Meet the Wellness Professional: Sherri Burchman

Registered nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master

Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.  

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This week I'd like to introduce you to Sherri Burchman, Registered nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Master 


I have been a bedside nurse for a few decades.  While on a medical mission in Laos I noticed how family members used massage and aromatherapy to help ease the patient's discomfort.  I realized there are many ways to heal and decided to become a massage therapist and explore other complimentary modalities.

What is your wellness philosophy?

We create our own system of self-care.  I ask myself each day, "what is best for me today?"  I am responsible for my well being.
What makes you unique in your field? 

Bringing my nursing background to the massage table has been advantageous. I have had decades of experience using my physical assessment skills and communicating with people about their health concerns. 

What is your go to meal for:  

  • Breakfast:  oatmeal (loaded with smashed almonds, dried cherries, coconut, cinnamon and assorted other flavors)  
  • Lunch: rice cakes with PB and J  
  • Dinner:  I cook a lot and love stews, soups and quiche (not all at once of course).  
  • Sweets: King Arthur Brownies (I quarter them and put them in the freezer)
  • Beverage:  green tea daily,  and I have been known to enjoy a beer and/or cocktail.
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?

How important a healthy food plan is for one's well-being. It matters.  I always believed that all calories were created equal and if I exercised hard enough I could erase the chocolate milkshake I just inhaled. Now I know that is not the way it works.  Also, the impact that a daily meditation practice would have on my well-being. 

What's the best health/fitness/wellness advice you ever received? 

To take time each day to do something fun.

What's your favorite quote or mantra? 

"You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt.  A commonly quoted sentiment. 
But I vividly remember reading the quote for the first time, posting it above my desk and being inspired to say "yes" to things I never thought I could do.  It truly motivated me to act out of my comfort zone. 

What's something you wish your clients/class participants did?

Self-care. Taking time daily to do something healthful, mindful, and joyful.  In my nursing and massage practice I find so many folks take their bodies for granted.  It's not selfish to practice self-care.

If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?  

A great pair of shoes (hiking, running, biking)  O.K. three pairs of shoes.

What's your favorite non-gym physical activity? 


What's your least favorite exercise? 


Your favorite?


What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Discover a meditation practice. It's a gift that keeps on giving.  It helps guide you toward making good decisions. Have a buddy; sharing successes and frustrations can be inspiring and supportive.

Where can people learn more about you? 
You may learn more about me and my massage practice at:
My email is:


Would you or your business like to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email Amy at RVCAmy at gmail dot com 

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