Mission Statement:

Our mission is to educate an exceptional Certified Massage Therapist who can consistently give high quality massage, is fully knowledgeable, competent, and adaptable in the field of massage therapy.



Our instructors are Certified Massage Therapists, with time-tested massage skills and diverse experiences. They have successful massage practices for a combined 30 or more years, and have medical or physiology backgrounds. We don't believe in providing a cookie cutter type of massage education, but rather honoring individual learning styles and differences by tailoring the material to the student.


Nicole M. Zollinger–Muench CMT

Nicole M. Zollinger–Muench, CMT is the owner, director, and one of three instructors at Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts.  She has a B.S. in Psychology from the Purdue School of Science and has been an entrepreneur in the fitness & wellness industry since 1996 as a certified personal trainer, spinning instructor, and BASI trained Pilates instructor.

She has been a certified massage therapist, since 2000 and has an established a successful private practice in Carmel.  In her career, she is currently the only person in Indiana who has a specialty certification in Neuromuscular Reeducation (NMR).  She has achieved Associate Member Status in the Practitioner Training Program through the Society of Ortho–Bionomy (SOBI), along with Certified Level credentials from the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), state licensure, and city of Carmel massage permit.

  • Nicole was instrumental in working with the city of Carmel in establishing legislation for massage therapists, before the state had the licensing board, and was quoted in the Indianapolis Star when they covered the story.

Along with the credentials, Nicole has studied extensively in the field of natural healing, including doing coursework toward a Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition, self-study of herbology and iridology, and earning continuing education credits in many different massage modalities as mentioned above.  Nicole on LinkedIn.

Testimonials for Nicole:


Mike Rushmore

Nicole, is an insightful individual with a deep rooted positive glow. Very knowledgeable of various techniques of massage to get to the core problem bringing about pains, and muscle irritations. I have used Nicole's services for many years now, and been thru several different methods that she had learned along the way. She has taught me countless things about myself, and how the body works, and has been a great inspiration to better myself.

Yngvar Brynildssen

I've been going to Nicole for years, and while I have tried other experienced and knowledgeable massage therapists, none can compare to her. She is a great listener, has masterful knowledge of body structure and most importantly for me, is effective. As a highly active individual in general, and an avid cyclist in particular.....she keeps me moving and performing at a level that would be impossible without her. I don't normally write recommendations (this is the only one) because they sound just a little too chummy, but in this case it is absolutely warranted. Highly recommend.

Mary Ann Meese

I have been a client of Nicole for >10 years for back problems. Nicole started working on me in 2000 (along with a chiropractor that she worked with) with awesome results. In 2003 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery. This resulted in severe and chronic back and neck pain. Nicole works at finding what's right for me on any given day. Nicole and my chiropractor have worked as a team and I now feel great. I continue to see both practitioners regularly. I truly believe that I would be on disability now if I hadn't started working with Nicole.

John Blazier

I have known Nicole for 11 years and during that time have received many massages from her. The techniques she uses are very special and hard to find here in Indiana. How do I know? Well, I have been a professional massage therapist for 12 years and have received lots of massages from other therapists. No one gives me the relief that Nicole does. Her knowledge of the human body/muscles is outstanding. For anyone wanting to learn the art of massage, Nicole's massage school is the place to go. She will teach you techniques you won't learn in any other school. Those same techniques are cherished by those who receive them.

Elizabeth Baumgardt

I had a massage with Nicole last week, for the 1st time, and I must say I have had a lot of massages in the past and seen several different massage therapists over the years and she is by far the best and felt the most in tune to my needs. ... She could truly feel and sense my needs and pain. I have never felt this good for this long following a massage and cannot wait to see her again to do some more bodywork.  Nicole is such a kind, attentive, nurturing individual whom takes great pride in her work and helping to heal others. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.

Eric Hall

As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness. I highly recommend Nicole Zollinger-Muench !!!

John Singleton

I have had Nicole provide massage services over the years, and without question, she is the BEST I've ever had!

Lisa Fornal

In 2008 I began having what I considered to be severe right sided chest pain. This chest pain sent me to the emergency room twice. The pain would start in chest and travel down my right arm and hurt all the way through to my right shoulder blade. Ultimately it was determined my pain was non cardiac and that my gallbladder was responsible for my chest pain. The physicians described the pain as being deferred as pain can sometimes travel from its original point of origin. Eventually with their recommendation I had my gallbladder surgically removed, but much to my disappointment the chest pain returned a few weeks later, and the cycle began again; I ended up back in the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital. Where again the doctors ruled the pain as non cardiac in origin but still could not tell me what it was or fix it.

