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Diane Pineault

Originally from Mystic, Connecticut, I began my massage therapy career in 1990. At the time I was midway through a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Connecticut. Instead of spending my time working on my master’s thesis I was otherwise distracted with my interest in holistic healing. Even though I had never had a massage (at the time I was a broke university student and massage therapy wasn’t as mainstream as it is today), I had a nightly dream with the message encouraging me to become a massage therapist (true story!!). While this made no sense to me at the time, I defied logic, listened to my intuition and followed my passion. While concurrently completing my master’s degree, I registered and subsequently attended massage school at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. On the first day of massage school I knew I had found my forever place with a career in massage therapy.

After graduating in 1991 with an M.P.A. from UConn and a certificate in massage therapy, I came to Canada for what I had originally thought a visit and I have since called Windsor, Ontario my home. In 1992, I established my international practice Healthy Connections, with its home office based in Windsor, Ontario.

I have studied extensively and incorporated various types of bodywork modalities into my therapy sessions. My clients include but are not limited to professional and world class athletes, those with chronic pain and post-operative and rehab conditions. All bodies and challenges are welcome!! Throughout my career I have been particularly intrigued with various forms of myofascial release and the interconnectivity of our human-ness including mind-body-emotional connections. My studies reflect this fascination.

I first started formally studying with Erik Dalton in 2014 at his Costa Rica Retreat. I was immediately impressed with Erik Dalton’s brilliance, the helpfulness and expertise of his instructors (TA’s), and the overall quality of the educational retreat/workshop experience. It is a unique experience to be with other therapist residentially for a week, providing casual time to exchange ideas and develop new friendships with others of like mind. I found the MAT workshop course material very well organized, extremely easy to follow, and complimentary of my other massage modalities. After attending 5 additional workshops, I was compelled to begin my MMT certification, knowing the treasures in these on-line and DVD courses would be invaluable.

The MMT training has definitely changed my perspective regarding online/DVD trainings. The program is engaging and filled with intriguing insights that caused me to contemplate and reevaluate my massage and treatment philosophies. I loved the combination of Erik Dalton’s MAT live training combined with the readings from his Dynamic Body textbook. As a well-trained and studied therapist, the MAT online trainings reinforced my current skill set while also encouraging me to view the body and my treatment approaches from additional perspectives.

The MMT certification process has defined a new lens to for me to view, assess, and treat the body and associated pain patterns.
Thanks to Erik Dalton and the entire staff at the Freedom From Pain Institute. With the MMT certification program, you have forever influenced our profession. I would consider the MMT program to be foundational in any massage therapist’s education and training. The information is current, clearly presented and immediately applicable. Erik Dalton (and the gang) you have gifted us your legacy!!

Diane Pineault
Windsor, Ontario/Detroit, Michigan
519-944-9101

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