How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

Sydney Myofascial Release Centre

At the Sydney Myofascial Release Centre we use Core Body Therapy, a complete system of bodywork that treats musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction with myofascial release, deep tissue massage, stretching techniques, craniosacral therapy, trigger point therapy and PEMF Therapy. It is a grounded, scientific, structural approach to the body that also encompasses emotional and spiritual aspects.

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Crows Nest Clinic

Chris is at our Crows Nest clinic on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

Suite 101, 7-11 Clarke Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065

Chris was one of my teachers during my Diploma of Remedial Massage study in 2004. In the first lesson, Chris started explaining that myofascial work can impact not only the physical, but the emotional and spiritual realms. I was the sceptic up the back, only just out of a university course that was based on hard science, and now, here was a system that claimed to work on the body as a whole (not just the ‘physical’ system).
By the end of the lesson, I had a huge physical and emotional release by working on one muscle alone, and. quite simply. I was hooked. Chris opened my eyes from the onset of the possibilities of this work, how profound it can be. This start, all the way back in my first lesson, has fueled an exciting journey for me that I still explore today as a Physiotherapist.
As a Physio, I still refer clients to Chris, and continue to drop in for my own treatments. He has a great understanding of the body, mechanical and otherwise and is so open to learning/exploring and the possibility of change that all sorts of results can be achieved. It takes a very gifted person to bridge both worlds of practitioner and teacher so effortlessly.

Liz Noad, Physiotherapist

I have known Chris O’Brien for 12 years, I have completed 102 hours of training with Chris. I owe my success as a Professional Body Worker to Chris’s methods of teaching. The proof is the number of clients who have walked through my door over the past 12 years. I would have to say he is my mentor. Chris conducts his classes with integrity, clarity, patience and in a professional manner. His knowledge and skills are demonstrated for all to comprehend. I would not hesitate to recommend his training methods to new recruits in the massage industry.

The massage training courses offered by Chris O’Brien at Core Body Therapy provide extensive training in myofascial release. Working directly with muscles, joints, and the fascia (the body’s connective tissue), myofascial release is the foundation of an advanced bodywork practice that creates fundamental change within the human body, with minimal physical impact on the practitioner and maximum positive effect on the client.


Module 1 – Core Myofascial Release

Core Myofascial Release is the foundation training in this advanced system of bodywork. The principle being to directly work with the fascia (the bodys connective tissue), muscles and joints to create fundamental change.

Learn the fundamental elements and philosophy of Myofascial Release through this hands-on introductory course.

The focus of this training is to effectively assess & treat musculoskeletal pain using powerful techniques for the shoulder girdle/neck, lower back & pelvis that produce immediate positive results for your clients.

8 Month Hands-On Massage Therapy Training

As Massage Therapy continues to grow in popularity, qualified massage therapists are in demand now more than ever before – which makes it an exciting time for you to build a bright future in this rewarding, healing profession!

Become a Qualified Massage Therapist

The Massage Therapy Training Program is ideal for individuals ready to launch fulfilling, flexible careers as massage therapists.

As an NHI student you’ll gain real-world experience treating the public in our on-campus massage training clinics. You’ll also be personally mentored by a dedicated team of experienced massage professionals. Having direct client experience and personalized support in our program will fully prepare you to make a smooth transition from student to massage professional.

NHI recognizes everyone learns differently. Our programs employ multiple methods of teaching including Audio, Visual and Kinesthetic, to support you in learning the material you need to be a successful massage therapist.

Skills include the following Western massage modalities:

  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Aromatherapy & Spa Life
  • Hot Stone Massage

As well as Eastern modalities:

  • Shiatsu
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Hand & Foot Reflexology
  • Acupressure
  • Energy Work
  • Rocking & Shaking
  • Thai Massage

In addition to comprehensive massage therapy training, as an NHI student you’ll also receive practical business training to help turn your passion for massage into a successful, lasting career. Learn to build your client base, manage your time and even be your own boss.

Click on any class name in the graphic or list below to learn more.

Hot Stone Massage

Aromatherapy & Spa Life

Deep Tissue Massage

Hand & Foot Reflexology

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ethics & Practitioner Issues

Convenient Morning, Afternoon & Evening Schedules

This program is designed to fit the needs of busy adult learners. We understand the lives our students lead, and how important it is to have balance. Many students are working, taking care of family and/or juggling other commitments while they attend school. Choose the schedule that best fits your lifestyle.

  • The full-time program can be completed in 8 months
  • The part-time program can be completed in 10 months or 12 months

Get Ongoing Career Support

You will have access to a Student Life and Career Counselor to support you each step of the way, from the first day of class and throughout your career (even long after you graduate).

As a leader in massage therapy education for over 40 years we have a large network of employers, many of whom are NHI graduates, and other contacts that we use to help you thrive as a massage therapy professional.

I compared my experiences with NHI with my esthetician school. There was no comparison – the NHI Program – the whole ‘mentor’, ‘senior’, ‘juniors’, intergroup competitions, group identity and pride, the whole experience, was designed beautifully. Not to mention the amazingly passionate, well-informed and interested educators on staff. As a result, my former group mates are still some of my closest friends.

Sarah Donnelly, NHI Graduate with Honors

Career Opportunities

NHI graduates enter the field with confidence, knowing they have the skills it takes to build the career they want. You will learn skills that allow you to run your own practice. You may choose to work full or part-time in a variety of exciting professional settings, such as:

  • Athletic Teams
  • Marathons & Sporting Events
  • Health Clubs & Fitness Centers
  • Wellness Centers
  • Natural Food & Health Stores
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Massage Clinics


  • Corporate
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Offices
  • Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy

Luxury Lifestyle

  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Cruise Lines
  • Upscale & Boutique Hotels


  • Own Your Own Business as a sole practitioner
  • Provide on-site Chair Massage at offices, airports, retail locations, public and private events

We wholeheartedly believe that being a well-trained massage therapist gives you the ability to improve your life, career and community in ways that will make you and the people around you happier and more fulfilled.

Do What You Love!

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If you’re interested in learning more about careers in Massage Therapy and exploring whether NHI is right for you, fill out the form on this page and receive more information.

For immediate questions, please call 800.315.3552.

Do You Have Previous Massage or Healthcare Experience?

If you have prior massage training or healthcare experience in fields such as physical therapy, chiropractic, nursing, athletic training or other related fields. Check out the Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program.

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

The Institute for Therapeutic Massage prepares students for success in the workplace

History of ITM: Innovators in Therapeutic Massage Education

The Institute for Therapeutic Massage was established in Pompton Lakes in 1994 by Lisa Helbig, LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), and was quickly approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. Classes began in 1995; in April of 2001, the school became accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) – the only specialized accreditor recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) with a primary focus on massage education, and helping students become massage therapists.

Our Tinton Falls, New Jersey, Monmouth County location, was added in 1999, and our first hospital-based training program was started in 2000 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ-Newark, Essex County). We have since opened 2 more hospital-based programs, with our Morristown Memorial Hospital location opening in 2002, Morris County and Community Medical Center, in Toms River, Ocean County, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabus Health Care System, starting in March of 2006.

In 2008, the Pompton Lakes campus moved to Haskell / Wanaque, New Jersey, Passaic County, in which we have classroom, clinic, and personal training space spread across 2 floors of the building for those who are interested in learning to become a massage therapist, personal trainer, or shiatsu practitioner. We also began offering classes at New Vista Rehabilitation Center in Newark, New Jersey, Essex County. As of 2011, those classes are being held in Newark Extended Care (NEC), which is our most recent massage school location.

With our core program in place, we then went on to develop a hospital-based Medical Massage Program with both the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – Newark, and Morristown Memorial Hospital. This is an advanced program for massage therapists to master the art and science of medically-based massage while working with doctors and nurses in an active teaching hospital. Participants in this program will gain valuable hands-on experience, and learn to provide massage therapy to actual patients. Students were now able to learn massage in a true medical setting – one of the fastest-growing and most important aspects of massage therapy.

Type of Programs

Along with our core Massage and Bodywork Program, ITM also offers a Massage Therapy and Personal Training Program, an East-West Massage Program, the Oncology Massage Certification Program (OMCP), a Clinical Massage Therapy Program, a hospital-based Orthopedic Massage program, and over 35 different continuing education classes, where therapists have the opportunity to earn CEU’s.

While the Massage and Bodywork Program helps students learn Swedish, medical, and other hands on massage forms, the Massage Therapy and Personal Training Program adds another dimension by developing cross-trained health and wellness professionals. The East-West MassageProgram is designed to advance the knowledge and skill-sets previously learned in the Massage and Bodywork Program and place emphasis on eastern massage philosophies and Shiatsu techniques.

Who Studies at ITM

The Institute for Therapeutic Massage is proud to see that students come to our massage school from virtually all walks of life to learn massage therapy. Students range in age from 18 to retirement, male and female, on job hiatus or with a full-time career. The atmosphere at the school is conducive to study, and the staff is very much focused on providing a well-rounded, supportive and gratifying learning experience for those motivated to achieve the highest standards of performance within the massage, spa, health & wellness profession.

ITM Today

As massage therapists, we know about the many rewards and potential challenges in being a part of the health and wellness industry, and strive to pass this experience along to our students. We want to prepare them for their lives as bodywork professionals through lecture, hands-on, and real world applications. To do this, ITM maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio in the hands-on and didactic / live-lecture classes to give our students the maximum instructional effectiveness and individual attention and support that they deserve. While it is a trend in the industry to offer online learning to help lower costs, we feel that the live interaction, and ability to get questions answered immediately is part of what helps set us apart, or what we refer to as ‘The ITM Difference’.

We are also fully committed to developing advanced course-work and continuing education offerings so as to provide our students with the most current practical, theoretical, scientific, and ethical foundations of massage-based healthcare.

