MARY GAIL SULLIVAN
I graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute’s 1200-hour program in 1993. I took the first NCBTMB exam, completed Ben E. Benjamin’s Orthopedic Massage and Teacher Training programs in 1994, and became a faculty member at MTI. I wrote the curriculum and taught the first 900-hour technique class for MTI. I was green and sure I would never be able to pull it off, but I had passionate and caring teachers, and I strived to provide similar experiences for my students.
I was the department head for the Muscular Therapy Technique Department. I wrote and rewrote the curriculum as our field rapidly evolved. I have also taught continuing education courses for the past 7 years, channeling my enthusiasm for teaching into mentoring you, my colleagues.
Although I have been practicing muscular therapy since 1992, in one sense, my training began years earlier with my commitment to playing sports at an international level. I played rugby for 22 years, and captained the USA to claim the 1st women’s world cup title in 1991. Every aspect of my body was sore at one time or another, giving me an internal awareness of anatomy and the body’s amazing ability to heal. If Rugby was my first love, then practicing massage is my true love, and teaching massage, my passion.
After 17 years in practice, my work is an integration of orthopedic massage, assessment, evaluative skills, clinical work, a kinesthetic understanding of anatomy and life experience. I believe our work is deep, but deep doesn’t equal pain. Working out chronic tension, adhesions, and injuries is intense but should not be painful. When a client is holding their breath or enduring our treatment, we have gone beyond intensity into the realm of damage. My goal in every treatment is to help the client feel better and to enjoy the work as it is given. “No pain, no gain” has no place in the massage room. My mission as a teacher is to teach others how to do excellent work without hurting themselves or others.
Down to the Bone Parts I-III
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