Diane Addabbo, LMT's technique is known for being intuitive and firm, many refer to the pressure she uses as “therapeutic" and "comforting" despite working deeply. Every massage is custom tailored to the individual's body, Diane does not prescribe to a standardized routine, everybody is different and carries tension differently, therefore every session is delivered differently. The common element in every massage is that she draws from a diverse palette of hands-on styles and training: Advanced Orthopedic Massage, Integrative Manual Therapy for the Elimination of Multiple Nerve Compressions of the Upper & Lower Body, Elite Sports Massage, Advanced Myofascial Release for the Upper & Lower Body/Neck, Voice & Swallowing Disorders, Positional Release, Isometric Muscle Fatiguing/Muscle Energy Techniques, Scar Tissue/Muscle Strain Re-alignment, Trigger Point Release, Traction, Trauma Release Exercises, Swedish, Pregnancy Techniques, Medical Qigong, Shiatsu, Gua Sha, Reiki, and Assisted Stretching to increase Range of Motion. She specializes in site-specific targeted treatments required to address old, recurring or new injuries by focusing on the individual's body mechanics in relationship to painful movement or limited range of motion, which relieves the causal structural issues, as opposed to simply treating where is hurts. She is capable of helping you to unload muscle tension that is manifesting in your tissue from exposure to extraordinary stress. For people with pain syndromes, a significantly more gentle approach is required and although Diane is known for her deep work, this does not preclude her ability to offer nurturing gentle touch and pain-free relief.
Diane studied massage at Onondaga School for Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY and graduated with honors in the sciences. Her background includes serving as a physical therapist for a chiropractor for 2 years and she has explored massage in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, England and Germany.
She is certified Orthopedic Massage and a teaching assistant to published author and international lecturer and manual therapy expert James Waslaski, whose focus is on pain-free treatment and release of chronic and repetitive injuries (in contrast to the common expectation of “no pain, no gain”) as well as reeducation of the bodily structure to function optimally through strengthening exercises and stretches. Diane is continuing that training into Kinetic Chain Patterns for Complicated Shoulder Conditions. She is additionally certified in Myofascial Release, Trauma Release Exercises, Medical Qigong, and Reiki.
"Mr. Thrifty", her teaching assistant
Her primary focus is one of helping an individual to achieve sustainable wellness and she feels strongly that this modality of bodywork is profoundly helpful toward healing soft tissue injury and imbalance. Being crucial to her in her own struggle toward health, massage "revivified" Diane, and that insight has helped forge her intuitive touch and passion for massage!
While Diane can help you regain structural balance, it is up to you to maintain it. What she does in a session will not simply "fix" everything if your postural and repetitive movements continue without additionally stretching what habitually short and tight and strengthening what is chronically over-stretched and weak. While she can help you release and heal from the physical symptoms of stress, injuries, and regain a sense of balance, she cannot remove the stressors in your life. Diane's goal is not to foster dependence, but to treat you, and help you understand how to maintain self care and minimize pain from the mean, dumb, or necessary things we all task our bodies to do. She wants to help see you off, actively engaging in whatever competitive sports you endeavor, tasks you need to accomplish, and recreational activities you enjoy. We often tune out our body's needs in an effort to survive the day-to-day demands of our lives, ignoring how much we are hurting and out of balance. Diane's ideal client is someone who is dedicated to themselves enough to honor their body's needs for change- which includes your participation in each session and in your continued dedication to strengthening what is weak and overstretched, stretching what is short and tight, getting more hydration, increasing sleep or simply learning how to listen to your body's signals again so that you are able to respond to its needs. She wants to be a facilitator on your path to wellness. Ultimately, your health is in your hands-- but her hands can help. A lot.
Diane Addabbo, LMT has had a long and very diverse career path- from working as a Physical Therapist for a Chiropractor or years in Corporate Banking as a Mortgage Underwriter, Teaching English as a Second Language in China and Thailand; from corporate training for Hewlett Packard to Whitewater Rafting Guide... she feels decisively that Massage is by far the most rewarding and best fit. Buh-bye cubical-land.
Diane currently resides in Fairport, NY with her beloved menagerie: spouse Vitus, Saint Bernard Keva, Gray tiger cat Siehti (pronouced "C-A-T") and overflowing vegetable, herb & flower gardens. She enjoys cooking most of the time, eating all the time, hiking and camping, scuba diving, kayaking and generally any outdoor activity relating to water. Diane is a quick volunteer and is always excited to lend her energy to generate community, support, peace and equality. She's often embarking on the road less traveled and that has led to treks in Europe and all over South East Asia. She considers herself a philosophical and spiritual seeker, despite a devout preoccupation for kitschy vintage salt & pepper shakers. She also graduated from and highly recommends the 3 year Hidden Treasure Program at Light on the Hill near Ithaca which focuses on self awareness and personal growth. Since her teens, Diane has dreamed of building her own Earthship home, made entirely out of recycled materials to live completely off the grid.
Also having earned a BFA in Metalsmithing from RIT's prestigious School for American Crafts, she is an accomplished jewelry maker, so keep an eye out for her one-of-a-kind artisan-crafted jewelry pieces. The website link will be posted here when that becomes available!