John Amorelli, BCTMB


John Amorelli, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I discovered the massage therapy profession due to a sports injury back in the 90’s that happened to me while playing racquetball.  I opted for PT and massage therapy for treatment vs. surgery. I’m glad I did!  I had a great conversation with the massage therapist that…

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Ryan Hoyme (aka MassageNerd), BCTMB

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My first experience receiving a massage was when I was 20-years-old and it almost scared me from receiving more massages. One of my friends recommended this Asian medicine practitioner and I decided to make an appointment. When I got there, the practitioner spoke broken English and I wasn’t really sure what to do or what…

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Marla Hieger, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? In my former career, I was an over-the-road truck driver. I drove long periods of time, and developed lower-back issues. I was at a time in my life that I wanted a career change, and thought massage might be a good choice—I wanted to help people feel…

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Ryan Witholt, LMT, BCTMB

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Long before deciding to become a massage therapist, I was interested in healthcare. Specifically, I wanted to be a physician so I could help people heal.  In my final year as an undergraduate, I learned that my vision of medicine and helping people heal was not in alignment with the mainstream, pharmacology-based treatment model.  I…

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Stacy Smith, LMT, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I was one of those people who thought of getting massages as a luxury—as something I did when I went on vacation. Even though I grew up and still live in Maryland, I’d never had a massage in Maryland. Between 2007 and 2010, my husband and I…

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Marnie Hass, LMT, BCTMB

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How did you discover the massage therapy profession? I first found massage in my early 20’s when a family friend went to massage school. Back then, massage was strictly thought of for pampering purposes only. We would give each other gift certificates for birthdays or holidays, so we could have an hour of rest and…

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Audrey Bagnal, LMT, Integrative Healthcare Specialty Certificate Holder

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Audrey is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a NCBTMB/CCTC Specialty Certificate in Massage Therapy for Integrative Healthcare. She was the first CCTC graduate to achieve the Specialty Certificate. Audrey currently resides in Manning, South Carolina. Congratulations, Audrey! How did you discover your love for Massage Therapy? In the early stages of my career, I went to cardiology…

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Joseph Muscolino, DC

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My Massage Therapy Journey My journey in the world of massage therapy began while I was still in middle and high school, well before any formal training in bodywork. I was just always comfortable using my hands to give family and friends massage. For this reason, when I entered chiropractic school in 1981, I was…

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Lauren Jaekle, LMT, BCTMB

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My passion for Massage Therapy started at a young age. My younger sister, Melissa, was born prematurely and has a number of challenges. Our family was told to expect the worst but, fortunately, we saw how physical therapy and massage helped her progress well beyond all expectations. I was amazed to witness how massage relaxed…

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