Valerie Agnew



After sustaining a very serious, debilitating and life changing spinal injury in 1997, I began a long and often frustrating journey through the healthcare system. I was in chronic pain and had limited mobility which negatively impacted virtually every aspect of my life. While the doctors I was seeing may have had good intentions, they were unable to offer any treatment that gave me any pain relief nor helped me to heal.  The standard Physical Therapy I received exacerbated my pain and further restricted my movement.  The last doctor I saw was a nerve specialist who recommended major back surgery.  I was desperate to get out of pain but also had a very strong aversion to surgery and so decided to take a different approach.  I began to seek out alternative methods of healing.  This quest fortunately lead me to some amazing bodywork practitioners specializing namely in Massage and Manual Therapy, Chiropractic Care and Pilates. It was at this time I began working with Laurie Hall who went on to become my mentor and teacher.  Her method of bodywork called Jyme Bodyworks put me solidly on the path of recovery I began to feel better and heal.  Her work and the amazing results I received from it sparked a keen interest in me, and I developed a strong desire to study bodywork. This inspiration led me to seek out professional training in Massage and Manual Therapy. I graduated in August 2000 from the Advanced Massage Therapy program at Heartwood Institute in Northern California where I completed 900 hours of training, specializing in Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques. I've committed to continuing my training; over the past seventeen years I have completed a combined 875 additional hours of training in Orthopedic Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Prenatal and Postpartum Massage, Trigger Point Therapy,Thai Massage, Upledger's Craniosacral Therapy, Barral's Visceral Manipulation, Gil Hedley's Hands On Human Dissection Course, Judith Hanson Lasater's Restorative Yoga Training  and most recently I've been apprenticing with my mentor, Laurie Hall, studying with her in depth in her Manual Movement Medicine Method called Jyme Bodyworks.

Valerie Agnew | Licensed Bodywork Practitioner

Valerie Agnew | Licensed Bodywork Practitioner

What People Are Saying

Valerie is great. She is intuitive and is very knowledgeable. I can fully relax because I trust her. I can highly recommend Valerie to anyone who wants to relax, has tight and sore muscles and wants to feel better. She is wonderful. A true jewel.
— Bettina N.
I have been seeing Valerie for almost 5 years and I can honestly say she has helped me more than any other health care practitioner I have ever had. She has an amazing diagnostic ability. My neck had been in pain for years before seeing her and I had been to physical therapists, doctors, even dentists because the inflammation was so bad it caused TMJ! She was the only one that not only relieved the pain through her treatment but suggested I strengthen my core to take the stress away from my neck. It worked and my neck feels great. I still see her once a month for other things and HIGHLY recommend her. Even if you’re not in pain and just want a relaxing experience make an appointment, you will not regret it!
— Elizabeth W.
Five years ago, Valerie was effusively recommended to be by another massage therapist whose opinion I value. Valerie is engaged and attentive from the moment you walk in; she asks questions, listens, and creates a this-is-your-special-time atmosphere. Throughout my pregnancy, I felt very comfortable in her hands. Extremely knowledgeable about the human body, Valerie draws from many modalities other than massage to encourage deep relaxation and healing. Definitely ask for the hot towels; they strip away years of tension.
— Denise M