Margaret Zalenska, CMT, LPTA
Margaret has been trained and experienced in delivering both massage and physical therapy. She studied at the Medical Massage Institute in Krakow, Poland and at the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NOVA.
Margaret’s professional knowledge and over 18 years of experience in massage and physical therapy enables her to successfully deliver both relaxing and medical massage treatments.
For Margaret, massage therapy was a suitable profession for she has been visually impaired since the age of 10, and as a result, her other senses have become exceptionally acute. In addressing questions about this ability Margaret says “yes, my sense of touch helps me to be much in tune with my clients’ reactions to my treatment, and my intuition helps me to choose the most effective techniques for each client.
Margaret is also an accomplished athlete. She competed in numerous national and international track and field events for both Polish and US teams, including the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona, Spain. With an assistance of a guide, Margaret remains an enthusiastic runner, tandem bicyclist, cross-country and down-hill skier.
Margaret knows her commitment to exercise has both personal and professional benefits. The professional benefits enable Margaret to use her first-hand knowledge of the nature and treatment of various sports injuries to provide the best possible treatment and outcomes for her clients.
Margaret accepts check or cash
- 30 minutes session $60
- 60 minutes session $100
- 90 minutes session $140
A combination of various techniques beneficial for neck, shoulder, and back pain. Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain. including the following:
- Soft tissue mobilization: Specific movements of light or deep pressure applied to muscles or tendons depending on the stage and depth of the injury. It promotes muscle relaxation, increases blood flow, decreases inflammation and promotes healing.
- Myofascial Release: Techniques that involve applying slow, gentle and sustained stretching of connective tissue. It promotes decreased restrictions of fascia, an interconnecting tissue surrounding muscles, bones and internal organs. The end result is the elimination of pain and restoration of motion in the affected body parts.
A gentle method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system rhythm that is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. By enhancing cerebrospinal fluid rhythm, these sessions improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Deep Tissue Massage
Slow and deep strokes focused on congested tissue and contracted muscles which often result from repetitive computer use, recurring sports injuries or stress. It reduces chronic tension in muscles, and breaks up existing scar tissue.
A blend of Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques focused on the specific body parts most impacted by the athlete’s sport.
Promotes general relaxation, reduces muscle tension, improves blood circulation and calms the nervous system.
During the session, the client is comfortably and safely positioned and supported with pillows. Generally, Swedish massage strokes are used on affected body parts, and the areas of the body contraindicated for pregnant women are avoided.
I have had the benefit of Margaret Zalenska’s massage therapy almost every week for more than five years. She carefully assesses her patients’ needs and systematically applies her considerable skills in a manner informed by her many years of experience as a nationally and state certified, licensed massage and physical therapist assistant. In my case, despite the degenerative nature of my osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis, my condition actually has improved, thanks to her “healing touch.”
-Mel Bergheim, former Vice Mayor of Alexandria
I first met Margaret Zalenska 15 years ago, when I was in rehab where she worked. I had a pinched nerve and a slightly herniated disc. She provided massage and physical therapy at the rehab center. I was very impressed with her massage expertise and when I completed my therapy, I inquired if I could see her privately. That was 15 years ago and I have seen her on a regular basis, since that time. She truly has the “healing touch”, since I have never had any additional trips back to the orthopedic surgeon. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She is very professional and her skills are top notch.
-Suzanne Williams, Alexandria, VA