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Spring Semester 2022 Information Sessions

Please click the following link to view the digital Information Session PowerPoint (.pptx).
In-person information sessions will be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday, February 3rd at 12:30p in Union Hall 145
  • Wednesday, March 2nd at 5:30p in Union Hall 145
  • Thursday, March 31st at 12:30p in Union Hall 145
  • Wednesday, April 27th at 5:30p in Union Hall 145
RSVP to Program Coordinator Tiffany Dowling at [email protected] with date and time you plan to attend, or reach out with any questions about the program or to start your application process.

In September 1997, the Massage Therapy Program (Certificate Program) began at Columbus State Community College. In August 1999, the Ohio Board of Regents approved an Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. The first class of graduates from the Associates of Applied Science degree program consisted of four students in September 2000.

Successful completion of the Massage Therapy Program meets all requirements for graduates to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) for massage therapy given by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). A passing score on the MBLEx allows the graduate to apply for a license to practice massage therapy in Ohio via the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO). In Ohio, licensure from the SMBO is required for massage therapy employment.

Since January 2012 when Ohio adopted the MBLEx as its licensure exam, 95.3% of Columbus State Community College – Massage Therapy Program graduates that have taken the exam, have passed on their first attempt. The pass-rate currently for the State of Ohio is 81.1% and the national pass-rate is 73.1%.

The program prepares students for careers in the massage therapy field including health and fitness environments, salon and day spas, medical offices, private practices, and many other areas of opportunity. The Massage Therapy Program is part of Allied Health Professions under the direction of Tywan Banks in the Health & Human Services Division.

Program Accreditation & Licensure

The State Medical Board of Ohio approves the core curriculum taught at Columbus State Community College. Massage Therapists in Ohio are required to be licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) as a practitioner of a Limited Branch of Medicine.

According to various sections of the Ohio Revised Code and requirements for certifying and licensing boards, persons convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may not be eligible for licensure OR may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice massage therapy. Successful completion of any of the massage therapy programs at Columbus State Community College does NOT guarantee licensure by the SMBO or any other licensing or certifying body. In Ohio, each case is handled on an individual basis by the State Medical Board of Ohio after a candidate applies for licensure.

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Job Placement

Columbus State Community College does not guarantee job placement for graduates. For assistance with resume writing, job searching, and other career related services, please check out the Columbus State Career Services page.

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Your career as a myotherapist

This advanced diploma is tailored to provide specific knowledge and practical skills to train you to become an industry-accredited myotherapist.

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

Why study myotherapy at RMIT?

Extend your skills as a massage therapist when you deepen your assessment of the musculoskeletal system and inherent movement patterns, and earn advanced treatment techniques like myofascial dry needling.

Global and industry experience

RMIT’s strong industry connections allow students to work with elite athletes and performers, such as the National Institute of Circus Arts and the Australian Ballet.

Learn through our teaching clinic

This course is taught out of the RMIT Student Massage and Myotherapy clinics, offering treatments to RMIT staff, students and the public. Through this and other work placements, you will receive supervised training, making you work-ready at graduation.

Professionally recognised training

Your advanced diploma is recognised by more than 10 professional organisations, including Myotherapy Association Australia, Massage and Myotherapy Australia, and Association of Massage Therapists. On graduating, you will be able to register with private health insurers and WorkCover.

What you will study

You’ll develop advanced techniques to treat myofascial pain, joint pain, and neuropathic pain from the nervous system.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the musculoskeletal system and inherent movement patterns.

You’ll apply clinical reasoning to uncover the underlying causes of pain, develop palpation skills, and perform refined movement assessments, functional movement analysis, and neurodynamic testing.

Core competencies include:

  • myofascial dry needling, functional movement and corrective exercises
  • advanced hands-on techniques for treatment of a range of conditions
  • clinical knowledge in assessment procedures, protocols and planning
  • how to implement current research in your everyday practice

How you will learn

The RMIT myotherapy teaching clinic gives you the opportunity to experience a simulated work environment, observing and practicing under the supervision of qualified staff.

Assessment consists of successful completion of all assessment activities as well as classroom, project and industry participation. It may also take place in a simulated work situation.

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

RMIT’s industry focus and emphasis on practical skills put me ahead. More than just reaching me the theory behind myotherapy, the hands-on experience allows me to become good at what I do.

Adam Rose, Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

Industry-focused education

RMIT is renowned for its focus on industry-based, practical learning. This approach is exemplified in our complementary medicine programs.

Strong relationships with industry leaders ensure that our programs and facilities are relevant to contemporary workplaces.

These industry links also enable us to provide students with experiences that make them highly sought after by employers, including work placements, industry projects, mentoring, and opportunities to work with partner organisations overseas.

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage


This program may change for 2022 due to the revision of the National Training Package.

Through this course you’ll develop advanced techniques to treat myofascial, joint and neuropathic pain from the nervous system.

You’ll increase your skills with treatment methods, including deep tissue modalities, myofascial techniques, trigger-point therapy, dynamic cupping, dry needling, neurodynamic mobilisation, prescriptive and rehabilitation exercises, joint mobilisation, and pain management techniques.

With a focus on practical applications, you will enhance your client consultation practices, develop preventive management plans, and use evidence-based treatment protocols.

At RMIT’s teaching clinic, you’ll be able to apply your practical skills and learn advanced business techniques needed to manage staff and run your own practice.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a placement with one of RMIT’s industry partners.

Your first appointment with our team includes an assessment, at no additional cost, to discuss your needs and your goals for massage. It’s also an opportunity to discuss any concerns regarding training, recurring problems, recovery acceleration, conditioning or performance, to make sure we can deliver targeted, effective therapy.

Dressing down will be familiar if you have had Sports Massage before. If you feel uncomfortable with this, we would recommend you bring in your shorts or gym top to change into, or we can provide you with a full-length gown if you’d prefer. Just talk to our experienced team.

Sports Massage is delivered by our Physiotherapy and Osteopathy Team and those with advanced qualifications in Sports Massage.

Romain Mallett

Romain competed at a high level in both Volleyball and Football and has excellent knowledge of sport, training and rehab and applies his deep understanding to a variety of sports to Elite Level .

With his Masters Degree in Sports and Teaching, Romain has amassed considerable experience and delivers Sports Massage with a focus. Romain is presently furthering his skills and knowledge studying for his Master Degree in Osteopathy so can provide his patients with comprehensive care at all levels of their ability and performance.

Giulia Schinzari

Giulia is another one of our Sports Massage therapy team and joins us on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons and evenings. She has an exceptional understanding of sports-specific massages for swimming, diving, athletics, basketball, handball and Circuit Training.

Giulia is also a Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer so besides her excellent massage skills can help a wide variety of issues encountered in training, conditioning, sports, injury recovery, and competition.

Please contact us directly if you have any queries or need to discuss specific requirements.

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Crossroads Chiropractic and Massage

  • 15 – 5875 Rochdale Blvd., Regina, SK
  • 306-205-7777

Rose Melnychuk RMT

  • 170 Markwell Drive, Regina, SK
  • 306-529-8143

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Massage for People Living with Cancer

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Colleen Bodnarchuk Massage Therapy

  • 403-928-6103

Kristi Ens


Movement Chiropractic

  • 306-244-6121

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Direct bill to 3rd party insurer (may be limited), LGBTQIA safe space, Pregnancy massage table available, SGI clients accepted, Veterans Affairs Canada clients accepted, WCB clients accepted, Wheelchair accessible

Kyla Haubrich


Sahara Spa

  • 341 Stadacona Street East, Moose Jaw, SK
  • 306-692-1012

Dayle Haye


Victoria East Chiropractic Clinic

  • 306-525-6977

Advanced Education In

Cupping Massage, Cupping – Myofascial, Deep Tissue Therapy, Functional Fascial Taping, Hot Stone Therapy Introductory, Migraine and Headache Treatment, MFR – Introduction, Pre and Post Natal Massage, Swedish massage

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Direct bill to 3rd party insurer (may be limited), Pregnancy massage table available, SGI clients accepted, WCB clients accepted

Anthony Schmalz


TheraTech Massage & Laser Therapy

  • 3232 Essex Crescent, Regina, SK
  • 306-570-2879

Christina Patricia Myron


Pat’s Pathway to Health

  • 306-536-7281

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Champissage (Indian Head Massage), Infant Massage Instructor Training Certification, Hot Stone Therapy Introductory, MFR – Fascial-Pelvis, MFR – Shoulder, Myofascial Mobilization, Thai Massage – Level 1

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Cancer patients treated, SGI clients accepted, WCB clients accepted

Karen Surtees


Karen Surtees, RMT

  • 306-531-4349

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LAST – Lower Body and Extremities, Migraine and Headache Treatment, TMJ Master Class

Krista Brooker-Mills


Aligned Collective

  • 2334 Cornwall Street, Regina, SK
  • 306-559-0928

Cynthia Martin


Riverview Health Professionals

  • 3223 E Quance St., Regina, SK
  • 306-545-2225
  • 306-545-2235

Advanced Education In

Kinesio Taping 1, Kinesio Taping 2, Lymph Drainage Therapy Basic , Muscle Energy Technique – Upper Thoracic , Onsen Technique Therapist Certification, Scar Tissue Treatment and Management

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As a massage therapist, you’ll provide beneficial services to your clients, not only inducing relaxation and reducing stress, but addressing issues regarding muscle pain, illness, and other concerns.

Because of the proven effects of massage and the widely held belief that it’s an important form of healthcare, most states impose regulations in order to work as a massage therapist to ensure the safety of your patients.

Only five states—California, Kansas, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wyoming—have no widespread regulations, though certain cities and counties within those states have their own rules regarding the legal practice of massage.

Becoming board certified in a modality beyond basic massage can expand your job opportunities and increase your earning potential.

