Resources and Links We Like
Hands on Healing provides a wide variety of learning experiences for our students. Our instructors, alumni and students also provide a deep well of their own information and experience. Here are resources and links that we hope will help you explore and learn more about your massage therapy journey.
Hands On Healing Instructor Websites
Eloise Albrecht, CMT #11435
Eloise has been rubbing people the right way since 1975. She went to school for massage in Gainesville, Florida in 1994, and has been working steadily as a massage therapist ever since. She has trained in many different modalities – NMT, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Trager, Deep Tissue, Reiki, etc. – but most enjoys her own style: ‘sneaky deep tissue’. Eloise is both a New York and California Acupuncturist. Learn more about Eloise at Authentic Body
Laura Apoliona, CMT #29907
Laura received her original massage therapist education at the Hands on Healing Institute and her Lomi Lomi training in Kona, Hawaii. Laura has found her specialty in the structural therapy of Myofascial Release and has been trained by Frances Nicolais through the Focus on Fascia classes at Hands on Healing. Laura’s website is Aloha Body
Dan Cohen, CA CMT #340
Dan is the Owner/Therapist of Holistic Health Care, a Multi-modality Clinic. Dan developed the “Touch of Jade Lymphatic Massage tm ” using traditional Chinese rollers combined with Western lymphatic drainage techniques. He enjoys the healing arts, finding great reward in helping others to improve their quality of life through bodywork
Denise Giusti, CMT #42848
Denise is in her element with Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) and is now delighted to be sharing this subtle work with interested students. Her background in the healing arts is extensive, spanning nearly 40 years – yikes! Details of her training are best viewed on her website www.listeninghands.info.
Tom Hambright, CMT #26374
Tom’s initial CMT training was accomplished at Hands on Healing Institute in Los Angeles CA followed by hundreds of hours of elective classes including John F. Barnes myofascial release seminars and Integrated Neuromuscular Re-Education. Tom works part time at the PT office. He teaches Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy part time at Hands on Healing Institute but mostly Tom loves giving individualized therapy to his clients in their home or at my home office. Learn more about Tom at Myofascial Release Therapy
Frances Nicolais, CMT #14157
Frances Nicolais is the owner of Kneaded Experience Los Angeles, the only chair massage business in LA based on Myofascial Release. Find out about this professional organization originally formed in 1995 offering quality massage that caters to individual personal needs. One of Los Angeles’ longest operating On-Site chair massage organizations. Frances also is the owner of the Myofascial Release Center, a private, quiet, outpatient therapy clinic located in the Los Angeles area (Montrose/Glendale, in between Pasadena and Burbank), specializing in the John F. Barnes style of Myofascial Release. This is a manual therapy, slightly different than massage, that uses no lotions or creams, but connects deeply with your connective tissue (fascia) using sustained traction and/or compression for an opportunity to heal long-term.
Rosa Rosales CMT, CATMAT #24693
Rosa earned a BS degree in Kinesiology/ Exercise Science in 1998 and began her career as a Personal Trainer who specialized in using exercise to help clients relieve chronic pain. She decided to add massage therapy to help clients get faster results and graduated from Hands on Healing Institute in 2006 where she continued her studies in Deep Tissue Massage. The combination of personal training and deep tissue massage kept Rosa very busy. In 2008, she traveled to Belize to study Maya Abdominal Massage with Dr. Arvigo. This massage benefits digestion, menstruation, fertility, pregnancy, labor, postpartum and menopause. It has become her passion to empower women with this knowledge in order to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering. Learn more about Rosa at www.fertilehands.com
Stefanie Sabounchian, AAR & ARCB Certified Reflexologist, CMP #5054
Stefanie studied and practiced Reflexology for many years in her home country of Germany before she came to the United States in 2000. She earned her Professional Reflexology Certificate in Integrated Foot Hand Ear Reflexology from the American Academy of Reflexology in 2002 and is National Certified with the American Reflexology Certification Board. For more information on Stefanie go to Reflex 2 Relax
Andrea Schally, Certified Aromatherapist, CMT #4325
Andrea created Scentsible Life in 1992 reviving time-proven recipes for skin care and emotional well-being. My goal in bringing those products to the public was to reintroduce nature’s gifts in their purest form, provide therapeutic effectiveness and draw attention to the exceptional vibration of nature. http://www.myofascialmassagetherapy.com/
Mary Frances Spencer, CMT #9770
