Where Massage is Not Just a Treat

It's A Treatment

The REACH Institute is Destin and South Walton’s Medical Massage and Kinesiology clinic. We are certified in oncology, pregnancy, sports and medical massage. Our mission is dedicated to providing quality care to clients in need of treatment to resolve specific conditions and assist in improving quality of life.

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RESPOND

to a need to incorporate all aspects of healing into personal healthcare.

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EDUCATE

our clients on the benefits of muscular and soft tissue health and how Medical Massage can accomplish it.

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ATTEND

to each client’s individual needs providing much needed support.

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COMPASSION

is the primary sources of the positive results achieved with Medical Massage and the techniques employed by Ann and her staff.

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HOPE

which is the precious gift that can make the biggest difference in someone’s life following a quality of health change.

Our Services

Deep Tissue

a massage with firmer pressure that works deeply into the muscles and connective tissues to release chronic aches and pains. It is work that involves slow strokes and deep pressure.

Prenatal Massage

is a specialized massage which focuses on specific needs that arise during and after pregnancy.  Helps reduce stress and promote general well-being relieving the some of the aches and pains that are associated with pregnancy.

Sports Massage

to help prevent athletic injury, keep the body flexible and assist in the recovery process.  It is sometimes combined with other massage techniques to meet the needs of a particular sport.

Relaxation Massage

a system of massage using kneading, stroking and friction techniques to promote relaxation, increase circulation and reduce stress. The therapist, using massage oil, manipulates muscles with a variety of stokes. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.

Hot Stone Massage

is deeply relaxing and a great stress reliever. Hot or cold smooth stones are used to massage the body. Often the stones are placed on key energy points, such as Chakras or meridians, in order to improve energy flow and healing.

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Ann Birdsong

Ann Birdsong

Meet Ann

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Ann M. Birdsong, LMT, MMP, BA

4476 Legendary Drive, Suite 202 • Destin, FL 32541

850.622.CARE (2273) • 850.269.HOPE (4673)

Executive Summary

Ann Birdsong has a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, the study of human movement, from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Her passion for the human body’s over-all wellness drew her towards Massage Therapy. With her complete understanding of anatomy and medical style, she is unique when it comes to therapeutic techniques.

Ann Birdsong is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Medical Massage Practitioner and Certified Oncology, Pregnancy, Labor Support, and Post-Partum Massage Specialist. In addition, she is certified in Stroke, Cardiac and Orthpedic Rehabilitation Massage. TMJ Massage and Compassionate Touch.  Ann is also an instructor for Anatomy/Kinesiology and Pregnancy Massage at a local massage school in Destin Florida since 2005.  Ann is an advocate on the importance of soft tissue health and is asked frequently to speak at engagements on related topics such as the power of touch and the benefits of massage on your overall health.

Highlight of Qualifications

  • BA Kinesiology/Education – College of William and Mary in Virginia
  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Medical Massage Practitioner
  • Certified Pregnancy Massage Therapist
  • Certified Oncology Massage Specialist
  • Certified TMJ Massage Therapist
  • Certified in Compassionate Touch

Experience

2012 – Current • FOUNDER • The REACH Institute • Destin, FL

  • Oncology Massage and Compassionate Touch
  • Pregnancy and Post-Partum Support
  • Orthopedic and Medical Massage
  • Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage

2005 – Current • INSTRUCTOR • Soothing Arts School of Massage • Destin, FL

  • Kinesiology Instructor
  • Pregnancy Massage Instructor

2003 – Current • OWNER • Therapeutic Massage by Ann • Destin, FL

  • Pregnancy and Post-Partum Support
  • Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage
  • Sports and Medical Massage

2000 – 2002 • TEACHER • Snelson Golden Middle School • Hinesville, GA

  • Health Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Girls Basketball Coach

1988 – 1996 • INSTRUCTOR • US Army Reserves

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