At Tocca Massage Therapy & Yoga, we believe that you deserve a better quality of life.
A long time ago (2011), in a galaxy far, far away (Earth) I had a vision of creating the “Cheers” experience in the world of Massage Therapy. A place where you feel at home, relaxed and can just be yourself, but don’t have to run up a huge bar tab. You know what this feeling is, right?
Think of how you feel when you’re around your closest friends. You feel less anxious. You can open up. You can be yourself without having to over-analyze what “yourself” really is. And you don’t really have to DO anything to enjoy each other’s company.
You make quirky jokes, share heartbreaking stories, laugh about the shenanigans in the world, and when it’s all over, you feel like you’re floating as you go back to your life.
Since Tocca Massage & Yoga opened in 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds of people. We’ve performed over 11,000 hours of massage therapy. I’ve had people tell me how Tocca Massage & Yoga has saved their health (and, in some cases, literally saved their lives), kept them sane while going through tough times, and generally improved their lives. This is why we love what we do. WE want to help YOU have a better quality of life.
Ashley Knuth, B.S., L.M.T.
Owner, Tocca Massage & Yoga
Our Massage Therapists
My experience as a marathon runner and a triathlete provided me with insight into being physically exhausted and sore as I continue to train to this day. After understanding the physical toll a body takes through repetitive training it came time for me to explore the merits of deep tissue therapeutic massage.
I am a professional massage therapist specializing in deep tissue massage therapy. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University and receiving in-depth training at the Detroit Medical Center for hip and knee rehabilitation I decided to branch out on my own in January of 2011.
My real passion is relieving people of those nagging aches and pains that are associated with stress or repetition from physical activity through work or play. Discovering who you are and what you need to leave Tocca Massage Therapy feeling better than when you came is why I do this.
- Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science: Social Sciences and Business, 2009
- Flint School of Therapeutic Massage, 2006
- Rocktape FMT (Fascial Movement Taping) Certified
- RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Hi, my name is Nicholas Podgorski. I completed my training at Health Enrichment Center Therapeutic Massage in 2008, where I had extensive training in Sports massage, Deep Tissue massage, Therapeutic massage, Lymphatic Drain massage, and Prenatal massage.
During my time at HEC, I received hands on internship training with the Detroit Lions, UM Swim Team, the VA Hospital in Detroit, and Genesys Hospice Care Center. Through these amazing experiences I got to do what I love and am passionate about, which is working one-on-one with my clients to meet every wellness goal, whether it be the everyday aches and pains or recovery from sports related injuries.
- Health Enrichment Center, 2008
- Specializing in Sports Massage and Deep Tissue Massage
My journey as a massage Therapist started back in 1995 where I attended the Massage program at Lansing Community College. I am a licensed massage therapist and have worked in and out of the massage field over the last 22 years.
I believe we all need to take time out of our busy lives and nurture ourselves so that we can have better health and be more productive allowing us to better serve others. I remember reading somewhere to, “Fill your own cup first and nourish others with the overflow” and I try to live by that motto.
My specialty is Swedish Relaxation with some Deep Tissue work. I think my style reflects a need to address those problematic areas while still providing a space where you can relax your mind and let go of the stresses of life, if even for just an hour here and there.
I am in awe at how miraculous the human body is that it can repair itself if kept in balance. I feel honored that people allow me to be a part of their healing journey and I look forward to meeting and working with you. I hope I can be a small part in giving you those precious moments to rejuvenate, renew, and recharge.
- Lansing Community College – Therapeutic Massage Program 1995-1997
- Lansing Community College – Photographic imaging Program 2011-2013
- Licensed Massage Therapist in State of MI specializing in Swedish Relaxation with some deep tissue.
Sharon Elkins is a licensed massage therapist of 10 years. She Graduated from Oakland community college. After her husband’s battle with cancer, Sharon witnessed the amazing effects of massage while he was undergoing this disease. Physically and mentally, the differences were astounding in this man after a treatment. These experiences with massage therapy created a passion within her where she set out to help others in need no matter what their personal ailment.
