Welcome to Old Mechanicsville Health Spa! When you enter my space, you are my family. Every color, every piece of furniture, every plant was selected to bring about the tranquility I want you to feel as my guest.
My goal here is simple: I want to help others be pain free, relaxed, and happy to be alive. I want you to love yourself more!
I am a healer, one who mends others. I use a whole-person approach. When I meet a new client, we will discuss diet, activities, sleep cycles. I want to make sure I am given all the necessary data to truly understand what brings my clients in and how I may best serve.
Mondays through Wednesdays are dedicated to operating my businesses and pursuing my continuing education, whereas Thursdays through Sundays are dedicated 100% to spending quality time with my family. This is how I maintain balance in my life. My Number One supporter, my husband Steve, and I are the proud parents of a daredevil 7-year-old son, who loves reading and practicing Taekwondo, and a sassy, but entirely adorable 3-year-old daughter, who loves playing outside and creating artwork.
We also have a 3-year-old Pit Bull Terrier, named Shadow, who still has a lot of puppy in her, and loves running up and down stairs, and spending time at doggie daycare visiting her buddies. When I have time to myself, I enjoy reading, traveling (especially camping), running, practicing yoga (especially hot vinyasa, and rocket yoga), and just hanging out and enjoying my kids.
We commit to providing you with the best treatment for whatever concern prompted you to seek our services. We commit to listening to and understanding your needs, and to communicating with you, honestly, about a plan to move forward in achieving your desired results.
I began attending the American Institute of Massage (now called the Lotus School of Integrated Professions), under the instruction of the famous Joseph Schibner in 2005, taking my national exam in 2006 to become State-licensed. I have taken over 6,000 hours-worth of continuing education since that time in various massage techniques. My favorite types of massage to perform, however, are sports massage, trigger point therapy, and western style table Thai massage. In 2008, I began attending Trinity College of Natural Health, and received the designation Certified Natural Health Practitioner in January 2009.
I began attending the American Spirit Institute in 2017, under the instruction of Melissa Deaton (local Aesthetician rock star, with over 25 years of experience), taking my state boards in January 2018 (which I passed with a score of 93), and receiving the designation Licensed Aesthetician. My passion for skincare came from dealing with my own adult acne after being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 and coming to the realization that my body wasn’t properly absorbing nutrients, which was causing my skin issues, along with other problems. Because of what I went through, I made it my mission to help people with autoimmune disorders and the related skin problems. I know that I have found my true calling when I see the sparkle back in my client’s eye, and know they are now confident in their skin and body. I love all aspects of the Spa & Wellness Industry, but I consider my specialties to be migraine relief, sciatica relief, TMJ syndrome relief, wax hair removal, and the treatment of autoimmune disorder-related skin problems. I founded my first business, Old Mechanicsville Health Spa, in August 2011, in one rented room. Old Mechanicsville Health Spa now occupies a historic fully rehabbed building, employs 1 other licensed Aesthetician, 3 other licensed massage therapists, and our menu boasts a variety of unique treatments. I pride myself on being an equal opportunity employer with a diverse, inclusive and highly-ethical practice. I founded my second business, Savasana Yoga Mat Bag Company, in 2017. Savasana makes yoga mat bags from 100% recycled spa linens and donates 20% of all proceeds to a different charity each quarter.
I really enjoy learning any aspect of holistic health because, in addition to utilizing my skills to help my clients, I apply these principles in my daily life to avoid colds and the flu from all the germs my little ones bring home from school and daycare. I believe that living a Paleo lifestyle, daily yoga practice, regular massage therapy care, and drinking enough water on a daily basis is the foundation for living the life of natural wellness inherent in our bodies’ design.
When I am not seeing spa clients, I handle all the marketing and administrative aspects of both of my companies. My Number One supporter, my husband Steve, and I are the proud parents of 3 amazing kids, and one 4 legged friend. When I have time to myself, I enjoy reading, traveling (especially camping), roller skating, practicing yoga (especially hot vinyasa), real estate investing, and just hanging out and enjoying my kids. I am currently taking yoga teacher training to be more educated on proper stretching to further assist my clients on their wellness journey.
Active Member of the American Massage Therapy Association Active Member of Chicago Cosmetologists
Shelly Daugherty graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in
February 2005 and completed her master’s degree (December 2021) in Human Nutrition and Functional
Medicine from the University of Western States. She is mentored by Kyle Wright of North Carolina
School of Advancement Bodywork.
Shelly began her massage career working for a chiropractor in Columbia, SC, focusing on clinical
neuromuscular therapy, helping her clients find relief from pain and dysfunction. She eventually opened
her own business and wellness center in the Columbia area, collaborating with other health practitioners
to provide massage, chiropractic, yoga, personal training, reflexology, infrared sauna, and aromatherapy
Shelly and her family moved to Richmond, VA in 2019 to be closer to family. She is happy to partner with
Old Mechanicsville Health Spa to help her clients find relief from pain, discomfort, stress and
dysfunction. Shelly has received extensive training in neuromuscular therapy, muscle release technique,
myofascial release, reflexology and aromatherapy. Shelly’s clients seek massage for TMJ, shoulder, low
back, neck, and wrist/hand pain, headaches, plantar fasciitis, injuries, emotional imbalances and stress.
Clients leave feeling fantastic, walking with renewed health and hope. She carefully works within client
comfort, never going beyond their edge. Edge is that place of healing before pain, before breath holding,
and before fear. Healing takes place in the muscles, fibers and cells when the body is in the
parasympathetic known as the “rest and digest” state. Shelly also avoids “chasing the pain”,
understanding that the reason for pain and dysfunction may be elsewhere in the body.
In her free time, Shelly enjoys spending time with her family and her pets. Any outdoor activity makes
her happy, including gardening, hiking and biking. She grew up in WI and returns every winter to
participate in the American Birkebeiner cross country ski race.