In the states that do impose these laws, there are minimum education requirements and other criteria you must meet before you can begin your career. For example, some states require graduating from an accredited school that’s approved by an organization such as the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Most states also require that you pass a licensing exam, such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Exam. Some states have tests specific to the state and sometimes offer test options such as the Certification Exam for Structural Integration (CESI) or the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Beyond licensing, many massage therapists choose to pursue voluntary board certification through the NCBTMB to demonstrate their dedication and expertise. The organization also offers specialty certificates for members who want to tailor their careers with additional education in particular areas. Though not necessary, specializing in a modality beyond basic massage can expand your job opportunities, increase your earning potential, and give clients and employers the confidence that you’re committed to the field.

Before choosing an educational program for massage therapy and paying the costs of admission, make sure you understand the licensing requirements in your state and how to prepare for board certification or specialization should you choose to pursue that route.

Massage Therapy State Board Licensing Requirements

Hover over your state below to learn what it takes to earn a license and how to maintain it once you do. Click on your state to go to its massage therapy licensing board.

Clock Hours: 625
Completion Time: 25 weeks
Prerequisite: High School Diploma

Tuition Cost: $5000 for Weekday Classes (7-month course) or $5300 for Weekend Classes (9-month course)
Instructors: Kristina Balish, Patty Backus, Dave Maggard

525 contact hours of instruction / 100 hours of clinical lab at school = 625 hours

The class schedule will be determined at orientation. The student will be expected to spend 4 hours of clinical lab time per week; this time can be scheduled around the student’s availability.

Upon completion of the program, the student will receive a 625-hour certification and be eligible to apply for Licensure in the State of Michigan with training in:

  • Basic Swedish Application
  • Chair Massage
  • Pre-Natal and Infant Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Integrated Neuro-muscular Ischmeic Technique
  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Sports Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
  • Polarity
  • Business and Ethics
  • SOAP Documentation

500 contact hours/completion in 5 (five) 16-week semesters=80 weeks
Prerequisite: Basic Massage Therapy and Advanced Medical Massage

Tuition Cost: $500

The student will receive in-class training in the instruction of the Core Curriculum of the Massage Therapy Program, which will include:

  • 80 hours in Swedish Massage application including Anatomy and Physiology
  • 15 hours of Chair Massage
  • 15 hours of Prenatal Massage
  • 35 hours of Trigger Point Therapy
  • 75 hours of INIT
  • 35 hours of Myofascial Release Techniques
  • 35 hours of Sports Massage
  • 35 hours of Reflexology
  • 35 hours of Shiatsu
  • 35 hours of Polarity
  • 35 hours of Business and Ethics
  • 35 hours of Muscle Energy Techniques
  • 35 hours of Course Documentation

150-hour course completion in 14 weeks
Prerequisite: Basic Massage Therapy II

100 contact hours of instruction / 30 clinic hours/20 hours of menu design
and treatment planning

Tuition Cost: $1,750 (kit included)
Kristina Balish

In this class, the student will learn the following spa treatments:

  • Body Wrap Massage techniques
  • Salt Glows
  • Sugar Scrubs
  • Dry Brush Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Paraffin Dips
  • Face-lift Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Case Studies

Clock Hours: 150
Completion Time: 16 weeks
Prerequisite: Basic Massage Therapy Course/Michigan Massage Therapy License

96 Hours Clinical Reasoning/54 hours Supervised Case Study

Tuition Cost: $2,000
Cost of Books: $100
Instructors: Patty Backus

In the Advanced/Medical Massage program students will receive instruction in the following:

  • Orthopedic Assessment and Massage
  • Myofascial Osseous Integration Techniques
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathology
  • Medical Terminology

Massage Therapy is effective in controlling chronic and acute pain, reducing stress, and creating a sense of relaxation and well being. It is proven to provide relief for a variety of problems & conditions, including pregnancy, muscle pain, Joint pain, tendonitis, sprains, strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, jaw pain, migraines, tension headaches, Arthritis, Plantar fasciitis, Whiplash, and neck and shoulder tension.

Our Registered Massage Therapists are trained in the latest techniques to provide you with a treatment plan tailored to suit your needs. Techniques such as Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping, Hydrotherapy, Pregnancy Massage (Pre- and Post-Natal), Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Therapeutic Massage, TMJ Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Cervical Massage, Muscle Energy Technique, Myofascial Release, Active Isolated Stretching, Rib and Thoracic Massage, and Abdominal treatments.

During massage treatments it is important that you communicate your level of comfort with your therapist at all times. Please advise your therapist if you would like more or less pressure at any point during your treatment. It is common to experience an increased tenderness; pain and/or bruising with massage treatments.

With massage therapy you can receive relief from muscular pain and tension, obtain an increased range of motion of affected joints, and increased well-being. Massage Therapy is a natural healing process that can deliver both physical and emotional benefits.

Massage Treatment time includes: Assessment, Massage Treatment, Discussion of Home Care (i.e.: Hydrotherapy, Stretches etc.), Follow-Up and Treatment Plan.

Advanced Pregnancy Massage

We offer Advanced Massage Therapy treatments for all stages of pregnancy. Whether you are in your 1st, 2nd, 3rd Trimester, during labor, or post partum, we can provide you with safe, comfortable, relaxation and/or therapeutic treatments. We treat many pregnancy associated conditions such as thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), sinus congestion, calf cramping relief, pubic symphysis separation, swelling, low back strain & pain, hip pain, rib pain, trouble breathing, and neck & shoulder pain/numbness.

Massage during pregnancy:

  • Helps alleviate sore muscles, decrease pain and discomfort
  • Promotes a decrease in the effects of both mental & physical stress of pregnancy
  • Increases circulation for mom & baby, reduces swelling
  • Decreases obstetrical complications
  • Lets you enjoy this special time more

Massage after labor:

  • Reduces tightness, pain & stress in upper back, and neck & arms from caring for a newborn & nursing a newborn
  • Helps to encourage pre-pregnancy pelvic alignment
  • Therapists can provide information on nursing posture, strengthening those tummy muscles & core
  • Allows mom to rest & relax for a 1 hour treatment

TMJ: Neck, Head & Jaw Master Training

This course has given Shalla Riemer, RMT advanced training in evaluating and treating patients with an assortment of Jaw problems:

  • TMD
  • Jaw Pain
  • Decreased Jaw range of motion
  • Clenching
  • Grinding
  • Clicking
  • Popping
  • Mechanics and Pathomechanics of the TMJ “Temporomandibular Joint” (AKA: JAW)
  • Elevator Muscle Evaluation and Treatment
  • Restoring Normal Head and Neck Alignment
  • Categories of TMJ Dysfunction
  • Treatment Planning and Referral

Treatment is done externally, to neck (Anterior & Posterior muscles), face, and jaw. Then intra-Oral treatment is offered, with the use of gloves, where the therapist treats muscles from inside the mouth.

If you have any questions or would like to try this treatment for your jaw problems or receive these treatments in conjunction with your Dentist’s treatment, please contact us.

***Massage Therapy is covered by most health insurance / extended health benefits. Some plans cover the treatment cost to a maximum set amount, while others will cover a percentage of each visit. Some plans require a Doctors Note (prescription) to be able to claim your massage receipts. To know if your treatments will be covered under your health plan, please contact your insurance provider, prior to your first treatment. All of our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) with the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) or the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHCP).***

Welcome to Rub Me the Right Way Massage Therapy Center. Since 2004, our licensed massage therapists (LMTs) have offered relaxing massage services, with a focus on providing relief for individuals suffering from pain and medical conditions. In addition to our massage sessions and membership packages, our therapists also conduct LMT continuing education courses. In Lubbock, TX, our massage center stands out as the preferred destination for people who need a therapeutic massage or who would like to obtain their massage license.

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We will be closed for the entire month of MAY – please check back with us as we are going through a business remodel

About Our Massage Therapy Techniques

At our center, we offer Swedish and deep tissue massages. You can enjoy these services in 30, 60, or 90-minute sessions. Additionally, we perform massages for repetitive stress relief, reflexology, expectant mothers, and couples, and we also offer hot stone, sports, chair, and facial massages. Ask us about our combo massages and our mobile chair massage service. Our therapists are dedicated to providing relief and promoting your overall wellbeing.

Schedule Your Healing Massage Today

We have worked hard to establish our reputation as a leading provider of massages and massage therapist education. If you would like to enjoy the health and mood-enhancing benefits of a massage or start a career as an LMT, we want to hear from you. Our compassionate and experienced professionals are here to demonstrate the commitment to excellence that sets us apart. Massage is a highly effective way to relieve pain, relax, and de-stress. Our center is a full-service facility that helps members and guests achieve just that. We look forward to hearing from you.




Medical Massage

If you’re suffering from pain or loss of mobility and need immediate relief, then schedule a medical massage. We specialize in identifying and resolving root causes of chronic and hard-to-fix neck, back, shoulder and hip pains that haven’t been resolved by other therapies

Restorative Exercise

Most chronic pain and joint degeneration are an unnecessary result of how you sit, stand, walk and move. This easy-to-learn program will teach you how to align and move so you can eliminate pain and preserve joint health without the need for endless therapy

Fitness Training

Zach and Marni created the High Performance Aging Fitness Program, a unique physical training method to help Baby Boomers and mature adults get in shape, heal pain and injuries, and build a lifestyle of sustainable health and fitness

The Most Awarded Medical Massage & Fitness Team in WNC
Voted Best of WNC Massage Therapy 2012-2018, 2020-21 and Physical Trainer 2020-21

Zach Comer

Stephanie Wright

Zach has been helping people overcome physical pain and rejuvenate their health since 2004. He is a pain relief, fitness and nutrition expert who specializes in helping clients improve mobility, get stronger and stay active as they age.

Zach is the co-author of the book High Performance Aging: The Over 50 Exercise Guide to Less Pain, More Energy and A Body You Can Rely On for Life . He is the only massage therapist to be voted Best of WNC for Massage Therapy eight different times (2012-2018, 2020).

