Education and Philosophy
Judith (Jo) Keogh has been a practicing massage therapist since 1999, and received her first Reiki training in 1995. She is state licensed and board certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Judith attended the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she completed an intensive 750-hour program. Her course of study included various forms of massage, energy work, ethics, and naturopathic philosophy. She has received additional training in the field of cancer massage through the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon. Judith is also a Reiki Master and an Associate Polarity Practitioner.
Judith practiced massage in a number of professional environments in the Philadelphia area before opening her own practice there in 2004. These diverse establishments include the St. Regis Hotel, Reset Wellness Center, The Spa at Paul and Kay’s, and Advanced Chiropractic and Spine Center. She has also been a guest lecturer on the topics of massage and energy work at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2012, Judith realized that women who had been impacted by trauma of one kind or another had gradually become a significant portion of her client base. She decided to pursue training specific to treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and in June of 2014, she completed a one hundred-hour certification in Trauma Touch Therapy (TTT). An offshoot of the somatic psychotherapy movement that originated in Boulder, Colorado, TTT addresses the ways in which stress and trauma are held in the body, and assists clients in releasing it. From that point forward, working with women recovering from trauma became the primary focus of her practice, and remained so until she closed her business in 2016 in order to relocate to Guilford, CT. In addition to her massage training and experience, Judith has worked in a variety of medical and counseling settings. She has experience as a medical secretary in hematology/oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, medical insurance claims processor for the University of New Mexico, peer counselor at Temple University, counselor at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center for Women, and chiropractic technician for Woudsma Chiropractic.
Judith's massage practice reflects her passion for assisting women on their path to healing, and for the connection between mind, body, and spirit. She has a thorough academic and practical knowledge of anatomy; she also possesses an intuitive understanding of the musculoskeletal and chakra systems, and the ways in which they are impacted by stress, injury, and trauma. She is balanced and flexible in her approach to treatment, and strives to serve her clients from a place of compassion, non-judgment, and understanding. She feels that her clients know their bodies best, and treats them according to their wishes and specific needs. Judith is an attentive listener, and finds joy in the long-term professional relationships she has established with many of her clients. Much of her work is also grounded in her own life experiences with physical injury, emotional healing, and spiritual growth.
Judith holds a B.A. in liberal studies from Arcadia University.