Bernadette Lehmann, Massage Therapist
Bernadette Lehmann has been a practicing massage therapist at Performance Health Center, (formerly Chiropractic Healthcare), since 1989. She graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA, with 1400 hours of training, and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. In addition she is Nationally Certified by the Board for Therapeutic Massage and Body Work. Before coming to Performance Health Center, she was trained as a Physical Therapist Assistant and a Recreational Therapist for the state of Hawaii.
Bernadette first discovered the benefits of chiropractic care at the age of 18, when she had back surgery. Ever since that experience, she has wanted to help others to be able to manage the discomfort and limitations manifested by pain. In spite of her physical ailments, she has kept very active by participating in triathlons, biathlons and half marathons! She currently plays team tennis and does regular outdoor and indoor cycling. She has a vast educational background in the many areas of treatment available in the field of muscular therapy.
In order to stay current with new advances, techniques and to provide the best treatments as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Bernadette has completed the following certification workshops:
- Neuromuscular Therapy of the shoulder and lower leg
- Cranio-Sacral Therapy
- Extensive training in Active Isolated Stretching with Aaron Mattes
- 20-hour certification in Orthopedic Massage Training of the Lower Body
- Certification in Kinesio Taping used for sport injuries, as well as post operatory rehabilitation
With this continuing education, Bernadette is able to provide better and more diversified methods of treatment for each individual’s necessities.
In addition to her work at Performance Health Center, Bernadette has provided her expertise in working with:
- The United States Tennis Association in the women’s and men’s national grass court tournaments in Forest Hills, NY and the New England Women’s Intersectional Team Championships
- The WTA, Sony Ericson Tour
- The International Tennis Federation World Tennis Team Championships in Philadelphia, PA and in Antalya,Turkey.
- The performers behind the stage with musical groups such as Aerosmith, Christina Aguilera, The Eagles, The Spice Girls, Alicia Keys and many others.
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My business requires agility and repetitive muscle work. Before being educated by Bern Lehmann on how to prepare my body for working, I depended on Advil to get me through my day (and more importantly – nights). With her knowledge of motion and massage technique, she has enabled me to keep my back and hands gainfully employed!
– Dale Stetson, Gardener
I have been a client of Bernadette’s for over twelve years. In that period of time, I haven’t lost one day of work due to chronic back pain. When she first started treating me, I had “frozen shoulder,” the cure of which seemed likely to require surgical intervention. Due to her efforts, my shoulder now has full range of motion and is totally pain-free.
I will be happy to speak with any individual who has concerns about the abilities of this caring and professional massage therapist.
– Michael E. Becker
Bernadette’s knowledge of biomechanics, kinesiology and physiology as well as massage draws elite athletes, cancer patients, pregnant women, heart patients and folks just needing a respite to their daily lives to her practice for the management and treatment of their specific issue. She understands injury and pain management and listens to the individual needs of her clients. Being treated by Bernadette over the last nine years has allowed me to continue my active life – culminated by completing a marathon last fall.
– Margaret Kolka, Ph.D., Consulting Physiologist
Bernadette is my lifeline to health and wellness. When my neck tightens up from my 6-foot body bending to talk with students and my shoulders have knots from the stresses of the week, Bern’s massages enable me to totally and completely relax. When I come home from a massage with Bern my husband says, ”You look like a whole new person”. I tell him, “I feel like a whole new person”.
Bern’s ability to find all the right tight muscle locations and apply the exact amount of deep pressure to release the knots is a real credit to her talent in this field. Her techniques are terrific, but it is her concern for me as a person that makes Bern extra special and unique. Her attention to me when I had Breast Cancer helped me to cope better and accelerated my healing. She looks out for all of her patient’s well being. She unobtrusively looks to total fitness and health for each client both mentally and physically.
Additionally, she practices a healthy life style, which she quietly models for all to observe. Her massages are the best as she pays attention to details and your needs. Bernadette is one terrific person whom I’m proud to call a real friend. She is a massage therapist I would recommend highly to anyone and I recommend that everyone get a massage on a regular basis for his or her own health.
– Beverly Brown
Before starting to see Bernadette regularly for massages 21 years ago, my body was very stiff and my muscles were constantly sore. I’m happy to say that after being a client of Bernadette’s for the past 21 years, I am now injury-free and my body is in great condition.
Being a national ranked tennis player and a teaching tennis professional, it is necessary for me to keep my body in good shape and injury-free. Bernadette has been instrumental in my achieving the longevity and success in my tennis playing achievements by helping to keep my body injury-free and in great physical condition. She knows what is required to keep your body in great shape and has been able to do that for me by her expert massage and stretching techniques. Her treatments have helped me to keep my body in great physical condition for the rigorous pace needed to play high level tennis tournaments and for me to give the high number of tennis lessons I do and have done for many years.
I have nothing but the best to say for her professionalism, her caring, her expertise in the field of massage therapy and her vast knowledge and ability to make her clients feel good and keep them in great shape.
“Thank you, Bernadette, you’re the greatest!”
– Sheila Weinstock
Bernadette’s 20 years of experience in massage, vast knowledge of the body, finely developed skill and technique makes her massage the best I have ever experienced. Her massage room is incredibly relaxing, the heated table, relaxing music, moist heat hot packs, and warm massage lotion help you fall into a deep relaxation. Nothing compares to the massages I have had from Bernadette over the past few years. Her ability to find and release deep muscle tension is incredible. She has a great personality and is very calm and comforting. Being in the bodywork field myself, I regularly recommend Bernadette to those in need of deep muscle work and also people who just need a relaxing massage.
– Kim Griffin Lic. Ac. M.A.O.M.