Mary Frances began practicing Yoga in the early 1990’s, In December 2004 she graduated from Hands on Healing Institute as a Certified Massage Therapist. She holds certifications in Thai Yoga massage, Kinesiology, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and Chair Massage. Mary Frances also teaches Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, and Bodywork to help people lead a healthier, more peaceful life! For more information go to Henna Touch
Betsy Trapasso, TBI, TBP, MSW, CMT #10535
While traveling through Thailand, Betsy experienced Thai massage for the first time and it was then that she decided to study this amazing spiritual and energetic massage. Betsy was working as a hospice social worker in Los Angeles at the time and she knew that her clients, their families, and their caregivers would love to receive Thai massage. Since 2003 Betsy has studied with master Thai massage teacher in Thailand, US, and Canada. From 2004-2009 Betsy served as the Assistant Instructor to Chuck Duff at the internationally respected Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston, IL. She was an essential part of the development of the Thai Bodywork school into a world-class center. For more information go to Goddess Hands – Thai Bodywork
Cami Walsh Zappaterra, RPP, BCST, Reiki Master, CMT # 17541
Cami’s experience in the healing arts has led her to a deeper awareness of the eternal. Her special interest lays in helping people cultivate a relationship to the eternal in health, sickness, birth, end of life and beyond, and watching the incredible unfolding that occurs in their lives as a result. Cami’s website is Resonating Touch
Mauro W. Zappaterra, MD, PhD, RPP, BCST, Reiki Master
Mauro graduated from Harvard Medical School and specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a particular focus on regenerative medicine, neuro-rehabilitation, neuroplasticity, and pain. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and in the adult. He has published numerous scientific articles on the CSF and his work was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron journal. For more information go to Www.drzap.org
Hands on Healing Institute Alumni websites
American Academy of Reflexology
American Academy of Reflexology was founded by Bill Flocco and offers a 150-hour certification course in “The Flocco Method” integrating hand, ear, and foot reflexology. We are proud that one of their main instructors, Lisa Chan, teaches a 28-hour reflexology course here at Hands On Healing.
Massage Licensing & Legislation
California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)
The California Massage Therapy website has all the information you need about California State Certification. You can also add yourself to email list for updates.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork is the web site to go to for information on requirements needed to take the National Test. We recommend our students use the “Portfolio Review Process”
Federation of State Massage Boards
The Federation of State Massage Boards offers the MBLEx test that is required by CAMTC for California State Certification. You can find what other states accepts this test for licensing here,
The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is pleased to announce that the official study guide for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) is now available for purchase. The study guide also contains a practice exam. The Study Guide is the only official MBLEx preparation resource, published by the organization that owns and governs the MBLEx.
The Study Guide provides information related to MBLEx study tips, covers the eight content areas of the examination, and includes a 100-item MBLEx practice exam that allows candidates to assess their comprehension of sample MBLEx content.
The MBLEx Study Guide is available for purchase for $29.95, plus shipping and handling. Access the order form on the FSMTB’s website, www.fsmtb.org, fill out and submit by mail or email. For questions and bulk orders for schools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913.681.0380.
Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education
The Bureau of Private Secondary Education website is for the State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP)
The Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals is a professional organization for body-workers and skin care professionals that provide insurance coverage, business support, and educational resources. This is another resource for massage therapists to stay current with California’s future legislation and have a voice politically.
MassageMag.com is a source to go to for information on massage therapy, the bodywork industry and licensing required by each State.
Touch Research Institute
The Touch Research Institute is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy. The TRI has researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. In these studies the TRI has shown that touch therapy has many positive effects
Pro Fitness Network
Born in Uppsala, Sweden, Pro Fitness Network owner Carina Weston has been active in sports her entire life. Located in Pasadena, California, Pro Fitness offers Personal Training, Semi-Personal Training, Pilates, Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Acupuncture and Nutrition Counseling.
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