Healing Arts Institute hires only the most professional, experienced, knowledgeable and service oriented persons to become HAI instructors. Every student who comes through our school leaves not only with the best and most excellent massage training available in the area but also leaves more joyful, uplifted and connected to a new community of supportive professionals and mentors.
Mary Argo, Ph.D. 916-910-7777
Mary is an incredibly talented and knowledgeable Animal Communicator.
She has been featured on local radio, newspaper, and TV throughout California. She has studied with numerous well-respected intuitives over the years who work with animals. She blends this intuitive training with her degrees in Behavioral Psychology from CSUS, Masters in Intuitive Diagnostics and a Ph.D. in Esoteric Philosophy and Hermetic Science from The Ritberger School of Esoteric Studies. She is a Level II Reiki practitioner, certified in Personality Psychology and Typology from the Ritberger Institute, a certified practitioner of Flower Essences from Alaskan Essences, and has studies in herbs, homeopathy, nutrition, and other healing modalities. Her extensive training and more than a decade of practice have given her work that calm ease and assurance that only comes from long experience.
Mary began her studies of the flower essences with the Bach Flower remedies and throughout the last 12 years has studies many others, from Desert Alchemy to local Flower Essence Society in Grass Valley, CA. Most recently she has received a certification from Alaskan Flower Essences having studied not only their flower essences but also their gem elixirs and environmental essences.
Kathleen Bailey 916-910-7777
A 1991 graduate of Healing Arts Institute and an instructor since 1995, Kathleen’s education in bodywork continues to the present. She has had additional training in CranioSacral Therapy I&II, On-site (chair) massage, Sports Massage, Acupressure, Soft Tissue Release, Zentherapy¨, Reiki I&II, Therapeutic Touch, Aromatherapy and most recently, Maya Abdominal Massage. Drawing from over 25 years of subtle energy healing research and practice, Kathleen uses a variety of effective methods to facilitate the body’s own healing abilities in her active bodywork practice in Citrus Heights. She has worked with essential oils since she started her massage practice in 1991 and teaches the Raindrop Therapy workshop at Healing Arts Institute. While she did not originate this technique, she has had remarkable results using it on friends and clients. In June of 1999 she completed the International Certification Course in Aromatherapy with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt at Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy which included, structure and energy of essential oils, treatment of disease, cosmetology, and psychology of fragrance, holistic skin therapy, and toxicology. Nationally Certified in 1992 by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Kathleen brings technical abilities and metaphysical knowledge along with the purest integrity of her profession into the classroom.
Myron Brown 916-910-7777
Myron has worked in the health and safety field for over 15 years. He has broad safety and regulatory compliance knowledge and is an excellent communicator. His teaching methods are extremely effective and he engages the participants where they remember the principles of the training. He has a passion for working with students in the area of CPR/FA and is enjoying the working relationship with the Healing Arts Institute. Myron is a Master CPR/FA and AED trainer with American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and Medic First Aid.
Bonita Carol 916-910-7777
I started meditating (TM Technique) over 37 years ago at the age of 13. Since then I have been continually intrigued with the study and experience of the infinite potential of human consciousness. Twelve years ago I went through some challenging experiences which further led me to even more personal introspection to study and play with the human shadow as it shows up as forms of addiction, fears, shame, hidden talents, and relationship issues. Awareness of my shadows helped me embrace all aspects of myself and experience more joy in our transforming world.
My Professional Experience: I have over 25 years experience in the natural health care system of Ayurveda and personally trained with world renown Ayurvedic physician, Vaidya Ramakant Mishra (1998 to present) and recently studied and received panchakarma with masters of Ayurveda such as Dr. Rishi Koirela in Nepal and indirectly Dr. Krishna Raju in India. I received certification in Ayurveda by Bhavan Institute of Ayurveda and Yoga. Other trainings include Voice Dialogue Facilitation with Tamar Stone, and indirectly with its Dr. Hal and Dr. Sidra Stone, Shadowwork with founder, Cliff Barry. In the 1980′s I studied Vedic Sciences at Maharishi University of Management and went on to TM teacher training and Ayurvedic Consultant Training at Maharishi European University in Vlodrop Holland. In addition, I am a licensed massage therapist, esthetician, and approved provider of continuing education by the National Board of Massage Therapy and Body Work. Currently, I am an instructor at Healing Arts Institute and provide emotion coaching and Ayurveda in the greater Sacramento area.
