have been active in the medical profession since 1969. After completing
training as a radiology technologist, I worked at Parkland Hospital for
over 25 years. I then completed my BS in Allied Health Education from
Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and began teaching for DISD at the
High School for Health Professions at Townview Magnet Center.
I continued pursuing my education by obtaining an MA
in Counseling from Amber University that included a 2,000-hour
internship. I received my license to practice massage therapy in the
fall of 2008.
I am retired from teaching at DISD.
Hours of Operation and Contact Information
I am accepting day and evening appointments Monday - Saturday. Contact me at 214-536-4640 to schedule your appointment.
Goals and Purpose
My goal is to continue building my practice for the wellness and benefit of my clients. I will continue to research massage techniques for the wellness of my clients; continue completing advanced educational classes; and consult with my professional mentors. Massage therapy can improve your quality of life and scientific data supports the fact that massage therapy can make a difference.
A good friend once shared with me: "If you want the business of individuals ...you must ask for their business". I am available to offer my clients massage therapy within my scope of practice.
Call me at 214-536-4640 to schedule your next massage appointment. If you are a former client, I hope to hear from you again. If you are a current client, I thank you for your continued business. Feel free to share my contact information with people who may need my services.
Massage Therapy can help calm the stress of everyday life and allow you to walk away from a session feeling relaxed and restored. The occupation of an individual can take a toll on their physical and mental ability including medical professionals, emergency primary responders (firemen, policemen), teachers. Please refer them to me or purchase a gift certificate for them. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
- Parkland School of Radiology
Technology: Registered Radiology Technologist, ARRT
- BS in Allied Health Education, Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas
- MA Counseling: Amber University, including a
2,000 hour internship following graduation
- Hands on Approach Massage Therapy School, Dallas
Texas. Texas Licensed Massage Therapist
Continuing Training for Massage Therapy Programs
- Advanced Technique Deep Tissue & Myofascial Muscular Therapy for the Shoulder and Knee: February 2, 2019
Dr. Ben Benjamin: Benjamin Institutei, Instructor, 7 hours
- BEN BENJAMIN, PhD (Sports Medicine) has been practicing massage since 1963 and has been nationally recognized for his contributions to massage therapy, receiving the AMTA President’s Award in 2000 and an induction into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2010.
- You will also understand the anatomy of these structures as never before through physically locating and palpating each muscle, tendon, and ligament targeted with these techniques. Most of these injury-related techniques were developed from actual cases from Dr. Benjamin’s clinical practice.
- This full-day training also teaches several dozen myofascial and deep tissue muscular therapy techniques to address pain and injury in some of the most commonly injured structures of the shoulder and knee.
- THE SHOULDER acromio-clavicular ligaments and surrounding muscles • muscle-tendons units of the subscapularis • supraspinatus infraspinatus • teres minor • pectoralis major
- THE KNEE suprapatellar and infrapatellar tendons • medial and lateral quadriceps expansions • patellar retinacula collateral ligaments • coronary ligaments
- Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Upper and Lower Body: January 5-6, 2019
James Waslaski, Instructor, 16 hours
- Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Upper Body: State of the art anatomy and nerve graphics will allow manual therapists to look inside the human body. Starting with the brain and spinal cord, therapists will use positional release, muscle energy techniques, and soft tissue balancing protocols to address OA & C1-C2 fixations, cervical kyphosis (military neck), spinal stenosis patterns, stuck facet joints, and treat sprains and strains throughout the upper body. Nerve tests include: Spurling Test: spinal nerve compression; Eden's Test: costo-clavicular syndrome; Adson's Test: scalene and first rib involvement; Wright Abduction Test: pectoralis minor involvement; Tests to identify Cubital Tunnel and Guyon's Canal (ulnal tunnel) conditions; Test for Bicipital Aponeurosis tendinosis: median nerve scarring; Pronator Teres Test: median nerve entrapment; and Tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including the Tinnel's Test, Phalen's Test, and Tethered Median Nerve tests. Complicated shoulder capsular adhesions will also be addressed, and home care retraining will include spinal decompression, nerve glides and nerve tensioning protocols.
- Manual Therapy to Eliminate Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Lower Body: State of the art anatomy and nerve graphics will allow manual therapists to look inside the human body. The Weber-Barstow Maneuver, and Supine to Sits Test will evaluate for functional versus anatomical leg length discrepancies. Pelvic stabilization will use positional release, muscle energy techniques, and muscle balancing protocols to address sacral torsion patterns, iliosacral upslips, joint capsular patterns, femoral nerve compression, and normal muscle firing patterns. Therapists will level the sacral base, and release the Sacrotuberous ligament for sciatic nerve pain. The Straight Leg Test and Braggard's Test will identify L5/ SI bulges or herniated discs. The Slump Test will identify hamstring strains or adductor strains that scar down the Sciatic Nerve. Tibial Torsions and Fixated Fibular Head Conditions will be corrected, by releasing the biceps femoris muscle, to address the Tibial and Fibular Nerve Entrapments. Manual therapists will also evaluate and release Tarasal Tunnel and Morton's Neuroma. Home care retraining will include nerve glides and nerve tensioning protocols.
