Altranise is a 2011 graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Russell Sage College and a Master’s degree in English and Africana Studies from the University at Albany. Altranise trained as a full spectrum doula through Albany BirthNet and Brooklyn’s Ancient Song Doula Services, a 2019 pilot program created to address the racial disparities in perinatal/birth outcomes here in the capital region.
“I initially became drawn to bodywork when, as an exhausted college student, I sought out massage in hopes of relieving back pain. I was amazed at not only how much my muscle tension subsided, but at the vast improvement in mood, energy, and in my ability to focus. One day, while re-energized from a massage and researching for a paper, I came across articles on trauma, how emotions and memories become stored in the body, and the many ways in which massage therapy can lead to recovery and a reclaiming of self. It was then that my deep passion towards somatics and bodywork began to stir. I applied to massage school as I was completing my Master’s thesis, and thus my journey as a bodyworker began.
My belief in inherent wholeness and vast possibilities guides me as a birth/bodyworker, and I lean on science and a deep inner knowing to assist others on their authentic journey. With an appreciation for vulnerability and a natural ability to hold space, I met each individual to address their specific needs through various modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massage.
Other passions of mine: reading and writing; practicing embodiment through dancing, yoga and receiving bodywork; listening to soulful music and nourishing podcasts; loving wholeheartedly; and full-belly laughing with my two very spirited children