TAKE SHAPE has remained a small company able to take a strongly personal and individualized interest in all of its clients.
In 1999, Maria Amendolia founded TAKE SHAPE to combine the elements of a healthy whole: fitness, healthy movement, and massage. Maria realized that people could truly benefit from the attention of a personal trainer who was also a massage therapist, and vice versa. The ideal was to have a therapist who truly understood the physiology of a physically active body and who could help a client maintain healthy movement and repair the unavoidable stresses and strains of an active, vigorous life.
At first, TAKE SHAPE was a one-woman show, but very quickly, Maria had more clients than time, and Claudia Carson joined the company as a second therapist. We were lucky enough to have her skilled hands for almost fifteen years before her retirement from the field. More recently, the team has grown to include a number of excellent massage therapists, each with her own unique talents to offer our clients. That has allowed Maria more time to study, and she has expanded her breadth of knowledge to include advanced techniques such as NKT® and RockTape. This allows her to work in combination with TAKE SHAPE’s other massage therapists to further assist clients in reaching their goals of healthy movement and pain-free activity.
Yet, true to Maria’s original vision, TAKE SHAPE remains a small company, able to take a strongly personal and individualized interest in all its clients.
WHO WE ARE
Maria P. Amendolia
Maria P. Amendolia, owner and founder of TAKE SHAPE Massage and Movement Therapy, believes that self-care is a combination of the physical, mental and emotional. Described as “motivational” and “inspirational” by her clients, Maria believes that everyone can become fitter, healthier, and happier—and is thrilled that she can help her clients reach these goals through exercise, healthy movement, good nutrition, action coaching and bodywork modalities such as NKT.
Maria trained at the Swedish Institute and is licensed in both New York State and Connecticut. Maria is certified as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She taught group fitness classes in town at the Darien YMCA for almost twenty years. Of late, Maria has found herself drawn more to healthy movement and lifestyle choices. And the why of our pains and injuries. This led her to become a certified RockTape “Doc” and Level Three practitioner in NeuroKinetic Therapy®, a manual muscle-testing technique that can help repattern the motor-control system—and ease even the oldest injuries and aches. She is a certified nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition as well and has been expanding her coaching services in the last few years.
Bea Rowe finished her massage therapy training in 2008. Her massage is Swedish based but incorporates myofascial release and deep-tissue work to best address the needs of her clients. She does wonderful all-over massage as well as amazingly effective targeted work when a client comes to her with specific issues that need addressing.
Bea is certified in MotherMassage, which supports both mother and child before, during, and after pregnancy. She has over two hundred volunteer hours at Stamford Hospital in their Tender Touch program. In addition, Bea has also trained in neuromuscular therapy.
Erik Vitaglione has always been interested in the healing arts. A long time student of Kung Fu and an instructor of Qi Gong, Erik understands the power of the mind/body connection. A graduate of Boston College and The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, Erik has been a massage therapist for a few years and is already a master at deep tissue techniques and intuitively knowing where the client needs the focused work he can offer.
He is also a level 3 Reiki Master, and can incorporate key energy work into his therapeutic sessions. His ideal sessions are with clients looking to alleviate chronic pain and tension in the body and/or energy field.