Essential Balanced Bodywork provides the best massage in the Winston-Salem area. We offer a variety of luxurious massage services, including Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Sports Massage, Prenatal Massage, Acutonics Sound Healing, and RoelsMethod™ for pain relief.
Essential Balanced Bodywork in Clemmons was founded in 2013, by the owners and operators Michael and Emily Roels. Combined, they have 30 years of experience as successful professional massage therapists. Michael has also been licensed as a massage therapist in Hawaii since 2008.
Michael developed RoelsMethod™ after he survived a 70-mph head-on collision in 1997. He understands what living in chronic pain is like and has dedicated the last 20 years of his life helping people alleviate their pain. RoelsMethod™ focuses on the cause of the pain (which is typically not where the pain is felt) to create a balanced holistic approach to healing. This technique is very successful with individuals who suffer from chronic pain and have tried traditional methods like physical therapy, chiropractor care, medications, and shots with little to no relief.
RoelsMethod™ can help with individuals suffering from Upper Back Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Frozen Shoulder, Soreness in the Neck, Shin Splints, TMJ, Chronic Shoulder Pain from Overuse or Surgery, Sciatica, Whiplash, Tennis and Golfers Elbow, Bulged Discs, Disc Degenerative Disease, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Wrist and Hand Pain, Knee and Ankle Pain, Tendinitis, Arthritis, Headaches and Migraines, Nerve Pain, Numbness and Tingling.
We are located in Clemmons, North Carolina, and help people in the surrounding areas, including Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Statesville, Mocksville, Advance, Kernersville, Salisbury, Charlotte, and Raleigh, to alleviate their pain.
LMBT #3957/ NCBTMB Approved Provider #452092-12
As a licensed massage therapist, Emily Roels has been practicing massage therapy in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point using a variety of techniques tailored to her clients’ specific needs since 2003. Drawing on over 1000 hours of training in Massage modalities, as well as holding advanced certification in RoelsMethod Structural Bodywork, she is uniquely qualified to meet a variety of needs. Additionally, she offers Acutonics Sound Healing. Growing up as an athlete, Emily came to the study of massage with an interest and first-hand understanding of what stress the body goes through while competing. This piqued her interest in anatomy and physiology as well as nutrition, leading to a more holistic approach to massage and to life. She began her study of massage shortly after the birth of her daughter. She recognized the need that massage could fulfill in bringing focus to busy lives and help clients with associated pain and discomfort caused by injury and surgery that present chronic pain. She brings to her work a calming element that allows her clients to focus on their therapy and move toward wholeness. Emily has a background in teaching as well as in practicing massage. She has trained over 100 licensed massage therapists in the fine art of Swedish massage and the power of intention, in Pathology, and in Asian Theory. As a partner in Essential Balanced Bodywork, Emily is a Nationally Certified Category A Continuing Education Provider, and she teaches Reflexology and Hot Stone Massage to Licensed Massage Therapists.
NC LMBT #3174/ NCBTMB Approved Provider #174/ Hawaii LMBT #11077
Michael Roels is the creator of the RoelsMethod Structural Bodywork. In 1997, he was a passenger in a 70 mph head-on car collision. He was diagnosed with herniation of T-12 and all his lumbar discs, whiplash, sciatica, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic back and hip pain. In chronic pain for three and a half years, he had many different therapies prescribed by his health care team, including a brief experience with massage therapy. When he was released, he was told that “if patients’ conditions do not improve after three years, it is not likely their pain would decrease. “He was then instructed to go on disability because he would never work a full time job since he could not sit or stand for long periods of time. A nurse also told him how long term use of prescribed pain medications shut down the production of your endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Michael decided that this diagnosis was not acceptable, and went home and prayed. He started walking every day and stopped taking the pain medication he was prescribed. He lived everyday with the attitude of “what would you do in your life now if you did not have pain?”After three months, he was a manager of a small restaurant and was experiencing no pain for the first time since 1997! He wanted to help people who suffered from chronic pain any way he could. As he reflected on the brief experience he had with massage therapy, he realized that it was the only therapy that not only did not create more discomfort but that also decreased his pain level. He researched schools all over the country and chose a school that specialized in Neuromuscular Therapy and Structural Bodywork.
Over the past 12 years, Michael has developed and practiced his technique in Charlotte, North Carolina; Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California; and Maui, Hawaii. This experience includes private massage therapist to popular TV actors, Grammy award winners, professional athletes, musicians and published authors. He has worked with chiropractors, trainers, physical therapists, and doctors who felt their patients benefited from his work.
