Northern Dutchess Hospital expands massage therapy to help with pain


Rhinebeck – Massage can have a powerful, positive impact for patients undergoing stressful procedures, surgery or chemotherapy. Recognizing the benefits of integrative medicine, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently expanded its massage services with the addition of two experienced therapists.

Jesse Scherer has been a licensed massage therapist since 1994, most recently in private practice in Kingston, New Paltz and New York City. She specializes in injury rehabilitation, soft tissue manipulation, reproductive health, digestion, hip and back pain, chronic Lyme disease ailments and more.

Scherer has stayed up-to-date in massage techniques, having attending the Swedish Institute’s medical massage training in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the State University of New York at New Paltz and lives in Rosendale.

With more than 10 years of experience, Christine Welker offers Swedish massage. She also incorporates Thai stretches, Japanese shaitsu bodywork, the long flowing strokes of the Hawaiian lomi lomi and more.

“I bring to the table a listening touch,” she said. “I am trained as a somatic movement therapist, and listen with my hands for the deeper stories held in the body.”

Welker resides in Rhinebeck, but has lived abroad and speaks Spanish. She holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and film from Columbia University in New York City and worked in the film industry after graduating.

Northern Dutchess offers Swedish, deep tissue, medical, pregnancy and cancer massage, as well as reflexology and acupuncture. The services are found in the Women’s View Health Annex at 107 Montgomery St. To schedule a massage appointment, call 845-871-4380 (TTY:  800-421-1220). For more, visit

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