Relax Blacksburg's
Massage Therapists

These are the massage therapists working at Relax Blacksburg.  We are all Licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

If it's experience you are looking for, you've come to the right place.  Our therapists have over 45 years of combined experience helping clients meet their health goals.  We are also very proud to invest heavily in advancing our skills through continuing education.

You deserve the best.  Come experience truly high-quality massage.

But don't take our word for it.  Check out some reviews from our clients.

And please don't feel obligated to stick with just one therapist.  Feel free to book with all of our therapists so you can figure out who you prefer.  Some of our clients even rotate between therapists, as we are all very different in our styles. 

No matter who you choose, we will all create a customized massage session focusing on your individual needs.  If you are in pain, we will create a specific treatment plan just for you.  If you just want to relax, we will focus on getting you into a deep state of relaxation so your stress will melt away. 

Brian Makris, LMT, Owner
License # 0019013096

Brian graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Massage Therapy in 2000.  Soon after graduation his skills landed him a job as a massage therapist for high-end clients at the Westin Resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Brian Makris, Licensed Massage Therapist

He has done extensive continuing education at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga giving him over 1,300 hours in massage training.  He was working at Eucalyptus Massage Therapy before opening his own business, Relax Blacksburg. 

His specialties include medical massage, Strain Counterstrain therapy, Neural Reset Therapy, pain management, injury rehabilitation, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, trigger point therapy, Swedish massage, hot bamboo massage, hot stone massage, pregnancy and post-natal massage, geriatric massage, and improving range of motion (ROM). 

Clients say they choose him as their therapist because they see results.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, speaking German, and traveling.

Learn more about Brian on our About Us page.

Brian is available Tuesday-Saturday*

*Brian is currently fully booked over one year in advance, so feel free to fill out our waiting list form on our booking page if you would like to try to get in to see him.

*Brian's rates are higher than our other therapists.  Add $5 to our regular massage rates if you book with him.  Add $10 more to his appointments booked after on January 1st, 2020.

Book an appointment with Brian

Erin Owens, LMT
License # 0019015349

Erin has always felt drawn to natural ways of providing relief and comfort, and health and whole body wellness as a whole.

Erin Owens, Relax Blacksburg LMT

Erin's interest in massage began when she received one from a friend who was studying to become a massage therapist. 

What fascinates her the most about massage is how it can relieve not only muscular pain and stress, but many ailments that effect the human body, all without drugs or invasive surgical procedures.

She studied at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga and graduated in 2012.  She has 600 hours of massage training. 

After graduation, she spent years doing massage part-time before finally deciding to choose massage as her full-time career.

She says, "I see a lifetime of satisfying work where I can thrive doing something I enjoy.  There's also the endless opportunities of a never ending spectrum of learning, because there are so many modalities you can incorporate into your work.  It's a beautiful way of life where I can use my hands to help heal, and that is very attractive to me."

Erin specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, medical massage, Neural Reset Therapysports massage, trigger point therapy, pain management, strain counterstrain, myofascial release, hot stone massage, improving range of motion (ROM), pregnancy massage and chair massage.

In her spare time she loves to read and create art, whether it be painting, sculpting clay, carving stone, even creating mosaics for her garden.  She also enjoys kayaking, jet skiing, hiking, gardening, pretty much anything that will put her outside surrounded by nature. 

Erin is available Monday-Friday

Book an appointment with Erin

Anne Porterfield, LMT, CLT
License # 0019010430

Anne moved to Blacksburg with her family in 1977.  She now lives in Giles County with her husband of 25 years and their two dogs. 

She studied at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga and graduated in 2012.  She has over 850 hours of massage training and seven years experience helping clients.

Carmen Haddix, Licensed Massage Therapist

Before joining Relax Blacksburg, Anne worked as a massage therapist at Eucalyptus Massage Therapy and Mountain Lake Hotel.

Anne has always had an interest in massage and becoming certified (now licensed) in medical massage was a joyous accomplishment for her. 

She truly loves her career and strives to improve the lives of her clients to the best of her ability.  She says it is an honor to give her clients the gift of relaxation, movement and mobility.

Anne specializes in manual lymphatic therapy, Swedish massage, myofascial release, sports massage, deep tissue massage, pregnancy and post-natal massage, pain management, strain counterstain (SCS), hot stone massage, hot bamboo massage, trigger point therapy, geriatric massage, kinesiology taping, improving range of motion (ROM), and chair massage.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking (and eating), travel, reading, trivia, exercise, dog walking and spending time with her family.  She has also spent over a year in Denmark and speaks conversational Danish.

