I’m Meghan Shand, licensed massage therapist since 2007 and owner of Maine Body Alliance.
It all started in 2004 when I tore my ACL while playing soccer. This injury took me out of the game indefinitely--as well as work--and my road to recovery looked bleak. I had reconstruction surgery which did not go well; it left me bed-ridden for 4 weeks and without feeling in my uninjured leg. I was just 22 years old and completely bummed.
I struggled with the physical recovery and with pain killers for 4 years both during and after the incident. After the long and painful recovery process, I knew I needed to change my chosen career path of Outdoor Recreation to something that would prevent me from wondering what bumps lay on the trail ahead, quite literally.
So began my journey of Massage Therapy and Personal Training. Throughout my studies, I found a renewed hope through learning how to help heal myself. I became fascinated by muscles and anatomy and how the body moved, especially with how the hips and shoulders worked. After experiencing my own low back pain and shoulder injuries, I took it upon myself to find new ways to help others also experience improved range of motion and move pain-free.
Since then, I have been in the massage therapy industry for 12 years, and in that time have worked with a variety of people, from 10 year-old kids to 95 year-old grandparents, and from semi-professional athletes to stay-at home moms. It is my mission to provide superior pain relief while making a positive impact in my clients lives.
After living in Maryland for my whole life, in 2017 I made the choice to relocate to Maine in search of a new start. I felt something important was missing in my life, and I needed to get it back. This led me to pursue my love of the outdoors again and inspired me to get back into hiking, backpacking, kayaking, cycling, and mountain biking. In the spirit of embracing the winters here in Maine, I have recently taken up snowboarding, which has been challenging, yet so rewarding for me to learn a new sport and push myself to new limits. When I’m not outdoors, you can find me spending my time exploring my creative side through cooking and creating home projects.