A native of San Diego for nearly 40 years, Nick Ng is the founder and editor of Massage & Fitness Magazine, an online publication for curious massage therapists and the public who want to explore the science behind touch, pain, and exercise, and how to apply that in their hands-on practice or daily lives.
An alumni from San Diego State University with an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communications, Nick also completed his massage therapy training at International Professional School of Bodywork in San Diego in 2014. Prior to entering the massage profession, he also had worked as a personal trainer for 14 years.
He currently practices at Movement Potential Sports Massage in San Diego, California.
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Ravensara has been a licensed massage practitioner in Washington state since 1992. In 2006, she completed her PhD in Biomedical & Health Informatics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She practiced at the Refugee Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more than eight years, providing massage therapy for pain relief, insomnia, and other symptoms for refugees living with the after effects of having survived war, genocide, and other forms of trauma. She has served the profession as a Board Member for the Massage Therapy Foundation and as Chair of the Best Practices Committee. She is currently completing a book on massage research and information literacy, and exploring the feasibility of developing a master’s degree program in advanced-practice professional massage therapy for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Erin is a health and wellness attorney in the Chicago area at Jackson LLP. She also co-founded Jackson Compliance, a healthcare consulting company which specializes in practice start-up and compliance. Through this work, Erin collaborates with providers to make their practices friendlier and more approachable for a diverse patient population. Erin strives to help her clients understand the provider-client relationship and become industry leaders in patient-centered care.
Erin serves as the President of the nonprofit organization Inspire Santé, which she founded after recovering from debilitating chronic pain. Using her healthcare knowledge and patient experience, she speaks to healthcare providers about how to provide care that is guided by the patient’s goals. Erin is a published author whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of the law with women’s health issues. She is writing a memoir about how she conquered her pelvic pain, which she hopes will help other women discuss these issues without embarrassment or shame.
In the Chicago area, Erin is involved with organizations that promote women’s health and equality. She sits on the Advisory Board of Below Your Belt, L3C, which is pioneering a pelvic health app for preteen girls, and is involved with the Chicago Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women. Outside the office, Erin is a yogi, indoor rock-climber, and weekend brunch connoisseur.
Alice is a massage therapist who maintains a private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been committed to client-centered, science-compatible massage therapy since 1991. She assisted at NMT seminars for the NMT Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, for 10 years and studied Russian Medical and Sports Massage with Zhenya Kurashova Wine for over 10 years, under whose direction she taught Russian Massage for three years. Most recently she has studied DNM under physiotherapist Diane Jacobs.
Alice has a particular interest in pain rehabilitation and enjoys working with performing artists, athletes, and pregnant women. When not devoted to her practice, you can find her playing old time music and dancing every chance she gets.
Mark Olson, Ph.D., LMT, is the director of the Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork, which offers a trauma-informed somatic bodywork program in Kauaʻi. He has an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, specializing in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy from the University of Illinois where he studied memory, attention, and eye movements. He enjoys giving aquatic therapy sessions as well as studying and teaching about how affective neuroscience, somatic psychology, and bodywork interface with one another.
Tania Velázquez teaches orthopedic and sports pathologies, kinesiology, and the advanced practical class at the New York campus of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She graduated from Florida Academy of Massage in 1994. Stuff that interests her include urban gardening, hapkido, home-cooking for guests, and exploring non-verbal communication and its intricacies and power behind the words we choose to use in practice.
Catie holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Colorado and graduated from the Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2007. After working in the spa/salon field, teaching, and then going on to private practice it seemed time to step away from full-time hands on work as a massage therapist. In 2013, an opportunity to move into a new role as owner and director of Amara Massage Therapy & Wellness in Fort Collins, Colorado, started a new journey and return home.
In the last three years, she has devoted herself to the learning and application of science-based massage therapy practices for business and how best to implement these practices in an employee setting. She hopes to foster a new model in Amara, creating a client centered environment that promotes excellent self-care practices and communication for staff and guests.
In her free time she loves working with rescued animals, watching stand up, gardening and enjoying the outdoors, as well as reading all things pain science and massage! She and her husband, Nathan, call Colorado home, and love spending time with their family, friends, and animals.