By Terrie Yardley-Nohr
As I sit at my desk at work for the last time, it is a great time to reflect on what an adventure my career has been. It was over 31 years ago that I graduated from Kaleidoscope School of Massage. So much has happened since then. I have been blessed with so many mentors such as Donna Zieger (owner of Kaleidoscope), the late Diana Gordon and Cherie Sohnen-Moe. All are incredible individuals in the massage community. I guess that I looked at my career as an adventure, something new with a lot to do. The massage community was just getting started in Missouri and I was pleased to work with a team of people (Estaban Ruvulcaba, Jennifer Peters and Juliet Mee) on the legislation for the state. Being involved with the AMTA at the chapter level enabled me to meet so many wonderful therapists that were dedicated to moving our profession forward. As I moved on to the National level of the AMTA, a whole new world opened up to me. Meeting so many wonderful therapists and educators helped educate me about the massage community and provide mentorship for me in the field.
During my career, I quickly realized that I could never do any of this alone. There is always a team of people involved. From the state and national chapters of the AMTA, to the schools such as Missouri College, Anthem and The Healing Arts Center, there is always a team of people there to help. I thank each and every one that has been there helping and supporting along the way.
I am not totally fading into the sunset with retirement. I was recently offered an opportunity to write for a national magazine and there are several other projects in the works. Feel free to friend me on Facebook to see future adventures. I am looking forward to some travel time in the RV with the animals and friends. And I am still serving on the Board of the Alliance of Massage Educators (AFMTE) for several years to come. What a great group of dedicated people.
To the students that I have had the privilege of teaching, Thank you. I always learned from you and that helped to write a book and to help future students in their careers. A student recently asked me what advice I would offer to a new therapist. My advice would be to remember that every therapist makes an impression on the public about our profession. We hope that it will be a positive impression of nurturing, kindness, patience, integrity and ethical behavior. Those that came before us paved the way for a career that can be rewarding, fulfilling and wonderful. Now you can carry on and pave the way for those that will follow you. Take care of you and show the clients what a wonderful therapist you can be and above all else – stay ethical!!!
In peace - Terrie
Terrie earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in healthcare management from Anthem College. She received her massage therapy training from Kaleidoscope School of Massage. She was the owner of Therapeutic Massage Associates for nearly a decade before the state of Missouri required professional licensure for massage therapists.
She was also involved with the American Massage Therapy Association, having been a Chapter President for three years. She was deeply involved with the lobbying effort that lead to the state of Missouri passing its first licensure statute that brought massage therapy into the realm of licensed wellness care professionals. She has also served as the National Chapter Relations Chair of the AMTA for five years, working with chapters and training for officer positions. Terrie currently serves as a director on the board of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. In addition to that, she also serves as a valued member of the Alliance’s Conference Planning Committee and is board liaison for the Teacher Resources Development Committee.
Terrie's administrative career has covered a lot of ground. She was program director for the Anthem Education Group wherein she managed massage therapy education across seven campuses. She was also an instructor at the Fenton campus. When Anthem closed its doors, Terrie came to The Healing Arts Center in 2014 where she wore a variety of hats. She has taught the business program during her entire tenure at HAC but has also been the school's compliance officer managing HAC's regulatory compliance with ACCSC (HAC's accrediting body), the Missouri Department of Higher Education and the United States Department of Education.
"Terrie's knowledge and experience when it comes to compliance has been invaluable to HAC and to me personally", said David Kenyon, HAC President. "I came here knowing a lot about business development, but not necessarily much about educational and massage-profession regulation. She has been my mentor over the past four years and it has helped me run the school in many important ways."
Terrie enjoys camping in her RV and sewing. In fact, she takes her sewing machines with her when she goes camping with her dog Cooper. For years, Terrie has made fleece scarves for every student at HAC for Christmas. She is a mother and a grandmother and will be very busy during her retirement spending time on adventures and with her family. Everyone at HAC wishes her well in her retirement which is well deserved.
Newest Order of Twin Hearts Nominees Announced, HAC's Highest Honor to Be Bestowed Friday, March 15th, 2019
The Order of Twin Hearts is an honor given to those who embody the true spirit of The Healing Arts Center.
