Cheryl J Smith LMT (Lic. # 2050)
Cheryl Smith started her career studying Usui Reiki, which lead to her discovering massage therapy a few years later. She is an advanced second degree Reiki practitioner who was honored to appear with her reiki teacher, John Harvey Gray, on NH Chronicle. She is a Nationally Certified Muscular Therapist, licensed in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the past 16 years. She completed the 750 hour massage certification program at New Hampshire Community Technical College. She also holds an Associate’s degree from Lasell College in Newton Massachusetts.
During her years as a massage therapist, Cheryl has provided chair massage for many companies, hospitals, and nursing homes. She enjoys being able to bring massage therapy directly to where people are and to be able to introduce massage therapy to people who might not otherwise ever have a chance to enjoy it. She continues working with athletes and volunteers yearly at the Pan-Mass Challenge, the American Lung Association Cape Escape Bike Trek, and the Family Promise Metro West Walk-a-thon, where she gets to spend time with other therapists learning new skills.
David has been a licensed, practicing muscular therapist for over 19 years. Unlike most therapists, he was in school for nearly four years and attended two different massage schools. The schools were almost polar opposite in there teaching style, but afforded him a much more encompassing education in muscular therapy being able to choose from many electives such as Advanced Deep Tissue, Sports Therapy, Medical Massage and treating the elderly and people with special needs. He focused much of his continuing education along these lines including a gross anatomy class at URI via Cortiva Institute and most recently he completed an advanced Medical Massage program.
In his time as a muscular therapist, David spent nearly 6 years working for a chiropractic office in Raynham, MA where he also improved his skill base by working closely with the chiropractor and increasing his knowledge of spinal dysfunctions and injuries with firsthand experience. David considers himself a "fix it" person and has an intense interest in the human body and how it functions. He constantly looks for new skills to incorporate into his work and new ways to help clients regain physical functionality. He has spent time studying Qi Gong and incorporating it into his work. He has also been researching psychological impacts on the physical body. Primarily the effects of fear and PTSD.
Qi Gong is sort of an all encompassing word/phrase for all of the aspects of Chinese medicine, but more commonly thought of in terms of energy work or in a martial form like Tai Chi. Qi (Ki or Chi) is commonly translated as "life energy" or "life force", but the more literal translation is "air" or "breath". Most of the practices in Chinese medicine revolve around the idea of reestablishing the bodies flow of energy. An important component to that is proper breathing and breathing techniques. Surprisingly, proper breathing is more of an issue than most people realize and can be the cause, or result of other issues.*