Anne is available Tuesday-Saturday

Book an appointment with Anne

Polly Jones, LMT
License # 0019012838

Polly grew up in Damascus, MD and graduated from JMU with a degree in English.  She moved to Blacksburg in 1991 and fell in love with everything about it.  

She was inspired to go into massage therapy after a transformative experience with her daughter. 

Polly says, "At age 7, my daughter went through a rough period of terrible nightmares.  It escalated to the point where she was afraid to get in bed at all and was up all night crying.  In desperation and without much hope that she would let a stranger touch her, we took her to a bodyworker my husband was seeing at the time.  He worked on her for half an hour, and she never squirmed once. 

It moved me to tears just to witness this quiet interaction, this caring being offered and received.  That night my daughter slept straight through until morning.  I was floored.  The impact of that touch had shifted something deep within her, and I knew right then that I wanted to learn how to offer my own intentional touch to other people. I have found that being a massage therapist is just as rewarding as I had hoped in that moment."

Polly graduated from the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2014.  She has 650 hours of massage training. 

Polly specializes in Swedish massage, medical massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, pain management, pregnancy & post-natal massage, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, geriatric massage, hot bamboo massage, hot stone massage, and chair massage.

Prior to joining Relax Blacksburg, she had her own business Be Well Bodywork. 

In her spare time, Polly enjoys hiking and paddle boarding with her family as well as catering to the whims of their three cats and two guinea pigs. 

Polly is available Monday-Friday

Book an appointment with Polly

Katherine Ferguson, LMT
License # 0019016462

Katherine grew up in Floyd, VA.  She graduated from VT in 2002 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  She first experienced massage when she was training for half marathons and triathlons.  She loved the relief she received and how good she felt after a massage.  A few friends suggested that she should try massage therapy as a career and she decided to take their advice.

Katherine graduated from the Daniels Institute of Massage in Roanoke in April, 2018.  She completed her 550 hour training program with an "A+" average. 

Katherine specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, medical massage, trigger point therapy, pain management, prenatal and postnatal massage, hot salt stone massage, hot bamboo massage, passive stretching and chair massage.

Prior to joining Relax Blacksburg, she worked as a lab technician at Virginia Tech and as a receptionist at BodySense Day Spa.

In her spare time, Katherine enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, walking her dog, and watching her kids play sports. 

Katherine is available Tuesday - Saturday

Book an appointment with Katherine

Heather Walker, LMT
License # 0019004958

Heather grew up in the New River Valley.  She also has spent a significant amount of time living in Anchorage both as a teen and an adult.

She graduated from the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2003.  She is the newest therapist to join Relax Blacksburg, yet she is the most experienced with 16 years helping clients. 

Heather Walker, Licensed Massage Therapist

Heather has worked as a massage therapist around the New River Valley and Anchorage, but most notably at upscale luxury spas Primland and The Omni Homestead Resort.

Heather specializes in Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, pre and post event Sports massage, pregnancy & post-natal massage, hot stone massage, hot bamboo massage, myofacial release, Ashiatau, and Thai Ashiatau.

She is a highly-skilled therapist that will adjust every massage to the specific needs of each client.

When she isn't massaging clients, Heather likes cooking, traveling, gardening, mushroom hunting and working with stained glass.

Heather is available Tuesday thru Saturday

Book an appointment with Heather

Rebekah Conroy, LMT
License # 0019010959

Rebekah grew up in Narrows, VA. She was originally drawn to massage because she enjoys helping people feel better.

Rebekah Conroy, Licensed Massage Therapist

She studied at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga and graduated in 2012.  She is Board Certified, has over 750 hours of massage training and six years experience helping clients.

Before joining Relax Blacksburg, she worked at Life in Balance, Pure Spa, and Eucalyptus Massage Therapy.

Rebekah specializes in medical massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage, myofascial release therapy (MFR), trigger point therapy, strain counterstrain, pregnancy and post-natal massage, and chair massage.

Rebekah is a confident, committed therapist that excels in her profession.  She deeply enjoys her work and will always customize each session to treat the specific needs of her clients. 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, writing, sewing, painting and just being outdoors in nature.

Rebekah is available only on Saturdays

Book an appointment with Rebekah

Relax Blacksburg Massage Therapists