Meet The Therapist


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Kelly Skellinger is a NJ licensed massage therapist, bodyworker, and light worker who graduated from the Cortiva Institute, New Jersey – Wall Campus, in October of 2012.

Cortiva Institute is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), is approved by the United States Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education, and is an approved provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Ms. Skellinger graduated with a diploma in Professional Massage Therapy from the Professional Massage Therapy Program, and received the Faculty Award for leadership in her class.

She completed a total of 650 credit hours, studying Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology, Physiology, Pathology, Integrative Therapeutic Massage (Swedish and Prenatal), Sports Massage, Myofascial and Neuromuscular Techniques, Hydrotherapy, Clinical Integration, Professional Ethics, and Business Practices.

Ms. Skellinger completed her Clinical Massage Internship from December 2011 to June 2012, totaling 100 clock hours.

Ms. Skellinger’s certifications include –
• NJ State License (Insured for liability)
• Reflexology for Stress Relief
• Reiki I, Reiki II, and Reiki III
• Spa
• CPR and First Aid Certification

  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Bamboo Fusion
  • Lotus Foot Thai Reflexology

Kelly is the owner of Maitrisage – Massage + Reflexology, in Asbury Park, and also practices Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Guided Meditation, and Reiki at Angels of the Grove, in Ocean Grove, and Elements, in Wall.

Her acclaimed Sukha Class Series – empowering others through self-care – continues to attract a vibrant community of people determined to reclaim their wellness through shared education.

Kelly was elected to the position of Board Secretary of the New Jersey Chapter of The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the leader in and advocate of licensure of massage therapy and bodywork in the state of NJ, in 2016. Kelly is a FemCity Monmouth County Business Member, promoting and supporting fellow female entrepreneurs in the Monmouth County area.

She is also a blogger/writer for the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) Writing Group, who specializes in writing and publishing research reviews of published research literature, making the denser content more malleable, understandable, and easily digestible to the mainstream public and fellow practitioners. The MTF continues to raise the bar for massage therapy and bodywork practitioners and the industry as a whole, and further legitimizes and validates its work.

Kelly is also a doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Coordinator. She teaches educational essential oil classes to clients and fellow therapists/healers who are interested in using essential oils for daily self-care and in integrating the use of these oils into their business practices. doTerra essential oils and products are available for purchase through Maitrisage directly.

Kelly is a 2003 graduate of Temple University, Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications, with a writing intensive focus. She was employed in the print journalism and sales industries prior to finding her steady footing on her path as a healer.

Ms. Skellinger enjoys writing about massage as much as she enjoys doing the hands-on work. She aspires to be a freelance writer for a massage publication, and would like to establish her own massage journal in the future.

She currently resides in Ocean Grove, NJ, with her tuxedo cat, Pontious Pilot. She loves getting lost in a good book, gardening without gloves, sleeping in, and waking up to Krishna Das radio, a morning mantra, a daily offering of incense, and a warm cup of tea. She is currently obsessed with all things goddess.