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About the Therapist

Tara Ellen, LMT


I am a nationally certified and VA-state licensed massage therapist specializing in subtle energy-based techniques. I share space in two locations: Del Ray, Alexandria and Falls Church City, VA.


I began this private practice in April 2011. It's been a rewarding journey receiving so many incredible people of all walks of life. My goal is to provide clients with a holistic approach towards a state of well-being and high coherence. All my clients are treated with utmost respect and compassion. I enjoy supporting my clients with effective treatment, as well as educating them about the importance of self care, awareness and presence. 

Background & Training

- Graduated Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, DC, February 2011. This training program consisted of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and the practical application of massage.

- Completed Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy professional 3-year training program, The Wellness Institute, June 2012

- John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) Approach® Series 

Courses taken starting May 2012 to present. Multiple dates notes course was repeated to further enhance my skills

  • Myofascial Mobilization, May 2012

  • Myofascial Release I, June 2012 & Dec 2015

  • Myofascial Release II, July 2014 & Jan 2015

  • Fascial-Pelvis, March 2013, Oct 2014, March 2015, June 2017

  • Cervical-Thoracic, April 2014, Feb 2015, Aug 2016

  • Myofascial Unwinding, May 2014

  • Myofascial Rebounding, June 2014

  • Skill Enhancement Seminar, Sep 2014 & Feb 2016

  • Equine MFR, April 2015

  • Myofascial Healing Seminar, June 2015

  • Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, June 2015, Aug 2016

  • Women's Health Seminar, July 2015

  • Subtle Energy (Therapeutic Touch), Oct 2016

  • Myofascial Release III, Oct 2016

  • Quantum Leap, Dec 2017

  • Fascial Cranium, July 2018

Integrative Reflexology, Claire Marie Miller, LMT, May 2022

Energy Medicine: Tap into the Vagus Nerve; Dr. Melanie Smith AP, DOM, EEM-AP, Jan-Feb 2022


- Martha Beck, Practical Wayfinding Course, May/June 2020

- HeartMath Institute Certification Program, June/July 2020

- The Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation Curriculum 

  • Visceral Manipulation 1 (Abdomen 1), Jan 2019

  • Visceral Manipulation 2 (Abdomen 2), Aug 2019

- Neuromuscular Therapy training, Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (Upper Extremities), April 2013 

- Basic Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Dr. Vodder School International, February 2013

- Massage for People Living with Cancer, Oncology Massage Education Associates, May 2011

- Reiki training (First Degree, Second Degree, and Master Training), June 2007- June 2011​​

Me and John F. Barnes, PT, founder of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® taken at a MFR seminar in Sedona, AZ, June 2014

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Disclaimer: While the services at Nova Myofascial Release (Elements of Wellness, LLC) contribute to relaxation and an improved state of well-being, they are not intended to replace medical diagnosis and treatment. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding any illness you may have. I do not diagnose illnesses or conditions.

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