Rebecca K. Manitsas, PhD, LMBT
Massage Therapy training at The Body Therapy Institute, Siler City, NC, 2003-2004.
BS in Chemistry at Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1989-1993.
PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993-1997.
Prior to Massage Therapy:
My life before massage therapy included receiving a BS in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, OH, in 1993, cum laude. I went straight to graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received my PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1997. After two post-doctural assignments, I found a job in the environmental field as an Analytical Chemist running and reviewing environmental data from instruments. Over the next 11 years, I worked up to management and finally technical director for the company.
Sounds great, right? For me, the stress of the job took its toll. During the first five years, I had many health problems. I continued to get sick in a way that required surgical intervention. The company I worked for really went to bat for me and supported me through each one of my healing events. I truly couldn’t have asked for better treatment during that aspect. Yet, why was I continually getting sick? I just couldn’t figure it out, nor could the physicians. What I knew was that I was unable to handle the stresses of the job. I didn’t have a way to find rest such that my body could re-equilibrate and catch up from what I was depleting from it daily. I am also a very tender hearted individual, and many times felt beaten down in the environment.
Finding Massage Therapy:
During the first five years of working in chemistry, I also studied martial arts. There were a few times, as in all martial arts training, that I was injured. In finding treatment for these injuries, I saw a gentleman who practiced acupressure, Reiki and specific deep tissue massage that released the injuries quickly and effectively. I was amazed. After about six months of receiving treatments from him as needed, I decided to participate in the Reiki I training course. It blew my mind. I had always been a very energetic person, and now I found an avenue to utilize this innate ability. After another six months, I took the Reiki II class and was blown away again. I realized after this class that my calling was to ‘have my hands on people’. It’s not a great turn of phrase, I’m sure I could make it prettier, but that’s how the phrase came to me. Two weeks later, I was attending the night class for Massage Therapy at a nationally renowned school, The Body Therapy Institute, in Siler City, NC.
The Melting Pot:
After graduating from massage school, while I was studying for my licensure exam, I took some time off of chemistry and focused on my new field. After passing my exam with high marks at the end of 2004, I started seeing clients and continued to work part time in the chemistry field while I built my practice. During this time, I began what became a 4 year adventure of teaching the Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology night class at The Body Therapy Institute. Having the opportunity to teach this level of material, in addition to teaching over 100 students palpatory skills, was priceless. I find that much of my ability to find specific issues for my clients is based on this advanced training for myself. If I had to teach it to someone else, you better believe I had to know exactly where the muscle was located! What an amazing blessing this time was.
My Massage Practice:
Now I find myself engaged in massage therapy full time. Everytime I get the opportunity to work with a client, I am honored and excited to see what awareness the session will bring to light. So much of my work is about helping you find balance in your body. Whether it's stress relief or specific muscle imbalances, being able to offer information to you about your body is one of the things I absolutely love about being a massage therapist.
My specialties include but are not limited to: Medical/Therapeutic Massage, Lymphatic Drainage, Cupping, Relaxation Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Prenatal Massage and Reiki. I continue to learn and grow in my field and love being able to incorporate all of my skills in whatever session we have together in order to bring you satisfaction.
Over the years, I have taken my prior advanced palpatory knowledge of muscle locations and actions and refined them with the material from the Medical Massage, cupping techniqes and lymphatice drainage, to create a session that fits you. I find this blending of massage therapy allows the greater community to recognize the advanced training I have taken in order to help people heal from injuries or chronic tension patterns. These specific, highly trained skills are used for many soft tissue injuries as well as for those of us that have repetitive jobs that cause postural imbalances. I am able to effectively and quickly help my clients gain relief from their pain and strive to educate them about bringing balance to their bodies. For example, if your job is to sit at a computer all day, I'll help release the contracted muscles that you have to use to keep that posture at the computer, and give you exercises to strengthen the opposite muscles to help balance the joints you are using. Each session will bring your specific issues to light and we can create a 'secret recipe' just for you so that you can find relief from your exact problem. Generalities can help, but getting specific information regarding your body is the only way for you to find long term relief.