Meenakshi Poolapalli, LMT (they/them) chose a path in bodywork after recognizing the prevalence of chronic pain, injury, and somatic dysregulation in their closest communities, especially queer and trans community and working-class communities of color. Inspired by transformative personal experiences of therapeutic touch, they decided to build on their natural inclinations and interest by studying at Queensborough Community College and becoming a licensed massage therapist.

Meenakshi approaches bodywork collaboratively and communicatively, meeting every client with warmth, respect, curiosity, and attunement. Their work draws on stretching, myofascial release, Thai massage, deep tissue, and Swedish massage, with elements of trigger point therapy, heat therapy, and shiatsu as appropriate. They enjoy helping their clients find relief and recovery from stresses, injuries, and chronic conditions; they are also passionate about working with people to develop more connected, integrated, and intuitive relationships of agency with their bodies, which they believe leads to greater ease, freedom, and ability as well as improved overall health.

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Meenakshi Poolapalli, LMT