Training: 600+ hours
School: Lauterstein-Conway Massage School
Licensed since: 2003
Continuing Education: Myofascial Release, Assisted Isolated Stretching
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Heidi Timer has worked as a Massage Therapist since 2003. She has several years experience working in clinical settings with Chiropractors as well as Medical Doctors. She also spent some time in the Spa environment and a Fitness Center. This varied experience gives her the ability to treat chronic pain and injuries as well as support exercise/athletic programs or help manage stress. In 2013, Heidi began studying Assisted Isolated Stretching (AIS) as developed by Aaron Mattes. This form of bodywork isolates specific muscles and groups of muscles for more efficient stretching that also facilitates fascial release. She enjoys doing both AIS sessions and more traditional massage sessions and finds that receiving both regularly can decrease risk of injury, speed recovery from an injury or just keep you moving with more ease and energy.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
How many hours of training do you have?
I have over 600 hours of training.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
I originally went to massage school to learn anatomy. I wanted to deepen my anatomy knowledge to improve my yoga teaching skills and I thought massage would be a great adjunct to teaching yoga. I fell so in love with massage and the instant gratification of being able to help someone in 60 minutes! I let go of teaching yoga in a class setting and focused on massage.
Where did you go to school for massage?
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School here in Austin Texas.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I have a lot of clinical experience and knowledge and I like to integrate that into a soothing and relaxing session within the client’s pressure tolerance. When working on injury recovery or chronic pain issues there can be times where massage can be intense, but I like to work where the intensity still allows the client to breathe easily. I like to think that massage techniques are not just manipulating soft tissue but also allowing the nervous system to unwind and reset so long as the work does not feel too intense. I tend to work with a myofascial focus but also include some positional release and trigger point work. I also like to integrate swedish techniques which stimulate healing and recovery of the muscle tissues. I often incorporate the use of hot towels that facilitate deep relaxation while helping to make it easier on me and the client to get to the deeper layers of tension.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
Currently I am looking forward to a 2 day workshop on Assisted Isolated Stretching with Ben Benjamin. This will be a great way to expand my knowledge on effectively stretching my clients. I think combining isolated stretching with PRT and MFR will lengthen the results I get with my clients who are dealing with chronic pain.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
Receiving massage has helped me manage my stress and keep an active lifestyle even before I became a massage therapist. Today as someone who uses my body to create my income, massage is a priceless tool to keep my body moving and to keep me in top condition to help others
What do you do to stay healthy?
Massage, acupuncture and yoga are the three main ways I take care of myself. I also like to do some cardio and strength training. Additionally I work to keep refined sugar and flour out of my diet while focusing on eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and moderate amounts of lean meats and fish.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
I like my coworkers the most and in a close second are all the amazing clients who come in. It is wonderful to go to work with so many skilled and compassionate therapists! I think our reception crew is welcoming and professional too. I am proud to work with the owners, Levi and Catherine, to make a small local business successful for everyone involved.