Meet Our Therapists


Leah Farnsworth

Founder of the Metta Center and
Certified Massage Therapist, Scar Tissue Release Specialist, Thai Massage Practitioner, Pregnancy Massage Therapist, Orthobionomy Associate

Leah focuses on stress reduction, chronic pain relief and rehabilitation through deep tissue massage, stretching, energy balancing and heat therapy.  Sessions begin with softening tissues through soothing Swedish and deep tissue strokes and continue with encouraging the joints to loosen through light stretching and heat therapy. Leah may incorporate Orthobionomy, Japanese Zen Facial Massage, or Reiki healing into your session to calm your nerves and allow for deep relaxation.

Leah graduated from The Cleveland School of Massage in 2004 and Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2007 and became a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) through Virginia's State Board in 2007. She studied over 220 in classroom hours of Thai Massage Training. She founded the Metta Center in 2009 in hopes of providing her truly customized therapeutic sessions to a wide range of clientele.

Leah became fascinated with relaxation through massage at a young age. She learned more about massage through her mom's guidance. Her mother taught her how to get rid of "knots" through pressure and kneading of the tissue. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Beloit College, it became clear that her true calling was in a field that affected people's lives directly through the healing touch of massage. 

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Amy Vulin White

Certified Massage Therapist, Pregnancy Massage Therapist

Amy has nearly ten years of massage therapy experience and it definitely shows through her hands! She has a firm, warm touch that is especially helpful for working out those tough knots in your neck and shoulders. 

She began her massage career in 2004 by studying at Miller Motte College in Wilmington, North Carolina. Once she became licensed through the state of North Carolina in 2006, she spent several years working in the spa industry. She became certified to practice massage in Virginia in 2013.

Amy’s intention is to quiet the mind to allow the body to restore its natural balance and harmony. Through deep relaxation she helps the clients let go of everything else and be in the present moment. Amy’s clients describe her work as a full sensory experience. Her massages are fluid and effective with strong technique and every session is catered to a client’s specific needs.

She specializes in Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Hot Stones with each session leaving the clients blissfully relaxed.  She is currently training to become a massage doula. Her personal philosophy on massage is: Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!

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David Nix

Certified Massage Therapist, Thai Massage Practitioner, Certified Personal Trainer

Whether you are looking for a light, relaxing massage or a deeply intense therapeutic session, David can provide it.  To create the right mix, he blends elements from many different forms of body work: Thai Massage, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, Reiki, personal training, foot reflexology, and breath work.  Making things even more interesting, David developed his style in the context of quite a few different massage environments, including: a physical therapy office, a chiropractic office, a spa, a gym, a hair styling salon and a massage studio specializing in Thai Massage.

David helps you to cultivate ease in your body and mind with customized, focused massage.  Each session starts with a thorough intake to discover your present needs and establish a mutually agreeable massage plan that addresses them.  David then engages his creativity, knowledge gleaned from many hours of education and skills gained from ten years of experience to deliver a flowing, effective and uniquely therapeutic massage.  After your massage, he checks in with you to receive your feedback and offers you a personalized recommendation for future work, based on his assessment from the massage.

David has a calm, accepting demeanor.  He is a good listener, and is not especially talkative during massage, though he will communicate quite a bit when working on your specific physical issues.  David practices massage because he believes in the power of healthy touch to harmonize and fortify your body and mind.  For him, each massage is not just a chance to support you in your life journey.  It is also a joyful dance, a mindful meditation on the breath, and the active practice of 'metta,' a Pali word that represents the unconditional wish for all beings to live in health, happiness, safety and peace.

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