Our team provides a combined total of over 100 years of Massage Therapy experience
Leah Bahiyyih Farnsworth
Founder of the Metta Center
Licensed Massage Therapist, Scar Tissue Release Specialist, Thai Massage Practitioner, Pregnancy Massage Specialist, OrthoBionomy Associate, Reiki Practitioner
Specialties: Custom (Swedish/Deep Tissue), Thai Massage, Scar Tissue Release Therapy, Ortho-Bionomy, Pregnancy Massage, Zen Facial Massage, Couples Instruction, Hot Stone Massage, Aromatherapy, Reiki, and Reflexology.
+ Leah's Biography
Leah uses her intuitive ability combined with musculoskeletal and energetic knowledge to customize a session to your needs.
She focuses on stress reduction, chronic pain relief and rehabilitation through deep tissue massage, stretching, positional release, energy balancing and heat therapy. Leah may incorporate OrthoBionomy, gentle positional release technique, into your session to calm your nerves and encourage your bodies innate healing capacity.
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. She became an Ortho-Bionomy Associate in 2016 and is continuing her practitioner training program.
Leah became fascinated with healing through massage at a young age. She learned more about massage through her mom's guidance as she 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.
+ Leah's Reviews
"My Thai massage with Leah was a profound experience. The massage itself was relaxing and energizing at the same time. The relief I felt in my body that day and the next day was a delight. Even more, I experienced a great release of energy and my system continues to flow with ease. Leah is a true professional. The whole center is welcoming." - Ron W.
"Over the years, I have been to many massage therapists, but NO ONE compares with Leah at Metta. Leah is a gifted massage therapist with a sensitive understanding of my needs each time I see her. This intuitive ability to treat each patient, in her unique way, makes her an invaluable help in making every ache, every sore muscle respond and feel better and renewed. Her treatments, whether hot stones, or scented herbal oils--makes for a truly amazing, heavenly experience--total bliss!" - Susan H.
"Leah is true healer, she spends time at the beginning of the session asking questions about your current state, making sure you get what you need out of the massage. She also “checks in” throughout the session to ensure you are comfortable. I believe she has truly found her calling. The new location offers a serene, relaxing and clam atmosphere." – Mary M.
+ Deirdre's Biography
Deirdre’s passion is to empower individuals in their healing journey. She brings diverse education, years of experience and life wisdom to each massage session. Described as warm and friendly, she is caring and compassionate in her massage sessions, using her hands to “listen” to the body. Treating the body as a whole, she believes in working with the body to find out what it needs to heal. From personal experience, she understands how chronic pain and stress impacts a person’s quality of life.
During her multi-modality massage session, she utilizes techniques from Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, meridian therapy, reflexology, craniosacral and Reiki. Additionally, she has specialty training from Nurturing the Mother® in fertility, pregnancy and menopause massage.
Deirdre graduated from the Fuller School of Massage Therapy in Virginia Beach in 1996. She re-certified as a massage therapist in 2014, at the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. Before discovering her passion for the healing arts, she spent eight years as a litigation paralegal after graduating with a B.S in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University.
In the grand scheme of things, Deirdre likes to think of massage therapy as having a “ripple effect” on our world. As each individual leaves the massage session happier, in less pain and more relaxed, their interactions with others is more positive and so the joy continues…
+ Deirdre's Reviews
"Thank you Deirdre, you're a life saver. I've been very success at putting myself last, and finally made time for some much needed self care. Thank you for putting me back together again. You're skill set is so intuitive; where to work, pressure, when to back off and leave things alone. Perfection.... thanks again!" – L.R.
"Deidre is awesome. My arm feels so much better. I was actually able to sleep without waking in the middle of the night to a throbbing arm. She is amazing!" – Kathleen H.
"I had a wonderful massage with Deirdre. I have found that in massages, expertise can be substituted for stronger pressure. Deirdre did not need to apply intense force in order to be effective. She knew exactly where I needed attention and I felt lighter afterwards. I received the massage as a present, however I look forward to returning in the future." – A.M.
+ Amy's Biography
Amy has 15 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. Her personal philosophy on massage is: Take care of your body and your body will take care of you!
+ Amy's Reviews
"I've made it a commitment to come see Amy more frequently this year because it's always such a great experience. Calm music, warm blankets and sheets, and an all around great massage starting with my hair all the way to my toes. I highly recommend" - Ashley C.
"I have been searching for a good masseuse for the past 5 years when my trusted and beloved massage therapist moved to California. I have found me new person with Amy! Her massage was incredibly relaxing and I have not felt that good in years. She worked all my trouble spots with firm relaxing pressure and checked in to make sure things were good. The whole atmosphere here is serene and relaxing and perfect. I’m hooked!" – Laurie B.
"If you need a massage tailored to your individual needs, Amy is wonderful! She always asks if you have any specific areas on which you want her to focus. Then she confirms the type of pressure you received for your previous massage and asks if you want the same type of pressure or something different. Personally, I enjoy a deep massage and always leave the Metra Center feeling rested and rejuvenated. Thanks again Amy. I look forward to my massage next month." - Janie M.
