Training: 500 hours
School: Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in Charlotte, NC
Licensed since: 2003
Continuing Education: Certified in Neuromuscular Therapy through NMT Center with Judith DeLany
Katie Pudhorodsky graduated from the Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Therapy in 2002, where she continued as an instructor for five years while maintaining her own practice. In addition to Swedish, deep tissue, hot stones, and sports massage, Katie practices Neuromuscular Therapy, a form of Structural Bodywork which calms acute and chronic pain patterns by addressing muscular imbalances and postural distortions. Katie also has a BS from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and practiced Therapeutic Recreation for two years with adults with developmental disabilities. While at UNCG Katie studied Watsu, a form of aquatic bodywork. She enjoys bringing aspects of this unique form of therapy to her table sessions.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
I just celebrated my 13 year anniversary.
How many hours of training do you have?
My schooling in NC required 500 hours.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
While receiving my undergrad in Therapeutic Recreation I trained in Watsu, a type of massage performed in the water. It opened my eyes and heart to bodywork.
Where did you go to school for massage?
I attended Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in Charlotte, NC. After graduating I loved it so much I joined on the staff as an assistant teacher.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
My work has developed into a sliding scale – firm but relaxing work rooted in Swedish on one end to clinical and specific pain management on the other. In the middle falls the opportunity to both relax and address small muscular issues. Depending on what the client and their body’s needs are is where I fall into that range. I love customizing my sessions for each client.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I’ve realized that I have an intense curiosity in functional anatomy. I also feel that massage therapists should be the experts in muscles and soft tissues. So the next level of my bodywork will be training with cadaver dissection.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
I worked through the first 8 months of two pregnancies. The movement of working kept my low back loose and core stability high. Before, during and after my pregnancies I received a fair bit of massage from my Myo colleagues including chi nei tsang, prenatal massage, craniosacral therapy and lymph drainage to keep my body healthy.
What do you do to stay healthy?
I grow vegetables at a community garden and in my home landscape. After I burn all those calories then I get to eat the rewards! Every day involves playing with my two children. Our physical play involves wild dancing, running around the yard with capes on, chasing our chickens, and climbing jungle gyms.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
I appreciate that Myo encourages me to customize each session as I see fit and doesn’t hold me to a certain protocol.
How do you approach pain management massage? I focus on treating short locked soft tissue that is pulling the client’s body out of structural balance. My work targets the source of the pain, instead of chasing the pain.
What techniques do you frequently use in pain management massage?
My education is based on Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) where I use and integrate myofascial release, trigger point work and stretching.