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Heidi Johnson, LMT

Heidi Johnson, LMT, Owner & Therapist at Thrive Ann Arbor

For over 20 years Heidi Johnson has provided clients with outstanding massage therapy services. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997, Heidi switched course and decided to pursue her interest in massage therapy. “I’ve always had a deep curiousity about the connection between our emotional health and our body”, states Heidi Johnson, owner of Thrive Massage. “Specifically how stress and anxiety manifests in our musculoskeletal system. I also love to treat clients that are recovering from an injury or surgery because it challenges me to research appropriate techniques and new approaches.”
Heidi’s passion & love for bodywork began to blossom as she journeyed through a 650 hour Massage Therapy program at an accredited bodywork school in Madison. Upon graduating Heidi continued as a teaching assistant and started building clientele. Eventually she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in February 2000.
Starting in 2002, Heidi began building her private practice in downtown Ann Arbor, called Heidi Johnson Massage, where she focused on relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage and prenatal massage. In early 2016, Heidi rebranded and relaunched her practice under a new name, “Thrive Massage & Bodywork”. At her Packard Street location she now has 4 Licensed Massage Therapists on staff ready to see new clients. Our approach at Thrive is based on 3 fundamental values: commitment, connection and care. We are fully committed to our profession & education, we build connection with each client during the health history intake and we administer high-quality care during each session and recommend a treatment plan.
Over the years Heidi has treated hundreds of clients in Ann Arbor and attended dozens of continuing education workshops to maintain licensure and enhance her strong foundation of skills.
Whether you are seeking the restorative quality of relaxation, a comprehensive sports massage, relief from a chronic backache, and/or trying to manage your stress, Heidi will adjust her technique to fit your needs.
A session with Heidi will help you feel more freedom in your body, increase your mobility and relief from acute or chronic pain, tension, and stress.  In her spare time, Heidi has a passion for strength & endurance training as well as reading, knitting, traveling and family & dog play.  Spending the last several years working out with a personal trainer at the WCC Health and Fitness Center has helped Heidi grow stronger as a massage therapist as well as learn valuable ways to teach clients about the benefits of strength and injury recovery.
In May 2020 Heidi will travel to Chicago to complete a 24-hour prenatal massage certification course offered by Claire Marie Miller Seminars. Most recently Heidi attended the American Massage Therapy Association National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she completed 24 hours of hands-on continuing education focusing on rib cage, thoracic spine, lower leg, and foot dynamics.

Career Highlights:

  • 1997 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. Psychology
  • 1998 graduate of the 650-hour accredited Massage Therapy School, A SpiriTouch Institute, Madison, Wisconsin
  • American Massage Therapy Association member since 1997
  • Nationally Certified Massage Therapist – 1998
  • State of Michigan Massage Therapy License – 2013
  • In private practice since 2002 (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Continuing education focus in Sports Massage and Craniosacral Therapy and Prenatal Massage

Practicing Massage and Bodywork is my passion. I am grateful to be of service to my clients and assist them in reaching their goals. Be it physical, mental or emotional, I have observed my clients experience profound shifts and changes. Often times massage therapy reveals the deep connection between mind, body and soul.

Here are a few pictures from the AMTA conference Heidi attended in 2016 in Milwaukee, WI. This conference focused on sport massage, myofascial release and the latest massage research.

“I absolutely love my work,” explains Heidi, “At my Thrive Ann Arbor Massage office we are committed to each and every client. We listen, we learn and we care. Our clients feel immediate warmth when they walk in because our office is quiet, relaxing and healing. We take time to connect with an empathetic ear and we help our clients unwind from whatever they are experiencing in that moment, or in their day, or their life as a whole. For some people, receiving massage is their only way to experience human touch. For others it might be an integral part of self-care and stress relief and we feel grateful to offer our services.”