About

Cory Schifano Portrait

Cory Schifano, LMT, CPC

AMTA, NCTMB

cory@berkshirebodywork.comBook Now

With 30 years in practice listening to people and their bodies, I help people get out of pain so they can better enjoy life. I am empathic and often feel what others are feeling, particularly when buried emotions try to surface. This sensitivity can be a real asset when it comes to helping others let go of trauma.

After a dance injury at 15, I have been on my own healing journey. My first experience with bodywork was observing Bonnie Pruden, the founder of Myotherapy, using her pioneered trigger point therapy to create rapid improvement. I then met Jay B. Kain PT and experienced profound personal relief from the most delicate of energetic hands.

I knew I had to study some form of bodywork.

Certifications

  • Licensed Massage Therapist (MA)
  • 25 year member of the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association)
  • Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork by NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)
  • Certified in Orthopedic Massage (trained by Whitney Lowe of OMERI)
  • Level II Reiki
  • Certified Professional Coach (ACTP) Accredited Coach Training Program from the International Coach Federation
  • Certified Fitness and Aerobics Instructor (AFAA) Athletics and Fitness Association of America
  • Certified DansKinetics Instructor (Kripalu)

Training

  • Brenneke School of Massage, now Cortiva Institute
  • NeuroMuscular Therapy with Judith Delany
  • NeuroMuscular Reeducation with Peter Levy, D.C.
  • Connective Tissue Massage with John Latz
  • Certified in Thai Massage by Karyn Chabot and Martin Misenhimer
  • Reiki The Usui System of Natural Healing with Noor-un-nisa Joan
  • Institute of Integrative Nutrition
  • CrossFit
  • Yoga (Hatha and Ashtanga)
  • Dance (Modern, West African, Ballet) -lived in Africa and studied dance
  • Integrating Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment with Ben BenjaminM
Do you have a unique approach to bodywork?

My approach is unique because I bring a lot of variety to each session. I've studied many forms of deep tissue massage and injury treatment as well as relaxing energy work. If someone is feeling stuck and needs good listening, more connection and provocative questioning then the coach in me will hold that space for them. We might talk and investigate, treat you seated and fully clothed, do some strengthening together, or focus on stretching. Most likely you will lie down under sheets and blanket and let me do the rest.

Recommended by athletes, psychotherapists, acupuncturists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and chiropractors, I go beyond the traditional scope of massage therapy to offer coaching and teach massage to students and the public.

Testimonials

”Best Massage in the Berkshires.”

—Kim R.

”…you are the best in the area at your craft. I've referred several people to you…”

—Todd LePine, MD

”…very good understanding of how the body works. She can give specific feedback on what is going on with your body…”

—Amber C.

”I can only come up with one word: Bliss.”

—Daphne Kemper Meyerson

”By far the best around.”

—Gary Cookson

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