In his 1856 journal, the great American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote, "I love the winter, with its imprisonment and its cold, for it compels the prisoner to try new fields ...View Article
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Felicia Cursi, CMT, ART
Having grown up in Brentwood, I moved to southern California as soon as possible as a young adult. While there I began to participate in cardio kickboxing for my health. I would spend up to 2 hours a day, 5 days a week in the gym. As I was seeing the “healthy” results I desired, my body was dramatically wearing down. I begin to have trouble getting out of bed; sitting and driving to work was becoming painful. And yet I still continued to go. I consulted my general physician who prescribed an anti-inflammatory and pain pill then sent me on my way. Medication was not my first choice, but I believed there were no other options.
After 23 years in southern California, I moved home and finally made the choice to take care of myself. With the help of a local chiropractor my rehabilitation began. However, it was when I met a second chiropractor, Dr. Hubbard, that I began to really feel my body heal. During the initial consultation he suggested I include massage in my plan. I didn’t understand why having a “relaxing massage” would help, but how could I say no? Dr. H had massage therapists in the office that partnered with him to help facilitate the healing process. So it began, I would see a massage therapist and get adjusted. Within a few months I was getting out of bed without hesitation and could drive my car for extended periods of time - pain free. Without both of them working on my behalf, I am sure that I would have continued to take unwanted medications to control my pain and discomfort.
Ultimately, this journey of self-care and healing led me to want to give back what was given to me: an awareness of my body with the ability to keep it healthy and balanced. If one person regains confidence in their body’s strength to live a life that is well balanced and cared for, and have a renewed sense of health, my goal will be accomplished. It is my wish to provide a compassionate and therapeutic massage to as many people as possible and help them get back what they thought was lost.
As a graduate of the National Holistic Institute, a nationally accredited massage therapy school, I completed 900 hours of a comprehensive massage therapy training program including anatomy, physiology, pathology and multiple modalities of hands-on bodywork training.