Linda Boyer, Licensed Massage Therapist
Welcome! A massage from me will:
- help you to relax;
- support you if you’re experiencing cancer treatment, or if you’ve gone through cancer in the past;
- offer relief for your chronic pain;
- focus on the areas you need the most help with;
- loosen up your muscle tension;
- help you destress and take some time for wellness & self-care.
I graduated from the Advanced Fuller School of Massage Therapy here in Virginia Beach, and I’ve been licensed since 2002.
Some benefits of Quiet Strength:
You can actually relax and enjoy some quiet time.
- You will have a calm, quiet atmosphere during your massage. I joke that I’m not much of a talker, so my business is Quiet Strength. But it’s true.
If you want to talk during your massage, feel free. But I won’t be chatty if you’re needing some peace & quiet.
Support for clients who’ve been affected by cancer.
- If you have a history of cancer, I’m prepared to work with you safely. As a member of the Society for Oncology Massage, I’ve had special advanced training for oncology support.
- Cancer treatment can affect you in so many ways! I will listen and ask important questions to find out the best way to adapt your massage for you. Together we can focus on helping your pain, nausea, anxiety, depression, fatigue, & other side effects.
- Oncology massage is “on my heart” because it’s a way to turn my own cancer history into some kind of positive influence, and help others.
Convenient and focused on you.
- Online booking so you can schedule your appointment easily. (During the pandemic, my appointments are on hold.)
- Your 60-minute massage will be 60 minutes of actual massage time on the table.
- Personalized massages… we can focus your session on the areas that you’re most concerned about.
- Have you ever found a therapist you really liked, and then they have moved to some other business next time you tried to book with them? I’m a one-person business, so that won’t happen here.
- It’s OK to ask questions about what to expect from your massage. It’s OK to be a newbie 🙂
- Unique services for you to try, including Hawaiian Sacred Lomi.
Some benefits of my training:
- If you are going through cancer treatment or have a history of cancer, you want your therapist to be educated about how to work with you safely.
Your therapist needs to know what questions to ask and how to modify your session accordingly.
I specialize in Oncology Massage (and have personally gone through melanoma.)
Everybody’s experience is different, so I’m not going to say “I know how you feel.” But I can relate, if you’re facing a diagnosis and you’re looking for ways to deal with side effects.
- Organic essential oils used for aromatherapy massages, without GMOs or harmful ingredients.
For general massage, I use organic/pesticide-free Jojoba. It’s non-allergenic, won’t clog your pores, and is close to your skin’s natural oils.
- I offer you 17 years’ worth of experience.
And I’m always studying & researching different conditions that my clients present with, and learning more so I can serve you better. If you have any concerns about how massage will work for you, don’t hesitate to ask.
Many clients have said, “This is one of the best massages I’ve ever had!”
How did I get interested in massage therapy?
I first learned about the benefits of massage this way: after being rear-ended in a car accident, I had headaches with neck & shoulder pain. It got worse after I began using a computer at my job every day. (If you use computers a lot, you may have felt that tension in your shoulders and back!)
But I found out that some of my friends were good at massaging, and we used to massage each other’s necks & shoulders. I frequently said, “They teach this in massage school, you know. I should look into that.”
A career change!
After moving to Virginia Beach in 2000, I finally decided to switch careers and get professional massage therapy training. I graduated from the Fuller School, here in Virginia Beach, in 2002. A few weeks later, I passed the certification exam with flying colors, and have maintained my Virginia Board of Nursing certificate ever since.
“No pain/no gain” doesn’t apply here. That’s not my style.
Where have I practiced before?
During the past 16+ years I’ve worked at several spas, massage clinics, & hair salons in Hampton Roads. My business was originally named Lend a Hand Massage Therapy, and I had an office in Town Center for 9 years.
I love to take Continuing Education classes and integrate the lessons into ways to serve my clients better.
And I’ve been fortunate to take many post-massage-school classes with well-known instructors in the massage therapy field.
- For my Oncology Massage advanced training, I’ve studied with Tracy Walton’s program.
- Hawaiian Sacred Lomi with Tom Cochran
- Pathology with Ruth Werner
- Medical massage/orthopedic classes with Ralph Stephens, James Waslaski, Benny Vaughn, & Ben Benjamin
I’ve traveled to Denver, Baltimore, & North Carolina to take in-person classes, frequently participate in online training, and take my learning very seriously.
When my client comes in with a particular health issue, I’ll do my best to research it and learn about any special massage techniques that may be beneficial. I want to help you as much as possible, within my scope of practice.
- Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (abmp.com)
- Society for Oncology Massage, Preferred Provider (s4om.org)
- Past team member of ERMI (Emergency Response Massage International)
- Past volunteer for CAUSE-USA (providing chair massage for wounded soldiers)
- Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (2002)
- Licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing (They regulate massage therapy here in Virginia. #0019003754 is my license number.)
When I was the massage therapist at a particular medi-spa in Virginia Beach, they were given the Bronze award (for Best Place to Get a Massage) in the Virginian-Pilot “Best of the Beach” poll.
If you have a fundraising event, auction, or other program, please contact me to discuss possible donations of gift certificates. I enjoy giving back to the community by supporting a limited number of charities per year.
Originally hailing from the Midwest, I’ve been living on the East Coast for quite a while. When not working, I am active with my church; read nonstop; love to be outside (in the shade); work on my 1950s fixer-upper; and frequently relax with 20th-century movies. My friends say I’m funny. It’s a gift.
I am grateful to be a melanoma survivor, after experiencing surgeries and chemo. That is a big reason that I have taken special oncology massage training. Everybody’s experience with cancer is different, but I can relate to how it feels to sit in that infusion room.
In 2001, we were taught that massage was unsafe for anyone who has had cancer; now, we know that we can adapt massage protocols to work with oncology clients safely. My focus is to help lessen side effects such as pain, fatigue, depression, nausea, and anxiety.
To sum up,
I love helping people to improve their health, reduce their aches & pains, and increase their ability to enjoy their lives!
The easiest way to book a massage is to use my online scheduling system. I’m looking forward to working with you, when I reopen my practice sometime in 2021.