Elaine Boucher, LMT & Reiki Master is originally from Maine, where she lived most of her life. After working in home care and hospice for over a decade, she was lead to follow her heart as a healer and bodyworker.
Certified in energy work and massage therapy from the Polarity Realization Institute in Maine and Massachusetts, she offers massage, myofascial release, craniosacral, foot reflexology, reiki, pre/post natal as well as other modalities of bodywork, in the comfort of your own home, and has more than 20 years experience.
Her specialty is working with the fascia and bringing a client’s body back into balance and alignment. With a warm, gentle approach to healing, Elaine specializes in mind-body-spirit balancing, while facilitating each client’s individual awareness and healing.
OUTCOAST sat down with this local LGBTQ business owner to learn more about her techniques, passion, and interests.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, share with us a favorite Thanksgiving memory from your childhood.
As a child, my favorite Thanksgiving memory was watching the Thanksgiving Day parade with my family. Every year my Aunt Hazel would join us, we had so much fun laughing and singing while we watched. Till this day, every time I see the parade I remember those times.
Was there a turning point at which you decided to pursue a career in massage therapy?
One day, during the time of working in home care and hospice, I was led to receive a Polarity therapy session; it changed my life. The session was so profound, I felt my body and mind energetically shift, I felt aligned and balanced with so much clarity. I knew then, bodywork was my calling. That very day of receiving the session I applied to the school. My career started out in energy work as a Polarity therapist, then I went to massage school, while doing so, I became a Reiki Master.
What sets you apart from others in your industry?
What sets me apart from others in my industry is I do traveling massage, seeing clients in the comfort of their own home. For the vacationer, I see clients at their hotel or rental unit. In addition, I truly believe in the mind, body, spirit connection, that a combination of massage and energy work is essential to creating balance and well being. I’m a natural healer and am very intuitive and passionate about my work, I love what I do, even after 22 years of doing bodywork.
Over the years as a massage therapist, I’ve worked in a variety of settings; I’ve worked in a chiropractor’s office, collaborated with an Osteopathic spine doctor, had my own office, worked in spas, and traveling massage. Regardless of the setting, I enjoy facilitating positive change for a client’s well being.
What is the full gamut of therapies that you offer?
Deep tissue massage, Reiki, sports massage, Polarity Therapy, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, pre/postnatal massage, Craniosascral Therapy, foot reflexology, and lymphatic drainage massage.
Tell us about myofascial release, or any other therapies that you are known for. Why are these techniques so important?
Myofascial Release is so important because it helps to create balance within the body, bringing the muscles back to their natural state. All muscles are held together by a Saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part. Myofascial Release helps to free fascial restrictions and allows the muscles to move efficiently.
People often see massage therapists after experiencing pain. Why is it so important for people to see someone on an ongoing basis?
If possible, it’s important to have bodywork done regularly. If the body has been tight for a long time, it knows tightness. When the body starts to relax by having bodywork, the body starts to remember what its like to relax. The more the body relaxes over time, the more the body remembers how to and creates different body (cellular) memories and more body awareness.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
When not at work, I enjoy traveling, hiking, art, nature photography and being outdoors.
Do you have a favorite photography experience or adventure?
As a photographer, I’ve had many fun adventures and experiences. One of my favorite adventures was traveling in Europe, especially in Scandinavia; Norway is gorgeous, and photographing fjords, waterfalls and glaciers was breathtaking and amazing! One of my favorite experiences as a photographer was having several art shows, including two solo shows while living in New Jersey. They were fun and rewarding. Another great experience was doing a nine month Artist-in-Residency in the Berkshires.
Licensed in Maine and Florida, Elaine can be reached by phone to schedule an appointment at 908-655-5894. Also make sure to LIKE her on Facebook.