Appalachian Integrative Bodywork and Massage started with the desire to bring therapeutic massage to the Jefferson City area. Bekah and Steph were both travelling to Knoxville, Newport, Sevierville, and the surrounding areas to work (they met working together at a spa in Sevierville!) and were frustrated with having to travel to work and with the lack of massage service options in our own town. In the fall of 2021, they decided to seek out a space in Jeff City and build a local business that offers therapeutic and integrative services.
They both believe that massage and bodywork is so much more than spa services (although relaxation is so necessary in these times!) and approach massage and bodywork as a therapeutic and complementary holistic approach to wellness and healthcare. They provide services that will help you feel and perform better - whether that's overcoming an injury or trauma, focusing on specific problem areas, increasing range of motion, dealing with a chronic disability, or helping to improve your overall well being - they can help you achieve those goals. Give them a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.
Meet Bekah and Steph
Bekah’s journey feels long and storied and in many ways, not typical of many therapists. She grew up in SC, joined the Army in 2004 and became one of the very few women to become an EOD technician, deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, moved on from the military and progressed into a career in the non-profit sector, holds a masters degree in international affairs, and has worked other odd jobs including bartending, whitewater rafting guide, and retail. Eventually she ended up at massage school with the desire to help others in ways that were less traditional than the standard allopathic, Western medicine approach. Her wellness interests include yoga, vibrational/energetic modalities including sound healing and reiki, and herbal medicine and plant remedies.
Bekah is also a member of the Open Path Healing Arts Collective. Individuals who need financial assistance can apply for reduced services. Find more information here.
Licensed Massage Therapist – Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage
Registered and Certified Reflexologist – Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage
Masters in International Affairs – The New School, NYC
Advanced Certificate in Veterans Services – Empire State University
Bachelors in Psychology – Drury University
Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist (CMLDT) - Klose Training
Certified Sound Healer - Level 2; Sound Bowls & Tuning Forks
Level 3 Reiki Practitioner/Master
Certified Energy Healer – Academy of Energy Healing
Herbal Medicine Making - Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine
Steph is local to the Jefferson City area. She's done her fair share of traveling but ended up coming back to her to her roots. She is married with 3 young boys all 5 and under! Steph is a licensed massage therapist and certified in medical massage. She has worked in both spa and clinical settings and has worked with high level athletes. Her focus is improving range of motion with less pain and helping increase body performance.
Licensed Massage Therapist - Arbor College School of Massage
Medical Massage Practitioner - LMT Success Group
Niko is a carpenter and mechanic by trade. However, he realized that his true calling was to help people and he decided to go to massage school in 2020 in order to pursue his passion. Niko hopes that everyone that comes through his door feels better when they walk out of it.
Dr. Bonnie Forrester
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Dr. Forrester, L.Ac, DACM is a medically trained and licensed healthcare professional. She has over 1,000 clinical hours treating patients. Much of her training was conducted at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in South Florida. To book with Bonnie or to learn more, click here.
Rhonda is the owner and operator of Metta Massage. Her massage focus is on relaxing therapeutic massage. If you want a more pampered and gentle approach that still can get those knots in your shoulders and neck worked out, then Rhonda is your person. Book with Rhonda here.