Christina Brock, LMBT NC #12194
My journey started many years ago when I began developing back problems. I consulted with a doctor and after several tests, various medications (which masked symptoms only) and physical therapy I was informed that surgery was inevitable. As devastating as this news was to hear it also came with a life changing antidote. That same doctor told me the longer I keep my body physically strong the longer I can put off the "inevitable surgery".
I immediately started to participate in regular yoga sessions and fell in love with the benefits it provided for my overall health and well-being. Shortly after, I enrolled in the Asheville Yoga Center's, Teacher Training Program and this is where my true journey of self discovery took root and I came to realize how important alternative therapies and medicines are in our western culture.
Result? My back is no longer a source of pain and discomfort but rather is stronger and allows me to do so much more than I could before my journey began.
It's always been in my nature to help others and this journey has allowed me to fulfill the dream of doing just that in a natural and more self-therapeutic way not only for me but most importantly for my clients. While I had a successful career I was far from being satisfied so I took a leap of faith and quit my job and enrolled in the Healing Arts & Massage School. That was 6 years ago and I've never regretted that choice. In-fact, I would have to say that was a life-defining moment for me because it afforded me the opportunity to fulfill my life's passion while helping others fulfill theirs thru better health! As a Holistic Massage Therapist I get to "practice what I preach" and help others from all walks of life achieve their long-term health goals and become balanced in body, mind & spirit! I'm not sure how it can get any better than this!!!
So here's what I have been up to -
- After receiving my license I opened my own practice, Instinctive Healing Massage in Henderson, NC. After 4 years I chose to close the doors in Henderson in order to transition back to the Raleigh-Durham area. Those 4 years allowed me to gain invaluable experience in not only massage but the ins & outs of business ownership, marketing, networking and so much more.
- For the past 3 years I have enjoyed being a member of the adjunct faculty at the Healing Arts & Massage School in Raleigh, where I teach Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, hands-on Lymphatic massage, Swedish massage, MyoFascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Sports Massage as well as Ethics, Business, Licensing and more. I can't even begin to tell you the joy I get teaching, supervising and mentoring the students on their journey to become great massage therapists and enhancing the future of our profession.
- I've established a few corporate wellness contracts in the area. These primarily consist of providing on-site chair massages to employees on a monthly and quarterly basis and have turned into a win - win for employee/employer. The employee enjoys the relaxation and decompression of mind, body & spirit thru therapeutic massage and the employer enjoys a rejuvenated employee who is more mentally and physically equipped to give 100% of themselves to the job. What's there not to love?
- I've also been a substitute teacher at Cary Academy, Cary, NC, primarily in the health & physical education department.
- As part of my recent transition period back to the Raleigh-Durham area I was fortunate enough to work in a spa environment allowing me to gain experience of yet another type of massage environment.
CONTINUING MY JOURNEY ...
I'm excited to announce my new primary location as an Independent Contractor within Chiropractic Partners in Durham. This location is much like a well-ness center, there are two chiropractors, an acupuncturist, a personal trainer/nutritionist and massage therapy. Structural alignment complimented by muscular/tissue release provides clients with a more holistic approach to health and healing. Our muscular system tugs and pulls on the body, our skeletal system tugs and pulls on the body, either one can create discomfort and pain, let alone both working in conjunction. With attention to both systems we are better able to get each patient back to a optimal lifestyle.