About the owner

  Lisa Gray has been working in Health Care for more than 15 years and has an extensive background in rehabilitation and the physical sciences. She holds a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., and is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is also a member of the AMTA.

Ask Lisa

  What is occupational therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is one of the three main rehabilitation services. (The other two are Physical Therapy and Speech and Language Pathology) Occupational therapists work to get as much physical recovery from an injury or illness while teaching assistive techniques or using adaptive equipment to allow an individual to function in their life roles. These roles vary according to the person and include such things as homemaker, employee, or in the case of a child - playing.

  Why did you become a massage therapist?
I have always loved continuing education, but this time I decided to try something different. I wanted to work with people who were taking care of themselves preventatively. Massage and other body work styles improve the quality of life and promote wellness. I thought it would add a positive dimension to working in rehabilitation. Massage school added 600 hours of continuing ed. and the ability to work with a new population of clients!

  What is structural integration?
Structural integration is the umbrella term for different "brand-name" therapies such as Hellerwork, Rolfing, KMI and others. I studied with Tom Myers who is an anatomist and a Rolfer. He put his experience together with a unique view of the body that I value. He developed Anatomy Trains which maps myofascial continuities through the body which provide the foundation for this bodywork. The KMI certification was an involved process and another 450 hours of continuing education. I love the work so much that I have been assisting at the courses when I can.

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