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About Us

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Ponessa Medical Massage Center, formerly Ponessa Manual Therapy and Lymphedema clinic, was founded in 1995 by Donna Ponessa. Donna received her certification in massage therapy as well as her national certification in massage therapy and bodywork in 1995. Being a certified aerobics instructor and physical fitness trainer, her passion for health and fitness was instrumental in her desire to approach massage therapy from a medical aspect and to focus on the physical benefits of soft tissue manipulation. It was this approach that took her to Austria in 1999 to certify in Manual Lymphatic Drainage at the Dr. Vodder Clinic. This specific technique aids in the treatment of lymphedema, a problem that often develops in post cancer patients. Since then, she has gone on to study a variety of different modalities and techniques to specifically address many different injuries and illnesses.

With the growth of her practice, has been the addition of several therapists who, like herself, are specifically certified and highly trained in a variety of different modalities in order to provide the exact combination of soft tissue work that will best meet the needs of each individual. Some of these modalities include Swedish, corrective medical massage, myofascial release, deep tissue, prenatal/postpartum, sports massage, orthopedic massage, positional release techniques, hot stone massage and manual lymphatic drainage.

Therefore, if you are coming for relaxation or because of an injury or illness, our therapists will customize your massage to give your body exactly what it needs.