Desert Palms Massage Therapy

Shirley and Greg go way back.  They met in Connecticut over 40 years ago and have been married over 36 years.   They have lived near Tubac since 1999.  They opened Desert Palms Massage Therapy in 2015, when they outgrew the single treatment room they had been sharing since Greg became licensed.  Since then other therapists have joined the practice in order to meet the demand for therapeutic massage and bodywork.


Greg McElfish, LMT
Greg has degrees in Electronics, Forestry and Management.  He is a an Eagle Scout, and a veteran of over 20 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 2002.  Greg is a graduate of ASIS - the Arizona School of Integrative Studies in Clarkdale, Arizona.  His intensive training includes:  Swedish, deep tissue massage, connective tissue therapy, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, Hot/cold stone therapy, Sacred Lomi and SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique).  He is an Arizona licensed massage therapist


Shirley McElfish LMT, MBPM/ET, LST
Shirley has a strong background in helping others since 1991 as a former EMT, Medical/Chiropractic Assistant and Med-X Spinal Rehabilitation Technician.  She is a 1998 graduate of The Bonnie Prudden School of Myotherapy and Physical Fitness, studying with Bonnie Prudden and Enid Whitaker plus many original teachers of Myotherapy.    She is one of the last graduates of the 1300 hour program in Tucson, AZ with the designation of Master Bonnie Prudden Myotherapist.   She bridged over into massage therapy in 1994 in order to broaden her skill set to a wider population, adding LaStone, Hot/cold Stone therapy in 2007.


We love to teach every person we see how to help themselves live a better, pain-free life.


Shirley and Greg enjoy attending continuing education classes together.  Our most recent:  Sacred Lomi  Hawaiian forearm massage and SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique).