Danielle D DeLongis – Licensed Massage Therapist
Danielle D DeLongis is the creator of Peaceful Scorpion Wellness. She is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
Danielle first became interested in wellness as a young teen struggling with body image in the 1990’s. She began to study yoga as a means toward finding balance during these tumultuous years.
In 2001 she became a certified Reiki practitioner. During her studies in this field Danielle was first introduced to the idea that one could pursue the complimentary healing arts as a career.
In 2005 Danielle began working at a health club. She quickly advanced in this field from front desk receptionist to general manager. Meanwhile she was also a full-time student. Danielle received her BA from Stony Brook University in Sociology and Women’s Studies. Shortly thereafter Danielle began to channel her natural gift and compassion towards others into a career as a massage therapist. It was as if a curtain had been torn open and the path was now illuminated. Although Danielle had never actually received a professional massage she enrolled at the New York College for Health Professions and began working towards becoming a licensed massage therapist.
In 2008 Danielle received both her New York State Massage License and attained her first yoga teacher certification. She kept both passions on the backburner, dabbling occasionally, until 2011 when she retired from her career as general manager of the health club. She then dove into being a full-time practitioner.
In 2013 Danielle first won the Dan’s Papers “Best of the Best” contest for Best Massage Therapist on the North Fork. She received this honor again in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In 2016 Danielle decided to deepen her yoga studies and enrolled with Beryl Bender Birch’s Institute of the Hard and the Soft. Danielle’s recent studies with both Beryl and Danielle Goldstein, owner of Mindful Turtle in Setauket, have brought her practice of the eight-limbed yogic path and her yoga teaching to a whole new level. Danielle graduated the Institute of the Hard and the Soft in November of 2016. The momentum of this new accomplishment and the profound personal growth gained from the experience propelled her forward, fulfilling her dream of opening her own wellness center.
Peaceful Scorpion Wellness was born of Danielle’s dream to create a healing space where she could provide the best possible care for her clients. The center also seeks to be a refuge for the weary therapist worn down by the demanding schedule of working in a spa or chiropractor office.
Danielle has adapted the ancient Zen proverb used by her teachers, Beryl and Danielle, “Before one can be both hard and strong, one must first be both soft and pliable.” She believes this applies both physically and emotionally and encourages others to use the art of massage and the practice of yoga to help find this balance within. Danielle also continues to use her personal mantra, “Feel better. Move better. Be better.” She has set this intention and hope for every client she has worked with since the start of her career and hopes to continue helping people feel more comfortable in their own skin for many years to come.