For years, I’ve been plagued with shoulder issues, and I’ve had two orthopedic surgeons tell me to get out of the bodywork profession altogether. Yet, here I am, writing this and still trucking thanks in large part to M.A.T. I’d like to extend many thanks to Erik Dalton and numerous members of the Dalton Gang who played a part in rehabilitation and success.
I graduated the Seattle Massage School 1993, but much of my advanced education came from studying various modalities and mentorships. My professional experiences have mostly revolved around athletics, though I’ve bounced around a bit with regards to settings and populations served. My educational endeavors eventually lead to me to teach sports massage here in the Pacific Northwest. Most enjoyable for me has been the opportunity to work with quite a few military athletes over the years. My stint in the U.S. Army certainly influenced that.
Although my shoulder problems benched me for several years, it has also served multiple purposes in my learning process. Beyond the results I received personally, I’ve found I have a lot more treatment options available these days. Things are more cut to the chase and effective. This Master Myoskeletal Therapist program went well beyond techniques, and philosophies. Although the world-class instruction ensured my needs were met without exception, something unexpected occurred during my live workshop training with Erik and his excellent instructors.
The “education on vacation” venues that were selected allowed me to get away from my practice and plug into the uplifting energy that transcended “the classroom.” For example, the Oklahoma City workshop found me at a nightclub called Mojo’s with other classmates soaking up all the July 4th festivities and the best live music I’ve experienced. On the evening of September 11th, at the Bristol, Connecticut workshop, I sat on a bench observing the American flag and writing about the subject of freedom. And the Austin, Texas event was just great in every way. Thanks to everyone at the Freedom From Pain Institute for making my training such an enjoyable experience.