His unique skills and experience include advanced certifications as a Medical Massage Practitioner, Postural Alignment Specialist (Egoscue Method), Personal Trainer (NASM), Functional Aging Specialist (FAI), and Exercise Nutrition Coach (Precision Nutrition).

Stephanie began her career in the wellness industry in 2006 as an office manager for a busy chiropractic clinic. She is a graduate of the WNC School of Massage and is also a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist . Her advanced training provides her with the ability to problem solve soft tissues restrictions in order to reduce pain, ease muscle tension and calm the nervous system.

Clients rave about Stephanie’s ability to combine Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage, Sports Massage and CranioSacral Work with an intuitive, healing touch that produces long-lasting therapeutic results.

She is currently studying with Zach to deepen her knowledge and expertise in medical massage therapy.

Meet Our Therapists

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Kirsten Longmeier, LMT and Owner


The Sunshine Network for Traditional Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand was my introduction to bodywork in 2006. I later graduated from Oregon School of Massage in 2010. I’ve been in the Advanced Myofascial Trainings program with Til Luchau since 2015.


I’m focusing on finishing up a certification, Advanced Myofascial Techniques. Currently in the midst of taking all of Carol Gray’s CranioSacral Trainings in Portland, Oregon. I have completed her Advanced Clinical CranioSacral trainings and Somato Emotional Release course. Infant CranioSacral training coming up in June!

Liz Koch’s 5-Week Psoas Course was a wonderful online training I just completed as well!


Hmm. they’re all so interesting in their own respect. I’ve been doing a lot of intra-oral TMJ work and although this is a joint (not a muscle) there are a lot of adjoining muscles in this area that can also be addressed. And of course, the Psoas. There’s not enough space here to describe how cool this sensory organ/muscle is!


Trail runs on Syringa or the Bay View trail, lunch at City Beach Organics, swimming in the lake, and running into friends virtually every place I go- I love how small Sandpoint is!


Find time to be STILL every day, even just for a minute to take in your breath, your environment, your inner world. And,

Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.

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Dameion began studying therapeutic massage therapy in 1999 at the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado (MTIC), Under the tutelage of Mark Manton. Dameion has completed a combined 1360 hours and 3 years of training in massage/ Bodywork along with an advanced “Year II extra training” study in traditional 10 series Structural Integration, created originally by Dr. Ida P Rolf, Advance Joint Mobilizations and Myofascial Release. He had also completed the NCETMB National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork in July 2011.

​Dameion uses his knowledge and experience from massage therapy school to incorporates things like T-bars and unique muscle tools into his practice. These tools are mandatory in the removal of the most established and stubborn adhesions and scar tissue. Plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, migraines, neck pain, and back pain are often all a result common adhesions, metabolize waste or scar tissue creating poor soft tissue hygiene and can result in tension, dysfunction, and pain.

Structural Integration is a regimented 10 series of Myofascial Release hands-on physical manipulation sessions sometimes called “the recipe”. This type of work will comb through 7 layers of muscle tissue from superficial to deep tissue and fascia to realign unbalanced tissue around a center gravity line, maximizing the length of the core to recreate the most functional designed body. My techniques are applied through the clothes and without lotion to manipulate muscle tissue directly and restore balance with the removal of hundreds of knots per session.

(10 Session Structural Integration therapy is created by Dr. Ida P Rolf, the founder of Rolfing®. ( Disclaimer: I am NOT a certified Rolfer, and I am NOT affiliated or endorsed as a member of the Rolf Institute and the terms Rolfing and Rolfer are trademarked and exclusive to ONLY graduates and members in good standing with the Rolf Institute. )

Dameion, at Heavy Elbow BodyWork, uses expert techniques and specially sourced muscle tools to remove long-standing issues, repair new injuries or accidents, even if it’s decades old. He refers to himself as a “Soft Tissue Hygienist” because he believes and has been successful at removing what feels like muscle tartar using a myriad of focused massage tools, including his elbow work. With over 22 years of practice and repetition to move hard scar tissue, and adhesions from muscle fibers and facia, organs, tendons, and ligaments. The scar tissue adhesions are manually dismantled and patiently dissolved into the bloodstream to re-create and restore a full range of motion, perfect posture, and promote health through full-body soft tissue cleanliness and truly the ultimate in healthcare.

Old age is view as micro failures and scar tissue adhesions found in the Myofascial connective tissue network. This Micro scarring will fill up the bodies freedom by filling up the negative space over time. I normalize tissue and remove all the dysfunction and adhesions with specialized techniques and customized bodywork tools for soft tissue.

Dameion has a simple philosophy; balance breeds balance. Your body once had its original design, and things have become shifted out of alignment and proper function. His work will move you back towards the direction of correction, allowing ease of movement, balance, and a better functional design posture. ​

What is massage?

Massage is a manual technique used to promote healing and reduce muscle tension. It is often used in conjunction with trigger point therapy. There are many different forms of massage but the common type of massage used in physiotherapy is deep friction massage. This treatment involves applying pressure deep into the muscle to relieve tension and promote healing.

How does massage help?

Deep friction massage works to release tension in deep muscles either after injury or after high load activity. After injury or high loading, the muscles are damaged and contract to allow for repair and protection of further damage. Scar tissue is also formed as part of the healing process which can reduce the flexibility of the muscle. Deep friction massage breaks down scar tissue allowing increased movement of the muscle. It also helps to relax the muscle which actually promotes the healing process and a quicker recovery is made. Pain will be experienced at the time and up to a few days following the massage; however improvements should be felt after this.

Who benefits from massage?

Massage can benefit several problems including:

  • Muscular injuries
  • Muscle tightness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scar tissue
  • Contractures

If you feel massage may be a beneficial treatment for you, contact today on 0330 088 7800. Alternatively, you can make your appointments online today!

We have immediate appointments available today. Contact us to make an appointment.

Our clinics are open:
Mon – Fri: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Many people hold a misconception about ‘Sports Massage’: that it is for those who participate in sporting activities at a serious or professional level. This is just not true. Our team of sports massage therapists are trained in sports and remedial massage, and work with clients from all walks of life.

Whether you are suffering from a recent (or long term) injury associated with a specific hobby or activity, or have been experiencing long term back pain as a result of your posture or occupation, most ‘musculoskeletal’ issues arise as a result of one of the following:

  • postural compensations (we don’t like the words ‘poor posture’!)
  • an imbalance in body mechanics
  • stressful or challenging lifestyle and work patterns
  • loss of strength and flexibility

Each of these factors alone may have a major impact on your soft tissue (that’ll be muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia!), but may also affect the way your body functions when you move. It is not uncommon for an injury to arise as a result of one of the issues above, and that injury can provide the clues to trace back and identify a contributing cause. It is then possible for the therapist to help you to manage or resolve the issue, so that not only will your injury heal quickly, but the chances of it reoccurring are greatly reduced.

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Benefits to your body

Sports massage practitioners who hold a level 5 qualification in sports and remedial massage (all of ours do) will use a variety of assessments, treatments and rehabilitation skills to work with you to address each of these issues and to enable and promote healthy functioning throughout your whole musculoskeletal system. Although sport can be a common factor with many clients, this is not always the primary issue to address. The advanced knowledge of anatomy and physiology ensures that these practitioners are likely to give you homework – good after care guidance in the form of exercises and lifestyle advice. This isn’t just for fun or to show off their knowledge. It is to enable you to take an active role in your recovery and to prevent future problems from re-occurring.

Your First Appointment

We do offer the option of an initial 90 minute sports & remedial massage which includes a full postural and physical assessment. We highly recommend this initial appointment type if you are suffering with an injury or long term issue which may benefit from a whole body perspective.

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Our Massage Therapists have advanced training in Pain Management Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Medical Massage, Deep Tissue Therapy, Gentle Relaxation Classic Massage for Stress Prevention, Hot Stone Massage, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Chair Massage, Couples Massage, Couples Massage Training Classes.

An expert Massage Therapist is on our team for body and facial treatments such as Microdermabrasion, Synergie Body and Face Sculpting, Hot Stone Facial Massage, Classic Facial Massage, Infrared LED Light Therapy,

We have other therapists who specialize in Reiki, Acupuncture, Hypnosis and Zero Gravity Therapy..

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Francoise “Franci” Knight

Franci is a Certified Medical Support and Pain Management Hypnotherapist with over 600 hours of training. She is also trained or certified in several advanced areas including birth hypnosis and NLP.

Hypnotherapy changes behavior by helping you change your thought process. Franci has had a passion for this field of study since first discovering it while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree, with concentrations in Psychology and Education, in 1993.

Franci graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 1997 and started A Healing Trail Wellness Center as a one-therapist office on Main Street in Torrington. The office has since grown to 20+ therapists with over 21,000 clients.

Her Massage Therapy work focuses on chronic neck, back and TMJ issues. Franci’s background includes work in OSHA training, worker’s compensation injuries, on-site worker’s safety, ergonomics and EMS, along with years of working in a hospital setting.

Franci lives in Harwinton with her two dogs, Venus and Cooper.

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Realign. Reset. Rejuevenate.

Apple Core Therapy is a complete wellness center located in Portland, Maine. It is our deepest intention that clients of our practice receive exactly what they need with our abundant offering of services.

Our practitioners are highly experienced and bring deep wisdom to their craft and thoughtful services to their clients. We are currently accepting new clients, and look forward to working with you.

With all of our holistic therapies, we are dedicated to bringing you back to your self, so that you may be of complete service to your life. Please feel free to look at all our wellness services, and then easily schedule your appointment with us.

