I had my first professional massage in my mid-twenties, and it was a wonderfully relaxing experience.  It was however, my only massage for the next decade,  until I began my studies at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.  As a student there, I began my hands-on training the  very first week of class.  We began learning Swedish Massage, and then other techniques such as Myofascial Release and Neuromuscular Therapy.   Our coursework also included Business, Ethics, Professional Development and many, many hours of Anatomy & Physiology.

Since 2002, I have received many massages, and many different types of treatment.  Clients often ask me who my massage therapist is, and quite honesty, I work with various therapists…. depending on what is needed at the time.  Sometimes the pain is physical, sometimes otherwise, and sometimes it’s simply time to relax or try something new.  You can learn so much by being on the table yourself.  Things you like, and things you don’t like.  Moves you can bring into your sessions, which keeps things fresh for everyone.  There is always more we can learn, and it’s fun to share.

Massage therapy education in this state is based on the curriculum requirements set forth by the State Medical Board of Ohio.  In 1916, Ohio was the first state to license the practice of massage, and is unique in that it defines massage therapy as a “limited branch of the practice of medicine.”  This means that anyone performing massage therapy in Ohio should hold a limited medical license and be accountable to the State Medical Board.  To determine if your massage practitioner is licensed, visit https://license.ohio.gov/lookup/default.asp?division=78.

My two career passions are Sunfisher Studios in Columbus (Clintonville) and Knox County Career Center School of Massage Therapy in Mt. Vernon, both in central Ohio.  Both allow me to teach, learn, and be creative.  I am blessed.

 

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