Modalities: Swedish Relaxation, Deep Relaxation, Myofascial, Neuromuscular, Lymphatic, Prenatal, Ashiatsu, TMJ Therapy, Cranial Kinesiology, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Burn Survivor Care, and Cannabis Massage
Intuition might be the first step to being a great Massage Therapist but that can only get you so far without the right education.
I always knew I would be in the medical field I just didn't know where so I started with the basics of Medical Terminology and Advanced Anatomy and Physiology in High School. Which were the only classes I aced so I knew I was on the right path.
After taking care of my Meemaw for a year I needed to get back in to school or I was going to go crazy. So my mom and I did some searching and found a Massage School. When I signed up it was with the expectation this is what I would do while I figured out what I really wanted to do. Little did I know I would fall in love with Massage day 1 of school.
My teacher was wonderful! Once she said "We are all victims of our own education." and it stuck with me. I already loved learning but this helped me enjoy sharing the information I absorb because the more people know about their body the better but I'm getting ahead of myself.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude from ATI in Fort Worth, TX in 2008. Passed the Mblex and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Instantly started on my continuing education as soon as I graduated and never stopped.
Prenatal, Lymphatic, TMJ Therapy, and Aromatherapy were the first of my many modalities because they were the first available. I wanted to be able to help anyone I met. Thankfully that passion never left and I still enjoy learning new techniques even with over 10 modalities in my tool belt.
Sadly I am not a Colorado native. I was born and raised in a town just south of Fort Worth, where most of my family still lives. But as a young adult I moved to Austin and enjoyed living there and growing as a LMT.
But then a quarter life crisis happened and my boyfriend and I were sure that if we were ever to get out of Texas that was the time. We decided to go without knowing anyone or anything about Parker Colorado other than it had a 24 hr fitness my boyfriend could transfer to.
Best decision of my life. Colorado is home. I love the weather and the people which is important for my hobbies and business.
My favorite place to be is at the paintball field shooting paint with my other half, Cooper. It's strategic and great exercise, which I need because although my boyfriend is a Personal Trainer, I hate working out.
If massage could be a hobby it would be. I love finding new studies/videos//blogs about Massage and Bodywork. But it doesn't stop there I even color anatomical images often. The body is just so cool and we still know so little.
Throughout the years I have always had at least a few days set aside for my own business, many names came and went as my practice evolved. One thing always stayed the same though, my desire to provide the most beneficial massage while keeping my client as relaxed as possible. I love sending my happy clients away massage drunk. And the key to that is to use the right techniques and products.
I've always enjoyed how well anatomy and aromatherapy have gone together. Even if all we know about it is that Terpenes are the reason aromatherapy works but I digress.
When starting my business in Colorado I knew I wanted to marry the benefits of herbs and oils with the amazingness that is Massage Therapy. And Thus Botanic Bodywork was created.
Little did I know how Botanic my business would be just a few years later. Now not only do I still use simple organic oils I've started infusing them with CBD isolate from hemp and full cannabis extracts that include THC depending on what is legally allowed.
Everything you will find at Botanic Bodywork has been hand picked because of it's ability to help your body reach and maintain homeostasis, balance.
And now I'm happy to welcome Bradford Champlin as my first Massage Therapist Apprentice to help provide relief to even more people in the DTC area.
Modalities: Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue Relaxation, Myofascial Release, Sports, and Reiki
After attending and graduating with my bachelors degree in General Studies from Mizzou (University of Missouri - Columbia) in 2010, I found myself not being fulfilled with my 9 to 5 job adjusting claims. I ended up looking into obtaining my masters, EMT school, and nursing school. While these are all great paths to follow, I wanted something to add more meaning and value to my life. Knowing that I wanted something in the medical field, I finally landed on massage school.
After shopping around, I decided to attend The Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. While most schools were centered around more traditional methods of massage, The Healing Arts Center catered by offering an experience centered around accredited instructors, self-care, and meditation.
After an extremely rewarding, enlightening, and informative year of technique, anatomy, physiology, and clinical hours, I took and pass the MBLEx December 15th and graduated in the Order of Twin Hearts (honors) December 16th 2016.
As a graduation present to myself, my partner, Abby, and I took a month long trip to Thailand so that I could gain as much knowledge and understanding of thai yoga massage as possible.
Coming back to our home in St. Louis with a fresh look on my new career, we decided to act on our dreams and move to Colorado, my native state, in June 2017. Since being back, I’ve made a lot of great relationships with like-minded individuals within my field and can say with confidence that I’m making my dreams come true for myself and our family.
With the help of Amanda and her company Botanic Bodywork, I can further my expertise, keep learning, and growing as a passionate therapist in colorful Colorado.
As a new therapist, I have a laundry list of continuing education classes I am planning to attend. Most are located within Colorado, but I do plan to travel to Thailand again. The next trip will be to study Thai massage from an accredited school in Chang Mai and bring it back to the States.
Born in Colorado Springs, my mom and I moved frequently due to her being in the army. We spent 4 years in Colorado, then moved to Japan for 2 years, came back to Denver and lived with my grandma until I was 7, then moved to St. Louis so my mom could attend nursing school.
Fast forward 25 years, we decided that St. Louis wasn’t bringing much meaning and value into our life. We packed up, got our finances in order and moved to downtown Denver right before my 33rd birthday.
By moving to a larger city, we found ourselves pleasantly refreshed by the Colorado atmosphere, both in its inhabitants and altitude. When we aren’t hiking and planning camping trips, I usually hit the gym and sprinkle in researching new techniques, modalities, and watching technique videos on YouTube or immerse myself in Facebook groups of other licensed therapists around the globe. All in all, Colorado has aligned with our values, hobbies, and lifestyle and we couldn’t be happier.
When we first moved here, I worked at a large chain and found myself drained, overworked, and craving a more autonomous lifestyle. Come the holiday season of 2017, I quit my chain job and took up my local spa gig full time until I met Amanda.
In our first meet and greet, Amanda and I clicked immediately and found common ground on the basis that keeping the client as relaxed as possible and using top quality products are going to obtain the best therapeutic results.
As I venture into business further, I follow the motto of keeping things as simple as possible for ultimate success. By minimizing all other factors, I can maximize my time and efforts to my clients so they obtain all the benefits of massage possible.
As I get my own practice off the ground, working with Amanda and Botanic Bodywork will produce a great working relationship so that we both learn as much as possible and help as many individuals as possible.