I have recently moved from Iowa to Grass Valley, California as a way to continually improve my health and well-being. I live in a supportive harmonious community surrounded by an abundance of trees on the Bear River. In my free time I write, hike, dance, and connect with family and friends. You may contact me at (641) 781-0242 or at www.myemotionalcoach.com.
Joseph Carter 916-910-7777
Joseph Carter is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley in Conservation of Natural Resources and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in both California and Hawaii. He maintains private practices in Marin County and the East Bay, specializing in the treatment of gynecological and immunological concerns. Along with teaching acupressure and related Oriental health practices, he is also a faculty member of the Academy for Guided Imagery.
Patricia Kaleialoha Catanzaro, CMT
Patricia has been providing the healing touch of Traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi Therapeutic Massage, Wela Pohaku (hot stones), Reiki and Healing Touch energy sessions since 1992. She continues her part-time private practice in Los Altos, Ca, and recently has expanded her practice at her new home in Grass Valley, Ca.
Patricia has been teaching Lomi massage Clinical Fundamentals, Advanced and Ohana (Family) style, since 2001. She offers Lomilomi Workshops in Grass Valley, San Francisco Bay area, and nationally. Patricia taught the 120 hour Lomi Lomi certification program at Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights in 2011. In addition to teaching her own workshops she assists at other Lomi special events and workshops. She was in Canada in April 2011 assisting Hawaiian Lomilomi teacher, Kumu Maka’ala Yates, D.C., at the Natural Health Care Practitioners Conference in Canada. In 2009 she was a co-teacher for an introductory class of Lomi Lomi at the Diamond Light Massage School in San Rafael, Ca.
Patricia is a certified Lomilomi teacher with ManaLomi® founded by Native Hawaiian, Kumu Maka’ala Yates, D.C. (CEU provider #287333-00 NCBTMB). The principles and concepts of ManaLomi® have been around as long as the Hawaiian people have been in existence. It is a profound form of bodywork that is solution-oriented and specific to the individual’s needs.
Patricia is a founding member and approved teacher of the Hawaiian Lomilomi Association,“an educational, non-profit organization, established in 1998. HLA is dedicated to organize, promote and perpetuate the art of lomilomi, to promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and healing arts, and to certify the professional status of its members, and to honor and serve its members.”
Patricia graduated in 1992 from the California Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto, Ca. She continued her studies in massage with Lomilomi in 1992 with the legendary Auntie Margaret Machado, and continues her studies with Kumu Maka’ala Yates and Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva from the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kaleialoha, Patricia’s Hawaiian name, means ‘an unending circle of love” which represents Patricia’s commitment to this healing work. She creates the opportunities and support for her students to grow and live the concepts of Lomilomi through educating the community by providing Lomilomi at local Polynesian events, and outreach programs.
*Patricia is a NCBTMB CE provider through ManaLomi® California State Certified Massage Therapist #7283.
Alexandra Epple, CAS, PKS
Alexandra is dedicated to bringing peace and clarity into people’s lives by connecting them to their bodies and aligning them with their spirit.
Alexandra has been practicing Thai Massage since 2003. She has studied extensively in Thailand with Masters Asokananda (Harald Brust), Pichest Boonthumbe and Lek Chaya as well as senior teachers from the Sunshine Network; Arnaud L’Hermite, Kaline Alayna Kelly, Ralph Marzen and others. She is an NCBTMB approved provider, certified to teach Thai Massage to professional massage therapists.
