School: New Beginning School of massage
Licensed since: 2014
Continuing Education: Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy- lower body certified, Cadaver course(anatomy based), some Thai influence but not from certified CEUs or courses
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Katrina moved from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area to Austin in 2010 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, with the intent to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. However, after providing hands-on therapy in a chiropractic setting, she realized she was more drawn to the direct connection of therapeutic touch. She completed the 500 hour program at New Beginning School of Massage and was licensed in July 2014. She thrives on the challenges of problem solving, as well as the complexity and self-healing potential of the human body. She views her work as a Licensed Massage Therapist as an opportunity to serve others in reaching their health and healing goals, to connect with and facilitate others. Her work is intuitive, firm to deep, and pulls from various types of massage (Swedish, Thai, myofascial release, Myoskeletal Alignment, etc) to create a blended therapeutic style that is adaptable.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
Since August 2014.
How many hours of training do you have?
500 program hours, over 40 CEU hours plus unofficial hands on work through an “apprenticeship” style setting.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
My undergrad degree is in Exercise Science, and after working with a few chiroprators doing various responsibilities I realized I most enjoyed the hands-on work. That lead me to Massage Therapy.
Where did you go to school for massage?
New Beginning School of Massage in Austin, TX.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I’d say my style is more intuitive and therapeutic. I’m a problem-solver and caretaker at heart, and I feel that’s reflected in my massage work.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I’m very interested in continuing to explore therapeutic work, through Thai, myofascial release, Structural integration, Assisted Isolated Stretching. I’d also like to start working more with amputees and Veterans and the unique issues they are dealing with.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
It’s a very touching experience (ba-dum chhhhh 😉 ) and it’s also great to feel different styles of work and what energy other people bring into it. It’s always a learning and growing experience. I’m also very humbled by it, and always amazed at how greatly it can affect me.
What do you do to stay healthy?
This has been a long road for me, and I always feel I’m developing my health. I try to stay active every day by walking my dog outdoors, running Town Lake, taking group classes, and following a training program with dynamic exercises that challenge me. I also make my own meals and snacks as simply and frequently as possible, meditate or write most days, keep a personal and social balance as best I can, and remind myself that I am a creature of balance!
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
Myo fosters such a great, open, and positive atmosphere. I love the people I work alongside, and really appreciate the “customer-focused” mentality. It’s not a “one size fits all” facility, there’s a lot of variety and growth here.