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I know, I'm nosey. I was a travel writer.
For six years, I got to travel to Bed & Breakfasts and get massages, all for free, and write about it. So my roots are in traveling, meeting people and hearing their stories. Now I travel around and do The World Massage Festival & Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
I found the adjustment to a single location massage establishment, inside a strip mall, very confining. So I started a way to stay "in the massage world and travel!" But that is another story!
What's your story? What did you do before massage? Tell us of your travels and what massage is like where you are, especially if you massage outside the U.S. We really like pictures, if possible.
If you get bored come see me at my page http://www.massageprofessionals.com/profile/MikeHinkle
Thanks and welcome to Massage Professionals!
I was a dance instructor!
Thanks for the nice question Robert! I started doing massage right out of high school. It has, however, taken me on an interesting journey.
Massage started me on a journey to learn to nurture myself and help others do the same. After practicing massage for a few years and seeing hundreds of clients, I realized there would always be more to learn. When I started practicing Kum Nye (the meditative discipline and self healing technique) in 2006, I had found my path. The word 'Nye' in Tibetan means 'massage'. Kum Nye is a set of healing exercises, meditations and self massage techniques introduced to the West by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku. These exercises massage us from within the body. Since becoming a permanent resident of Ratna Ling Retreat Center on the Northern California Coast in 2007, I have worked with senior Kum Nye Instructor, Arnaud Maitland to become an authorized Kum Nye Instructor. Drawing on my professional massage background and my personal experience with practicing and teaching Kum Nye, we have developed a technique for massage therapists to apply the ancient wisdom principles of Kum Nye to their practices. So I have organically transformed into a massage educator.
Although I do some traveling to teach workshops around the country, most of my travels have taken place while discovering the vast universe inside the body.