I fell in love with massage therapy and bodywork when I was 10. I had two older sisters responsible for this: Bridget and Cecilia. Bridget, the Type A sister in ROTC at the time, would brusquely order me into different positions so she could practice various massage techniques or stretches. If I tensed a muscle, she angrily told me to relax. It’s probably my favorite example of something that’s difficult in the moment and hilarious in the past. Cecilia, the Type B sister who frequently hosted bonfire parties, demanded I massage her feet if I wanted a say in what we watch on TV.
In high school, I rode horses, was in track & field, took anatomy & physiology and weight training classes. A few days before graduation, I started my formal massage therapy training in Birmingham, AL at a 720-hour program (120 hours more than the state requirement at the time), which was at the reputable Red Mountain Institute for the Healing Arts.
|Birmingham Therapeutic Massage
|I worked as an independent contractor, scheduling my own clients as well as taking clients that called the business. Sometimes I assisted with secretarial duties and business upkeep. Reason for leaving: moved to Atlanta for school. References: Jeff Spears
|I was responsible for marketing, client intakes, and massage therapy. When I did not have clients, I offered nurses 15-minute massages throughout the hospital. Reason for leaving: Started a Master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy. References: Dr. Rick Azrin, T. Shane Smith
|The Bodhi Tree
|Started my own massage therapy clinic. I rented a space with another therapist, decorated, marketed, scheduled clients, bookkeeping, client intakes, massage therapy. Reason for Leaving: Moved. References: Margaret Hamner
|Nancy Taylor’s Skin Therapy and Spa
|High-end spa that I joined shortly after she opened. My tasks involved attending to all clients while they waited for services, laundry, and massage therapy. Reason for leaving: Started my own massage clinic. References: Nancy Taylor
|The Purple Parlour
|Hair salon that had an extra room they wanted to convert to a massage room. I cleaned it up, painted it, partitioned it to make it more comfortable, and supplied all the furnishings, decorations and massage paperwork and other business supplies. My tasks involved recruiting clients, scheduling, bookkeeping, and massage therapy.
|Red Mountain Inst. for the Healing Arts
|The school where I studied massage therapy – I maintained the student clinic by scheduling clients and organizing records. Every week, each student (including me) had 3 clients. Teachers supervised students and assisted during the intake and interview process, the client’s exit, and provided students with feedback the client may have given the instructor but was uncomfortable telling the student.
||Georgia Institute of Technology
|Interdisciplinary program spanning Psychology, Industrial Design, Computing, and Digital Media designed to provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge to become leaders in producing human computer interfaces.
||U. of Alabama – Birmingham
|Studied the four subfields of Anthropology: Culture, Linguistics, Archeology and Biological Anthropology. Trained with the FBI in Forensic Anthropology. Produced documentaries in Ethnographic Filmmaking.
||Jefferson State Community College
|Developmental, Abnormal Psych, Archeology, English, History, Math, etc
||Therapeutic Massage and NMT Therapy
||Red Mntn Ins. for the Healing Arts
|Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular massage techniques, A&P, Massage Pathologies, Ethics, Business, Meditation