About Celia

I am committed to learning, teaching, and promoting the benefits of massage therapy for health care. I look forward to sharing what I've learned with you, and to learning more from you.

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Massage Therapist

I graduated from the Soma Institute for Clinical Massage Therapy in 2002. My continuing education since then has focused on learning what contributes to the most common pain complaints, methods for reducing pain and improving movement, and the research supporting both. I've worked as a Massage Therapist in environments ranging from spas to hospitals, sporting events, dance schools and community health clinics. In my work, I integrate condition-specific and relaxation techniques, to varying degrees, according to your goals, tolerance, and improvements over time.


I've taught in entry-level massage therapy schools and provide continuing education to licensed practitioners. I wrote the text book Condition-Specific Massage Therapy for massage therapists interested in learning to apply basic techniques to address the specific symptoms of conditions such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, sprains, muscle strain and tendinitis. The book is used in Massage Therapy schools across the country and is also available in Japanese and Korean.


I'm active in the Massage Therapy community. I was a board member and the Communications Chair for the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association and was a Delegate to their National Convention. I organized the 2014 and 2015 AMTA-IL education conferences and am honored to have received the 2010 AMTA-IL Distinguished Service Award and the 2012 AMTA-IL Meritorious Award. I currently sit on The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education Certificate Process Committee to promote excellence in teaching.

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