Her massage work comes from a place of embodied understanding. Through her extensive training in Anusara yoga, a form of yoga focusing on specific and precise alignment, she understands how to bring your body back to its optimal physical and energetic blueprint. Her massages are deep, dynamic and therapeutic leaving you centered, invigorated and joyful.
Native to Germany, she currently lives in Nevada City, CA where she furthers her studies of the Eastern Healing Arts including Ayurvedic Medicine, Vedic Astrology, Anusara Yoga and the nature of consciousness.
Joaquin Anthony Fioresi, Personal Growth Facilitator, CMT, Zen Shiatsu, Somatic Therapist, Herbalist, and Polarity Therapist Instructor.
In 1998, Joaquin began his healing arts career in San Anselmo, Ca at the Yellow Emperor Healing Center, where he studied Qi Gong in depth with Dr. Yen Wei Choong.
Around the same time Joaquin studied Zen Shiatsu, at SF School of Massage, with Barry Kapke. In 2001 Joaquin moved to Placerville in the Sierra Foothills to study and apprentice with Candis Cantin at Evergreen School of Herbology. Covering the Principles of Ayurveda, diet and lifestyle counseling Joaquin found great inspiration to go deeper into the study of the elements and their causes and effects in health and wellness.
In 2003 Joaquin studied Berkeley School of Acupressure and at the same time studied Interpersonal Communication Skills/Human Services, at Consumes River JC With Dr. Sarah Pender. Joaquin began to perform music semi professionally making a name for himself being a poetic singer songwriter with a positive message of truth and unity.
In 2003 Angelique Joy was born, being a parent has been the biggest learning lesson of life, love, humility and spirit.
In 2010, Joaquin connected with his healing arts hero/mentor, Bruce Burger author of Esoteric Anatomy, The Body As Consciousness. Burger’s synthesis of Dr. Randolph Stones Polarity Energy Medicine, and the ancient spiritual wisdom of the Sanatana Dharma, inspired Joaquin to go deep into this energy/somatic’s/massage/bodywork schematic. This was the key to all of what he had studied before. For the next two years Joaquin studied intensely under Bruce’s mentorship and with his blessing Joaquin has begun to teach the work that he feels so drawn and connected to.
Joaquin has a successful practice in downtown Placerville, teaches Polarity Energy Medicine and other health educational classes. He works for a non profit supporting adults with developmental disabilities, and his hobby/jobby is playing local gigs in the foothill region.
Elijah Free 916-910-7777
Elijah Free has been a professional healer for over thirty years. All of his healing is original in nature. For the past eight years, he has been an associate at Pacific Naturopathic in Palo Alto with a group of doctors, Naturopathic and Traditional, where Elijah specializes in pain elimination. His patients mostly consist of people who have not been able to become well and heal in any other modality. Often his patients have been in pain for many years, even decades. Elijah also specializes in fibromyalgia, arthritic states, and other forms of metabolic conditions that create pain in tissue.
In 2007, Elijah, also a Master Medical Herbalist, received a patent for an herbal formula that actually heals the metabolic state in the body that causes fibromyalgia. The use of this formula will also be taught in the class. He has designed over twenty-five other formulas that he uses in his daily healing practice. The fibromyalgia formula and selected others will be available for qualified practitioners to use in their practice.
Elijah is the originator of Freeing. Elijah is also an Iridologist, hydrotherapist, and nutritional consultant. Apprentice to Angels, Elijah’s first book, is published by Westchester Publishing Company.