EBB Massage Specialist
Audrey is a Certified Life Coach who has worked with women to help them with issues around personal accountability and self-empowerment.
While she finds herself using her coaching skills daily, Audrey closed her practice when she began her study of massage therapy. As a regular massage therapy client herself, Audrey knew first-hand the sense of well-being she received after massage and decided she wanted to offer that same benefit to others.
After completing over 600 hours of training, Audrey worked in both private practice and spa settings before coming to Essential Balanced Bodywork (EBB). She recently completed advanced training in the only Trauma Touch Therapy program in the country and is currently working toward certification in that specialty.
Audrey is certified in RoelsMethod™ to treat symptoms of foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis. She also is trained in the following modalities:
Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports Massage and Reflexology.
Audrey brings a calm and nurturing presence to each session, allowing her clients the opportunity to reconnect with, and re-inhabit, their bodies. She understands the powerful and positive effect that massage therapy has on our nervous system and how it helps to reduce levels of the stress hormones that spike during a traumatic event.
Audrey is the mom of three adult children and admits to being irrationally crazy about them! She describes having raised them as “the greatest joy of her life.” When she isn’t visiting one of her children, Audrey can be found at home with her mini dachshund, Clooney, who only has three teeth, but will still try to nibble your ears.
EBB Massage Specialist
Ruth is originally from Canada, where massage is recognized as a solution to injury recovery and prevention. She has first-hand experience with the benefits of massage therapy as a client, having incurred multiple injuries from training hard as an athlete and playing golf competitively for many years.
After experiencing professions that were not fulfilling, Ruth followed her heart to massage therapy school. She knew she loved to receive massages, so she thought she might also love to deliver them! Ruth began her training at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem and continued at the Swisher Center in Kernersville, where she received her degree.
With over six years of licensure practice, Ruth has a great understanding of how the body works. She is familiar with treating symptoms of pain and distress. Ruth’s calm demeanor helps her clients feel an immediate level of comfort. She cares deeply about the wellbeing of others, is compassionate and sincere, and delivers massage with a purpose. Ruth encourages her clients to communicate during sessions.
Ruth is certified in RoelsMethod™to treat symptoms of foot pain and plantar fasciitis. She also is trained in the following modalities:
Relaxation, Deep tissue, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Hot stone, both traditional and Himalayan salt stone.
Ruth was first introduced to Essential Balanced Bodywork (EBB) and Michael and Emily through an EBB client who was paired with Ruth during a golf tournament. Ruth was intrigued by EBB’s website and drawn to the opportunity not only to learn RoelsMethod™ from Michael, but also to be a part of a loving and caring environment with great energy and attention to detail.
When Ruth is not making others feel better through massage, she enjoys spending time with her husband and playing golf.
EBB Customer Service Specialist
Kathy is a native of Winston-Salem. She graduated Cum Laude from High Point University with a double major in accounting and business administration. She worked at the Bali division of Hanes Brands as a Sales Reporting Analyst while raising her two sons. After 17 years at Bali, Kathy’s was ready for a change. She and her sons moved to Denver, Colorado!
She worked with Great-West Life in Denver as a Senior Financial Reporting Analyst. Once back in North Carolina, Kathy continued working in the accounting field, first with Bank of America and then with TIAA. She joined the EBB team in 2014 to help her son and daughter in-law out as their business continued to grow. Kathy wears many hats at EBB as the customer service specialist, receptionist, office manager, and financial guru.
When she is not working, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons. Kathy has a wonderfully welcoming personality and is always happy to greet you with a genuine smile.
Wendi A. Hoover
EBB Administrative Guru
Wendi has over 20 years of experience in numerous administrative support areas. She has owned her own freelancing firm since 2008, providing support in marketing, communications, public relations, social media, editing, document production, and quality assurance, conference and special event planning, office administration and management, client outreach and corporate training.
She has worked with a wide variety of administrators and organizations, from professors at universities specializing in mechanical engineering and behavioral science, to C-level managers in property management, accident reconstruction, forestry, and small business loans, as well as government clients specializing in substance abuse and mental health, engineering, environmental issues, and low-income housing.
Wendi lives in Advance with her husband and two puppies, where she enjoys cooking, hosting gatherings, gardening, and football! She has three grown children and one grandson, and she loves spoiling all of them! Wendi describes herself as a “people-person” and believes in making a positive impact with each encounter.