Bernadette has been my message therapist for over 10 years. She works wonders with her firm fingers. I see her about once every three weeks. If I have any specific problems, she addresses the sore spots with extra work. She is also very good at offering suggestions for home therapy, and exercises. When I am not aching, the treatments are just a wonderful relaxing experience, contributing, I’m sure, to my very good health. She is professional and skillful!
– Carol H. Traenkle
I have had a “bad back” for over 40 years.
I do a variety of exercises three times a day to loosen my back and reduce the pain.
In addition, the only other regular treatment for my condition is a vigorous message by Bernadette Lehmann, a nationally certified licensed massage therapist.
Bernadette also gives me advice and exercises to do each time I pull, tear or injure another part of my body while continuing to play tennis and basketball.
The best testimonial I can give about Bernadette is that I have referred my brother, daughter, and daughter-in-law to her. They were all very pleased with their massages.
– Myron J. Fox
Bernadette Lehmann is an experienced, knowledgeable, very professional massage therapist whose talented hands have helped many people. She often works national and intersectional tennis competitions at the request of many New England senior tennis players and their teams. Her ability to relieve stresses placed on the body by high level competition involving long, tough matches allows us to perform at a consistently high level throughout an entire week-long competition as well as to avoid injuries. Her relief of our tight muscles is often accompanied by suggestions of good exercises to perform both before and after play. Bernadette’s knowledge also extends to assessing and treating injuries as well as both preventive and supportive taping techniques. In July 2008, I was ready to default the doubles final at the 60 national senior grass courts following an injury to my heel earlier in the day. Then Bernadette did the impossible. She bandaged my foot so that not only could I finally put weight on it, but so that I could play a tough 3-set match well enough to win the Gold Ball. I highly recommend Bernadette Lehmann as a terrific massage therapist.
– Marjorie G. Hahn
I began massage therapy with Bernadette as a competitive runner suffering stagnating performances. The massages promoted speedier recovery from workout to workout, allowing me to increase the frequency of my hard training. The results culminated in many fine years of competition. Today, 24 years later, I still see Bernadette after every 300 miles. Not only do I trust her implicitly with my own body, but now entrust her with my two children, who are both competitive runners. There may be many good massage therapists out there, but Bernadette Lehman is definitely in the *exceptional* category. I can honestly say without reservation she is the absolute best and I highly recommend her.
– Walter J. Berkowicz
Thanks to my Massage Therapist…
There are not adequate words to express the gratitude that fills my heart having a muscular therapist as skilled, qualified, and compassionate as Bernadette Lehmann. I have been seeing her intermittently throughout the last 22 years. I am always so pleased with her massages that I have never had the desire nor need to seek out anyone else. For months now I have been seeing her on a weekly basis due to a complex & progressive connective tissue disease I was found to have along with multiple sclerosis and chronic migraines-all of which cause me daily widespread pain and discomfort.
Bernadette seems to have a oneness with her clients. I say this because she is able to connect to my pain & changing needs on each appointment while custom-tailoring my massages accordingly. She is creative-blending many different pain-relief techniques while working with me to adjust the pressure best suited for my body. Usually she incorporates neuro-muscular & cranial-sacral techniques to my deep tissue massages.
At the end of each of my sessions with Bernadette, I consistently find that my muscle stiffness, pain and spasms are lessened, my headaches & breathing difficulties are either improved or temporarily alleviated, my circulation is better, and my stress level is reduced.
I would highly recommend Bernadette as a muscular therapist to anyone needing a full body massage, or even a massage that is more focused on specific ‘targeted pain’ areas. She is always pleasant & professional. Whether I am looking for a light relaxing massage, deep tissue workout, or anthing in between, I have never been disappointed with any of my sessions. She provides a quiet atmosphere to unwind with soft peaceful background music & soothing oils.
Bernadette is a wonderful testimony to the healing power of massage. Especially because she has a unique ‘intuitive sensitivity’ to an individual’s needs & has such an obvious passion for helping people to feel better. Her massages have truly made a difference in my life by improving its quality.
– Mary Parker, Sudbury
A THANK-YOU TO MY MASSAGE THERAPIST & MY RECOMMENDATION TO NEW CLIENTS!
There are not adequate words to express the gratitude that fills my heart having a muscular therapist as skilled, qualified, and compassionate as Bernadette Lehmann. I have been seeing her intermittently throughout the past 22 years. I am always so pleased with her massages that I have never had the desire nor need to seek out anyone else. For months now, I have been seeing her on a weekly basis due to a complex & progressive connective tissue disease I was found to have along with multiple sclerosis, and chronic migraines & back pain–all of which cause me daily widespread pain & discomfort.
Bernadette seems to have a oneness with her clients. I say this because she is able to connect to my pain & changing needs on each appointment while custom-tailoring my massages accordingly. She is creative—blending many different pain-relief techniques while working with me to adjust the pressure best suited for my body. Usually she incorporates neuro-muscular & cranial-sacral techniques to my deep tissue massages.
At the end of each of my sessions with Bernadette I consistently find that my muscle stiffness, pain, and spasms are lessened, my headaches & breathing difficulties are either improved or temporarily alleviated, my circulation is better, and my stress level is reduced.
I would highly recommend Bernadette as a muscular therapist for anyone needing a full body massage, or even a massage that is more focused on specific targeted pain areas. She is always pleasant, professional, and respectful. Whether I am looking for a light, relaxing massage, a deep tissue workout, or anything in-between, I have never been disappointed with any of my sessions. She provides a quiet atmosphere to unwind, with soft peaceful background music, soothing oils, and hot moist towels if needed.
Bernadette is a wonderful testimony to the healing power of touch & massage. Especially because she has a unique “intuitive sensitivity” to an individual needs & has such an obvious passion for helping people to feel better. Her massages have truly made a difference in my life by improving its quality.
With ongoing gratefulness,
– Mary Parker