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Staff Listing (updated 2/2/2011)
Victoria Stone NCMT Victoria Stone NCMT began massage training simply to add to her skills as a Hospice volunteer in 1989. never expecting massage therapy to become an occupation. Previously sShe had previously taught Political Science at Virginia Tech and Radford University, and had operated AdVantage Advertising Agency in Blacksburg , Virginia for a dozen years. But something was missing in her work life. She found that practicing massage therapy was far more gratifying and far less anxiety producing than her ad agency work. Receiving massage therapy had proved vital in restoring her health and well-being following a serious back injury in 1987, and had helped take the edge off the constant stress from her business life. She found she wanted to help others with their discomforts as she had been helped.
Victoria has specialized in various forms of clinical massage therapy including deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, Thai yoga massage, pregnancy massage, cranio-sacral therapy, movement therapy, hot stone therapy, ,Lomi Lomi, advanced myofascial techniques, and most recently Watsu®, a form of aquatic bodywork based on Zen shiatsu.
She is a Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor, and has been a birth doula, providing comfort measures for laboring women. She and her partner, Tod Whitehurst, formed Massage Therapy Associates of the New River Valley in 2005 in Newport , Virginia , where they have established a therapeutic warm pool for their Watsu practice. In addition to their private massage practices, they both teach continuing education classes through Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga in Blacksburg, Virginia.in hot stone therapy, couples massage and partner yoga.
Victoria She has taught professional massage therapy classes since 1996, becoming a partner in Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2000, where she continues as academic director and one of the primary instructors at the school. She has also taught a vocational class in self-massage, couple massage, and the prevention of repetitive strain injuries since 1992. She is a founding member of the Southwest Virginia Massage Therapists' Association, and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and is nationally certified through NCBTMB.
In April 2007 her book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Massage Illustrated, was published by Penguin Press. Her second book, The World's Best Massage Techniques, was published by Fairwinds Press in late 2010.
Victoria provides massage therapy in an office at Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga on some Mondays and Wednesdays, and other days and evenings, except Friday evenings through Sunday afternoons, by appointment in Newport, a 12-minute drive from Virginia Tech.
Tod Whitehurst NCMT Tod Whitehurst NCMT is a nationally certified massage therapist and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). He is former President of the Southwest Virginia Massage Therapist Association. He is a founding member of the Massage Associates of the New River Valley. He is a Certified Laughing Yoga Instructor and the founder of the Laughter Club of the New River Valley.
Tod is a faculty member of the Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga where he teaches classes in hydrotherapy, workplace massage, sports massage, ethics and hot stone therapy. Tod is a graduate of Lynchburg College and Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga he is certified by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Tod is trained in a multitude of modalities including Medical Massage and his sessions consist of a set of combined deep therapies encompassing many different styles including a technique of his own called “Muscle Comforting”. Each session is tailored to the specific needs of his clients.
In the late 1990’s while traveling in northern California Tod experienced a profound form of bodywork performed in the warm waters at Harbin Hot Springs. The type of massage is called Watsu® which stands for water shiatsu. His healing and transformative experience with Watsu® led Tod to travel to California in 2004 to attend training with the originator Harold Dull. He and his business partner have established a healing warm pool nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia where they offer Virginians an opportunity to experience the powerful healing combination of water and massage.
Chris has lived in Blacksburg , since 1989. His bodywork incorporates a structural, functional and educational approach, balancing, centering and organizing the body in relationship to itself and to gravity, evoking a more open and integrated body with increased ease and efficiency of movement. He received his Rolfing® training at the Rolf Institute of Boulder, CO and the Australian Rolfing Association in Sydney .
Vanessa Best NCMT, ERYT-500
Mindy Shively, body-worker, artist.
Christina Longobardi, NCMT
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