While I have valued massage as a client for over 20 years, I became a bodyworker quite by accident. It was only supposed to be a temporary career on the way to another healthcare profession. But, when I discovered the beauty of the working directly with the tissues, I fell in love. Due to the way my mind works and my engineering background, I can see how the body was designed and intended to be used. That helps me to understand the issues that my clients come in with and where/how their pain might be manifesting. As a former competitive athlete, I think you also come to understand a lot about how the body works in a practical sense because you've pushed yours so hard in so many ways. When your client comes in, you can sympathize with what they are feeling because you've been there yourself. I understand how important it can be for our spiritual growth for our bodies to allow us to express ourselves.
I was so eager to learn more about bodywork that, within 18 months of graduating from massage school, I had already taken more than double the educational hours that were required to obtain my license. ART, Active Release Technique, was just gaining traction and I went to several of their certification courses. I really loved the myofascial and neuromuscular work and was drawn to Tom Myers' work, so I enrolled in his Structural Integration program. This work is very similar to what many people know as Rolfing. And, after suffering a head trauma, I began taking Craniosacral courses. Admittedly, this was difficult for me at the time, as I was very much into being "heavy handed". It took some years for me to appreciate the power of this light touch modality. I have Tad Wanveer, owner of the former Cary Center for Craniosacral Therapy to thank for shining this light.
One thing that I have learned firsthand is that stress has a massive impact on our health. So, whatever the cause, I want to help my clients mitigate its impact. No matter which type of session you choose, you'll leave a healthier, more well functioning person!