Continuing education is a vital part of my massage therapy practice. By adding new techniques and honing my current skills, I am better able to help my clients feel great after their session. I do believe my clients appreciate the fact that I am always eager to enhance my bodywork knowledge, which translates into being a more effective massage therapist.
Neuromuscular Therapy Certification, May 2013
I am now newly certified in Neuromuscular Therapy. Earlier this spring, I completed the last series of Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) classes and passed the final exam to earn certification. My training is through The Body Therapy Center and School of Massage, an affiliate of Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL.
The course follows the work of Judith Walker DeLany, and comprises six modules: Introduction to NMT, NMT for Torso and Pelvis, NMT for the Cervical Spine and Cranium, NMT for the Upper Extremity, and NMT for the Lower Extremity. Each module consists of 32 contact hours spanning two full weekends of classroom instruction. At the end of each module, a demonstration exam is given testing for appropriate NMT techniques, knowledge of endangerment sites and specific anatomical location/attachment of tissues being treated.
Neuromuscular Therapy is an approach slightly more clinical in nature than most bodywork modalities. NMT relies on a variety of techniques to clean up soft-tissue dysfunction in such forms as hypertonic muscles, adhesions, scar tissue and trigger points. Cessation and resolution of pain are among the goals addressed by the neuromuscular approach.
Throughout the year I have been applying these new massage skills to give my clients the benefit of my expanding knowledge in this field of touch therapy.
Outstanding Student in Literature award, April 2000
Department of English, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois.
Excerpt of letter from the Chair, Department of English
"On behalf of the Department of English, I am pleased to announce that you have been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Student in Literature award.
You were chosen for this prestigious award because of the perceptiveness & seriousness you bring to your work. Faculty in English speak highly of your thoroughly researched, well-argued, & fluent projects. We note that you regularly participate in class discussions, bringing insight & mature presence to bear on issues at hand. As a theoretically informed thinker, your occasionally risky claims move your peers--& often your professors--in new, productive directions. Moreover, your value as a returning student cannot be understated: you exemplify the idea of a life-long learner, a person for whom intellectual pursuits cross artificial boundaries of age or "expected" paths.
As a Writing Associate, your quiet engagement & patience meant much to composition students. The instructors with whom you worked applaud your diligent contributions. You listened, granted space, demonstrating for freshman what reflective engagement demands."