Art of Massage - Bodywork & Authentic Movement
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About Jane Blount, HHP
      
       I received my Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) certification from the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, where I specialized in Therapeutic Massage and Somato-Emotional Integration. I have over 1,500 hours of training from IPSB and numerous continuing education providers in acupressure, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, pregnancy massage, Thai massage, and chair massage.  I am nationally certified and am committed to on-going continuing education.

       With over 25 years of experience as a massage therapist and bodyworker in both chiropractic and private practice settings, I bring extensive kinesthetic and anatomical knowledge and a deep respect for the innate wisdom of the body to my work.

       My passion is to help people feel better by bringing about insight, healing and well-being through skilled, conscious touch and movement.


Professional Affiliations
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  • NCTMB – Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • AMTA – American Massage Therapy Association since 1990
  • CAMTC -- CA Certified Massage Therapist, ID# 20993


More About Jane

       You could say I’m a truth seeker whose primary lens of perception is through the body; the sensing, feeling, thinking, physical body.  I’ve always been fascinated by the body; I love delving into the details to learn about the stuff we are made of – the flesh and bones, the fluids and systems that make up the whole of who we are, and how our thoughts and feelings affect our bodies and sense of self.  I love working with the body to bring about insight, healing, and well-being through skilled, conscious touch and movement.  And I love to dance, to move with mindfulness, to express myself fully and honestly. 
 
        I first studied and began practicing Shiatsu (Acupressure Massage) at Ohashiatsu Institute in New York City in the mid 1980’s while dancing professionally in New York City.  I’d tote my foam pad around on the subway to my clients’ homes throughout the city and offer this ancient eastern form of bodywork that is so effective for loosening knots and grounding the body. 
 
       It was also while in NYC that I was introduced to the Alexander Technique and Ideokinesis, two wonderful somatic practices that focus on alignment and easeful, intelligent use of the body to improve posture and skillful movement.   I studied Ideokinesis, a form of visualization, most often used by dancers but valuable for everyone interested in improving alignment and easing tensions in the body, with Peggy Baker and Irene Dowd in NYC.  Later, while living in the Midwest I studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow, one of the first people trained by F.M. Alexander to teach his method of postural reeducation. 
 
       I continued my studies in massage in San Diego, CA at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, now the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) where I completed the Massage Technician training in 1989.  After which I established a private practice in Winona, MN.

        My desire to expand my knowledge of massage and bodywork, and in particular the mindbody connection, led me back to San Diego in 1994 to study Somato-Emotional Integration with Carole Osborne Sheets at IPSB where they had just established the Integrative Somatics program.  I’d met Carole when I took her Pre- and Perinatal Massage certification course in Chicago and instinctively knew that this gifted teacher was to become an important teacher and mentor for me.  In 1995 I received my Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) certification in Integrative Somatics from IPSB where I specialized in Somato-Emotional Integration and therapeutic bodywork. 
 
       In addition to my massage and bodywork training, my extensive background as a professional dancer and dance educator richly informs my work.  Here in San Diego I was a co-founder of and dance artist with the dance and performance collective, Lower Left, and I danced with the companies of Jean Isaacs, Nancy McCaleb, John Malashock and several independent choreographers.  Studies in various somatic movement disciplines and mindfulness based practices in addition to the Alexander Technique, and Ideokinesis include Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation, Yoga, Chi Gung, T’ai Chi, and Vipassana meditation.
 
       I continue to practice Authentic Movement, and have been a student of Mindfulness Meditation since 1990 when I attended my first Vipassana (Insight Meditation) retreat with Jack Kornfield at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.  Being present to what is, is a practice that I intend to embrace my entire life. 
 
       It is my honor and delight to draw from this wealth of experience as I touch, educate, and empower individuals in defining and reaching their personal goals for health and well-being.  


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