It is about healing, spirituality, and his life as a healer.The work that Elijah does is based upon the ways of Nature and the way that Nature heals. In true healing we never seek to harm but only to heal, helping the body and spirit to return to a peaceful relationship with ourselves and the world around us. For more information, please see rapidpainelimination.com
Joy Frey 916-910-7777
Joy started her career path pursuing her interest in personal-development & metaphysical studies. From 1995 – 2000, she attended, volunteered and worked with Context Associated, Inc., an adult education program designed to“enhance peoples’ effectiveness so they move forward, get great results and contribute to others”. She also studied Reiki, meditation and a variety of energy work modalities. In 1999 she met her husband and began working with him in the Financial Education arena. In 2003, she studied Metaphysics through the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams, Joy co-founded The Glass Guru with her husband in 2004 becoming the first company in the US to offer a ‘green’ repair technology for aging windows. They began franchising the concept in 2007 and have since licensed and trained over 50 franchisees across North America. Joy’s role is primarily focused on administration and coaching franchisees and their staffs. In 2009, Dan and Joy opened PR-Pros, a branding company, to assist their franchisees and other small businesses with branding, marketing and promotional needs. The company offers a full range of internet marketing services, custom apparel, printed & promotional products. Joy has learned much through in her role of launching and operating these small businesses and helping other achieve their own dreams in the process. She recognizes the value of being willing to get out of her comfort zone to achieve the success she desires and leads by example in her organizations. Joy is excited to get back into a coaching role and to share her success strategies for those seeking to begin their own entrepreneurial journey!
Danny Klinger 916-910-7777
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Cherry Jones 916-910-7777
Cherry Jones began practicing massage in 1981, having been trained in Shiatsu and Massage at the Yoga institute of San Francisco. She apprenticed for 2 years with her Shiatsu teacher before she began teaching in 1983. Since then she has taught massage at schools and hospitals throughout the Bay Area. In 1992 she became licensed as a psychotherapist.
Cherry has specialized in working with stressed and traumatized clients and families of all ages from birth to adulthood. She is extensively trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness stress reduction and body-focused trauma resolution techniques. In her work she emphasizes the healing power of playfulness.
Cherry was a Supervisor and trainer for mental health clinicians for 4 years at a clinic in Berkeley serving families and children involved in the foster-care system. She also specializes in working with adopted children of all ages and their families. She is a trainer and consultant in birth to 5 years early intervention and teaches infant massage/parent support groups throughout the Bay Area. Cherry has a private practice in Mill Valley and Berkeley.
Deane Juhan 916-910-7777
Originally trained in-residence at Esalen Institute from 1973 to 1990, Deane Juhan has been a professional bodyworker for 30 years. He is a Trager practitioner and instructor, with a private practice in the Berkeley area. The author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork and Touched by the Goddess: The Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Dimensions of Bodywork he has long had a passion for understanding the relations between mind, body and spirit and the creative forces at work in all self-development, healing and artistic expression. His workshops have been presented all across the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Their content is focused on both cutting edge research into many aspects of the body-mind and his years of experience as a practitioner.
James Mally, N.D. 916-910-7777
Dr. James Mally has been doing massage professionally in many different settings since 1975. He is a graduate of both Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school covering all aspects of natural therapeutics and the Lindsey Hopkins School, a 1000 hour massage training program. Dr. Mally is able to integrate his thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the practice of massage. He has been teaching massage certification programs since 1979, and is currently teaching advanced classes in deep tissue massage and sports massage in massage schools around the world. Dr. Mally has produced videos, DVDs and workbooks on Deep Tissue Massage Swedish Massage and Sports Massage and an Anatomy CD. These teaching aids have been highly acclaimed and are being used by massage schools around the world.
Douglas Newton, Deputy Director, Healing Arts Institute
Douglas Newton believes that conscious education and artful communication provide essential tools to cultivate tolerance and mutual understanding, in short, the peace-work that holds humanity together.
Douglas has taught English in Europe and Asia, including work as an ESL (English as a 2nd Language) teacher in a maximum security prison in Taiwan. He has instructed a psychiatrist about current affairs and has demonstrated to kindergartners how to jump like rabbits, all in the same day. For a year he stopped teaching altogether to write lessons plans, materials and curricula for KWS Language Institute. While in Taiwan, Newton performed original music, worked as managing editor of a bilingual magazine (Highway 11), exhibited photographs in an international art exhibition (CO4) and hosted an award winning jazz radio show on public radio (“Jazz Profiles”). He has published written work broadly, including a recent interview in a Harvard University Press publication on Chinese Medicine. In the US, Newton’s Mandarin skills and writing background led to program manager and executive director positions for The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Douglas also served as managing editor for The Qi-Unity Report and associate editor of The American Acupuncturist in that tenure. Currently Douglas works with Healing Arts Institute in HAI’s mission to put forth healers into society. He is fiercely loyal to this cause and pursues HAI’s future with fervent heart and mind. Newton also continues to perform original music; paint, write and study. He holds a B.A. in English from UCLA and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Psychology while raising an outstanding little girl who is equally curious about the world, the sky, the stars and everything in between.
