Tara Russell, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Tara Russell, LMT, Licensed Massage Therapist

About Tara

Tara Russell, Licensed Massage Therapist, is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®), and a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). After completing her initial 1000-Hr Massage Therapy Diploma Program in 2007, Tara immediately continued her education to obtain an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy from Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha. Dedicated to enhancing her skills, Tara has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, and has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of massage techniques including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Integrative Reflexology, Medical Massage, Sports Massage, Lymphatic Massage for Detoxification, and Access Bars.

In addition to her private practice, Tara is a contracted massage therapist at a manufacturing company, providing weekly on-site therapeutic massage to support employee health and wellness. There, she works alongside a wellness team consisting of two nurses and a physical therapist, providing treatment, maintenance and prevention of repetitive stress and other job-related injuries. She also provides on-site employee chair massage to a variety of local businesses, hospitals, schools and non-profit organizations.

Throughout her career, Tara has collaborated with massage therapists, physical therapists, nurses, fitness and yoga instructors, mental health practitioners, and other mind-body focused professionals to bring the best care to every individual. These experiences with multiple disciplines have offered her more knowledge and insight, with which she has gained a broader perspective on the human experience of stress, pain and trauma.

Tara has been blessed with great mentors throughout her career. During her initial diploma program, she completed some of her required treatment hours at BJ’s Crossing Country-Spa-Retreat in Denton, NE. BJ Dennis, LMT, was very informative and provided a great foundation for Tara to launch her career from. Immediately after Tara obtained her massage license, Valdeen Nelsen, MPA, LMT, provided Tara with her first experience as a contract massage therapist in an industrial setting, substituting for Valdeen regularly. Their partnership continued to blossom both in private practice, as well as sharing another contract providing employee chair massage for a local hospital. Diana Den Beste, LMT, was one of Tara’s teachers in both the diploma and associates’ programs at Universal College of Healing Arts, Omaha. After Tara graduated, Diana continued to mentor her, offering valuable feedback while Tara practiced and enhanced her skills in advanced myofascial techniques. In 2013, Tara opened Lincoln Yoga Center’s first massage studio. During her time there, she had the privilege of learning a variety of yoga and other mind-body practices, including participating in several 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Take 5 classes, taught by Sheila Palmquist, owner of Lincoln Yoga Center and founder of Take 5. Tara utilizes this knowledge daily in her work and personal life. Continuing the tradition, Tara has mentored several new and upcoming massage therapists herself, and she loves to share her knowledge and learned experiences with them.

A life-time student, and student of life, Tara blends her knowledge, experience and intuition to create a massage specifically to meet the individual needs of her clients. From a lighter, more subtle energy work to a deeper, more focused and specific work, she regularly helps clients to relieve tension, calm the nervous system, improve flexibility, increase range of motion and return balance to tense, overused and traumatized muscle tissues. The benefits of massage on mind, body and spirit are abundant. Tara is passionate about taking an integrative approach to promote overall balance and well-being for her clients. Outside of working in her passion and purpose, Tara enjoys spending time with family and friends, being out in nature, yoga, meditation and of course, receiving bodywork for herself. Tara is thrilled to continue her journey with mind.body.balance.

To schedule an appointment with Tara, call or text 402-450-9778.

Associates of Applied Science, Massage Therapy, 2007

Universal College of Healing Arts, Omaha

1,000-Hour Diploma, Massage Therapy, 2007

Universal College of Healing Arts, Omaha

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Art, 2000

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1997

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Licensed and Board Certified since 2007

NE License# 2179

BCTMB# 531740-07

Certified Integrative Reflexology

Licensed Massage Therapist, private practice, 2007-Present:

mind.body.balance, 9/2021-Present

Lincoln Yoga Center, 6/2013-8/2021

Bottler’s Bodyworks, 2007-2013

Contract Massage Therapist in industrial setting, 2007-Present:

Valmont Industries, 2016-Present

Schneider Electric, 2007-Present

On-site Chair Massage Therapist, 2008-Present:

Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2010-Present

Lincoln Surgical Hospital, 2008-Present

Bryan Health, 2008-2016

Public Service Commission, 2010-2013

Licensed Massage Therapist, independent contractor:

A Healthy Choice, 2008-2013

Other Work Experience:

Patient Intake Coordinator, Ramic Medical Imaging, 2006-2011

Jean R. Faulkner Memorial Award – Undergraduate Art Exhibition, UNL, 2000

National Championship Title, Women’s Varsity Bowling, UNL, 1999

Big 12 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, UNL, 1998

NU Student-Athlete Advisory Board Honor Roll, UNL, 1998

Dean’s List, Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, UNL, 1998

Student Athlete Academic Achievement Award, 1998

Education Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Member, AmeriCorps, 2011-2013

Belmont Elementary School and Belmont Recreation Center, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

  • Launched Peaceful Warriors Club, an after-school club focusing on mind-body techniques and exercises learned in the Take 5 Program (a behavior program for children)
  • Created fun games for youth to learn about health and wellness
  • Recruited and coordinated volunteer experts in the health and wellness industry to provide educational activities for youth and their families

Reach for the Stars Member, AmeriCorps, 2010-2011

Arnold Elementary School and Air Park Recreation Center, Lincoln Parks and Recreation

  • Developed and implemented programs and activities focused on literacy support, homework assistance, social programs, recreational activities and cultural events

On-site Chair Massage:

Caregiver Support, Aging Partners, Lincoln, 2013

Parent/Guardian Support, Helping Us Grieve Successfully (H.U.G.S) Camp, Lincoln, 2011

Fundraiser, Ted E. Bear Hollow, Omaha, 2008

On-site Sports Massage:

U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, Omaha, 2008

Omaha Marathon, Omaha, 2006

How to Book With Me

To schedule an appointment, call or text 402-450-9778.


What is integrative medicine?

Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.