UPDATE: I am moving out of Philly and no longer taking new clients.

Please visit kimberlyvice.com and jjtiziou.net/massage for two wonderful massage therapists that will be working out of the same space in West Philly.
Check out springhauspilates.com for Rittenhouse location.

Thank you for the wonderful time in Philly! Wishing all the best to everyone!

Hello, my name is
Nell Highleyman.

I'm a licensed massage therapist (license #: MSG013920) and graduate of the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork. My goal is to help people feel better in their bodies through the power of therapeutic touch. I welcome all bodies in my practice.  

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and then came to the East Coast for college. I graduated with a degree in English from Wesleyan University, where I was also a member of the Women's Crew team.

I've been interested in massage for a long time. In high school, a skilled massage therapist helped me work through some intense TMJ dysfunction and showed me the therapeutic possibilities of massage. Now as a practitioner myself,  I hope to help shift the idea of massage from one of only luxury to a component of holistic healthcare. It is a powerful tool to help deal with soft-tissue dysfunction, emotional and physical stress, muscle soreness, chronic headaches, and much more.  I am very excited to be practicing in Philly, and feel very honored to serve and care for such a great community. 

When not practicing massage, I like to quilt, write speculative fiction, and play with my inquisitive and rambunctious cat, Juniper. 


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"Nell is the best massage therapist that I've been to.

She is so warm and approachable and I felt so comfortable with her. After experiencing a massage from her I felt very relaxed and my muscles felt great. I would book again with her in a heartbeat."            
        - Joanna B.

"A massage from Nell transports you wherever you most want to go.

It's one of the most relaxing experiences I've ever had. Every time a massage from her ends, I am simultaneously devastated it is over and entirely satisfied. She is talented both at addressing particular health concerns and at providing a generalized rejuvenating experience. Highly recommended!"                                                                                        - Cal B.

"A++ massage experience!

Nell has a wonderful touch and creates a very calming and caring environment. I love how much she checked in to make sure I was comfortable and relaxed. Would recommend!!"
            - Celia B.

"Nell's massage was an incredibly rejuvenating experience.

She listened to my concerns and focused on the areas where I had the most discomfort (all those Zoom back knots), while still helping me achieve full-body relaxation and putting me entirely at ease throughout. I like a very deep massage and Nell has the strength to deliver! She also recommended some more day-to-day strategies to relieve the back tension I was suffering, and they have definitely helped since. I cannot recommend her enough!"                                                      - Lulu A.

"Nell is fantastic!

She is down-to-earth and has a wonderful relaxing presence; on top of that, she gives a great massage! She has great flow and rhythm and has done an incredible job relieving pain from a chronic neck issue. I can't recommend her highly enough!"                                                     - Quinn R.