Our Bodywork Staff
YAO BODYWORK PRACTITIONERS
Flexible bodies leads to a more flexible outlook on life. We present to you YAO’s line up of AMAZING massage therapists. Each brings a unique set of qualities and practices literally to the table…the massage table, that is! Our YAO Bodywork team offers a diverse set of techniques that are tailored to each individual YAO patient’s needs. In order for you to determine who might be the best fit for you, please have a read below.
HOPE MCDONALD – MASSAGE THERAPIST
Meet Hope – Intuitive, kind, and deeply soulful. When you are on Hope’s massage table you will feel incredibly held in a luxuriously healing space. Want to make progress on healing any recent or past bodily injuries that are creating challenges? Hope is fantastic at setting up a progressive treatment plan that not only works within your budget but also within your time constraints. She is a fabulous advocate for your own self-care and is realistic about progressive steps that can be taken to improve your sense of wellbeing (whether that is a decrease in pain, increased range in motion or an overall sense of peacefulness).
Prepare your body for a deeply integrative form of massage using broad sweeping strokes, deep tissue techniques and Thai stretching elements creating a unique experience every time. Hope’s training includes: Deep tissue, Swedish, Pre-natal (side-lying), Post-natal, Hot Stone, Raindrop Therapy, Reflexology, Chakra balancing (pendulum method), Aromatherapy massage, SMRT training, Soma Cupping, NMT (t-bars), and Table Thai. With a decade of experience, Hope will dig deep from her knowledgeable skill base to create a personalized massage experience for each individual; however, if you are curious about any one technique she offers, don’t hesitate to ask about having that incorporated specifically.
This world traveled therapist and former resident of places abroad such as England, Nepal and even Greece, originated from New Mexico but has called Colorado home longer than anywhere else. With hobbies of face painting and henna art as well as playing the ukelele and tending voraciously to her garden, Hope brings a very rich sense of self to hold space for your transformation under her very skilled and therapeutic hands.
DESIREE STANGE-MASSAGE THERAPIST
Meet Desiree – Always having been drawn to helping people, Desiree Stange has found that being a massage therapist resonates deeply with her heart’s calling. Trained in Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Reflexology and Pre-Natal Massage – Desiree’s wise hands and calm spirit will transport you to a wonderful space allowing for healing and transformation. While on her table, you will feel a deep level of intuitive knowledge in Desiree’s approach to what has presented itself in your body that day. Her ability to create a strategic plan for weeks to follow, allows those who are on a path to change their overall holding patterns to understand the framework of big change.
It is an honor for Desiree to work with people who allow themselves into that space of vulnerability while on the massage table. She really respects the level of trust that it takes for someone to show up and allow themselves to be moved by the work of this bodywork therapy.
One of the things Desiree loves the most about doing massage at YAO is the way the YAO Team works together. “The Bodywork and Medicine departments really work together tightly. If someone comes in for something with Daniel and they end up on my table, Daniel has provided me with insight into how to better assist his patient in their journey toward greater vitality. The medicinal healing environment of YAO is really an incredible place to work and an extraordinary place for patients.”
Mother of five (yes FIVE), during Desiree’s downtime, you can find her arranging sweat lodge ceremonies and practicing her Native American spirituality with her family and community.