We welcome our new therapists to Vita Massage!
As a former professional ballet dancer, Katherine Rotz, LMT experienced firsthand the struggles and pain that dancers endure. This sparked her interest in therapeutic and orthopedic bodywork to ease both physical and mental stress and prevent injuries among all athletes. Katherine received her massage therapy education through the Community College of Allegheny County Massage Certificate Program where she became knowledgeable in a vast array of massage modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, cupping, hot stone, and sports massage. Katherine continued with her massage therapy education and graduated from Community College of Allegheny County Massage Therapy Associates Degree. Throughout her degree studies, she delved further into clinical assessment, orthopedic tests, hydrotherapy treatments, and muscle energy techniques. With this knowledge and experience Katherine’s goal is to aid sports performance, encourage injury prevention and recovery, manage pain, and minimize stress.
Before her massage career, Katherine’s life was dedicated to the aesthetic and athletic art form of ballet. Starting at age six, the years of rigorous training gave way to a professional career with the American National Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Throughout those years, Katherine developed a strong sense of kinesiology, body mechanics, physical demands the human body is capable of, and the vital connection between the mind and body in sports performance. As each massage mirrors a dance with its flow, rhythm, body mechanics, and mind/body connection, the transition from dancer to therapist was an easy one for Katherine. In addition to massage therapy, Katherine continues to share her ballet knowledge by teaching, as she is a current ballet instructor for Seton Hill University and Texture Ballet School.