I was introduced to yoga at the Institute for Healthy Living in 2009 where I am a trainer/teacher and coordinate senior programs. Seeing my passion for Yoga, our mind body coordinator Paula Stanton encouraged me to become a yoga teacher. It was pretty much love at first sight. I was an enthusiastic learner and completed my 200 hour certification. A few years later I went on the complete my advanced 500 RYT certification through Integrative Yoga Therapy. I have taught yoga now for over 10 years It was training in Yoga Therapy that I was first introduced to Thai Yoga Massage by Joni Carrol. I found Thai massage was a compliment to the yoga I loved. Over time the Thai Massage became an even greater passion than yoga. I have since completed nearly 600 training hours with 14 different teachers. I have earned my (RTT) Registered Thai Therapist and Instructor status and done over 4000 hours of Thai massage sessions. I am especially interested in traditional Thai medicine and the therapeutic benefits of Thai massage.
My primary Thai Teachers are:
Nephyr Jacobsen, Naga Center in Portland Oregon
Bob Haddad, North Carolina,
Janice Gagnon, Spirit Winds in Grass Valley, California,
Shama Kern Thai Healing Massage Academy, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Adddional teachers have been:
Sinchai Sukprasert ChiangMai, Kom Thanee, Parewa Phakdee Loi Kroh in ChiangMai, Jack Chiaya ChiangMai, Joni and John Carroll, Dallas, Souri Sisavath, Harmony Thai Massage in Houston Texas, David Tieje, Dallas Texas, Kimberly Hardick, Aledo, Texas, Mukti, Michael Buck with Vedic Thai Massage, Florida, and Chilida Pheerathoranis with Dallas Thai Massage.
At some point I plan to retire to just traveling and teaching Thai massage and doing private sessions. My goal is to introduce Thai’s healing qualities to everyone and to teach yoga teachers and therapists how to use it in their practice, Prior to Integrative Bodywork, I had spent a lot of time figuring out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I feel I have found it as a Thai massage therapist. All of the other experiences have played a role in bringing me to where I am. My formal education includes a B.S. in psychology 1984 and another B.S. in exercise science 1990 from Arkansas State University.
I completed a Master of Science in Sports Psychology with work in counseling in 1992 at Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Religion in 2000 with emphasis in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
I have worked as a university strength coach, a teacher, a personal trainer, in marketing and business, and even spent a summer training Olympic athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. From 1992 until 2008 I worked at Good Shepherd Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and it was here that my true “physical” education began. In 2008 our hospital built a large 72,000 sq. ft. wellness center called the Institute for Healthy Living so I moved from therapy to my current position overseeing the senior exercise programs. We were purchased by a Christus Health Systems last year and I continue to work there as I expand my Thai Massage practice.