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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.
- NCTMB – Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and
- AMTA – American Massage Therapy Association since 1990
- CAMTC -- CA Certified Massage Therapist, ID# 32502
More About Jane
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.
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
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.
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.
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