July, 2015

Jen travels to UNC in North Carolina to get treated for Lyme disease and Babesia (another tick-borne illness).  While this has been a challenging time, she looks forward to teaching again in 2016.  Huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been contacting us!  We appreciate your patience as it has been difficult to follow up but Shirley is on board now as an administrative assistant and is doing a GREAT job with getting caught up!  New class dates will be posted in February, 2016.

June 6-8, 2014
Massage therapists from 2 countries and 3 different states came to Sarasota to take the Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class held at Abundant Life Massage.  They learned indications and contraindications as well as gentle and safe massage techniques in order to work with clients who have or have had cancer.  Lives were transformed and scars softened in the post-mastectomy scar tissue and general oncology clinics.  It is always an honor and privilige to get to work with people who are living with cancer and we are always so very appreciative to the clinic clients who take time out of their days and offer themselves up to massage therapists so they can learn these techniques.  Thank you to each and every one of you!

 

February 5-6, February 7-9, March 14-16, and April 11-13, 2014
Jen, and her trusty side-kick Sylvia Edmonds, taught the Learn to Massage Your Dog class plus the 75 in-class hours of the Canine Massage Therapy Certification program to a number of incredible people who love dogs and want to learn how to safely massage companion animals for compensation.  We had memorable experiences at ACE Pet Resort, where students got to practice an extended full-body canine massage on senior residents, went to a local pet store to learn prenatal and puppy massage, and had several canine athletes from SOTC to practice sports massage on for that part of the training.  Once again, we were reminded of the special bond that is created between people and dogs when the power of touch is added to the equation.

January 18, 2014

Raindrop Technique for the Massage Therapist was the topic of conversation, and CEs, for several amazing people at this one day seminar.   If you haven’t experienced Raindrop Technique before as a recipient or a therapist, you really should give it a try!  It feels great and is incredibly beneficial to you and your clients!


October 21, 2013
Jen travelled to Ocala, FL to teach 2 hours of the “More Clients Monday” class at the North Central Florida FSMTA Chapter meeting.  Topics discussed were: business cards, website design, and elevator speeches, and brochure/postcards.  It was a blast getting to know the therapist up in that area even though it rained cats and dogs before the meeting!  Summer and Grover came along for the ride and for a “sleep-over” in the dog-friendly hotel.  We also met up with our friend, Jan Marsh from England(!) for dinner, puppy zooms, and dessert.


October 10, 11, & 12, 2013

We had four licensed massage therapists come together for our annual “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” offering of Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class.  These wonderful women learned gentle, relaxation techniques to effectively offer a palliative care massage, post-mastectomy scar tissue techniques, and created a safe treatment plan for a client who actively has or previously had cancer and then were able to offer that treatment to the client.  It was a life-transforming weekend for everyone involved, including Summer and Grover, our canine massage therapy demo-dogs, who came along for love, support, and kisses.

September 21- October 2, 2013

Abundant Life Massage offered Learn to Massage Your Dog PLUS Modules 1-3 of our 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification Level 1 training over the course of 13 days straight!  This was the first time it was offered back-to-back in Sarasota!  Participants came from all over the United States and Florida to attend the training, where they learned how to safely massage dogs at a level of excellence in spite of rain chucking down for several days in a row!  At one point we had 17 dogs at the venue!  Thanks to ACE Pet Resort, Southeastern Guide Dogs, and Poochies Pampered Pets for allowing us to come to your facilities for massage, puppy hugging, and observation of canine body language.  This was our first canine massage training we offered without our lead demo-dog Pilot.  It was very difficult but Summer and Grover rose to the occasion and we also broke in a new vizsla puppy named Gracie as our newest demo-dog!

September 7, 2013
It was a sad day for Abundant Life Massage as we saw Pilot, our first canine massage therapy demo dog, cross over to the Rainbow Bridge at the age of 13, while visiting Chapel Hill, NC.  Thank you to Dr. Donna and the staff of Tyson Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, for your kindness and compassion and Brian and Laurie Cahill for helping Pilot know such great love right up to his final breath.  Pilot was diagnosed with cancer, fibrosarcoma of the deltoid muscle, in early 2012 but took his job at Abundant Life Massage very seriously and helped teach hundreds of students canine massage therapy, including the students through the August, 2013 class.  He was a true gentleman vizsla, kind in nature, and patient with all; his presence and spirit will truly be missed.  Fly fast and free to the Rainbow Bridge, sweet Pilot, aka “Kizmar Flying on the Weekend”.  RIP, Pilot 5/2/2000-9/7/2013



August 2013
August turned out to be an extraordinarily busy month as Abundant Life Massage offered Intro/Intermediate Canine Massage on August 3-4, Stone Massage with guest instructor Annie Murphy on August 10-11, Raindrop Technique on August 24, and Rejuvenate and Refresh Your Massage Techniques, aka “The Procrastinator Special” on August 29-30, the final two days before all licensed massage therapists in the State of Florida needed to renew their licenses and show they had completed 24 CEs in the past two years!  What a blessing to meet so many amazing dog lovers and LMTs this month!

July 12, 13, & 14, 2013

Jen traveled to Tampa, FL to be an assistant her good friend, and mentor, Lauren Muser-Cates, as Lauren taught her 3-day Oncology Massage class, which was sponsored by the AMTA, to 24 licensed massage therapists.  Jen was available to answer questions from students, assisting with the hands on portions of the training, and providing a snack “buffet”, that was unequalled in CE offerings!  It was wonderful reconnecting with Lauren, seeing the similarities and differences in how she taught similar subject material, and meeting the students who were passionate about learning how to help this special group of clients.




June 7, 8, & 9, 2013
18 licensed massage therapists came together at the Center for Building Hope in Lakewood Ranch, FL to learn Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer.  Students learned gentle, relaxation techniques to effectively offer a palliative care massage, post-mastectomy scar tissue techniques, and created a safe treatment plan for a client who actively has or previously had cancer and then were able to offer that treatment to a client.  It was a life-transforming weekend for everyone involved, including Ralph, the jack russell terrior, who joined us for much of the weekend.

May 10-12, 2013

Abundant Life Massaged offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 3 workshop!  By the end of the weekend,  students completed 75 of the 100 hour certification program.  Topics covered in the weekendincluded: Kinesiology of Canine Athletes, Hydrotherapy, Sports Massage, Puppy/Prenatal Massage, Energy-work, Aromatherapy, an Acupuncture lecture by Dr. Thom Smith, Practice Management/Laws/Ethics, and two Clinic sessions including a trip to Southeastern Guide Dogs, in Palmetto to practice Puppy Massage (Puppy Hugging).  Participants are now working their way through Module 4, which is a 25 hour internship!   Summer also got a new tutu, courtesy of a very gifted mom of one of our class participants, which made her very happy!


April 18-20, 2013
Oncology Massage Healing Summit SnowJen attended the Society for Oncology Massage “World Healing Summit” in Bloomington, MN at Northwestern College of Health Sciences, an event held once every three years.  The first day was the “Educators’ Summit” where all of the instructors approved by S4OM gathered to discuss topics such as Oncology Massage Certification and techniques for teaching Lymph watersheds.  The second and third days included key note speakers and speakers sharing a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to cancer, cancer treatments, and safely performing massage therapy on clients who have or have had cancer.  This is always an event Jen looks forward to attending as a time of renewal, reflection, connection with hundreds of therapists with shared passions, and this year included 12″ of snow!  Abundant Life Massage also volunteered to host a “mini-summit” at the 18 month point in Sarasota and is knee-deep in preparations for the next 18 months!

April 12-14, 2013
Abundant Life Massage offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 2 workshop!  Participants learned about Breeds and Conformation, Canine Pathology affecting gait, Kinesiology (study of how canines move), Gait analysis, SOAP Note Documentation, and experienced two different Clinic sessions, including scar tissue massage at ACE Pet Resort!


March 4-17, 2013
Jen took the trip of a lifetime flying to England with two friends from Facebook, who are also vizsla afficianados, where they attended Crufts Dog Show, meeting lots of Facebook friends from the United Kingdom, and also attended a 100+ vizsla “Viz-Whiz” through the London-Surrey VizWhiz group at a HUGE property where all of the dogs could run and play off-leash while all of the humans did a 5 mile hike on the grounds.  It was such an awesome experience to be surrounded with like-minded individuals and dog-lovers!





March 1-3, 2013

Jen taught Module 1 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification to 4 wonderful women.  Students went to the dog park to observe canine body language, practiced an advanced relaxation routine, massaged dogs at ACE Pet Resort, and attended the Pug Parade event to analyze the marketing techniques of other canine-focused businesses.  Grover also took over teaching about muscles!  Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT also came in to teach the class on death and dying, having many years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor.  Many dogs and all participants left the weekend feeling fulfilled, at ease, and happy!


February 16-17, 2013

Abundant Life Massage offered Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage to several very excited participants!

September 15-16, 2012

Abundant Life Massage offered Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage to several very excited participants!

August 11-23, 2012

We took our Canine Massage Therapy Certification program out of town for the first time and traveled to Durham, NC to teach the entire certification in two weeks!  All three dogs made the 14 hour trip (each way) without so much as a peep!  Not only that, but we discovered the most amazing facility in Durham called “Lap It Up” which is a canine training center with a hydrotherapy pool for dogs!  It was wonderful meeting new people and teaching in such a great place as Durham!

July 21-22, 2012

Abundant Life Massage launched a new class “Learn to Massage Your Dog”.  The content is essentially the same as the Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage classes but includes an additional hour of sports massage techniques.  Our agility and flyball friends have been requesting this addition to our curriculum so this weekend we launched the class!
June 23-24, 2012

Welcome Grover to the Abundant Life Massage canine massage therapy demo-dog group!  Jen and her husband flew up to Minneapolis, MN to pick up Grover, our new 15 week old vizsla puppy who is destined to be a great massage therapy demo-dog.  He was a joy on the 26 hour drive back to Florida and we anticipate great things happening for our newest addition!  Incidentally, he is Pilot’s cousin and also is related to Summer, our other two vizslas!

 

May 18-20, 2012

Puppy massage and puppy hugging abounded as participants from Module 3 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification class went to Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Discovery Center in downtown Sarasota.  Students also learned about different activities canines may perform and train in as well as how to do warm-up and cool down routines for these amazing athletes out at Sarasota Obedience Training Club.  It is now up to the students to complete their 25 hour internships in order to become Certified Canine Massage Therapists.
April 28-30, 2012
Module 2 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification took place where participants in the class learned about injuries to canines, practiced scar tissue massage on willing greyhounds out at Racing Dog Rescue Project, and learned rehabilitative massage on very special canine massage therapy clients.  They also learned gait analysis and how canines move through the walk, trot, pace, canter, and gallop.
April 19-21, 2012
Jen presented twice on the topic of Canine Massage Therapy at the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) annual education convention in Orlando, FL.  Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT, came along to assist with Summer and Pilot as well as answer questions during the presentations.  The IACP is an extremely well-run organization and the weekend festivities included a trip to Sea World to see their service dogs who sniff out hazards and explosives around the park and how they train all of the animals at Sea World.  Jen, Summer, and Pilot also had the pleasure to meet our Facebook friend, and fellow vizsla lover, Jan Marsh from England, as she was wintering in Florida and came over to meet up and attend one of the workshops.  She brought great doggie treats and toys for Summer and Pilot, which made them both very happy!
April 14-16, 2012
For the first time in Abundant Life Massage history, we took a class outside of the Sarasota area to teach!  Jen went up to Destin, FL to the Reach Institute to teach the 24 hour Oncology Massage:  Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class to several wonderful massage therapists from three different states!  The Reach Institute, and Ann Rector who is the owner and lead therapist at the Reach Institute, were very hospitable and made the entire experience absolutely amazing for participants, Jen, and the wonderful clinic clients!!
March 16-18, 2012
Jen taught Module 1 of Canine Massage Therapy Certification to 5 wonderful women.  We went to the dog park to observe canine body language, practiced an advanced relaxation routine, massaged dogs at ACE Pet Resort, and attended the Pug Parade on St. Armand’s Circle to analyze the marketing techniques of other canine-focused businesses.  That was just the tip of the iceburg of learning!  Sylvia Edmonds, LMT, CCMT also came in to teach the class on death and dying, having many years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor.  Many dogs and all participants left the weekend feeling fulfilled, at ease, and happy!
March 2-4, 2012
6 women from 2 different states came together for the Oncology Massage:  Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class held in Sarasota, FL.  It was a weekend of enlightenment, soul searching, and serenity for the class participants as they and the clinic client participants embarked on the journey of oncology massage.
January 18, 2012
Jen spoke to over 75 massage therapists at the Sarasota/Manatee, Florida State Massage Therapy Association Chapter meeting about Oncology Massage.  Where the two hours went so quickly was a mystery!  She could have spoken many more hours and the crowd was receptive but, unfortunately the time was up. 🙁  Jen is always available to speak on this and many other topics at FSMTA Chapter meetings anywhere in Florida.
January 2, 2012
Abigail Jones is born to Katie and Lee Jones!  Congrats to all three of you!!
December 3, 2011
Jen and Tom attended Katie’s BABY SHOWER!  Katie is due just after the first of the year and is expecting a bouncing baby girl.  We wish her all the best of luck in this new BIG adventure of motherhood.  She will be taking a break from teaching and massage therapy for a little while but should be back later in the spring or summer of 2012.


November 19, 2011
Sue Redfield and Sylvia Edmonds “soloed” on teaching their first “Intro to Canine Massage Class” by themselves.  Summer, Pilot, Lexi, and Pepper were the demo dogs for this class and they reported back that not only was it a super-fun class but Sue and Sylvia did a GREAT job teaching!  They were doing such a fantastic job that both Pilot and Summer were able to take a nap during the lecture portion of the class!  We look forward to utilizing the talents of these amazing women for more classes in the future!
November 12, 2011

Jen was out at SunNFun RV park giving away free canine and human massage for the Racing Dog Rescue Project picnic along with Sue Redfield, one of the first graduates of our 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification program.  This is our third year offering massage for this fabulous event and we met lots of wonderful greyhounds and renewed many friendships. Jen’s favorite part is always the “howling” contest! 🙂

October 15, 2011

Abundant Life Massage was one of the co-sponsors of “The Natural Wag”, an event that was organized by sarasotadog.com to bring awareness to holistic, green, and all-natural, safe products and services for dogs.  There were several vendors, a tricks contest, and Katie and Jen gave out free canine massages plus did a presentation to the crowd on canine massage therapy.  The event was held in the parking lot of Abundant Life Massage and was very well attended and received.  Jen did have one very upset doggie client, who in a moment of overwhelm by all of the sights, smells, sounds, and the large crowd, BIT her name tag! Fortunately, she walked away relatively unscathed with the exception of smelling strongly of the dog’s “bum juice”, which he also sprayed all over her shirt in his overwhelm. 😛  On a brighter note, Jen got to massage a hairless cat (as seen in the picture), who turned out to be one of the very best clients of the day!  We  look forward to an even bigger event next year!

October 1, 2011

Abundant Life Massage once again participated in “Light the Night” for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society out at John Ringling Causeway.  Katie and Sue Redfield (who came along to do doggie massages) set up and were ready to see clients.  Jen, who specializes in Oncology Massage and loves to attend this event, was home sick. 🙁  Unfortunately, this year they didn’t allow dogs to participate even though they were at a dog-friendly park and had allowed dogs in the past, so Sue didn’t get much canine massage action.  Katie, who also loves this event, was super-happy though to get to massage as many people as possible. 🙂

September 17 and 18, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered Intro to Canine Massage and Intermediate Canine Massage to several very excited participants!  We “broke in” two new demo dogs, miniature Schnauzers named Lucy and Mia, and also had Sue Redfield and Sylvia Edmonds, the first two graduates of our Canine Massage Therapy Certification, join us as teacher assistants.  They did a fantastic job introducing the “full body” canine massage to class participants!

September 3, 2011

Jen and Pilot offered a one hour free class on Canine Massage at Sniglet’s Dog Bakery.  There were approximately 10 people in attendance with a number of dogs and everyone had a great time learning some basics about Canine Massage Therapy.  Thanks to Sniglet’s Dog Bakery for inviting us to this fun event in your beautiful facility!

August 25 and September 1, 2011

Sylvia Edmonds and Sue Redfield are the first two official certificants in the 100 hour Canine Massage Therapy Certification program offered by Abundant Life Massage!  They completed 75 hours of hands-on classroom work and then a 25 hour internship massaging close to 40 dogs in the internship alone.  We are very proud of how hard both of these women worked to attain these credentials!  You will soon see them in our Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage classes being trained as instructors.

August 12-14, 2011

Jen offered her first ever Oncology Massage: Compassionate Touch for Clients Living with Cancer class!  Students learned indications and contraindications for working with clients who have or have had cancer, met amazing clients in the two public hands-on clinics, and found out how truly amazing it is to work on clients with cancer.  She also was approved as an official “Oncology Massage Provider” through the Society 4 Oncology Massage (S4OM) making her one of only 18 approved providers by this organization.  Join Jen in March, 2012 for the next time this life-changing/practice-changing class is offered!

July 30, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered another round of Intro to Canine Massage and once again met some wonderful people, in the process, who have a passion for their dogs!  Our friends Sunny (a treeing Walker Coonhound) and Mary (a retired seeing-eye dog) both helped out in the hands-on portion of the class.  Thanks to Margie and Julie for loaning their super-special dogs to us for the class!

July 21, 2011

Jim and Becky Gabriel from the Gabriel Center for  Massage Therapy had asked Jen and Katie to give an hour long class on dog massage at their beautiful massage therapy store in the Gold Tree Plaza at the intersection of Ringling and Tuttle in Sarasota, so we did!  There were 8 participants plus 2 dogs who came for this fun and informative presentation.

July 5, 2011

Jen and Katie offered a free 30 minute Canine Massage demonstration/workshop for puppy-raisers through Southeastern Guide Dogs at Sun ‘N Fun Park.  Everyone got to palpate their puppies and we knew it was going to be a swell event! 😀

 
June 25-26, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered another round of Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage classes
and once again met some wonderful people, in the process, who have a passion for their dogs!

 
June 11, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered our 8 hour Raindrop Technique class for massage therapy continuing education and one of our class participants found out why it is such a bad idea to get acrylic nails put on and then try to do massage therapy with essential oils!  She still had loads of fun, even though she had to wear gloves!

 
May 21-22, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered another round of Intro and Intermediate Canine Massage classes
and once again met some wonderful people, in the process who have a passion for their dogs!

 
April 15-17, 2011

Abundant Life Massaged offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 3 workshop!  By the end of the weekend,  students completed 75 of the 100 hour certification program.  Topics covered in the weekend included: Kinesiology  of Canine Athletes, Hydrotherapy, Sports Massage, Puppy/Prenatal Massage, Energy-work, Aromatherapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, an Acupuncture lecture by Dr. Thom Smith, Practice Management/Laws/Ethics, and two Clinic sessions including  field trips to Sarasota Obedience Training Club for Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage, to Southeastern Guide Dogs, in Palmetto, to practice Puppy Massage (Puppy Hugging), and to a Fly Ball Tournament at the Manatee Convention Center to see Canine Athletes in action.  Participants are now working their way through Module 4, which is a 25 hour internship!

March 18-20, 2011

Abundant Life Massage offered its Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 2 workshop!  Participants learned about Breeds and Conformation, Canine Pathology, Kinesiology (study of how canines move), Gait analysis, SOAP Note Documentation, and two different Clinic sessions, including scar tissue massage on greyhounds at the Racing Dog Rescue Project facility!

March 5, 2011

Katie and Jen, with our assistant and “recruiter” Julie and her “seeing eye” dog, Patty, offered over 20 “free” canine massages at the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon in Bradenton.  This was the second year in a row that ALM participated in this wonderful event.  A great time was truly had by all and lots of very deserving canines received their first canine massage including one sweet lab who refused to get off the table until both sides of him were thoroughly massaged!

 
February 25-27, 2011
Abundant Life Massage offered its first Canine Massage Therapy Certification: Module 1 workshop!  Eight amazing students participated in the weekend’s first 25 hours of the 100 hour certification program!  They are all planning on becoming certified in Canine Massage Therapy.  Topics covered included: Canine Communications, Anatomy and Physiology, Special Populations including Death and Dying, and three different Clinic sessions (including a field trip to ACE Pet Resort) where students were performing dog massage on dogs they had never met before.

 
January 15-17, 2011

Jen, Katie, and Margie made the 2,700 mile, 50+ hour road trip from Sarasota, FL to 
Arcadia, OK to pick up the newest member of the Abundant Life Massage team “Summer” (aka Renaissance Somewhere In Time).  Summer is a 9 month old vizsla puppy and she LOVES massage.  She is now in doggie-bootcamp training to become our new canine  massage therapy demonstration dog since she had never heard of pet massage or dog massage!  Pilot, her big brother, thinks she is pretty cool too, so that is a good thing! (It helps that Summer’s dad is Pilot’s great grandfather so they have fairly similar temperaments.)  She is a bit timid at first, but once she gets to know you, she will give you kissies until you cry, “Uncle!”  We are confident she will be a big part of our first Canine Massage Therapy Certification class in February, 2011!  Note: this class was originally scheduled for January, but based on recent events, it was postponed.  There is still time to sign up for this 100 hour certification class!

 
January 7, 2011

We are so very devastated to report that Allie-Boo, our 1.5 year old vizsla massage demonstration dog and integral part of Abundant Life Massage, passed away unexpectedly after treatment for suspected prescription drug poisoning.  The pills in question were later found intact in the yard, so it now appears she died from side effects of the treatment at the emergency vet’s.  This has brought us much sadness but we also know she positively touched the lives of so many people and thoroughly enriched ours.  She is greatly missed. 
                                       RIP, Allie 6/1/09 – 1/7/11   


 
December 3, 2010

A fun time was had by all as Katie and Jen joined Integrative Medicine in front of Good Earth for the Healthy Holidays celebration at “First Friday” in downtown Lakewood Ranch.  Several doggies were the lucky recipients of free massage at this festive event.  Thanks to our friend Elaine for inviting us to be part of the party!

 
November 13, 2010

Katie, Jen, and our friend Margie, along with our dogs Pilot, Allie, Duke, Rosie, and Sunny participated in the “Paws for a Pink Cause” walk in Lakewood Ranch.  All members of Team Abundant Life Massage had their pink bandanas and were walking to support Breast Cancer research funding.  Pilot even won a beautiful, hand-painted picture for winning the “tricks” contest!