Andrea C. Spencer

Andrea Spencer is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and the founder of Apple Core Therapy in Portland, Maine. Andrea specializes in Myofascial Release/Structural Integration, Deep Tissue, and Cupping with sensitive knowledge of how a healthy diaphragm and pelvis help to maintain realignment. She also has experience in Craniosacral Therapy. She is a Certified Doula and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. Andrea is excited to empower people who value their health to stay healthy. She believes the body should be treated as a whole, and that massage is an excellent preventative care alternative.

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Samson Fowler

Samson is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the State of Maine, specializing in deep tissue and myofascial release. In his work, he places a high priority on strong communication between client and practitioner in order to achieve deep relaxation and deep release, increasing range of motion and relieving stiffness and pain in the body. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Clark University in Massachusetts. Samsons’ other passions include brewing cider, dancing, hiking, and camping on the islands of casco bay. He is very excited to be part of the Apple Core Therapy Team.

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Tara Rook

Tara is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Maine, certified in Thai massage, and a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She joyfully offers Thai massage sessions, guided meditation, reflexology and private yoga sessions at Apple Core Therapy.

Tara pays special attention to the needs of each client and is passionate about a person’s overall well being of the mind, body and spirit. She addresses both physical and energetic issues, working intuitively to move the body towards balance, awareness, relaxation and deep releases. Her sessions are centered in empowering clients to grow awareness, compassion, respect and love with their body and mind. Through this connection she helps guide clients to positive states of existing. Through creating a safe and warm environment, her client’s feel at peace, supported and rejuvenated.

Outside of Apple Core Therapy, Tara is an illustrator and an electronic music producer. She loves drinking tea, exploring the beautiful nature of Maine, traveling, eating yummy food and spending time with her family.

Susan McCadam Hoffman

Susan McCadam Hoffman, M.S., ERYT, YACEP, believes that an artful yoga practice can empower students to reanimate their lives. She began her teacher training in mindful movement techniques with over 200 hours of study in the Pilates Method between 2002-2004. As an equally dedicated yoga practitioner, Susan followed this with a course of study to become a registered yoga teacher and that passionate learning curve has not stopped. In working one-on-one or in small groups with individuals looking to restore fluidity and ease in movement, sessions begin with an assessment of goals. The hour is then tailored using a combination of Breathing Exercises, Yin and Yang Yoga Poses, Restorative Yoga Postures, Thai Yoga Technique, and if there is interest, a brief Guided Mediation Practice. Clients leave with a detailed plan for continued self-care at home. Susan is pleased to be a part of the Apple Core team.

Lynda Vladimiroff

In the early 2000’s, Lynda received a healing session by a reiki master in California that set her on course to learning and understanding more about healing modalities and energy work. She became certified in Reiki I, II, and Mastership levels through the University of Southern Maine, completed both basic and intermediate Therapeutic Touch training sessions and obtained her Holistic Health minor. Earlier in 2019, she acquired her Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master certificate, which is proven to be a more powerful form of Reiki. Lynda served as a volunteer in the Reiki Program at Maine Medical Center and was present during the birth of her great niece, administering reiki treatments to both mother and daughter. She approaches each of her clients with love, respect, and compassion, and firmly believes that Reiki can both calm and facilitate healing and well-being.

Lynda is a world-renowned musician and songwriter, originally hailing from Detroit, Michigan. When not nurturing others, Lynda loves to write songs, study art, strength train, travel, and spend time with her husband, friends, and cats.

Program Information

Looking for a profession that’s literally hands-on? Are you passionate about helping people overcome injury, relieve stress, and generally live healthier lives? If so, San Jacinto College can prepare you for a career as a massage therapist in as few as two semesters. You will be introduced to a variety of massage modalities and discover what type of professional practice is right for you!

The San Jacinto College Massage Therapy program:

  • Is a state-approved program that provides foundational training in the art and science of therapeutic massage. The 24-credit (640 contact-hour) program meets and exceeds the minimum educational requirements necessary for licensure in the state of Texas;
  • Offers full-time students the possibility of completing the program in two (2) semesters, so graduates can be licensed and working in less than one year; and
  • Places emphasis on a variety of massage therapy techniques, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, healthy lifestyles, hygiene and sanitation, successful business practices, professional ethics, hydrotherapy, and spa modalities. Students also complete a hands-on clinical internship prior to graduating as required by the state of Texas.

Career Opportunities

Licensed massage therapists seek employment in:

  • Massage therapy establishments,
  • Wellness centers,
  • Spas,
  • Cruise lines,
  • Medical settings, and
  • Private practices.

A large majority of licensed massage therapists are self-employed.

For more information, students may contact Department Chair Mary Lindsay, 281-998-6150, x3587.



The Massage Therapy Certificate of Technology is a course of study designed to meet the needs of those students desiring to enter the massage therapy profession. The program prepares students with the technical knowledge, lab skills, and hands-on-training to complete national licensing exams successfully and to gain licensure for the state of Texas as a licensed massage therapist. Full-time students can earn the Certificate of Technology in two (2) semesters. All key aspects of the massage therapy profession are addressed. Applicants must agree to be screened for criminal history as required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.


Required to pass a background check to receive massage therapy license.

In accordance with Texas House Bill 1508, the College informs all students in this program who may have a criminal background that a criminal history could keep graduates from being licensed by the state of Texas. Students with any questions about their background and licensure may speak with the Department Chair.

Specifically, certain circumstances prohibit people from becoming licensed massage therapists in the state of Texas. Students should review the following reasons for ineligibility for massage licensure as taken directly from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) website.

Sec. 455.152 Ineligibility for Licensure

(a) A person is not eligible for a license as a massage establishment, massage school, massage therapist, or massage therapy instructor if the person has been convicted of, entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, or received a deferred adjudication for an offense involving trafficking of persons, an offense involving prostitution, or another sexual offense.

(b) A person convicted of a violation of this chapter is ineligible for a license as a massage establishment, massage school, massage therapist, or massage therapy instructor until the fifth anniversary of the date of conviction.

Plan of Study

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Plan of Study Grid

First Term Credits
MSSG 1105 Hydrotherapy 1
MSSG 1109 Health and Hygiene 1
MSSG 1411 Massage Therapy Fundamentals I 4
MSSG 1413 Anatomy and Physiology for Massage 4
MSSG 1207 Business Practices and Professional Ethics 2
Credits 12
Second Term
MSSG 2311 Massage Therapy Fundamentals II 3
MSSG 2314 Pathology for Massage 3
MSSG 2413 Kinesiology for Massage 4
MSSG 2286 Internship-Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 2
Credits 12
Total Credits 24

Prerequisite statement: Completion of all Level 1 courses in the Massage program or Department Chair approval.

Capstone Experience: MSSG 2286 Internship-Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage . Verification of Workplace Competencies–Eligible for the Credentialing Exam.

Your feet are your foundation for upright posture: Invest in massage therapy for your feet and ankles!

Very often someone will ask me: if I could only have one area of my own body worked on, which one would I choose? And more or less always, I respond that I would choose massage therapy for feet and ankles.

Surprised? So are most of the people who ask! But I can’t think of any part of my body that has worked harder than my feet and ankles. Stints in pointe shoes and training for marathons immediately come to mind as the biggest demands I’ve placed on them. But still, they support me as I walk at least 10,000 steps every day up and down the New York City streets.

But even if I’d never danced or run competitively, or walked as much as I do, my feet and ankles are still the foundation for the entire weight of my body. They absorb information from the ground so that the nervous system can create standing posture all the way up the skull. And if something is less optimal with your feet and ankles, your posture will change to compensate. Just imagine what would happen if there were a problem or weakness in the foundation of a building. Similarly, issues in the feet and ankles can lead to a cascade of dysfunctions throughout the body. Massage therapy for feet and ankles can create profound improvements in our posture and movement.

Feet and ankles are the linchpin of every step we take

As we strike our heel to the ground and roll weight forward onto our toes, our arch is supposed to collapse to absorb energy. Then, when our toe pushes into the ground to propel ourselves forward, the foot and ankle are designed to go rigid and spring back up. This helps transmit force from the ground back through the sole of the foot. And ready the foot to repeat the process all over again. This is what needs to happen for us to take a single step. Every joint in the human body is supposed to move to create shock absorption. Massage therapy for feet and ankles can help your body get back to this core movement.

Did you know that your feet have 33 joints and your ankles have three?!

Unfortunately, most of us swing our legs too far forward to take a step with our weight sitting behind the ankle. And end up striking very hard with our heel. This forces your front leg muscles to overwork to pull the rest of your body along with it. And creates excessive pressure on your heel, tension in your hamstrings, and tension in calf. It also reduces range of motion in the joints of your toes and metatarsals (long foot bones).

In order to roll your weight forward into the toes properly, your upper body should initiate a step by “falling” slightly forward. Then your front leg won’t have to work so hard to swing forward in response. And the weight of your body can load effectively over the entire foot instead of just the heel. As a result, the foot and ankle are able to roll through each joint, even the very small ones in the toes. Your foot will act as the spring it is designed to be 🙂

Since the foot and ankle play such a big role during gait, mobility in them is essential.

How is my foot and ankle mobility?

This is a question I ask myself every day. Unfortunately, my foot and ankle mobility take a daily hit since I need to be wearing shoes whenever I’m outside. We are designed to walk barefoot…but on grass, not on a city sidewalk made out of concrete. Shoes are essential to preventing injuries but they also limit the way our feet and ankles move. Dress shoes even more so.

More than 23,000 people per DAY in the United States, including athletes and nonathletes, require medical care for ankle sprains.

The trauma and resulting inflammation from a sprain leaves scar tissue around the foot and ankle that restricts movement. As someone who spent years chronically spraining my ankles, I try to be mindful of the effects those injuries still have on my movements now.

