In 1999 I graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a major in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology. My schooling helped me travel far and wide. For my Senior ten week internship I worked in the rehabilitation department at Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, VA. I also took an extra semester to study abroad at Deakin University in Gelong, Australia.
While at UNCG I was studied Watsu (aquatic bodywork) and became a practitioner in 1998. That is how I first knew I'd be a great bodyworker.
After graduation I practiced Therapeutic Recreation with adults with developmental disabilities for two years. The individuals lived in group home settings throughout Gaston County and I used at home and community recreation to assist them reach their personal goals. I remember going with the individuals to the beach, camping in the mountains, seeing plays, and attending art classes.
It was in 2002 that I graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy. For the next five years while in NC I was part of the school's staff and was an active member in their Advisory Board. Also during those five years in NC I ran my own business.
In 2008 I moved to Austin, Texas with my husband. Here I contract out of Myo Massage as a therapist, run my personal business and offer chair massage to corporate clients. For two and a half years I worked with the woman's athletic program at The University of Texas. Working at UT gave me a great opportunity to treat athletes at a competitive level.
In addition to the Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Watsu I have also taken continuing education classes in hot stone massage, NMT for TMJ Disorder (a disorder of the jaw), advanced techniques in the anterior neck, advanced techniques in headache relief, Anatomy Trains with its creator Tom Myers, a cadaver lab, basic muscle energy technique and myo-fascial release. I named my business Katie Massage because I combine elements from all aspects of my training creatively to help my clients meet their bodywork goals.
In 2016 I completed Judith Delany's training through NMT Center and got an official certification in NMT after extensive training and testing. Finding a great mentor in Judi I began training as a table assistant for her containing education program. Back again to teaching table side after many years!
On a volunteer level, I spent two years as a mentor at an elementary school in NC. Then in Austin I mentored a high school girl for three years through the Big Brother Big Sister program. My current volunteer involvement is being part of a team that established a community garden in east Austin.
My husband and I have enjoyed living in Austin for the past six years. We enjoy camping music festivals, tending to our backyard chickens, and have traveled to Hong Kong, Thailand, and Eastern Europe together. We have two young Texas born children. The oldest is working hard at learning her bones with our lessons.