After twelve years as a massage therapist, I have experienced the power of massage on all aspects of a person's well-being. From musculoskeletal injuries to emotional and mental stress, massage can facilitate the body's natural healing abilities unlike anything else. I gradated from Crystal Mountain in 2004, and since
then massage has been my living, and a source of deep reward and endless fascination.
As a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, I have found this innovative taping style to be a potent stimulus for the body, like an extension of the therapist's hands. We are fortunate to be the only massage school in the nation to offer this comprehensive, 36-hour certification within the program, and I am happy to bring the intricacies of this taping method to CMI students.
Greg's mission is to assist in the body's natural way to heal itself. His background includes over 20 years of emergency room experience, with more than 12 years experience as a massage therapist. He's receptive to the needs of all age groups.
What got him interested? He was participating in the Duke City Marathon and received a massage after his run. He was so impressed with the results he began his training soon after at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics.
A former half-marathon runner, Greg is attuned to the needs of runners and other sports enthusiasts. His emergency room experience makes him aware of how daily stresses often affect us just like intense sports events.
Using techniques specifically designed to release and relax deep muscle tissue, Greg is able to help "open" the muscles for improved circulation removing toxins like lactic acid.
His philosophy is that "Only God and Nature heal." To assist in the process, Greg's goal is to "...remove my ego from our sessions so the body and spirit may heal."
Tali oversees all operations at Crystal Mountain. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Anthropology from UNM. Tali is also responsible for developing and implementing new community programs focused on health and well-being using touch-centered therapies.
After traveling many diverse life paths, I have rediscovered the simple, yet profound experience of touch. I find its ability to ease the body, calm the mind, and nourish the spirit a delight and a new calling. I look forward every day to sharing this passion with my students and my clients.
In 2010, I joined the Crystal Mountain faculty where I now teach a variety of subjects including contraindications, physiology, pathology, geriatric and oncology massage, myofascial release, research topics in massage, first aid and CPR.
My own practice attracts clients with a variety of goals and expectations ranging from relaxation and palliative massages, to more advanced techniques designed for chronic pain management and soft tissue rehabilitation.
I am a graduate of Crystal Mountain School and I also hold a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I am a graduate of Crystal Mountain, Apprenticeship to the Healing Arts, class of 1997. I spent the next 6 years experiencing different locations to work from and exploring a variety of techniques and modalities. In 2004, I returned to Crystal Mountain to begin my career as a massage therapy instructor as well as leasing space within the school for my own massage therapy practice.
My personal style of bodywork is an accumulation of all that I have learned over the last 17 years. I have experience in working with deep tissue, muscular skeletal, and issue specific concerns. I have also studied the energetic side of bodywork; Reiki and Polarity. Lomi Lomi is a bodywork style that I have spent extensive time studying and practicing. Lomi Lomi is based on ancient Hawaiian healing principles, working with spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspect of a being.
Clinic Operations Director
My initial massage therapy training was at Crystal Mountain, at a time before it was even called Crystal Mountain! It feels like I've come full circle to be able to be able to share my skills and knowledge with the students here. I feel honored and privileged to share time with the students and staff in this positive, personal growth-oriented environment.
Passions: Massage, fitness, laughing, learning, my husband, enjoying the company of family and friends.
Favorite quote: "Dwell in possibility" --Emily Dickenson
I am a graduate of Crystal Mountain Massage, class of March 2011. My journey has been one of personal, spiritual and emotional growth. I spent the initial part of my career building my private practice and maintaining my connection with Crystal Mountain. My private practice is primarily mobile massage and event (chair) massage. I joined Crystal Mountain Institute as a massage therapy instructor in 2015. I am continuously learning and exploring the experience of touch and wellbeing. I am honored to be part of the CMI family!
Passions: my family and friends and the beach/ocean
My motto: Don't forget to breathe. Take a step back and breathe.
Massage Therapy Program Director