These are some of the specific issues I look for to let me know when I might need some massage therapy for feet and ankles to address what’s going on:

  • I can’t squat to parallel
  • I can’t keep my back straight when I deadlift
  • My knees collapse inward toward the midline during any leg exercise
  • I notice my feet and ankles collapse toward their outer edges when I put weight on them
  • My feet turn out when I’m walking, running, squatting, or practicing yoga/Pilates
  • I’m feeling stiff anywhere along the back side of my body — even all the way up to my neck! — when I bend forward to touch my toes
  • My toes either lift up or grip the ground during any time I need balance
  • I’m having a hard time with balance — either on one leg or both

If you are dealing with any of these issues, massage therapy for feet and ankles is an essential step in finding long term relief. The pain may show up in your back on neck, and it will certainly help to get massage therapy in those areas. However, if you want the relief to stick around for the long term, consider letting your massage therapist spend a whole session on your feet and ankles!

Feeling better from the ground up: Massage Therapy for feet and ankles is a game changer!

A skilled massage therapist like at Bodyworks DW can help mobilize the feet and ankles. They can also address adhesions of scar tissue. And relieve muscular tension in hard-working muscles like the ones in the calves that control foot and ankle movement. This can do wonders for quality of movement, performance, and overall well-being. If you’re interested in unlocking your full potential, schedule a massage therapy for feet and ankles session at either or our medical massage New York locations!


Massage can complement medical treatment for many conditions. It can reduce your pain, lower your stress, increase your flexibility and more. Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers medical massage by expert therapists to relieve a range of symptoms.

Massage therapy at the Dayani Center is available by referral.


  • 30-minute session: $50
  • 60-minute session: $85
  • 90-minute session: $115

Payment is due at time of service. We accept most forms of payment: cash, credit/debit cards and personal checks.

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Please notify the center at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend an appointment. Late arrival will result in a shorter appointment.

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Meet Our Therapist

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Tina Crownover LMT, CLT

Why Choose Massage Therapy at Dayani

Our team includes licensed massage therapists and certified lymphedema therapists. They have extensive experience treating people with various medical conditions, which translates into expert care for you.

We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure you receive the best possible care.

We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

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Many people assume that a sports massage is only for professional sports-people, it’s not. The main aim of a sports massage is to help alleviate the stress and tension that builds up in your body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Whether you’re an athlete, a once-a-week jogger or just physically active, a sports massage helps drain away fatigue, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and overall prepare you for peak performance. It can also help prevent those trivial injuries that get in the way of your performance.

What happens during a sports massage?

During your first appointment, our massage therapist will have a brief consultation with you to discuss your current health, lifestyle and relevant medical history. Our therapist generally focuses in on your problem area, for example, a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstrings, rather than give you a full-body massage.

An effective sports massage incorporates a combination of basic and advanced deep tissue massage techniques, stimulating the circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Trigger point therapy is also used to break down adhesions or knots in the muscles, allowing an increased range of motion. Combining these techniques helps increase blood flow to the tired muscles, speeding up recovery. It also helps the flow of blood back to the heart and the interstitial and lymph fluids around the body, essential for maintaining a healthy body.

When should you get a sports massage?

Ideally, athletes should get a sports massage three days to a week before a race or a big event. This gives your body enough time to flush out the byproducts that massage has released and for any residual soreness to go away.

Following your workout, it helps to schedule your next massage two or three days after. Ideally, you want your muscles to be relatively relaxed and not in a very fatigued state. If nothing is injured, this is the perfect time for a deep tissue massage and myofascial release.

Who can benefit from it?

You don’t have to be a sportsperson to reap the many benefits of a sports massage. Muscle tension, stress and fatigue can affect all of us, whether we are competitive or recreational athletes, busy housewives or stressed executives. Many of our clients report feeling those knots being “ironed out” post-massage.

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Still to this day, most people have very little idea how much hard work and talent is involved in becoming a massage therapist. Massage therapists must demonstrate a high degree of functionality in many areas, including:

  • physical stamina and fine motor coordination
  • clinical knowledge and judgment
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • trustworthiness and professionalism

Problems in any of these areas may prevent an individual from becoming registered as a massage therapist or maintaining a successful practice. The type of person who chooses to become a massage therapist is someone who combines an interest in people and health, a commitment to community service and people-centred alternatives, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Many of Sutherland-Chan’s students are making career changes, having found that they prefer to have more control over their work and more opportunities to help affect meaningful change in people’s lives.

Ontario’s Regulatory Body: the CMTO

The profession of massage therapy in Ontario is governed under the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act. This legislation mandates a regulatory body, called the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), to oversee the practice of massage therapy in our province. It is made up of six professional members elected by all of the active registered massage therapists (RMTs) in Ontario, and five public members appointed by the provincial government.

One way the CMTO regulates massage therapy is by mandating a set of core competencies for schools to utilize as a framework and on which the provincial certification exams are based. The competencies document establishes clear expectations for what Ontario massage therapy graduates will have learned while still allowing massage schools:

  • to design their own program and delivery methods
  • to pursue their own particular areas of excellence

For example, Sutherland-Chan offers elective courses and an extensive on-site and off-site specialty program which exceed core competency expectations.

The CMTO’s primary mandate is to protect the public. It does so by conducting entry-to-practice examinations for massage therapy school graduates and offshore applicants who wish to become registered to practice massage therapy in Ontario. Once you have completed your schooling, passing these certification examinations is the final step before becoming registered. The CMTO also conducts regular evaluations of massage therapy practitioners via its quality assurance program, and disciplines massage therapists if necessary. You can visit their website at CMTO.

The RMTAO: Our Professional Organization in Ontario

The Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO) is a professional organization whose mandate is to represent and advocate for its members and the massage therapy profession, for example by:

  • maintaining a referral list of RMTAO members for general public inquiries
  • providing insurance for practising massage therapists
  • conducting conferences and educationals
  • producing a journal and a newsletter
  • representing member interests in interactions with the CMTO, government bodies, the insurance industry, and so on.

The RMTAO offers a free student membership, and provides various types of advice and practical support for new practitioners as they become practicing RMTs. You can visit the RMTAO’s web site at RMTAO.

The Portability and Flexibility of Your Massage Therapy Education

You may be wondering about the portability of massage therapy, in other words, how easy it is to move and set up practice in other jurisdictions. Massage therapy is a wonderful profession in that it can meet the needs of the person who wants to settle into a stable practice as well as those who want to travel the world on a cruise ship or with a sports team.

In North America, massage therapy is typically regulated by province or state, and each one has its own set of requirements. Ontario graduates, who have completed one of the most extensive programs in North America, generally find that the requirements of other jurisdictions are easily met. Portability within Canada is usually a simple process of presenting one’s Ontario credentials, but there may be some minor additional steps to complete in some of the provinces.

Massage therapy educational programs in the United States range between 100-1500 hours. In some cases Ontario graduates can get immediate reciprocity; in others straightforward examinations must be passed. The United States also has a licencing examination called the MBLEx, that is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards in 42 states. For more information, you can visit their website at FSMTB.

Massage therapy is a growing profession with an exciting future. In addition to our traditional arenas of employment (private and group practices, fitness and health clubs, hotels and spas, chiropractic and naturopathic offices, athletic venues) we are seeing expansion of work opportunities into direct medical care environments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, chronic care facilities, and medical practices.

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  • How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?
  • What Else Might I Do?
  • Will It Hurt?

Physical therapy is often one of the best choices you can make when you have long-term pain (also called chronic pain) or an injury. It can make you stronger and help you move and feel better.

Ask your doctor to recommend a physical therapist. You’ll probably need a series of visits, and you should practice some of the exercises at home for the best results.

Physical therapists have a lot of training. Still, it’s a good idea to ask them about their experience in working with people who’ve had conditions like yours. You can also ask them how many sessions you’ll need.

How Does Physical Therapy Treat Pain?

Physical therapists are experts not only in treating pain, but also its source. Yours will look for areas of weakness or stiffness that may be adding stress to the places that hurt. And they will treat those areas with certain exercises to ease pain and help you move better.

In a physical therapy session, you may do a mix of:

Low-impact aerobic training. These workouts will rev up your heart rate and still take it easy on your joints. For instance, you might walk fast or use a stationary bike to warm up, instead of running, before you do your strengthening exercises.

Strengthening exercises. You might use machines at your physical therapist’s office, resistance bands, or your own body weight (think lunges, squats, and pushups). You may work on your core muscles (belly, glutes, and back), as well as other parts of your body.

Pain relief exercises. These moves target areas where you have pain, so you’re stronger and more flexible — which should make it easier to live your life.

Stretching. This will be gentle, and your therapist will make sure that you’re warmed up and you don’t stretch too far.

Your physical therapist may prescribe exercises for you to do at home.

What Else Might I Do?

During your sessions, your therapist may also use:

Heat and ice packs. Ice calms inflammation. Heat warms up your muscles so they move better. Both can help with pain.

Massage. Keep in mind that a massage on areas that are injured, sore, or hurt may not feel relaxing. But your therapist will take great care to make sure it’s safe and helpful for you. If you get one by someone other than them, tell that professional about your pain before your session starts.

TENS and ultrasound. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, uses a device to send a low-voltage electric current to the skin over the area where you have pain. Ultrasound sends sound waves to the areas that hurt. Both may offer relief by blocking the pain messages that go to your brain.

Will It Hurt?

Physical therapy shouldn’t hurt, and it will be safe. But because you’ll use parts of your body that are injured or have chronic pain, physical therapy can be challenging, even hard. For example, you may feel sore after stretching or deep tissue massage.

But there’s a reason for that. Your therapist has a specific plan in mind based on your particular needs. Sometimes to get stronger, you have to do some tough training. It will push you, but it shouldn’t be too much.

Each person may respond differently to therapy. Your body type, daily activities, alignment, and habits all affect your plan. Stick with it, and you’ll get the benefits.

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Massage guns (a.k.a. the grown-up cousin of the foam roller) have taken the wellness scene by storm, with brands like Therabody (previously Theragun) seen in the hands of elite athletes and celeb gym bunnies.