Scott Pfalzgraf, CMT, HHP 916-910-7777
Scott Pfalzgraf has been active in the healing arts since 2003. He is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Holistic Health Practitioner. Scott specializes in foot therapies having healed his own feet after 30 years of playing ice hockey. As an instructor, coach, director and massage therapist, Scott has helped many people discover a new career for themselves or simply discovered their own healing process. From 2005 to 2009, Scott was the Associate Director at The World School of Massage in San Francisco. Also in 2005, Scott became a CA Vocational Education Massage Therapy instructor.
Scott’s teaching and practice includes: Foot Rehabilitation, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral Balancing, Essential Oils,
Rebirthing/Repatterning (breathwork and bodywork to relive birth process and figure out “what happened” and the story of what happened), Non-Violent Communication, Flower Essences, Shiatsu, Touch for Health (Brain Gym, trauma release, muscle testing), Ear Candling, Salt Scrubs, Herbal Wraps, Foot Baths, Coaching (life and death cycle, personal goal setting/achieving, personal growth, business), Holistic Business, Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy (1,2,3,4), Chakra and Energy Healing, Shock and Trauma Clearing, Presence and Intention (Mind chatter clearing, meditation), Pet Massage, Baby Massage, Teen Massage, Elderly Massage, Birth Trauma release with babies (and parents), Analysis and Treatment of the feet
Scott and his partner Melissa are passionate about health and nutrition. Scott, Melissa, Selenya (5) and Tristan (11) reside on an organic chicken farm in Grass Valley.
Ron Phelan 916-910-7777
Ron Phelan has been involved in the natural therapies industry since the early 90’s, trained in various remedial massage techniques and also MORA® biofeedback therapy. In 1996, Ron trained in the Bowen style of work and since 1998 has practiced NST in the Geelong region of Australia where Mr. Bowen worked for 26 years. He has been involved in researching the origins and experiencing the variations of the work through his contact with four of Mr. Bowen’s students.
Since 2001, he has been involved with teaching NST, the advanced approach of this wonderful technique in Australia, USA, Canada, Ireland and England. Further to this developing the highly successful, Practical Assessment Skill Course and more recently the “Essential TMJ” course for Bowen and other allied health practitioners including the dental community. His delivery style of presentation includes history, theory and practical application of the technique, set in an easy to follow manner.
Nancy Portillo 916-910-7777
Nancy Portillo is an, Intuitive Healer and Counselor, Consciousness Facilitator, and channel of Angelic guidance. She is trained and certified as a Full Wave Breath Instructor, Rainbow Reiki Master Teacher, Usui Reiki Master, and Master Facilitator of The Virtues Project.
Nancy’s psychic opening was gradual for many years then quite rapid beginning in 2000. This has helped her integrate unusual spiritual and psychic experience into realistic application for people from all walks of life. Her passion is bringing people to the understanding of the truth of who they are; cherished, powerful and brilliant Divine Humans, interconnected with All Life. She feels humbled and blessed to be able to experience people in the truth of their glory, and to share her path and perspective of reconciling the old way of being human with Divine Human Being.
As a mother of 5 sons and grandmother of one, and an active member in community service programs, Nancy continues to enjoy and learn from the human condition and the blessings and opportunities to love, nurture, laugh and care for one another.