At The Healing Arts Center we graduate a new class of massage therapists every 10 weeks. However, these graduates are not only massage therapists, but wellness professionals who have studied the art of healing. They have accomplished this through exercises exploring consciousness such as Transformational Breathwork and Reiki, and through the personal transformation that comes from completing the year long, 600-hour training program that includes learning about business, the ethics of massage, anatomy and physiology, pathology, assessment, basic and advanced massage techniques, myofascial release, sports massage, and practical experience in the student clinic.
The Healing Arts Center Teams Up With Siteman Cancer Center To Provide In-House Massage Services At All Five Siteman Locations in the St. Louis Region
Siteman Receives Special Grant To Fund Massage and Energy Medicine Care
Every school session The Healing Arts Center publishes a newsletter about happenings at the school and helpful and interesting information for students and others alike. Stop by the school to pick up a copy, or click the image below to read the latest issue of The Fire Bowl.
Back By Popular Demand: Transformative Breathwork Master Track
In 2017, The Healing Arts Center offered transformative breathwork training for the first time in a decade. This unique 100-hour course taught once a week over 20 weeks consists of 80 hours of class room instruction and 20 hours of clinical training in one of the most powerful healing modalities in complementary and alternative medicine. While HAC does not offer this course every year, it is deeply committed to bringing Transformative Breathwork training to health and wellness professionals and the community at large. The course is inspired by the work of some of the nation's greatest breathwork pioneers like Judith Kravitz, Leonard Orr, Tom Goode, and Dr. Stanislav Grof. Healing Arts Center Headmaster, Tom Tessereau, is a direct student of both Kravitz and Goode, and teaches the Transformative Breathwork Master Track, guiding students through the curriculum to be certified breathwork facilitators.
On February 16, You Can Test Drive The Region's Oldest, Largest And Most Prestigious Massage Therapy Training Program For Free
Massage Essentials Gives Prospective Students A Chance To Test-Drive Massage Therapy School. Is This Transformative Training Right For You?
Massage Essentials is a free workshop for those people considering massage therapy education. This free class, taught by HAC's Headmaster, Tom Tessereau, allows all participants to "test-drive" the Healing Arts Center's highly unique Massage Therapy Training Program. HAC is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive massage therapy training program in the region.
The school is known for blending top-shelf training in massage technique with holistic healing modalities such as Reiki, Pranic Healing and Transformational Breathwork. This multifaceted approach gives its graduates a much larger tool kit with which to create a successful professional career. Every HAC graduate is taught an entire term of Myofascial Release, an advanced massage technique, that can treat a wide spectrum of health issues from sports injuries to relieving the pain of mastectomy scars.
First Ever Conscious Movement Bodywork Training Workshop Taught by Roger Weinerth this February 23 and 24 at HAC
This month HAC is hosting a workshop that is new to us, but is entirely aligned with the concepts HAC teaches in the massage program. Conscious Movement Bodywork Training with Roger Weinerth takes place on February 23 and 24.
Roger Weinerth is offering a free 90 minute demonstration on Wednesday, February 6 from 6:30pm to 8pm, a preview to his Conscious Movement Bodywork Training workshop February 23 & 24.
The Healing Arts Center is proud to host Dr. Mary D. Clark, PhD in January to teach Pranic Crystal Healing™ and Psychic Self-Defense™. These advanced level Pranic Healing® courses have not been taught in the St. Louis region since 2011 making Dr. Clark's visit a true educational opportunity.
Dr. Clark worked closely with Grand Master Choa Kok Sui as part of his inner circle for many years. She has been a globally respected authority on Pranic Healing® for decades, through the Pranic Healing® Certification Program for Pranic Applications, and as the owner of Pranic Healing® San Diego.
Dr. Clark Will Offer Two Special Pranic Healing® Course At HAC From January 18th to 20th
Honoring Top Students at the Red Robe Ceremony
On Friday, December 21st, The Healing Arts Center is honored to graduate 20 people from the Massage Therapy Training Program, and 21 from the Energy Medicine Master Track. In recent years, HAC graduations have become substantially larger than in past years due to a substantial growth in enrollment in the school's Massage Therapy Training Program (MTTP) and the popularity of the school's advanced level training in the Master Tracks program.
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