About Marlene

Marlene Mayman, BA, LMT.

Marlene Mayman
Say “Mar-lay-nuh”

Our Massage Therapist

Marlene Mayman, BA, LMT

My name is pronounced “Mar-lay-nuh.” A native of Germany by birth, I was adopted by an American couple and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen around the age of four. We lived in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley at that time, when my love for the mountains and gentle countryside was established. My husband, step-daughter and I now live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and we love our “Almost Heaven” home. I have also lived in Maryland, Washington DC, Thailand and California.

I am a Renaissance Woman.

I am not only a talented massage therapist, but I also have backgrounds in web and graphic design, professional photography, writing, community building, dancing, activism, and more. I’m also an artist. In fact, my college years studying art (for which I earned a B.A.) were the years I became interested in massage. My anatomy drawings and studies made me curious about the structure and function of the human body. Post-college, I once took a 5-day workshop on sculpting the head from the inside out (bones of the skull and neck; then muscle, cartilage and other tissues; finally the skin) … and LOVED it. Some years later, when I decided to pursue massage training, one of the joys I had was learning about anatomy in detail.

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I am:

In 2006 I graduated from the Shenandoah Valley School for Therapeutic Massage after completing a rigorous 550 hour program. I then passed every section of the national certification exam with high marks and obtained my certification and licensure as a professional massage therapist. I enjoy learning new things through regular continuing education classes.

Techniques I have studied include:

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Release (a form of connective tissue massage)
  • Orthopedic Massage
  • Contract-Relax (a.k.a. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
  • DermoNeuroModulation (addresses the nervous system)

… among others.

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