As a childhood competitive gymnast, Karen grew up with chiropractors and physical therapists taking care of her body. She attended high school in Friendswood, Texas and studied at Texas A&M University. Karen moved to Albany, NY in 2001 and graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications. She tackled the world of sales and marketing for five successful years. Five years of 60 hour work weeks, luncheons, meetings, suits, and heels led Karen to decide something needed to give. She thanks her sister, Amy, as really the one to make her the massage therapist she is today. Amy constantly begged Karen to walk on her back and rub her feet when they were children, and bought Karen her first massage when she graduated college. Karen moved to Buffalo in late 2007 and attended the New York Institute of Massage in Williamsville. She also began actively practicing yoga, and firmly believes in the combination of yoga and massage to improve quality of life and promote stress reduction.
Karen furthered her education with studies in John Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach and cranial-sacral therapy. She has also studied orthopedic massage techniques and kinesiotaping to elevate her role in therapeutic and not just relaxation massage. In 2011, Karen discovered cupping therapy while searching for an effective and innovative method to provide clients pain relief without discomfort. She trained with the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA) and became a Certified Cupping Therapist. Cupping therapy radically changed Karen’s practice and helped her own recovery from injury. She continued training with the ICTA and in 2013 became a Certified Cupping Instructor and served as the Northeast Regional Educator for the ICTA. In 2014 Karen retired from travel to tackle the next big adventure in her life...parenting! She keeps her home office base in Buffalo to raise her family and continue helping her loyal clients.
Christine Bailor, is the owner of The Body Essential, with an office located in Williamsville, New York. She has been a full-time massage therapist since 2000, when she placed her full-time nursing career aside to pursue another area of healthcare. She is a Registered Professional Nurse and a Licensed Massage Therapist, in NYS and PA, as well as being Board Certified. She graduated from Sisters' Hospital School of Nursing in 1985 and the New York Institute of Massage in 1999. Christine continued her education at St. Joseph's College in Windham, Maine in Health Care Administration and the CORE Institute in Tallahassee, Florida.
Christine's main areas of practice are Structural Integration, Myofascial Therapy and Oncology Massage and she is one of only two CORE Certified Structural Integrative Therapists in the Western New York area, She has been trained in a spectrum of massage practices including but not limited to: Thai, Pre-natal, CranioSacral, Reflexology and Orthopedics. Christine is a past member of the faculty at the New York Institute of Massage and has also served as a Teaching Assistant for the Upledger Institute.
Christine is also an active member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Society for Oncology Massage and American Holistic Nurses Association. She is currently the AMTA State Secretary for New York and was a member of National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists, where she served as Secretary for the National Board of Directors.
DC, MBA, LMT, CLT, CCT
Thomas Pinckney is a dynamic instructor with over 16 years of teaching experience in the massage therapy field. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Psychology from Empire State College and his vast knowledge and experience run the gamut of bodywork modalities from medical massage to spa techniques and beyond. Tom completed his massage training in 1997 at the NY Institute of Massage where he was then an instructor for 16 years. Tom is currently a massage therapy instructor at Niagara County Community College (NCCC). Tom's unique style can be be attributed in part to his advanced training in martial arts and his years of study and teaching Shiatsu, which have also given him invaluable knowledge and skill in body mechanics and movement.
Dr. Rachel is the owner and operator of LMTeach Continuing Education. She completed her undergraduate education at SUNY at Buffalo and holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and Master of Business Administration degree from D'Youville College and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree from Medaille College. Since completing her massage therapy training at the New York Institute of Massage in 2008, Dr. Rachel has continued her bodywork education with advanced training in oncology massage, John Barnes' Myofascial Release technique, Graston Technique and kinesiology taping and has completed training as a Certified Lymphatic Therapist (CLT) and Certified Cupping Therapist (CCT). She currently serves as Massage Therapy Program Director at Trocaire College and has been an instructor at the NY Institute of Massage, Niagara County Community College and Bryant & Stratton College.
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