Flathead Massage Professionals
We are a team of highly skilled massage therapists. We customize each massage session based on the client's specific needs. At Flathead Massage Professionals, our goal is to improve the health and well-being of every person we touch. We have helped thousands of clients feel their best. Schedule an appointment today so that you can feel your best too!
Lori Loucakis, LMT
Lori studied at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Boulder, CO, which was regarded as one of the best massage schools in the world. She graduated in 2002. Lori loves being a massage therapist. Over the course of her career, she has helped relieve stress, tension and pain for thousands of individuals. Her specialties are Prenatal massage, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone massage. She is certified as a Nurturing the Mother® Pregnancy Massage Therapist by Claire Marie Miller Seminars, one of the nation's leaders in pregnancy massage education. She was also voted "Best Massage Therapist in the Flathead" in 2012, 2013, and 2014. And, she is currently working towards a certification in Neural Reset Therapy. Lori also loves CrossFit and is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer at Bigfork Community CrossFit. Her goal is to bring the many benefits of massage therapy to the Flathead community. She believes that it is imperative that we nurture ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors in order to strengthen our communities and make the world a better place.
John Loucakis, LMT
John is one of our most versatile therapists. He gives a great deep tissue massage. And yet, he has also developed his skills and abilities to create deep relaxation and work very gently for clients who prefer a lighter touch. John graduated from the Massage Training Institute in Kalispell in 2017, where he received his certification in Neuromuscular Therapy. He has since received 150 hours of training in Polarity Therapy and numerous hours of continuing education in deep tissue techniques and assisted stretching. He is also certified in Neural Reset Therapy and working on a certification in Quantum Alignment Technique. Two powerful modalities that work more directly with the nervous system than massage. Before studying massage and bodywork, John was a carpenter. He decided to make such a drastic change in career because he wanted a job that was better for his health. John is fascinated with the human body and how it works, and is very interested in how to maintain good health. John is very happy he made the decision to change his career because he really enjoys being able to help other people feel better.
Penny R. Capps, LMT, Personal Trainer
Penny studied at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and has been practicing massage therapy since 1995. She is board certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB #035031-00) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Penny is a certified Sports Massage Therapist and was vetted into the US Olympic Committee’s Volunteer Medical Program and USA Weightlifting Sports Medical Team. She is also the massage therapist for our Flathead Roller Derby Team, the Big Mountain Misfits! However, her clientele is not limited to athletes. She is a member of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute and enjoys working with seniors. Penny is also certified in Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. These techniques give her a large toolbox for addressing soft tissue injuries from headaches to arthritis. Penny is also a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. This background helps her understand clients’ sports injuries, as well as recommend exercises to address musculoskeletal issues that clients present during sessions.
Her Masters in Engineering (she worked for the Army) fuels her interest in the science behind wellness.
Heidi Farra, LMT
Heidi was born and raised in Montana, providing her with a love of the outdoors and all the activities that go along with them. She graduated from Health Works Institute in Bozeman Montana in 2005. She studied Swedish Massage, Deep tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release and is Reiki certified. She went on to get her cupping certification in 2021. With a combined knowledge of Eastern and Western techniques she can help customize your treatment to meet your health or healing goals. From everyday aches and pains, mind and body relaxation or treatment of injuries she can help cultivate client health and wellness. Heidi has been a member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) since 2009.
Jill Hedeen, LMT
Jill graduated from the Ashmead College of Massage in 2005 with 900 hours. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and has served on the boards for the Washington and Montana AMTA chapters. In Washington, Jill was the Chairman for Massage Emergency Response Team, a team of massage therapists that massaged first responders during deployment to disaster areas. In Montana, she served as the President and as the Government Relations Chairman.
Jill has certifications in Reiki 2 and aromatherapy, and she continues to be intrigued with Kinesiology. The mechanics and movement of our bodies is an important part of our health and well-being, and Jill views massage as a way to keep our bodies mechanics working in an healthy manner.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist, Jill worked at Boeing for 21 years. Although working at the largest factory in the world as an engineer tech was a good career, Jill's heart was in Montana. She began looking for a new career that could take her anywhere and she chose massage therapy. In July 2011, Jill and her family moved to the Flathead valley. Jill loves the outdoors and on her days off, you will find her spending time with her family sailing, hiking, and sitting around the campfire.
Tayor Woodman, LMT
Taylor graduated from the Massage Training Institute in Kalispell in 2022. He is certified in Neuromuscular Therapy and is our deep tissue and sports massage specialist. He is an expert at finding the right spots and working them out. Taylor is an experienced personal trainer and competitive powerlifter. He is passionate about strength training, therapeutic bodywork and educating his clients about body movement to maximize their potential and ability. His knowledge and passion for anatomy and kinesiology has accelerated his development as a massage therapist. If you are looking for a deep, therapeutic massage, Taylor is your man!
When you can't find Taylor at work or in the gym, he is surely spending time with his wife and kids and taking care of their small farmstead.
Alyssa Sladek, LMT
Alyssa is a talented massage therapist and a free spirited person who loves to travel. She has a background in nursing and although Alyssa still holds an active RN license, she has chosen to practice massage therapy because she prefers helping people feel better without the use of medications and other invasive procedures. She loves working on specific problems with her clients and assisting them to lead pain-free, healthy lives. Alyssa studied massage in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. She is a perfect fit for anyone looking for Ashiatsu (barefoot) massage, Thai massage, facial treatments, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, Sports massage, and hot stone massage.
Julie Johnson, LMT
Julie works at Flathead Massage Professionals seasonally in the Summer. She is a 2020 graduate of the Massage Training Institute in Kalispell, where she received her certification in Neuromuscular Therapy. She is a member of ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). As a musician, she was attracted to massage and body work for the relaxation aspect and benefits that massage provided for her playing and overall wellbeing. Now a therapist herself, she is excited to share those benefits with her clients. Julie lives in Missoula and is still an active musician. She works part time for a national non-profit music organization, loves to spend summers on Echo Lake and enjoys spending time with new and old friends.