Nancy has a graceful, friendly and humorous style while bringing both compassion and love into every private session. She intuits the health of the mind-body system and discovers avenues for well-being and guides you to higher states of awareness through the channeling of Angelic energy. Nancy’s work assists with transmuting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual blocks into wisdom, compassion and empowerment. She teaches self-love, and finding a perspective of Love in any situation to provide people with practical tools for creating a joyful life.
After a session, clients feel reconnected to their essence and Truth of who they are. They also experience deep relaxation, freedom from anxiety, self- empowerment and renewed joy!
Nancy is an inspiring international speaker with a private practice in Grass Valley, CA.
She has clients throughout the United States and abroad. She works in person and by phone or Skype. Nancy hosts workshops and individual training for students who would like to learn Reiki, Angelic channeling, Breath Work, or are interested in The Virtues Project.
Bob Robinson 916-910-7777
Bob Robinson first recognized the tremendous potential for well being through deep and skilled bodywork in 1972 when he received a series of Rolfing® sessions. He is a Certified Advanced Rolf Practitioner trained and currently certified by the Rolf Institute® of Boulder Colorado. He took his beginning and Advanced Rolf Training from Dr. Ida Rolf the founder of Rolfing. He has additional training in CranioSacral® technique, Muscle Energy Technique (MET), and Rolf Movement Training. He has been teaching workshops in Myofascial Bodywork™ at Healing Arts Institute for last seven years.
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Tom Sherman 916-910-7777
Tom Sherman, “CHAKRAMAN,” offers healing services in Oakland, California. He holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development, has completed post doctoral study in ecopsychology, is a licensed Massage Therapist, and is certified in both Healing Touch and Acupressure.
Tom’s current work integrates his consulting background, twenty-five year personal practice of yoga, experience in various massage and healing practices, eco-psychology, and his experience living with HIV/AIDS for over 20 years. His preparation as a healer has included training in Healing Touch, Muscular Massage, Acupressure, Taoist Breathwork, Lomi Lomi Massage, Thai Massage, and Shamanic Healing Techniques.
Tom currently maintains a private healing practice in Oakland, California. He offers individual bodywork sessions and personalized wellness consultation for clients combining massage, energy work, Acupressure, adventures in nature, self created ritual, and self care recommendations. He offers a variety of transformational workshops focused on Energy Medicine. Tom is also a faculty member of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California where he currently teaches two classes.
Estevan Sifuentes, CAMCT 916-910-7777
Estevan graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. He has a background teaching languages and literature. In 2006, he began training at the Acup
ressure Institute and the Chi Nei Tsang Institute for Asian bodywork. He has since completed two advanced programs in Acupressure with specializations in Traditional Asian Therapies and Tui-Na. He has supervised student massage clinics in Berkeley and Oakland, and has taught Acupressure and Tui-Na for both massage and acupuncture students. He maintains a private practice in Oakland, CA. His work integrates Tui-Na, Chinese abdominal massage and Acupressure. He also includes nutrition and herbology in his practice based in the Traditional Chinese Medical framework. He also practices Qi Gong and meditation. His interest and studies in ancient Asian sciences and cosmology also incorporate a working knowledge of astrology, feng shui and Daoist and Buddhist healing and meditation traditions.
Celio “Ty” Silva 916-910-7777
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Celio “Ty” Silva grew up as a competitive athlete in Martial Arts and from a young age developed a love for health and fitness. After moving to the US in 1997 Ty built his own gym in 2008 with the goal of delivering outstanding fitness services to clients from all walks of life.
In 2011 Ty graduated from the Healing Arts Institute and since then he has been helping revolutionize the fitness industry by incorporating therapeutic principles into the gym environment. His integrative fitness philosophy helps bridge the gap between training and therapy and represents the next step in the evolution of human health and performance.
Ty is a certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist under James Waslaski and is part of his worldwide team of TAs. He has been trained in Active Isolated Stretching: The Mattes Method by Aaron Mattes himself. He is also a contributor to magazines and podcasts discussing fitness and health.
