A native of New Jersey, Marlene grew up in a small lake community in the western part of the state. She loves the water and swimming so much, that after college she received her open water SCUBA certification. In 2000 she dove the Blue Hole in Belize at 136 feet.
Marlene attended Rowan State and finished her Bachelor's degree in Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey. On her days off, she loves to curl up a knitting project or be working in her garden.
After moving to North Carolina in 2002, she lived in Asheville for two years, while attending North Carolina School of Natural Healing. There Marlene completed a 675 hour program for Massage Therapy. In the spring of 2004 Marlene earned her North Carolina state license to practice massage therapy and bodywork. She then worked in several spas in Asheville and Brevard. In 2007 she accepted the Spa Manager position at The Greystone Inn in Lake Toxaway. She managed a number of therapists, as well as working with a number of clients herself. In the spring on 2012 she trained her replacement before leaving to open her own studio. Also in the spring of 2012 she graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with a degree in Nail Technology.
Marlene enjoys taking continuing education classes to further her skills as a massage therapist. She has completed certifications in Lomilomi, Huna (Hawaiian Energy work), Massage Cupping, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Thai Bodywork and Thai Herbal Ball Massage, Myofascial Release, Reflexology and Yoga, A Personal Practice.
Marlene loves Aromatherapy and has begun to specialize in its therapeutic uses. In 2016 she began her study of clinical Aromatherapy with an intensive 40 hour program, Aromatherapy Essentials and has completed the level 1 guidelines of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She is also certified in Aromatherapy: Facial Massage and doTERRA’s Aromatherapy Technique, as well as, taken multiple classes at doTERRA’s convention in 2015 & 2016.
In 2017 Marlene completed and is certified in Bellanina Facelift Massage. This fall she became certified in Comfort Touch, a massage modality specifically designed for the elderly, and hospitalized.
Marlene currently resides in Lake Toxaway with Merriadoc and Winston, 2 kitties, who love getting into mischief. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, knitting & weaving and collecting bookmarks.
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