- What's the Fuzz...Lecture/Presentation Live Course: November 28, 2017
Gill Hedley, Ph.D. , 4 hours
- Reconsidering "The Fuzz:" Notes on Distinguishing Normal and Abnormal Fascial Adhesions Gil Hedley, Ph.D. This article was originally published as a chapter in the book Dynamic Body edited by Eric Dalton. Over the course of my career as a student and guide of what I call integral anatomy, I have been blessed with the opportunity to dissect many human forms. Dissection affords rare insights into the quality of relationships and continuities of the various tissue textures that comprise the human body. My experience with dissections has been invaluable to me in establishing a baseline understanding of normal tissue relations. Literally, every body is different; every body represents a unique expression of the embodiment of the human form. We are as unique on the inside as we are on the outside. That having been said, there are patterns of tissue structures, relationships, and textures that we share in large measure, while each one of us manifests variations on principal themes. Experience in the lab enables one to differentiate more readily among predominant or "normal" presentations of tissue relations, healthy but anomalous presentations, and pathological presentations. Such experience enables us to formulate, for different tissues, an answer to the question: "Is that supposed to be connected or not?!" Background In the early years of my dissection studies, I was an active practitioner of structural integration. I believed that if I used my hands to "differentiate" my clients’ tissues, I could help them to experience freedom of movement more fully. Therefore, it is not surprising that I approached cadavers similarly. I would attempt to use my hands to differentiate the different layers of tissue beneath the skin, sometimes with success and sometimes not. Some tissues yielded to fingertip pressure, and I could create space between layers manually, while others required a scalpel to separate them. I was continually surprised by the myriad connections and tissues in the body that were poorly described, or, more often, not accounted for at all by the anatomy flash cards and books. Tom Myers had made it clear to my classmates and me during our Rolfing pretraining back in 1991 that "the map is not the territory," and he was correct beyond my imaginings. Dissection was teaching me that that the map was missing continents! Continuities that spanned regions, vast amounts and different types of fascia, as well as the transitional relationships between one tissue texture and another were in fact "all present," but simply not "accounted for." Now facing such a problem, one strategy would be simply to cut away all the tissue that isn't in the book, and focus on what's "supposed to be there." That is pretty much the strategy of dissection for medical students, who are not going to waste a lot of their severely over-taxed time fumbling with matters outside the curriculum. Make everything look clean and tidy, carve the book drawings out of the tissue, replicate the regional model of separate parts in the unsuspecting cadaver, and consider the resulting prosection a verification of the curriculum. Lucky for me, I had no teacher in the lab but the cadaver, and I had no test, schedule or curriculum to which I was beholden. And the way I saw it, as a bodyworker and as a somanaut, I was touching the whole person, so I wanted to account for everything that was there materially. I wanted to encounter and learn about everything that I was touching in the living form, not just the "famous" tissues that made it into the medical or massage school curriculum.
- Advanced Deep Tissue & Myofascial Muscular Therapy Neck & Back Workshop: July 22, 2017
Dr. Ben Benjamin presented at Benny Vaughn Athletic Therapy Center, Fort Worth, Texas, 6.5 hours
- In sports medicine/muscular therapy private practice since 1963, Dr. Benjamin is the founder of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, MA. As an educator and author, he has conducted seminars and workshops across the country, served as an instructor and trainer in a variety of settings, and written several books and countless articles. His books include: Listen to Your Pain: The Active Person's Guide to Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Pain and Injury; Are You Tense?: The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy; and Exercise Without Injury. His professional training and education spans more than three decades. He earned a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at Union Graduate School; a Bachelor of Professional Sciences at Empire State College; and studied assessment techniques in Orthopedic Medicine with the well-known British Physician, James Cyriax, M.D.
- Evidence-Based Orthopedic Rehabilitation: January 27, 2017
Kyle Bergeson, PT. DPT Cert DN, Clinical Director with Orthopedic and Sport Rehabilitation Physical Therapy, Phoenix, Arizona, 6 hours
- Effective Post-Operative Protocols for ACL Reconstruction, Rotator Cuff Repair and Return to Sport.
- Orthopedic Massage and Pain Management: May 21-22, 2016
James Waslaski, Instructor
Author and International Lecturer, 18 hours
- Upper Body conditions as it relates to a structural approach treating complicated shoulder conditions, Rotator Cuff injuries, Supraspinatis Impingement, Thoracic Outlet, Frozen Shoulders (Adhesive Capsulitis), Scoliosis, Thoracic Curves, Forward Shoulder and Neck Posture, Bicipital Tendonitis and Muscle Strain, Nerve Testing.
