoes and remember her.
I did, and felt her touching me.
Irene was one of many whom I have had the privilege to touch and to have relationship with. People ask me, ‘How can you bear to do this work?’ My response has always been ‘because I love the work, because I can do the work, and the work must be done.
I have seen, done, and been many things in my life. I always like to say that if it weren’t for where I was yesterday, I’d not be where I am today, so it must not have been all that bad. Of all the things I’ve done, after my children, I must say that my ‘job’ as a massage therapist has fulfilled me most. In what other profession can you go to ‘work’, have people come to you in some kind of pain, could be physical, could be emotional, could be spiritual, could be a combination of any or all, but when they walk out the door, they are truly, if only for awhile, feeling much better and smiling. No one says, ‘gee, couldn’t you have done a better job?’, ‘you should have spent more time here, doing this, in this way’.
The field of massage therapy has come a long way, and has a long way yet to go. The recognition of us as health care professionals in the healthcare field is slowly becoming a reality. The new requirements in this state were a long time coming. In order to stay fresh, motivated, even alive, we must continue to grow, to expand, to learn. It is the key to not only recognition as a health care professional, but it is the key to a successful practice and to contributing to society in a meaningful way.
I am grateful for my education and my success as a therapist, but more than anything, I am humbled by and grateful to and for my clients whom are also my friends (much to the chagrin of my former teachers and mentors, I’m sure).