Carlos CruzLicensed Massage therapist
- Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, 2014
- Certified in Active Release Technique(ART) and Graston Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation, 2012
- Certified as a Structural Integrator, Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration, 2014
- Certified Kinstretch instructor, 2020
- ACUPUNCTURE AND MOXIBUSTION
- FUNCTIONAL RANGE ASSESSMENT
- STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
I became a massage therapist in 2014. My journey to bodywork began while serving in the United States Army as a medic. Working in the Western medicine epicenter of a level 1 trauma center I was quickly jaded to the ideas of the quick fix that most Western medicine seemed to focus on. Deciding to still stay in the medical field I became an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012 and began to study manual treatment techniques. Becoming certified in Active Release Technique(ART) for the Upper Body and Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation.
I began to see the wonders of manual techniques and their holistic approach to injury/pain treatment. Exiting the service in 2013 I quickly started massage school where I learned the basic Swedish massage techniques while at the same time getting as much information on Deep Myofascial Techniques on which ART was somewhat based. Starting with Anatomy Trains( a great book by Thomas Myers), I began my journey with Structural Integration(SI) techniques learning a variety of modalities from many different schools of Structural Integration. As of May 2014 I have become certified as a Structural Integrator from the Soma Institute of Neuromuscular Integration.
My work at the moment revolves around using Somassage and SI work to rid people of both chronic and acute pain and body imbalances. I can do focus sessions but the longer time I have the better I can help the body with issues that is going on. I hope to bring this work together with my Eastern medicine practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine which I started at OCOM Fall 2016.
As well as my medical knowledge I also bring my background in fitness being a certified Crossfit Coach with deep understanding of Barbell lifting( Power and Olympic styles) as well as a growing knowledge and proficiency in Gymnastics, Bouldering and general Rehab/Prehab and Strength and Conditioning. As of late have started on my quest to getting a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.