"I became a massage therapist in 2014. My journey to bodywork began while serving in the United States Army as a medic. Working in the Western medicine epicenter of a level 1 trauma center I was quickly jaded to the ideas of the quick fix that most western medicine seemed to focus on. Deciding to still stay in the medical field I became an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012 and began to study manual treatment techniques. Becoming certified in Active Release Technique (ART) for the Upper body and Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, I began to see the wonders of manual techniques and their holistic approach to injury/pain treatment.
Exiting the service in 2013 I quickly started massage school where I learned the basic swedish massage techniques while at the same time getting as much information on Deep Myofascial Techniques of which ART was somewhat based on.
Starting with Anatomy Trains (a great book by Thomas Myers), I began my journey with Structural Integration (SI) techniques learning a variety of modalities from many different schools of Structural Integration. In summer of 2015 I took this further and became certified in Somassage a 90 min bodywork session that serves as a full body bodywork session that gives people a good introduction to the type of structural bodywork that Structural Integration is.
For those unaware, SI work is a series of body work session 10-12 (depending on which school the practitioner is from) that tries to balance the body into a more efficient structure. Each session focuses on a particular part of the body with a particular goal which culminates at the end of the work to hopefully recreate balance for some or give others balance that they never had in the first place.
My work at the moment revolves around using Somassage and SI work to rid people of both chronic and acute pain and body imbalances. I can do focus sessions but the longer time I have the better I can help the body with issues that is going on. For the truest experience of the Somassage work 2 hrs will be needed for the complete full body session which includes both table and bench work with a client dressed in shorts/underwear and a tube top/sports bra/bathing suit for women.
This is not necessary but helps the easiness of the work.
Currently I am in the process of continuing my education in SI as I am enrolled in a program to become a Certified Soma Practitioner. I hope to bring this work together with my eastern medicine practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine of which I start at OCOM Fall 2016. As well as my medical knowledge I also bring my background in fitness being a certified Crossfit Coach with deep understanding of Barbell lifting (Power and Olympic styles) as well as a growing knowledge and proficiency in Gymnastics, Bouldering and general Rehab/Prehab and Strength and Conditioning.
For more information about Somassage see here.
For more information on the Soma Structural Integration Series (coming soon) see here."
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