About Us

Our Training

Trained at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB) in Culver City, California, each of us has more than 1100 hours of classroom training and private instruction. We are certified therapists and work in a range of modalities, including Structural Integration, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Forearm Dance, and Craniosacral Unwinding.

Our education began at IPSB with Tai Chi, an ancient form of martial arts that is often referred to as moving meditation. Tai Chi forms the basis of all our movements around the table, which translates into a fuller, softer experience for the client. We supplemented our regular coursework with private instruction with our two mentors: Val Guin, creator of Forearm Dance™, and Bruce Schonfeld, Certified Advanced Rolfer™.

Our training, like our work, is unique, integrative and creative.

Rick Otto

Rick was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Not long after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Russian, Rick moved to California, where he lived for 16 years. Most of that time was spent in the corporate world, and the desire to lead a simpler, quieter life was always high on Rick’s agenda. He seized the opportunity to leave the business world behind and use his heart and hands in massage therapy. The work allows him to tap into his intuition and imagination to help clients feel more open and whole.

Rick loves living in Vermont and sharing the wonders of the state with friends and his two dogs, Melody (an English Bulldog) and Frank (a French Bulldog). An avid runner and snowboarder, Rick also enjoys snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter, and hiking and biking when roads and trails are clear.

Troy D. Spurgeon

Troy grew up in Seattle and spent most of his adult life in California. A creative and artistic individual at heart, Troy uses bodywork and massage as a means to help others feel better and more integrated. His work background ranges from working with medical doctors as an office manager in San Francisco to owning a landscape design, construction and installation business in Los Angeles.

A dog lover as well, Troy enjoys living in the Upper Valley with his English Bulldog Dally (who also happens to be Melody's granddaughter). Northern New England is the perfect location for the simple, quiet, outdoor-oriented life Troy aspires to--and it allows him to enjoy snowboarding, hiking and biking depending on the season.