Ronni Church, owner, CMT
I went to college right after high school, changing my degree many times in the 3 years I attended. If I had to go back to school today, I wouldn't know now more than ever what I would want to study. I've become so much more diverse in my knowledge the older I've gotten. I met my husband who owned his own business which took me away from finishing school to help him with his business. If I did go back to finish my present degree, I'd need 2 years to complete a secondary math education degree. When I started to have kids, I really desired to be a stay-at-home mom because no one else would raise my kids the way I would. So you are probably wondering how I went from stay-at-home mom to masssage therapy. My husband was looking to do something different, not very internet savvy, and accidentally put information on the internet he was looking to go to school. I went with him to school to check things out. When I saw massage therapy on the list, I decided to go for it. Needless to say, I ended up in school not my husband.
I attended PCI, Pinnacle Career Institue, graduating in May, 2012 with a 4.0 gpa and presidential honors.. I started getting regular clients in December of 2011. The thing is, I should have been doing this 20+ years ago as it runs in my family. My granda will be turning 91 in April, she is still doing reflexology treatments today. Her neice, my cousin, has been massaging for 30+ years. And, now I'm at it. I was told by my cousin when I still going through school, "You either have it, or you don't.." At the time, I didn't have a clue what she was talking about. I do now. I have worked in a chiropractor's office as a therapist with 4 other therapists at a time. I can tell you what my clients tell me, I have a something special. It is what my cousin was referring to about either having it or not. I find things many therapists don't find. I"m not just rubbing your skin because I've been taught the massage strokes. if you decide to try me, I think you will see what I'm talking about.
If you are looking for a therapist, let me first tell you what I tell all of my new clients, Kansas is one of only five states that do NOT require licensure for massage. i won't even get a massage in Topeka because of the things I've learned about so many therapists here not wanting licensure to pass. I've heard of too many clients being hurt by other therapists. Well, I don't want to be hurt, either. I want you to read my description of deep tissue on my services page. Deep tissiue is NOT about pressure. It is about getting that tissue to change and sinking into the tissue. I call it melting butter. And, sometimes my pressure will lighten in order to get the tissue to cooperate with me. Massage should NEVER hurt during the massage where you are holding your breathe and not enjoying the massage. I've started telling people if they go other places and this happens, you are repeatedly telling the therapist to back off, and if they aren't to roll away from them. See if you can get their attention! And, last if you are looking, try a therapist 3 or 4 times before you decide if you like that therapist or not. We have "off days" just like anyone. If you only try me once, you are not going to know if I'm having an "off day" or not.
I love helping people. So, I hope you will give me a chance to see the difference in what a massage should really be like.
I used to have this on the home page.
Licensing for massage therapists is NOT a requirement in the state of Kansas. We are only 1 of 4 states that do not require a license. In fact, one of my instructors starting pushing for licensing over 30 years ago. If you like massage, please contact our legislators and ask them to pass this bill for public safety, for your safety. If you don't fill out a health history form at the place your attending a massage, I'd leave immediately as that is a REALLY good indicator that the therapist has NOT been to an accredited school. I'm in my 8th year massaging clients, and I hear more and more complaints all the time from clients who have gone other places. I'll also add that Topeka is terrible with how many therapists and massage businesses don't want this law to pass. Again, it's for your own safety that you go to someone that is trained in anatomy and physiology. My school required that class be done before I could even begin massaging anyone in clinic.
I've also learned that even though someone has gone to school doesn't mean that they have the gift of healing or the gift of feeling things that are going on in the body. One of my specialties has been that I am able to get a lot of numbness/tingling gone if it is something from a nerve caught in a knot or an adhesion, like carpal tunnel. In fact, I've had my own issues come up that I've had to work on myself, mostly using my tuning forks, which you can read about on my services page.
Deep tissue massage is NOT about pressure. It's about getting the tissue to change and sinking into the tissue, which is what I refer to as melting butter. That is what it feels like in my hands as those two things are happening. Sometimes, I even back off on pressure if I get knots that wiggle on me. And, sometimes, when i think I've got everything gone, I'll find more under the layer of muscles that I just finished. Funny thing is that I had a client just share this article with me because they've heard me talk about this. Check out https://www.massagemag.com/deep-tissue-massage-pressure-91071/.
Every massage will be customized to meet the needs of the client. Massage should never hurt to the point you are holding your breath. You may be sore after a massage because the therapist is stretching your muscles. Eat something high in potassium to help flush that soreness out. Also, walk after a massage to flush any toxins out that the therapist may have broken lose. Drinking water after a massage to flush toxins is a myth, however, not harmful as no one drinks enough water.
If you are new to massage, you undress to your comfort level and you will be covered the entire time except for the area that is being worked on. So, when I am massaging your back, your back will be exposed, legs, arms, and feet will be exposed.