I am happy to report that I finished up my Advanced Certification in Orthopedic Massage just over a week ago. This means many things, the primary one being that I have completed 150 hours of training in advanced assessment and treatment protocol for “Orthopedic Conditions”. Simply stated, orthopedics is the medical speciality that deals with how the entire musculoskeletal system (muscles, nerves, fascia, tendons, ligaments, joints, and cartilage) creates or limits movement in the body. That encompasses a lot of conditions, ranging from mild pain to acute conditions, repetitive use injuries to chronic pain conditions.
While my knowledge base has vastly increased, I still feel like less than an expert in many things, but I am very excited to have the learning under my belt and continue to incorporate it into my massage practice as needed and appropriate. There are many options of just how to incorporate in my training, and for now I have decided to continue to do more or less the same things I have been doing–focussing on a combination of relaxation, deep tissue, and treatment massage for most of my clients. I believe strongly that the connectedness of the body and mind and spirit is most affirmed and encouraged by this approach, and I will continue to develop my skills and evolve in this direction as a Massage Therapist. For now I will continue to work both at Massage Envy and in building my own private practice, and not switch over to billing insurance in the latter…yet. I will reevaluate in the Fall what is next for me and what feels right at that time. In the interim time, you can find me doing Chair Massage at the Wednesday Market in Fairhaven, every other Wednesday, which is a true pleasure to be able to massage outside!
I feel very willing and able to tackle some direct problem areas of the body, especially necks, shoulders, backs and feet. I will continue to work with my instructor in Seattle to master Hip and Pelvic alignment issues, and if you are interested in taking a road trip to Seattle to receive a treatment and participate in a learning session, let me know! I am definitely looking for clients that I work with up here who are interested in taking their massage treatments to the next level…contact me for more information if you would like to pursue this as an option.
And finally, what the completion of this course means is that, for now, I will no longer be making the nearly monthly trek over to Port Townsend for classes, which I have been doing for over two years now. I will miss you Port Townsend, and to all the great folks at Port Townsend School of Massage, THANK YOU so much for your great instruction and learning, and I will no doubt be back for more continuing education in the future!