• 10+ years of experience as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB)
When young, I found myself involved in a host of team and individual sports such as field hockey, softball, gymnastics, etc. However, everything changed for me the first time I sat in a whitewater kayak. I was completely smitten. From that moment forward I poured close to 100 percent of my energy into whitewater kayaking, developing the skills necessary to travel throughout Europe to race as member of the US Junior, and later Senior, Whitewater Slalom Kayak Team.
My experience as a full time athlete quickly led me to an understanding of the significant impact that minor sprains and strains can have on performance—particularly in an environment where a tenth of a second makes all the difference. Working with a variety of trainers and physical therapists sparked an interest in me that slowly grew to replace my intense focus on training and competing. In the fall of 2001, I enrolled in massage school in Durango, CO. For several years, I worked almost exclusively with athletes, traveling at times with the US team, and on my own at others. After several years developing my skills, I established a personal practice in New Hampshire’s Upper Connecticut River Valley focusing on athletes at all levels while serving the general population as well. Through this experience, I ultimately came to realize that, in order to truly help, I needed to grow my practice beyond massage.
In response I decided to extend my reach by incorporating some preventative work focused on core strength and flexibility. To do this, I took the next step in my long-time personal yoga practice by becoming a certified teacher. By combining yoga and massage, I was able to help my clients stay pain free for longer periods while enhancing the performance of those who were racing and competing. More recently, I have come to understand that providing comprehensive solutions for fitness and physical well being requires a three-pronged “whole body” approach incorporating: muscular balance, flexibility and mobility, and core strength and stamina. To this end, I have capitalized on all the coaching that I received as an athlete and have added personal trainer to my list of qualifications.
Rachael Wnukowski is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist and certified yoga instructor.
Rachael grew up swimming, running, and playing soccer and lacrosse in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Columbia University in 2007 with a BA inanthropology. While at Columbia she was a member of the women’s varsity swim team. She has dedicated the past five years to learning about the body through yoga and massage, and continues to live a very active life. She enjoys going on long runs in the hills of Vermont with her dog Nigel, farming, carpentry, baking, and backpacking (having recently completed the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains). Rachael is a member of the AMTA and Yoga Alliance.
Through both of her practices she strives to help keep people feeling good all the time.
7 Allen Street, Suite B6
Hanover, NH 03755