Andrea Fleming, LMTI
Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Instructor, Reiki Master Teacher
I have spent the majority of my adult life exploring and practicing massage. I began my massage training in 2002 at Texas Healing Arts Institute In Austin, Texas, where I acquired basic skills in Swedish Massage, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release. It didn't take long in the world of massage to realize there was something more to helping clients than just the mechanics of rubbing tight muscles in order to gain a release, so I began studying Asian bodywork and QiGong meditation. Through taking many more classes and through much of my own study, I began to cultivate a bodywork style that felt more integrated, bringing Western medical viewpoints of physiology and release techniques together with Chinese and Japanese theories of energy and movement.
In addition to working as a massage therapist at top day spas and salons, I have spent years operating my own business, as well as managing and directing local day spas in Austin. During that time, I've consulted for spas in developing product lines and spa menus that reflect the professional identity of the establishment. I have learned much from experience, and I strive to bring that hard-earned insight to the classroom, where I especially enjoy working with new massage therapists and others who are completely new to massage. I recognize the beauty in individuality, and appreciate the chance to help students find individual strengths and talents unique to them. Just as I consider it a privilege to touch people in physical recovery, I also see it as a privilege to serve as a source of information for students, as well as a guide on their personal path of learning.
I have taught the basics of Swedish Massage, as well as countless hours of Hydrotherapy, Health & Hygiene, Reiki, Asian Bodywork Theory and Technique, Spa Treatments, Pregnancy Massage, Chair Massage, Teaching Adult Learners, Qi Gong Meditation, Acupressure, Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and other subjects. I continue to have a thriving massage therapy practice where I specialize in Pain Relief and Injury Recovery for adults, kids and babies.