Shama Blaney


Training: 900+ hours

School: Body Therapy Center, Palo Alto CA & Chicago College of Healing Arts

Licensed since: 1998

Continuing Education: Structural Bodywork, Physical Therapy

Areas of expertise: Swedish, The Myo, Deep TissuePain Management, Hot Stone Massage

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Shama Blaney has over 10 years of experience as a massage therapist. Her specialties are deep tissue and relaxation massage. Shama is a 2nd degree reiki practitioner and structural therapist. She started her massage training in the Bay Area of California, with teaching developed at the Esalen Institute. She gained advanced training at the Chicago College of Healing Arts and continues to learn new modalities like Hot Stone Massage and Muscle Energy Technique since moving to Texas. Her passion is holistic health and she enjoys working with people one-on-one. Her style can be light or deep, but is always focused and therapeutic while allowing you to have a nurturing experience. She loves to be creative with her work and welcomes the opportunity to integrate the healing energy of reiki or knowledge from other somatic practices to make a customized bodywork session for each client.

How long have you been a licensed massage therapist?
15 years.

How many hours of training do you have?
I have 900 hours of training.

Why did you choose massage therapy as your career?
I have a passion for holistic health. Massage was my first step into the world of holistic health. It was a natural progression from the training/body conditioning I received as an athlete in high school and college.

Where did you go to school for massage?
Body Therapy Center, Palo Alto CA, Chicago College of Healing Arts, and Chicago College, Chicago IL.

How do you describe your massage/work to others?
I combine structural and energetic work to create a relaxing, yet effective bodywork experience.

What are some examples of Continuing Education you are interested in and why?
I want to add Cranio Sacral and Asian modalities to my repertoire. I want to be more knowledgeable of neurological and energy meridians through the body.

How has receiving massage affected you personally?
Massage is my time to get in touch with my ‘body mind’. It also allows me to understand how my clients might be feeling when they experience my work!

What do you do to stay healthy?
Eat organic food, play capoeira, do Pilates and yoga, contemplate and attend group counseling and other self-improvement activities.

How do you approach pain management massage?
My pain management style is based off my structural therapy training. This modality of Structural Integration was developed from the work of Ida Rolf. However it incorporates more recent research and understanding of the nervous system and psychosomatic techniques. People find structural therapy to be more gentle and subtle than Rolfing,and more long lasting.

What techniques do you frequently use in pain management massage?
I do myofascial release through direct pressure, pin and stretch and breath work. I also pay attention to how the nervous reactions in the body and respond accordingly with switches in pressure or tandem strokes to help the body receive the work more deeply. I also like to assign homework stretches to help the work progress faster between sessions.

What do you like about working at Myo Massage?
I like working at Myo because of the variety of people and styles. If I can’t offer a client exactly what they need then I can refer them to somebody at Myo who can.