School: Denver School of Massage Therapy
Licensed since: 2012
Katy Valias began her training in 2010 at the Denver School of Massage Therapy. As a dancer and athlete who loved ballet, snow boarding, inner tubing, urban climbing and adventurism, she first encountered bodywork when a ballet injury in 2006 led her to seek out a sports trained Massage Therapist and Rolfer. The experience transformed her life as well as her concept of massage and bodywork, and she soon decided to enroll in the same school as her therapist to take the first step toward helping others. Katy’s work comes from the understanding that she is a facilitator, and the client’s body is the true healer. Her style incorporates Myofascial release, Trigger point therapy, Movement and Structural integration and a Firm Swedish blend.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
Licensed in Texas since 2012.
How many hours of training do you have?
815 Hours hands on Massage Therapy training, 21 Hours of Cadaver Lab, 210 Hours Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
While experiencing the effects of massage after dislocating my hip I realized the power of bodywork and wanted to dedicate my life to learning about and helping the body achieve its potential.
Where did you go to school for massage?
Denver School of Massage Therapy.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
Restorative, educational and focused.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I am very interested in Equine and Companion Animal Massage. My dogs were in heaven when my husband and I were in Massage Therapy School and we noticed many improvements in their health and mood from massage. We frequently overlook ways to keep our animals happy and provide preventive care, so why not provide massage and acupressure and really show your companions a wholesome and loving approach to their health and wellness.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
The self awareness I have gained has really benefited my lifestyle and over all quality of life. Massage was my gateway drug into healthy living, it became my joy to learn all the new ways to better take care of my body and mind.
What do you do to stay healthy?
Yoga, Meditation, Running, Dancing, Pilates, Ballet Barre, regular chiropractics and massage, juicing and eating a clean, balanced and (mostly) organic diet.
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
The diversity of techniques and scopes of practice of all the practitioners who work at Myo still baffle me. I feel humbled to have the opportunity to work with such talented people and to be accepted into the Myo family so quickly.