Granted, they sit at the pricier end of the spectrum for fitness equipment, but the demand for said muscle guns isn’t slowing down, and from the more premium brands to the cheaper alternatives, the massage gun market is getting busier by the minute. Don’t believe us? Therabody celebrated its five-year anniversary this year, proving that the tech is much more than a passing fad. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about massage guns, including why you (genuinely) need one in your life.

What is the best massage gun?

The Women’s Health Lab has put some of the top massage guns in the shops to the test to bring you its favourites for banishing post-workout pains. The Women’s Health editors have also chipped in, sharing their pick of the 10 massage guns that help them soothe sore muscles.

Women’s Health Lab Approved:

  • Best massage gun:HoMedics Pro Physio Massage Gun
  • Runner-up massage gun:MuscleGun Carbon
  • Best value for money massage gun:RENPHO Massage Gun
  • Best massage gun for travel:Theragun Mini Massage Gun
  • Best massage gun for bigger muscles:Hyperice Hypervolt Plus
  • Best massage gun for back pain:Theragun PRO Massage Gun
  • Best small but mighty massage gun:Pulseroll Mini Massage Gun
  • Best massage gun for heavy leg days:Theragun Elite
  • Best budget massage gun:Snailax Massage Gun
  • Best massage gun for tight muscles:Pulseroll Massage Gun

Women’s Health Editors’ Picks:

  • Best massage gun on sale:Power Plate Pulse Massage Gun
  • Best cheap massage gun:Addsfit Portable Mini Massage Gun
  • Best compact massage gun:MyoLite
  • Best massage gun for hard users:OPOVE Massage Gun M3 Pro
  • Best cheap mini-massage gun:RENPHO Portable Mini Massage Gun
  • Best ergonomic massage gun:Theragun G4 Prime
  • Best mini massage gun:RecovaPro Lite
  • Best mid-range Theragun:Theragun LIV
  • Best massage gun for athletes:MyoPro

Do massage guns work?

Much like going for a massage, a muscle gun helps to reduce inflammation by flushing out your muscle tissues of the fluids built up by exercise and daily bodily stress. They use percussive therapy – repeated strikes to help relax muscle tension and alleviate soreness, which, if you suffer from regular DOMs (delayed onset muscle soreness) can be a real lifesaver. And whether they work? Our expert has put this to the test!

How to use a massage gun

Use in a similar way that you would a foam roller; either before exercise to activate muscles and increase blood flow, or after to release tension and prevent DOMS – muscle guns are the piece of kit your body will thank you for.

Or, simply when you feel your shoulders creeping up towards your ears and tension setting in.

Try to keep the head straight onto the body as you work, the face of the muscle gun head or attachment should be in contact with the muscle you’re trying to massage.

Can a massage gun replace a foam roller?

Muscle guns and foam rollers are both ways of performing massage on yourself at home. Which one you use depends on which part of the body you are trying to target, as well as your specific needs. Massage guns are best for use on larger areas such as lower back, glutes and hamstrings.

They also work better on targeted muscle groups where you are experiencing soreness, as you can adjust the settings to cater for your individual needs. Foam rollers can be effective for pre and post workout recovery but cannot be adjusted in the same way.

Are cheap massage guns any good?

Cheap massage guns are a bit of a mixed bag, but you can save serious coin and get a similar result – if you manage to find an affordable muscle gun that doesn’t skimp on tech or design.

Most cheap massage guns tend to have harder attachment heads (which make for a more uncomfortable experience), a shorter battery life or are less durable. If there’s the choice between a cheap muscle gun and a more expensive massage gun that’s on sale, we’d always suggest going with the one that looks like it’ll last the longest and is the most specced out. If it comes with a warranty, even better.

Women’s Health Lab Approved massage guns

The muscle guns below with our Women’s Health Lab Approved logo have been put to the test in the Women’s Health Lab. Our expert tester has trialled them over a three week period, using them around their hectic exercise schedule — made up of weightlifting, running, HIIT, yoga and more — to see how well each one helped muscles to recover.

These massage guns were judged on overall effectiveness, as well as how well they could glide over muscles, how easy they were to control, the practicality of their design, and their strength. Bonus points were also on offer for any innovative features or smart additions like carry cases.

All other entries have been personally selected by our editors.

It’s not a miracle cure, but it can help you recover faster, research suggests.

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  • A new review of research on sports massage shows that it may not provide some of the benefits that athletes expect.
  • In the short term, measures of performance like sprinting, jumping, and strength were not improved by sports massage. Researchers also concluded that sports massage doesn’t reduce muscle fatigue.
  • For runners who get massage, some of the main benefits include identifying problem areas in your muscles and helping with recovery after hard workouts.

Everyone agrees that a good sports massage feels great. But does it really help your running in any measurable way?

That’s what a recent review of research on the topic, published in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, set out to answer. Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom compiled the results of studies on sports massage and various aspects of athletic performance, including strength, sprint and endurance performance, flexibility, and muscle soreness.

The reviewers looked only at studies that met their criteria for sports massage, which they defined as “manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissue by a qualified professional, with the purpose of improving performance in or recovery from sport.” (A previous research review on the topic included non-manual therapies such as vibration and water-jet massage). In all, they pooled the results of 29 studies, comprising more than 1,000 subjects.

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On the face of it, the findings don’t strongly support sports massage. The researchers concluded that, in the short term, sports massage doesn’t improve measures of performance (sprint, jump, strength, and performance). They also concluded that sports massage doesn’t reduce muscle fatigue (a decline in force and velocity that’s reversible by rest, according to the researchers).

The researchers did conclude that sports massage increases short-term flexibility and significantly reduces subjective ratings of muscle pain and soreness. But, they note, the flexibility findings were in comparison to doing nothing, rather than stretching, light exercise, and other common practices done with the hope of increasing flexibility.

But Here’s the Rub

The researchers’ conclusions might seem to undercut much of the rationale for sports massage. But Julia Kirtland, owner of Core 3 Sports Massage in Portland, Maine, and the 1997 U.S. marathon champion, mostly agrees with the review’s findings.

“Massage helps athletes maintain overall muscle health by identifying areas of tension and addressing them before an injury occurs,” she said. “Massage increases tissue flexibility and muscle relaxation, improves range of motion, relieves trigger points, as well as reduces adhesions. Combined, these benefits of massage help the athlete remain active, optimize his or her training, and maximize performance.”

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

How to do a hard core advanced therapeutic massage

It’s important to understand the limitations of the studies that have been done on sport massage and performance. They have been extremely short-term, and usually comparing a hard effort when subjects have and haven’t had a sports massage. For example, in one of the few studies on sports massage and endurance, 18 male cyclists did two 5K time trials 20 minutes apart. Between the two hard rides, they either cycled at an easy effort, lied down, or received a massage. Performances on the second time trial were best by those who cycled easily before it.

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That’s not how most people approach sport massage. Many elite runners get regular bodywork in the same way that you might frequently check your car’s oil level and tire pressure—a preventative approach that to seeks to keep the machinery running as smoothly as possible. The review’s finding that sports massage reduces feelings of muscle soreness should mean that treatments will leave you more able and eager to train at the level you want.

This more nuanced view of sport massage puts it in the category of other health-supporting practices, such as getting enough sleep and eating a varied, nutrient-dense diet. These practices allow your body to better withstand the demands of training and increase your chances of remaining injury-free, so that you can achieve the consistency that leads to true improvements in performance. “I think it’s through keeping muscles healthy that massage helps performance,” Kirtland said.

Similarly, sports massage is best viewed not as a one-time cure for long-term problems.

“Some issues—recent, but not severe—can be can be helped by just one, or a few, massages,” Kirtland said. “However, the issues that are chronic, often the type that runners deal with, tend to take time to ‘fix.’ Athletes have to be invested in maintaining muscle health long-term (through self-care as well as massage), not just waiting until they get hurt and can’t participate in their sport.”

If you use sports massage as one way to maintain your muscles’ health, then it makes sense to time them for when your muscles might most benefit. It’s better to get a massage later in the day rather than immediately after you’ve done a long run or hard workout. Another good time is the day after your longest and hardest runs, to potentially speed recovery for your next ambitious outing.

Most sports massage therapists had to stop working in the initial phase of the coronavirus pandemic. According to information compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association, massage is again allowed in all but eight states and the District of Columbia; some states have allowed massage therapy to resume in some areas while continuing to disallow it in areas with higher case loads. You can check your area’s status here.


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The best Aspen workout

In 1989, world renowned trainer Jean-Robert Barbette had a vision to create a state-of-the-art gym that inspired and fostered a desire for improved health and lifestyles. Beginning from a humble 400 square foot facility, Jean-Robert’s Gym has steadily grown to over 15,000 square feet offering the best in cutting edge equipment, personal training and becoming an integral part of supporting the active community of Aspen, Colorado.В

Jean-Robert’s mission is to provide members and guests a strong foundation to help them achieve their fitness goals. This beautiful facility offers everything you would desire in a conventional gym environment and more. Offering swimming, personal training, spin classes, strength training for skiing and numerous customized programs, you can easily find what you are looking for. You can even relax in the spa or enjoy a therapeutic massage in our beautiful and peaceful massage center after a hard workout.

The Ultimate Exercise Equipment

From the state-of-the-art equipment, certified personal trainers and the beautiful 360 degree mountain views, you will quickly find yourself achieving more than you ever thought possible. Careful attention has been given to ensure all members and guests find the equipment and surroundings comfortable. From a large array of free weights to the most technologically advanced machines, Jean-Robert has handpicked the over 200 plus different pieces of workout equipment in the gym. In addition, the lap pool offers great aerobic workout regardless of the outdoor conditions.