He specializes in Strength & Conditioning, Body Composition, Sports Performance, Injury Prevention & Rehab, Corrective Exercises, Sports Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release, Structural Bodywork, and Active Isolated Stretching.
Ty prides himself in being a cutting-edge and innovative health practitioner who is relentless in his pursuit of the most efficient and effective ways to help people improve their health.
Stuart Taws 916-910-7777
Stuart Taws is a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist from England. The Soft Tissue Release techniques he teaches have been proven in World-Class athletic competition and in the Pain Clinic environment. They have, over the years, been simplified and distilled so that they are easy to comprehend and apply. And Stuart’s public speaking experience lends a lively, fast paced quality to the workshops. They have repeatedly been described as “the best learning experience ever!”
If you subscribe to Massage and Bodywork, you will have had the opportunity, in the Spring 1998 issue, to have read Mr. Taw’s compelling article in which he shared the effective treatment of Piriformis syndrome. He has also done extensive writing on the subject of massage and the treatment of fibromyalgia. If you peruse previous issues of Massage and Bodywork you will easily find what others are saying about Mr. Taws and his workshops. In the Winter 1997 issue, the article “What Doctors Don’t Want You to Know About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendinitis”, details the success that the author, Michael Young, has had in treating such conditions, often with only one or two sessions. He goes on to reveal that he learned how to do so in June of 1996 in one of Mr. Taws’ workshops. In the article “In The Treatment of Chronic Fatigue”, Houston LeBrun gives special notation to Stuart Taws and his previous articles on CFS and MFS. On pages 121 and 122 you will find Mr. Taws listed in a profile of eight people chosen by the editors of Massage and Bodywork as having made a difference in the somatic profession during the last decade! The fact that Mr. Taws is ranked equally among such honorable names as Dr. Tiffany Field (Touch Research Institute), Ben Benjamin, Ph.D., and others will give an idea of the caliber of this instructor…and this workshop!
Stuart Taws is a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist from Great Britain, and the only instructor of Soft Tissue Release® in the United States. He has worked with the prestigious Santa Monica Track Club and has used STR® with great success on the world’s fastest athletes. He is also a Category “A” provider for the National Certification Board.
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Robin Varga 916-910-7777
Robin Varga, a NHI graduate and nationally certified massage therapist, earned her reflexology certification from the American Academy of Reflexology in 1993. She has been personally trained by Bill Flocco in the “Flocco Method of Foot, Hand & Ear Reflexology”, and has been teaching classes in northern California for many years. Robin’s enthusiasm combined with a full time practice in the Bay area gives her a rich range of experience to help your learning be enjoyable, practical and deeply rewarding.
James Waslaski 916-910-7777
James Waslaski, past chair of the AMTA National Sports Massage Educations Council, is an author and international lecturer who has pioneered deep pain free orthopedic massage, pain management and sports injury treatments. James is a licensed massage therapist and currently teaches seminars throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Scotland, London, Costa Rica, Greece, and the Caribbean.
All seminars utilize his unique multidisciplinary approach, blended from disciplines around the world, resulting in structural integration, pain free movement and enhanced performance. His credentials include working in emergency rooms and trauma centers for almost 20 years treating both medical and orthopedic conditions. He has worked extensively with professional and Olympic athletes including the New York Yankees and at the 1996 Olympic Games.
James has presented at Chiropractic Conventions in Florida and North Carolina and to the American College of Sports Medicine. He has also presented at many state, national and international massage conventions including a keynote speech in Sydney, Australia at the Olympic Training Center in Australia. Many of his articles have been published in health care magazines in the U.S. and internationally. In
1999 James received the FSMTA International Achievement Award for educating medical practitioners worldwide toward integrated pain free healing.
As a dedicated life long learner James has effectively integrated techniques from the world’s leading: •structural body workers •physical therapists •orthopedic physicians •osteopathic physicians •chiropractors •nurses •athletic trainers •exercise physiologists •personal trainers and •nutritionists to eliminate even the most complicated pain conditions and to assure peak performance.