Training: 1000 hours
School: Lauterstein-Conway Massage School
Licensed since: 2008
Continuing Education: Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT)
Rachael Wilder has been a Massage Therapist in Austin since 2008. After completing the 500-hour program as well as a 240-hour advanced clinical training at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, she effectively combines deeply relaxing with focused therapeutic work. Her modalities currently include Swedish, sports, deep tissue, structural bodywork and chair massage. In communication with the client, a session can range from a full body relaxation to one focused on an area and its related structures–and everything in-between. Words often used to describe her work are “present”, “intuitive”, and “perfect pressure”.
How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
How many hours of training do you have?
I have around 1000 hours of training.
Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
Throughout my childhood, my mom always gave us kids foot massages, and her best friend was an LMT, so I had exposure to it. Then as a young adult doing farm work and rural living, I hurt my spine, which lead me to explore bodywork in its many forms. I was hooked, and wanted to apply myself to facilitating other people’s pain relief and healing.
Where did you go to school for massage?
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School.
How do you describe your massage/work to others?
Slow, at an intuitive depth; relaxing and patient; focused on moving through the many layers and patterns of an area of pain and/or stagnation. I think my quality of touch is both nurturing and present, regardless of the depth. I really dig working on chronic pain issues, in particular ones involving the abdomen, which requires varying pressure and techniques throughout the session. I also believe in the power of relaxation, so I try to meet the nervous system at a place where it can really let go.
What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I want to deepen my practice with the lymphatic system, as it applies to abdominal work and any chronically tight areas/muscles. I also want more training with pregnancy massage, since the abdominal work helps with fertility issues, and I want to continue to support women throughout their pregnancy.
How has receiving massage affected you personally?
It has moved me out of chronic, debilitating pain related to both an injury and stress to an increased awareness of my body, mind and spiritual health. It has given me a tool to support my own self-care, and to take responsibility for my healthcare.
What do you do to stay healthy?
Eat lots of living foods. Explore fun forms of exercise. Do yoga and meditation. Travel. Try to keep a sense of adventure about life, and trust in the universal plan for us all. Work on non-attachment and get lots of bodywork!
What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
What’s not to like? I really feel so grateful to work with such a great group of folks. Catherine and Levi are really focused on creating a great place for both clients and therapists. I have learned a ton from them and all of the other amazingly talented people who work here…I am a better therapist for it! Yay!