Elise Morris

Elise received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2010 majoring in Interpersonal Communication and minoring in Dance. She also studied Classical Ballet at the University of Cincinnati. In 2014, she graduated from the Institute for Massage Education at Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts and has been practicing massage in the Kalamazoo area ever since. When Elise chose to pursue dance purely for enjoyment rather than a career, she was naturally drawn to massage. As a dancer, she became fascinated by anatomy and the amazing things the human body is capable of.  She knows very well from personal experience the powerful healing benefits of massage, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, and this experience informs her work.

Elise’s massage certification included training in Swedish Massage, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Prenatal Massage, and more. Since 2014, she has continued her education in a variety of modalities, completing courses such as John Barnes’ Myofascial Release I and an Introduction to Oncology Massage through Beaumont Health. Elise enjoys combining various techniques to create an individualized, integrative massage experience for clients. She has had success working with cancer patients, pregnant mothers, athletes, children, and clients of all ages seeking stress relief and relaxation.

Elise enjoys providing the opportunity to rest and heal through massage therapy and finds great fulfillment in seeing the restorative effect her work has on clients. She is abundantly grateful to participate in this wonderful profession and be part of the Down Dog Yoga Center family.  Schedule your appointment with Elise today!

Contact Elise:   269-655-7239   (or)   restorationmandb@gmail.com



Swedish Massage: 

Swedish Massage uses smooth, rhythmic pressure to gently relax and refresh the entire body. Techniques used to release stress and muscle tension include long, gliding movements or cyclical, rhythmic applications of pressure moving with and across the muscles of the body. This relaxing massage helps you let go of life's daily stresses. Leave feeling ready to re-enter your life with more ease of body and mind.

Myofascial Release: 

Myofascial Release is a technique that applies sustained pressure to the connective tissues of the body, called fascia, which run from head to toe and hold our muscles together in a web of support. By applying sustained pressure to fascial restrictions (areas of holding in the body), the tissues have the opportunity to warm, soften, and eventually release under the influence of touch. Myofascial Release helps relieve pain and tension and supports recovery from surgery, injury/over-use, and emotional upset by creating space for healthy pathways to exist.  No oils or creams are used in MFR.

CranioSacral Therapy: 

This very gentle, light touch approach releases tensions in the central nervous system so the body can relax, self-correct, and free itself from pain and discomfort. By engaging the sutures of the skull, the back of the neck, and the sacrum with light pressure, the flow of cranial sacral fluid is enhanced. Done with clothes on (or added as part of a traditional massage), craniosacral therapy is very relaxing and supports recovery from chronic tensions, emotional upset, and stress relief.

Trigger Point Therapy:

 A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy works to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage, the recipient may be asked to actively participate through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries and areas of long held tension.

Sports Massage: 

Sports Massage is a helpful form of bodywork for runners and other athletes. It can be used to help prevent injuries, maintain optimal condition of the body during training, and help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage can include work with specific trigger points, deep tissue techniques, and lighter pressure relaxation massage to address overall wellness.

 Prenatal Massage: 

Prenatal Massage helps reduce stress and promote wellness during this time of change. Prenatal massage is useful for relieving backaches, leg cramps, headaches, and edema (swelling). In addition, it encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps alleviate depression/anxiety caused by hormonal changes, and relaxes tension which aids in better sleep. Prenatal Massage is the perfect addition to your prenatal care - now is the time to take care of you!

Oncology Massage: 

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment.