Meet CTA’s West View Massage Therapy Instructor, Joanna McElwain
Joanna McElwain, Massage Therapy Program Coordinator at West View Campus has been teaching Massage Therapy and Applied General Education courses at Career Training Academy since 2010. Joanna is a licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork through NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). She is a Certified Fitness Trainer through ISSA (International Sport Science Association) and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Development, a Master’s of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Holistic Health and Metaphysical Humanistic Science.
Joanna Co-founded a company, Lotus Inspired, LLC in 2010, with her business partner Amanda Wilson, also a Massage Therapy Instructor at Career Training Academy. They are an approved provider of continuing education to licensed massage therapists through the NCBTMB. Lotus Inspired also provides massage and bodywork services to Universities, Colleges, Medical Centers and corporations in the Pittsburgh area.
Amanda has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2002, she is licensed and Board Certified. She has been practicing Usui Reiki since 1999 and has been a Master Teacher since 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Holistic Healing from IMHS, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree. She has been teaching in the Massage Therapy field since 2007.
In addition to their instruction with Career Training Academy, Joanna and Amanda offer many classes of continuing education for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers They traveled to Thailand to learn Thai Massage and had the opportunity to study at TMC, ITM, Watpo, Old Medicine Hospital and Namo. They also traveled to Hawaii to learn the Polynesian practice of Lomi Lomi- Temple Bodywork and the application of the Huna principles. In addition, they studied Ayurvedic Medicine and learned Marma Point Therapy through Dr. Shakar. They plan to continue learning and teaching new and traditional modalities to better meet needs of the client and serve as educators in the massage and bodywork field.
Career Training Academy is fortunate to have such tenured and experienced instructors to contribute to the instruction and success of our Massage Therapy students and graduates.
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