I was acquainted with Nicole Zollinger-Muench services because back in 2005 she had helped me with some chronic hip pain that was limiting my mobility and range of motion. My hips had been hurting me for 10 years. She amazed me that after just one visit my range of motion improved dramatically in addition to decreasing pain levels, I was walking better. Along with the pain relief the hard knots that I had on my hips were disappearing as well. I truly was able to experience long term relief from her services.

Well you would think I would have gone to see Nicole right away for my chest pain. But you see, I'm a registered nurse and have habitually utilized traditional western medicine for my healthcare needs. The thought of seeing a massage therapist for chest pain just never crossed my mind. But now, I was desperate. Once again I went to the Carmel School of Massage and Nicole's treatment changed my life. It has been eight months since my last episode of chest pain. I no longer need carry nitroglycerine in my purse in fear of another sudden episode of chest pain; she has increased my quality of life tenfold.

She is skilled in a variety of massage therapy techniques, her ability to smooth out deep tissue discomfort is both deep enough to be therapeutic for injuries, and gentle enough to be relaxing. At each session she reviews the progress you've made since the last session, and listens carefully to your comments so she can give you the correct treatment to alleviate your problem area. Her skillful hands often knowingly are able to seek out areas of tenderness before you're able to identify them to her or they become an issue. She is truly an exceptional, gifted person.

After a session with Nicole my muscles are totally relaxed and I come away feeling completely renewed in mind and spirit. I even feel 2 inches taller. As my massages have become more frequent something incredible has happened, in addition to a more relaxed body, I feel differently. It is hard to explain, but I find myself more open, more aware, and more accepting of myself, more in harmony with the universe.

She is truly an inspiration to others and has the ability to teach and share her extraordinary gift and knowledge base. Her approach is casual, yet professional and her inner peace is evident in everything she says and does. The Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts is warm and inviting and clean. If this happens to be your area of interest, what an opportunity you would have to be able to learn from the best.


Keri Brown CMT

As there is always something new to learn or understand, Keri the sees herself as a student first and a teacher second. With this in mind, Keri has more to offer both her students and clients. Keri has been an Instructor at the Carmel School of Massage & Healing Arts since 2012 and loves sharing her experience and knowledge with our students.

Keri Brown has over 17 years of experience in the Bodywork field.  She graduated from Alexandria School of Scientific Therapeutics, in Alexandria Indiana, in 2000, and was an active Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapist for several years.

In 2003 Keri was introduced to Ortho-Bionomy®, and began integrating this new approach into her massage practice.  Gradually, Ortho-Bionomy® became the primary focus of her practice. With over 1000 hours of study, Keri is now a Registered Advanced Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®, and is currently in the Ortho-Bionomy Instructor Training Program. She coordinates Ortho-Bionomy classes for Indianapolis as well as other continuing education classes for Carmel School of Massage. Keri is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Society of Ortho-Bionomy® Int'l, with her primary focus on national legislative issues. She is also the 2019 Coordinator for the Society of Ortho-Bionomy Int’l conference.



Denise has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Indiana University and her professional training in physical therapy was completed at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her MS degree in 1994 from the University of Indianapolis.

She completed the Feldenkrais® professional training program in 1992 and is a member of the Feldenkrais Guild. She became a Bones for Life® Trainer in June 2006. She teaches Bones for Life through the Integrative Learning Center of Mid–America on a national basis.

Denise has extensive postgraduate training in orthopaedic physical therapy, osteopathy, and other bodyworks including craniosacral, visceral manipulation, functional technique, muscle energy, and esoteric healing. She became an Ortho–Bionomy® instructor in 1980 and has been developing and teaching the Deig Method of Positional Release nationally since 1986. She teaches the approach through the MHS postgraduate and DPT entry level programs in the Physical Therapy curricula to orthopaedic and neurological therapists at the University of Indianapolis. She authored the book, "Positional Release Techniques, from a dynamic systems perspective", originally published in 2000, the revised edition was released in August 2006.

Denise was co–owner and president of Broad Ripple Physical Therapy for 12 years (1986—1998). Currently she has a private practice, Somatic Therapy Services Inc, in Fishers, Indiana where she sees individual clients, teaches movement work, Ortho–Bionomy® and Positional Release Techniques.