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/Full Time Therapist

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


Joyce graduated from Christopher Newport College with a B.A. in English and earned her Masters of Science in Education from Old Dominion University. She 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 designed and taught massage coursework at the community college level. In 2012, she retired from the field of education 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, 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 active engagement, basic lymph drainage, Swedish relaxation, pregnancy, oncology massage, Raindrop technique, stone massage





Karen Brown, Full TimeTherapist

LMT, 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 and has recently earned her certificate in medical 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. Karen is available most days, Monday through Saturday.


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





Joy Thompson, Visiting Therapist     ***No new cosmetic surgery patients accepted at this time***

LMT, 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. Read more about the work she does by visiting Occasionally she sees her clients in Hampton at Center 4 Massage Therapy, mostly on Thursdays. Joy asks that clients wishing to schedule lymphatic work speak with her first, before booking an appointment with her. 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. At this time, Joy is not taking on new cosmetic surgery patients.












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