· 2011 Graduate from Center for Massage and Natural Health
600 hour program. Asheville, North Carolina
· 2012 Positional Release Therapy
PRT is an effective manual approach based on the work of Osteopath Dr. Lawrence Jones from the 1950’s. He called it Strain/Counterstrain, and it is effective in relieving pain and tissue dysfunction. It can be practiced clothed or unclothed, and is very useful as another modality to release Trigger Points.
· 2012 PNF Stretching - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
This method of stretching muscles to maximize their flexibility that is often performed with a partner or trainer and that involves a series of contractions and relaxations with enforced stretching during the relaxation phase.
· 2012 Nuat Boran Thai Bodywork
I learned traditional techniques for stretching, range of motion,cross-fiber, and meridian work. In addition, meditations and breathing techniques that can enhance any bodywork.
· 2014 Intro to Lomi Lomi
This is a traditional Hawaiian massage using rhythmic and flowing strokes that works gently yet deeply into the muscles with a nurturing touch. A skilled therapist may use fingers, thumbs, palms, arms and elbows.
· 2014 Esalen Massage
Esalen teaches quality of touch with sensitivity and respect. Giver holds presence, intention and mindfulness. Receiver is in tune to their awareness in 'letting go' and trusting the therapist when they are moving and arm, head or leg by not assisting the movement. Once trust and comfort is established, an intuitive connection between Client and Therapist can be achieved, enhancing effects of the therapeutic work.
· 2014 Usui Reiki Level I
I receive my first Reiki attunement, enabling me to provide Reiki healing work to clients, as an adjunct to a massage therapy session, or as a stand-alone energy healing session. The principles and techniques formulated by William Lee Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training.
· 2016 Body Re balancing NMT
I learned protocols for assessing posture and gait. Techniques using Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) were demonstrated to treat chronic imbalances that may have been built up over time from performing repetitive tasks, daily routines and emotional stress.
· 2017 Mastering Myofasical Release
Over time, for reasons of physical and emotional trauma, habit patterns, disease, and the desiccation of tissue that can accompany the aging process, fascial tissue can get hard, rigid, and inelastic. In short, fascial tissue will change from a lubricant to an adhesive.
Myofascial Release uses an indirect approach to melt bound tissue. Unlike muscles which respond quickly to stretch or manipulation, the connective tissue requires 5-7 minutes of gentle, sustained pressure in order to release. Within this course I learned a great technique for treating Plantar Fasciitis.
· 2017 Massage Cupping
(including cupping for the release of adhesions, cautions and contraindications for cupping)
Silicone cups are used on adhesion and trigger points to release tension. The sensation the client feels is more of a pull to the tissue/skin than a push of direct pressure. Cups can be mobilized, used stationary with active or passive movement by the client. This is a great alternative for anyone that may not like firm pressure.
· 2017 Assessment and Treatment of Shoulder Pain
Identifying a joint injury / muscle injury or muscle AND joint injury. Acquired techniques to treat Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff injury, Thoracic Outlet, and other shoulder related impingements.
· 2018 Side Lying Massage
(including specialized techniques for pregnancy massage)
Within a women's second trimester, it is necessary to comfortably position them on their side. Using pillows to bolster, it is a great way to receive a massage. I have applied the knowledge from this class to individuals that cannot lay on their stomach or back due to a recent surgery or other conditions.
· 2019 Deep Tissue Massage - Lower Body
Deep tissue massage is one of the most in-demand modalities. This class covered many techniques for working deeper and more effectively.
I learned specialized techniques to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Low back pain, Sciatic pain, Menstrual cramps, Leg Length imbalances, Knee Pain and Plantar Fasciitis.
· 2019 Eliminating Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Upper Body and Lower Body
Training was given to understand the importance of nerve compression tests, and nerve release techniques to eliminate nerve compression patterns between the brain to the finger tips (upper body segment) and from the lower back and hip, through the leg and into the knee, ankle , foot and toes (lower body segment).
· 2019 Usui Reiki Level II
I went back to Reiki Master Deborah Lloyd (author of Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons ). I was taught Usui Reiki Level II techniques, as formulated by William Lee Rand, founder of the International Center for Reiki Training, as well as review principles taught in Reiki I. I was gifted several Reiki symbols and receive the Reiki Level II attunement, which increased my Reiki healing energies and enable me to perform distance healing.
· 2020 Infection Control
2 Hour Course by Milady covering cleaning and disinfecting protocols for tools and surfaces. Also, detailed coverage on injury precautions.
· 2020 Covid-19 Transmission Prevention
Sponsored by BARBICIDE training included the adherence to proper infection control guidelines.
· 2020 Standard Precautions: Hand Hygiene
Sponsored by the World Health Organization featuring competency lessons in best practices of hand washing / sanitizing, cross contamination prevention and contact isolation precautions of PPE (personal protective equipment.
· 2020 Emerging respiratory viruses, including Covid-19
Sponsored by the World Health Organization course covered methods for detection, prevention, response and control.
I am looking forward to getting my Medical Massage Certification in 2020!