Our Goal is Your Goal

Our goal is to provide you everything you need to start, maintain and live a healthy lifestyle. Our team is dedicated to training, teaching and supporting our members to become more than what they envision. In fact, after spending time at Jean-Robert’s Gym you’ll be able to better enjoy all that the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Your improved fitness will allow you to get after any outdoor adventures you have always wanted to experience. Your foundation of fitness starts here. Get fit and stay fit at Jean-Robert’s Gym!

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Discover Your Inner Athlete

Jean-Robert’s whole health approach has allowed us to create a perfect atmosphere that is open, inviting and safe for all users. Body and strength builders, professional skiers, moms, and business professionals all find the open environment beneficial to achieving their particular goals. Regardless if your interests are biking, hiking or just sightseeing, having a strong fitness foundation will allow you to enjoy everything beautiful Aspen has to offer. If you’ve never done any of these things but have always wanted to, we will help you find your inner athlete. Each of us has the ability to achieve fantastic results when motivated and properly coached. Every machine, program, instructor, trainer and class here is designed to help you succeed.

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Looking for the Best Massage in Downtown Aspen?

If you are looking for a great massage, you haveВ come to the right place. We offer a variety of massage services from our highly skilled therapists who have been professionally trained in the United States and abroad. All of our therapists are licensed and certified in the state of Colorado.

We are so dedicated to having the best therapists on staff that we even formed a massage school in 2011. The Aspen Massage institute is approved and regulated by the Division of Private Occupational School Board and is a source of inspiration for our therapists. Having an environment of continual learning sets us apart and allows us to offer multiple pricing levels. We pride ourselves on being able to say, “massage for everyone!”

Member Amenities in Aspen


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After a great workout there is nothing better than rewarding your body with a soak in our whirlpool. The therapeutic jets and bubbles will help you relax and alleviate the soreness in your muscles from lactic acid buildup. We have everything you need for yourВ Aspen Spa treatment, without all the fuss.В

Steam Room

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A perfect time to use our steam room is after aВ massage. During a massage the toxins in your muscles are released and the warm therapy helps your body feel rejuvenated and restored. Locals know there is nothing better than a workout followed by a steam and a hot tub.

Lap Pool

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Our lap pool offers a great way to round out your workout with some low impact exercise. Whether you are an extreme skier recovering from an injury or an older warrior that is looking to work on keeping strong, swimming in the lap pool is often just what the doctor ordered.

30 years of Dreaming

3 years in the making

This 7,000 square foot gym has an open layout that is comfortable, welcoming and inspiring. A gym designed for athletes, everything has been customized from the equipment to the sound system to the ventilation system.

Highlights include:

Modern Design and Spacious Layout – We want you to be inspired so we custom built an environment that is conducive to getting the best workout possible!

Constantly filtered Fresh Air! Via our amazing air filtration that is not recycled air. In fact, it is even better for your lungs than exercising outside as the advanced fresh air filtration removes allergens and dust!‍

Men’s and women’s locker rooms, that are elegantly designed, comfortable and spacious.‍

ADA compliant throughout with large elevator and 2 stories designed specifically for the Jean-Robert’s Gym in Willits.  ‍

Amazing sound system – to motivate you while you workout! (Does not overpower your own music if you wear earbuds.)

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In the heart of Willits Town Center

Jean-Robert’s Gym in Willits
160 Robinson St, Basalt, CO

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The Best Workout Equipment!

Outfitted with the latest high tech fitness equipment from these top brands:

  • Cybex – great for small muscle groups and core.
  • Freemotion – the best treadmill in the world – low impact.
  • Hoist – easier on joints as it mimics natural motions. “Rock it line” – your body moves with it.
  • Atlantis – patented and hard to get from Canada.
  • Technogym – great stretching equipment!

Welcome To Momentum Physical Therapy!

Momentum Physical Therapy provides the most comprehensive physical therapy San Antonio has to offer. We have multiple convenient locations to provide physical therapy to San Antonio and the surrounding communities including Helotes, Boerne, Bandera, Stone Oak, Medical Center, Live Oak, Brooks City Base, Westover Hills, Floresville, La Vernia, USAA and Dominion Crossing. We are proud to treat professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, PGA, MLS and NHL, but we don’t stop there. Our patients are of all ages, activity levels and from all walks of life. From little league champions to high school athletes, collegiate athletes and American Olympians, our therapy and sports rehabilitation services are trusted and proven to be successful. Whether you’re competing in front of millions or are a dedicated weekend warrior, the team at Momentum Physical Therapy can get you back on track.

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Welcome to Momentum Physical Therapy! Whether you’ve come for advanced manual therapy, sports rehab, neck pain, back pain or a workplace health program, we’re ready to get you out of pain and back to doing the things you love . Our team of experienced physical therapists is dedicated to delivering customized treatments with the most advanced techniques available in our field for meaningful results. With our hands-on care, you can get back to doing the things you love. We promise to work as hard as you do for a safe and fast recovery.

  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Customized Hands-On Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Manual Therapy
  • Suspension Training
  • Balance Rehabilitation
  • PT for Headache Pain
  • PT for Neck Pain
  • PT for Back Pain
  • PT for Shoulder Pain
  • PT for Knee Pain
  • PT for Foot Pain
  • PT for Hand Pain

Customized Hands-On Therapy

Momentum Physical Therapy patients receive adequate one-on-one time with their physical therapist, evidence-based manual therapy techniques and individualized treatment plans.

State-Of-The-Art Care

Our highly trained physical therapists are dedicated to incorporating the newest ideas and most up-to-date techniques in each patient’s individualized treatment plan.

Patient-First Care

From your first visit with Momentum Physical Therapy, you’ll find people who are dedicated to your health, well-being, and to making your care as pleasant as possible.

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CORE “Coral” Ultra-Smooth (Set of 5) SYNERGY STONE Hot Stone Massage Tools


The CORE Synergy Stone Massage Tool Set is a collection of (5) revolutionary SYNERGY STONE Massage tools. This Set of the five larger Stones enables massage practitioners to perform the New SYNERGY STONE Massage as well as enhance any other style of massage with the Synergy Stone Add-On. The Smooth surface of each specially shaped and contoured Stone provide a relaxing yet therapeutic sensation for the client. This Set include 1 Heat-Wave, 2 Serene and 2 Blissful SYNERGY STONE’S.

SYNERGY STONES are larger and stay warm longer than common Hot Stones. Each stone is the equivalent of 2-6 smaller basalt stones. This Set can be heated between (2) 14″ x 27″ electric heating pads or in a water filled stone heater. Patent Pending SYNERGY STONE Massage Tools are the result of over 5 years of testing hundreds of innovative designs to create the warmest, most controllable and versatile Massage Tools available.

SYNERGY STONE’s contoured shapes give far better results than common stones and are able to perform advanced HEAT-WAVE techniques that blend the warmth of Hot Stones with custom relaxing and therapeutic massage. Hand made of solid natural Stoneware near Seattle, WA., and developed by Scott Wynn, a massage professional with over 25 years experience, these revolutionary Massage tools blend the deeply relaxing warmth of traditional hot stones with the health benefits of deeper therapeutic massage.

Perform HEAT

WAVE techniques such as Soothe, Knead and Sculpt that make giving massage easier by doing the work of your fingers and thumbs for you. The Ultra-Smooth Sets also enables practitioners to enhance regular clothed massage styles with HEAT

WAVE techniques. Revitalize your current massage menu, earn more per/massage and propel your Studio or Spa ahead of the competition by adding SYNERGY STONES to your Studio or Spa.

This Tool Set can be HEATED with or WITHOUT WATER. For convenience or when you are not close to running water, heat this Set of Stones between our Water-Free System of one electric 14″ x 27″ TheraTherm heating pad, sold separately. This method of heating eliminates the need for water in the massage room. This also makes exchanging the stones during massage very fast. Setup and cleanup between massages are also very easy and quick. You can also purchase the Complete Water-Free System that includes everything you need to SYNERGIZE your Studio or Spa.

SYNERGY STONES blend Soothing HEAT, Custom PRESSURE and Advanced Massage TECHNIQUES into an Ultra-Relaxing Massage experience. It’s the Experience of being massaged with Soothing Warmth in gentle to deeper waves of stress relieving Massage Motion that clients love. Massage Therapists, athletes, couples, professionals and everyday people around the world are discovering why SYNERGY STONEs are the most advanced massage tools available. Learn more and watch the on-line demo videos at

SYNERGY STONE’s are hand craf ted of durable solid ceramic stoneware near Seattle, WA. Each tool is made with pride to be cherished for years to come. Enjoy discovering how the tools Scott designed to save his own hands and career can enhance your massage and extend your career as well.

Which Color and Texture is Right for You? There are many colors but only two textures. Ultra-Smooth and Original Black. Ultra-Smooth Colors are Glossy and can be used with oils etc., on skin and dry over clothes. Original Black is the ONLY “Matte” textured color made for extra grip when using slippery oils, etc.. Choosing which Texture/Color comes down to personal preference. If you Only do massage with oils, etc., you can use either type but will have more grip with the Original Black. If you Only do Clothed Table or Chair massage, definitely go with the Ultra-Smooth Colors. If you do both, either get Both Textures, half and half, or go with Ultra-Smooth because Ultra-Smooth works with both oil and over clothes.

  • Both Original Black and the Ultra-Smooth Colors can be used against the skin with any lubricant such as massage oil, lotion, cream or gel.
  • Original Black is the only color with a matte surface over the whole stone. It is designed for use against the skin only and for the best grip when using with any lubricant.
  • Ultra-Smooth colors can be used against the skin with any lubricant AND over clothes such as for chair or clothed table massage. They are glossy smooth over the whole stone and have red “grip-spots” for extra grip when using massage oils, etc. If you find them too slippery exchanges are allowed within 30 days.

The CORE Tool Set Includes the following SYNERGY STONE Massage tools: