I started my massage practice in 1993 after graduating from Lauterstein Conway massage school in Austin, Texas. Originally interested in reflexology to combat family allergies, I found I loved doing massage while exploring various massage modalities. I became certified in pregnancy and infant massage when a client became pregnant and asked me to be at the birth. Various classes in Touch for Health, Jin Shin Jitsu, Quantum Touch, chair massage, deep tissue work, Tellington Touch and Traeger, Lymphatic Drainage and a cadaver class all fueled my interest in how the body functions. Cranial sacral therapy was the next step in my training, before I discovered Ortho-Bionomy®. That first class in June, 2000 cemented my desire to become an instructor. Many years and over 1,000 hours of training in Ortho-Bionomy alone, I have achieved that goal.
I have offered classes in Business Building, Couples, Newborn massage and Self Care as a Texas Continuing Education provider and Massage Therapy Instructor. I teach my clients, business groups and massage therapists how to relax, become aware and create positive changes using stories, props and hands on demonstration. Drawing from my experience in marketing, finance, bodywork and self awareness I hope to help students and clients gain insight and growth in their own lives and businesses.
November 2011, I was approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork as a continuing education Approved Provider, #451776-11, which allows me to offer continuing education credits to massage therapists throughout the U.S.
Sharing my experience and knowledge, I was a presenter at the Society of Ortho-Bionomy conferences in 2005 and 2013. I also moderated group discussions in 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2016. Working behind the scenes, I have been involved with the Society's website design, Facebook page and Coordinator group.
Locally active in creating a positive, professional image for the massage industry, I organized local therapists for many years in providing chair massage for the school district, county employees and local businesses. Local fairs found me setting up a booth to provide massage and information with other therapists. Several organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the local D.A.R.E. program, the community clinic, the Creative Playscape, the Chamber of Commerce and other private causes, have benefited from the fund raising efforts using massage.
The State of Texas regulates massage therapy. I am licensed as a Massage Therapist (LMT), Continuing Education (CE) Provider and Massage Therapy Instructor (MTI) in Texas.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has additional rules. I am a Continuing Education Approved Provider under their regulations.
The Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® Inc (SOBI) protects their trademark by overseeing training and instruction for the modality. I am recognized as an Instructor and Advanced Practitioner of SOBI.
I am a Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) organization, and a former Professional member of AMTA.