- Upledger Institute International CranioSacral Therapy: November 12-15, 2015
Lisa Desrochers, DPT., MS, CST-D
- Exploring the history, principles and neuromuscular basis of CranioSacral Therapy, and its clinical importance.
- Learn to conduct a thorough evaluation using the craniosacral rhythm
- Formulate Therapy strategies
- Perform CranioSacral Therapy techniques to help normalize common restrictions and dysfunctions.
- Kinesiology Taping for the Lower Extremity: December 12, 2014
Systemic Effects of Kinesio Taping:
1. To provide a positional stimulus through the skin
2. To align fascial tissues
3. To create more space by lifting fascia and soft tissue above areas of pain/inflammation
4. To provide sensory stimulation to assist or limit motion
5. To assist in the removal of edema by directing exudates toward a lymph duct
6. Potential effects on the microcirculatory system
Dr. Eric Flomar, PT,DPT,OCS, is the director of rehab for Orthopedic Care Specialists, Inc. in Easton, Massachusetts. Dr. Eric Flomar is a certified specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physicial Therapy Specialties.
"We as therapists do not heal the patient....The body heals itself. Our job is to simply put the body in the best position possible to allow this to happen. We accomplish this with exercise, taping, manual treatment, orthoses, etc." Dr. Eric Flomar
- Advanced Orthopedic Massage Training, Lower Body Seminar
20 hours of continuing education credits in The Center for Pain Management and Orthopedic Massage Seminar in Complicated Pain Conditions.
James Waslaski, Instructor
Dallas/Forth Worth, TX
June 18-22, 2014
- The Shoulder Gridle: February 10, 2013
Parker University, Continuing Education
Rick Merriam, LMT 1991-1/13/02 DFW
- Save Your Hands Workshop: Injury Prevention and Ergonomics
for Massage Therapists: November 11, 2012
NCBTMB #451107-09 6 hrs.
- Intensive Orthopedic Massage Seminar: October
Seminar Provider: James E. Waslaski
This five(5) day seminar allowed advanced and extensive hands on
training in orthopedic and sports massage with emphasis on pain free
movement and complete structural balance throughout the body.
Orthopedic massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation,
and movement of locomotor soft tissues to reduce or eliminate pain
and dysfunction. The primary modalities taught include functional
assessment, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue
mobilization techniques, p.n.f. stretching, neuromuscular
re-education, strengthening, and specific client home care
protocols. Referenced by Advanced Orthopedic Massage Manual",
pp. 4 and 5. 1996-2008.
James Waslaski, past
chair of the AMTA National Sports Massage Education Council, is an
author and international lecturer who has pioneered deep, pain-free
orthopedic massage and sports injury treatments. James is a licensed
massage therapist and currently teaches seminars throughout the
U.S., Canada, Ireland, Scotland, London, Costa Rica, Greece,
Bahamas, and the Caribbean. In 1999 James received the International
Achievement Award for educating medical practitioners worldwide
toward integrated pain free healing. James is a dedicated life long
learner. Referenced by Advanced Orthopedic Massage Manual,
pp. 3, 1996-2008.
- Reflexology Continuing Education: April 18, 2011
CEU Provider: Cindia Golding Licensed Massage Therapist Certified
History of Reflexology: Foot reflexology is not just a foot massage.
This ancient therapy has a history in culture of India, Egypt, China
and Native American cultures. Reflexology is a natural healing art
based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet (also on
hands and ears) which correspond to all organs and systems of the
body. Basically what that means is when pressure is applied to the
reflex points in the feet this helps relieve tension in different
ares of the body, increase circulation and promotes relaxation to
the whole body. It can often help with many chronic aches and pain
and may also help you to sleep better.
Known benefits include:
- assisting lymphatic drainage by helping the body
to release toxins and waste
- improving blood supply helping to carry nutrients
to vital organs in the body
- relieving stress, tension and pain relaxing your
body to promote restful sleep
- strengthening the body in its own healing process
- feeling a sense of inner calm and more energy
- Parker College of Chiropractic, Dallas, Texas
April 10, 2011
Prenatal Massage: appropriate strokes and techniques; understanding
the physiologic, emotional and psychological changes; prenatal
massage affects and benefits; and contraindication and precautions.
- Texas Oncology, Fort Worth, Texas May 18-23, 2009
Oncology Massage Training, taught by Gayle MacDonald from Portland ,
This training program addressed the basics of oncology massage,
allowing therapists to work with clients who have cancer or are
recovering from it. The program also focused on therapists who
concentrate on hospice and hospital work and have special needs.
- Certification in Arthrossage: September
12 and 13, 2009
Medical Massage for Arthritis Intervention and Treatment, taught by
Adrian Carr, who is the nation’s leading expert on massage
techniques to treat arthritic conditions.