"Amy had me melted into a puddle of relaxation after a delightful massage. I absolutely would recommend her as a massage therapist to anyone looking for a great experience." - Greta B.
+ Cat's Biography
Cat has been practicing massage therapy since graduating from the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) in 2002. She has been a professional member of, and certified through, the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) since 2007; and she is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) certified by the Board of Nursing in Virginia.
In addition to her technical training in multiple massage modalities, Cat is an intuitive therapist who allows her instinct to guide her through each session, based on the unique needs of each client. Within a single session, she might incorporate Swedish, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue and Reflexology techniques, as well as some energetic methods, such as Reiki and Transverse Release. Her massage style is fluid and rhythmic. Clients often come away feeling soothed, and possessing a calm energy that will carry them through the rest of their day.
Cat is attentive and personable. She aims to provide an environment of comfort and ease to those that grace her massage table. She is a big believer in the power of the connection between mind, body and soul; and she knows that, when all three are in balance, amazing things can happen! She would be honored to assist you on your journey to whole health.
+ Cat's Reviews
"I recently had the most wonderful massage at the Metta Center. The masseuse, Cat Adkins, knew exactly what to do to help my very tense body relax. She worked diligently to work out the tightness in my back and shoulders. The atmosphere was so relaxing with music softly playing in the background, and a comfortable heated bed. It was heavenly. I'll be back!" – Bunni C.
"This was my first time at The Metta Center. Cat was my massage therapist. It was fantastic and very relaxing. I have a lot of stress and anxiety, and she knew exactly how to help. I loved her technique and the essential oils she choose. I highly recommend her and the Metta Center. I will be a returning customer." – Gina D.
"I had a great massage with Cat yesterday. It was my first time seeing her, and the experience didn’t disappoint. Her technique was a new experience for me; alternating quick, deliberate movements to generate heat in the muscles with sudden stillness and pressure that I found to be extremely relaxing. I’m pretty sure I dozed off a couple times. Another great addition to the Metta Center. Thank you!" – Susan G.
+ David's Biography
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.
+ David's Reviews
"I recently had rotator cuff surgery and have been struggling with extremely "angry" muscles across my shoulders, neck and back. The pain in my neck and shoulders have significantly impacted my ability to sleep and sit for extended periods of time. I decided to combine my PT with some massage sessions from David at the Metta Center. The results have been profound. The combination of therapies have had a wonderful impact on my recovery progress and reduction in pain." -S.B.
"After about a month of annoying pain in my neck arm shoulder and hip, I went to David and he was fantastic, not only did he help with the pain but we talked about strategies on how I could avoid my repetitive motions that were contributing to the pain. A definite must, and I’ll surely be back!" – Sara K.
"David is a caring person. His expertise always addresses my personal needs...whether it’s arthritis in my shoulder, low back pain, tense neck muscles, or stress and sinus issues. He’s a champion!" Anne R.
“David is awesome! His calm and relaxed demeanor reinforces a formidable knowledge of the human body. As a long time client, I've walked in after stressful weeks at work and walked out rejuvenated. He is perceptive, open to feedback and tailors the massage for your situation at that point in time. When receiving a comforting, relaxed massage I've often fallen asleep at the table, only to awaken refreshed. At other times, when I've asked for a deep tissue massage after a workout, he has chased down every last knot and has suggested stretching exercises that help to manage my body. My plantar fasciitis, which led to an ungainly hobble when I got out of bed, was completely managed by his massage therapy alone.” - Keith R.
+ Kristine's Biography
Kristine is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Virginia, and has qualified as a Reiki Master. In continuous practice since 2004, she specializes in the following massage modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Sports (with stretching) and Reiki.
Kristine is a therapist committed to giving each massage client a customized healing experience. Her massage begins with calming of the mind and a reading of the body. As an empath, this preparation gives her insight into the areas of the client's body which require the most focus. Kristine is versatile in her application of pressure, able to transition from the lightest to the deepest touch within the massage. She has created a modality she calls "Meditative Massage," which incorporates slow touch coupled with energy work to calm mind, body and soul.
Kristine takes satisfaction in the completion of her own intense journey of interpersonal healing, which inspired her to help heal others through massage and energy work. She believes we all are connected, and that we all have something to learn from one another.
+ Kristine's Reviews
"Kristine is a talented massage therapist. She has a healing touch and is not afraid to go as deep as you want or need. As an athlete I am sometimes disappointed with the amount of pressure used during my massages, despite my request to go deep. Kristine is strong and works in the areas of need but always checks with you on how you are tolerating the pressure. She listens and she has a calming demeanor. I have enjoyed working with her and will continue to do so." – Jessica L.
"I chose an hour Reiki session with Kristine to begin knitting myself together. The Metta Center is a fantastic place! Well appointed space in soothing colors and I was greeted by name (as a first time client)! Kristine created a warm ambiance, and provided an outstanding session, taking time to talk with me before and after to learn what I expected and received. Well done!" - S.B.