Massage began with her first baby, nearly 40 years ago. Since that time she's spent thousands of hours giving massages. Her formal education in massage therapy consists of 2 1/2 years at the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, Michigan. When she graduated in 1996, she had earned Advanced Practitioner Status at the school by completing over 2,000 hours of education in massage therapy. Part of her training included Pre-natal, Neo-natal, and Geriatrics. She also completed an intensive course in Japanese Shiatsu and took several courses from Dr Leon Chaitow. In addition, but outside of the school, she became a graduate of the Palmer Method of Chair Massage, which she used in offices for on-site corporate massage.
Desiring to focus on the elimination of pain, she began studying the Paul St John method of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in 1997 and continued every year for eight years until all nine pieces of the program were completed. As soon as that was done, she began studying Integrative Neurosomatic Therapy, which has continued for the past six years.
Ms Timmy's toolbox is filled with over 4,000 hours of education in methods and modalities of massage therapy from which to draw on, no matter what she encounters. When she sees you, she really looks at you. She has been trained how to see the body and to know what to do with what she sees. She will assess and chart your posture and then evaluate what she saw in order to determine the source and cause of your pain. Her goal will always be to eliminate your pain, not help you keep it and manage it. After your session, you should look taller and feel taller, stride instead of waddle, and have an overall feeling that something great has just happened to you.
Ms Timmy loves a challenge, so patients who have been existing, definitely not living, with chronic pain for a long time are especially attractive to her. She is also hoping wounded EOD warriors will come to her because her son, Staff Sgt Brian Mast, is an EOD who became a double above-the-knee amputee in September of 2010. Members of all branches of the military hold a special place in her heart.
Have you ever felt like "An old person has climbed into your body and taken up residence?"
If this sounds like you, you need to take action. Maybe evict that "old person." If your work involves repetitive motions, stress, or holding a detrimental posture...then you may need massage to correct the situation. Often, you will be able to stop taking medications that may mask your symptoms and have negative side-effects.
If you find that you are waking up stiff and sore, or when you try to do something which used to be easy...now causes pain or discomfort, you will want to call or email for a free "Massage/Body Audit."
Ray will listen, question and measure and then report his findings to you. You then can ask questions and make educated choices to optimize your health.
The remarkable success that he has had, he attributes to the training he received from the Blue Heron Academy of Medical Massage Therapy for basics.
Advanced training, from The Neurosomatic Educators, equipped him with the specialized, highly detailed knowledge he uses to help patients who had almost given up before they came to seek his help.
He also puts his experiences of four years working and learning in Blodgett Memorial Hospital Emergency Room to good use...and his years as a medic in the U.S. Army National Guard. He has integrated it all in The Essential Touch as a therapist. He has since added many great courses in advanced massage techniques and exercise therapy.
He received a BS degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and finds himself fascinated by everyone he meets.
At least once a year, Ray attends advanced massage therapy training from some of the best in the industry. Ongoing learning and teaching have continued improving his craft.
Ray uses all his life experiences to help his patients promote their health goals in the most effective and efficient manner. His soft touch and soft words have won a loyal following. He would like to help you reach your health goals. .
Ray's Promise: You will receive positive results from your Integrated Neurosomatic Therapy session – or you will owe him nothing.