Training: 590 hours
School: A New Beginning School of Massage
Licensed since: 2012
Continuing Education: Deep Tissue, Reiki, Myofascial Release
Areas of expertise: Swedish, The Myo
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Amber began her massage training at A New Beginning School of Massage after relocating to Austin in 2011. She’s continued her education with classes in Deep Tissue techniques, Thai massage, and Myofascial Release. She utilizes a variety of techniques in her sessions, including Trigger Point therapy, Myofascial Release, Swedish techniques, positional release, Thai, cross fiber friction and lymphatic massage. She is intuitive and focused in her work.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
I’ve been a licensed massage therapist for nearly four years.
How many hours of training do you have?
I have 590 hours of training.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
I decided to attend a massage therapy school after speaking to a close friend who had developed a successful practice in Philadelphia. I had always been interested in health and improving the quality of one’s life, so it wasn’t a uncharacteristic choice. I had been traveling for several years, working on organic farms and in hostels, and wanted a more stable way to support myself. Massage seemed like a safe choice.
Where did you go to school for massage?
A New Beginning School of Massage in South Austin.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I stay present and focused in a massage, holding the space for the client to relax and let their tension ease. My work is usually a mix of relaxing and therapeutic. I’m able to adjust pressure as the client requests although I tend to work at a moderate to firm pressure. My deeper, therapeutic work can be precise with Trigger Point therapy techniques or slower and deeper with Myofasical Release. I recognize each client as an individual and adjust every massage as such. I love to incorporate hot towels into the treatment to promote relaxation or aid in relaxing muscles.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I’m interested in taking Professional Care training for Arvigo Abdominal massage. I took the prereq Self-care Training a few months ago and have seen great improvements in my internal health! I want the necessary training to provide such care to clients. I’m also very interested in continuing my Thai massage training, possibly taking a trip to Thailand to do so. Thai massage has a beautiful restorative effect and I’d love to have more knowledge of the modality. I’m a learner and constantly have a few books on different schools of thought and techniques on my nightstand.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
Giving massage is tough on our bodies! I try to receive a massage at least once a month, more if I’m having acute issues. Massage has helped me with inflammation in my arms, chronic tension in my upper back and neck, reduced frequency of migraines and tension headaches, improved ability to workout and recover from workouts, and helps me to relax!
What do you do to stay healthy?
I take long walks several times a week, meditate in the morning while tending to my garden, eat nutrient dense foods, receive massage at least once a month, receive acupuncture twice a month, practice yoga a few times a week and stretch in the morning.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
The owners and support staff are fantastic! The other therapists are all highly skilled and varied in styles. It feels more like a family than any place I’ve worked.