Sharon’s long term clientele indicates that her clients enjoy the type of massage that she performs. Many clients explain her technique to be a stress reduction relaxation massage with specialized deep tissue work.She is aware of the body’s physical limitations, as she is avid runner, hiker and a cyclist. Her warm and caring personality along with her knowledge in the bodies anatomy will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed after your session with her.
- Oakland Community College, 2007
- Licensed Massage Therapist in State of MI specializing in Deep Tissue Massage
Kimberly Moore completed massage training in 2001 from The Flint School of Therapeutic Massage. She specializes in therapeutic massage, using deep tissue and trigger point to release knots and tension. Kimberly has worked with a variety of patients and other massage therapists to help improve her technique. Each massage is unique and focused on the client’s needs. Kimberly is focused on her clients being able to improve their overall health, while continuing to enjoy the activities they love. Kimberly is from this area and is grateful to be able to raise her family here while working near home!
- Flint School of Massage Therapy, 2001
- Licensed Massage Therapist in State of MI
- Specializing in Deep Tissue & Therapeutic Massage
I have had two common threads throughout my life. Working with my hands and living an active healthy life. As a licensed cosmetologist for over twenty years, I have worked with many clients to help them look and feel better by working on their hands and feet. Not knowing it at the time, I had already begun my massage career when I was giving massages during manicures and pedicures.
I always loved being in the gym, cooking healthy food and mountain biking in my spare time. After experiencing a series of losses I found myself being over trained and depleted from excessive strength training at the gym. It was fortunate enough for me that my gym also offered Yoga. Through Yoga I found the balance in my life that I so desperately needed and became a 200 hour certified Yoga instructor in 2010.
My teaching got me more involved in how the body moves and helping people to heal. It was a natural choice for me to further my education and skills. I am proud to have become a Licensed Massage Therapist and be part the body working community in Livingston County.
- Irene’s School of Myomassology, 2018
- Licensed Massage Therapist in State of MI
- Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) level 1 certified
- Reiki Master, 2012
- RYT 200, 2010
Hi, my name is Amy Roach and I graduated from the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy in 2015. During my time there I got certified in Myofascial Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy. Using different modalities creates an integrated massage to alleviate aches and pains from your every day life, postural distortions, TMJ, migraines, sports, and many other issues you may be having.
Growing up my family believed heavily in receiving body work and that has allowed me to understand the importance of finding balance in your body. In today’s fast paced society it is important to make the time to care for and find comfort in your body.
- Irene’s School of Myomassology, 2015
- Licensed Massage Therapist in State of MI
- Specializing in NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy) & Myofascial Therapy
Our Front Desk Team
Hello my name is Linda Jones, I started working here at Tocca Massage is August 2017. I am one of the 3 receptionist that we have. We are here to make your experience at Tocca even better! Let us know if we can help schedule your appointment, take payment, answer phones, or anything to make it the best experience possible for you.
I have several years experience in customer service. I previously worked at a women’s only gym for 8 years, and several months at a personal training studio before coming to Tocca. My hobbies are running, working out, golf, and reading. I also enjoy spending time with my family – family time is very important to me. My husband and I have 3 children and one grandchild.
I enjoy talking to people and helping them to better their lives. Staying active and doing all you can to improve your mental and physical state is important and all of us here at Tocca are here to help you do exactly that.
Hello My name is Carly Preston, and I have been working at Tocca Massage since the beginning of July. I recently graduated from Brighton High School last year and now I attend Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. I plan to transfer to Michigan State and maybe study to be a social worker.
Before coming to work at Tocca Massage, I was a hostess at Border Cantina for 2 years as well as an employee at Skyzone for about a year. Both were great experiences and I’m glad it led me to where I’m at now. My hobbies are reading, drawing, working out, and hanging out with friends. I also have two brothers, one older, and one younger which I love very much.
If you’re looking for a good way to relax, I suggest you come and get a nice massage at Tocca Massage in Brighton!