Center 4 Massage Therapy
Center 4 Massage Therapy

Your Therapy Team

The therapists at Center 4 Massage Therapy are highly trained, experienced, and dedicated to your overall well being. We each began our careers as state and nationally certified massage therapists and have pursued modalities we are passionate about, attaining Board Certification and beyond.  Here's what we do:


Joyce Nelson, Owner

CMT, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork


Joyce graduated from the Advanced Fuller School of Massage and has been a part of Center 4 Massage Therapy since 2003. A former school library media specialist and Teacher of the Year, she has been published in educational journals, presented at educational conferences, and taught massage coursework at the community college level. In 2012, she retired from teaching to become C4MT’s owner. Joyce enjoys listening to her clients and blending various modalities to meet their needs. With an educator's heart, she embraces research and knowledge and is always looking for ways to enhance her skills. Joyce believes massage does make a difference in how a person feels, and that it plays a vital role in overall health and well being.


Specialties:  Neuromuscular and craniosacral therapy, orthopedic massage, myofascial work, sports massage and stretching, basic lymph drainage, Swedish relaxation, pregnancy, oncology massage, Raindrop technique, stone massage, reflexology




Terri Chisman, Therapist

CMT, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork


Terri graduated from the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in 2011 and joined Center 4 Massage Therapy shortly afterward. She enjoys working with people who have a strong desire to create a healthier lifestyle. In Terri's own words, "It's not my job to fix any body. It's my job to provide a good opportunity for bodies to fix themselves."  To that end, Terri utilizes a wide range of techniques, including Swedish massage, acupressure, range of motion exercises, and an array of Young Living essential oils.


Specialties:  Therapeutic massage, including stretching and range of motion, acupressure, sports massage, Raindrop technique with essential oils, aromatherapy, warm castor oil packs, and Swedish relaxation massage




Karen Brown, Therapist

CMT, Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork


Karen graduated in 2010 from Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, with an Associates Degree in Applied Science and Certification in Massage Therapy. She began her massage therapy career at Center 4 Massage Therapy in 2012, and specializes in both therapeutic and relaxation massage. She enjoys participating in off-site chair massage events and prefers a smaller massage therapy practice, where she can spend a more time with clients, rather than rushing them along. Karen believes in the healing touch of massage and advises individuals to "be vocal with your needs," stressing the value of open, honest communication during their session. 


Specialties:  Therapeutic and relaxation massage, including deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki, reflexology, pregnancy, aromatherapy



Joy Thompson, Therapist

CMT, Certified Lymnphedema Therapist


Former faculty member and 2008 graduate of The Academy of Massage Therapy at the Institute of Health and Healing in Newport News, VA, Joy Thompson pursued advanced studies in Structural Integration and Manual Lymphatic Drainage and is recognized by LANA and the NLN as a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Owner of Whole Body Therapeutics, LLC, Joy has now opened The Lymphatic Care Clinic in Williamsburg, VA, where she works passionately to help those struggling with lymphatic challenges. She’s at Center 4 Massage Therapy on Thursdays and occasional Saturdays, offering her expertise to her Hampton clients. Joy asks that before taking on new lymphatic referrals, you speak with her first. Joy looks forward to “addressing grouchy muscles and having an empathetic and intelligent conversation with the soft tissues of the body.”


Specialties:  Lymphatic work, including but not limited to Lymphedema, Lipedema, range of motion issues, complete decongestive physiotherapy, post-surgical swelling, garment fitting, client education












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