License # MA61085918
Licensed Massage Therapist
My approach centers around the interconnectedness of our myofascia and our body’s innate ability to heal. I love working with clients to help figure out which areas of the body need to be released and to provide a space entirely devoted to each person's self-care that can have such a significant impact on reducing pain and stress. I feel passionate about working with people to help make a positive impact in individual lives.
Hi! I’m Elodie Chaplain. I’m half French, hence the unusual name. Originally from Colorado, I moved to Seattle in 2007 for an internship where I discovered the beauty of the PNW and decided this was the place for me. I’ve been in Bellingham since 2016, loving every minute of it.
When & How did you get into Massage Therapy?
Like so many LMTs I’ve met, I personally experienced the astounding difference massage can make. I suffered a debilitating back injury in 2012 that plagued me for nearly three years until I worked with an LMT in Seattle who used a technique called Manual Ligament Therapy. The return to pain-free living felt truly miraculous. I decided then that I want to help make that sort of difference in people’s lives. In 2019, one of my close family members was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. I felt grateful for the massage techniques I had learned to help alleviate some of the pain, swelling, scar tissue and anxiety they experienced after surgery and radiation. We were both amazed by the increased range of motion and stress relief that massage could provide. I feel passionate about working with people to help make a positive impact in individual lives.
What are your certifications, qualifications? Tell us about your Unique Experience.
I earned my BS in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University and certificate in Massage Therapy from Whatcom Community College. I’ve worked in a diverse array of careers, from personal training at PRO Sports Club, to leading active trips with Backroads, to managing programming for seniors at Brookdale. Each career path has stemmed from a desire to help people optimize their quality of life. Most recently I worked here at Prime as a clinic aide helping clients with recovery modalities and self-care techniques. I’ve maintained my ACSM Exercise Physiologist and AFAA Group Exercise Certifications along with a fascination and curiosity of the human body.
What’s your approach/philosophy? Why does it work?
My approach centers around the interconnectedness of our myofascia and our body’s innate ability to heal. When we're able to release muscles and connective tissue that have been either "locked long" or "locked short," we can bring circulation back to those areas and help bring balance back to the body. I love working with clients to help figure out which areas of the body need to be released and to provide a space entirely devoted to each person's self-care that can have such a significant impact on reducing pain and stress.
What do you love seeing in your clients?
The relief on their face and in their posture after a session.
Why do you like being part of Prime? What makes Prime unique/different?
I deeply appreciate the collaborative aspect of Prime. I will always remember my first meeting with Kerry and Erica, hearing what they were creating and bringing to Bellingham, I left feeling so inspired and excited to be a part of their incredible team.
What else do you like to do/interests/hobbies/family?
Aside from practicing massage, I adore exploring new places, hiking and trail running, biking, hammocking, getting completely engrossed in a novel, cooking and eating delicious food.