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A Touch of Costa Rica

Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga

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A Touch of Costa Rica is a wellness travel podcast that shares inspirational stories, and introduces you to the people, places, and priceless journeys that happen at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. A Touch of Costa Rica highlights the transformational massage therapist training programs as well as Costa Rica travel tips from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga community. Hosted and produced by Qiana Martin in collaboration with the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy ...
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In our final episode of 2023, we revisit our powerful conversations with massage industry groundbreakers Andrew Biel, Rachel Beider, Allison Denney and Ruth Werner. Let their personal journeys, advice and reflections inspire you to take the next step on your massage path right now. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com…
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What will inspire your next big idea? Lyla Keeler joins us to talk about her journey creating the LMT 1 table. As the first female massage therapist to receive a U.S. Patent for a massage table design, she shares how her one-of-a-kind apparatus offers a game-changing experience for therapists, clients and the health industry. Also, the veteran mass…
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Where will your quest for specialized training lead you? Erin Maranjian joins us to talk about her global journey to acquire specialized manual lymph drainage and lymphedema therapy education. Also, the veteran massage therapist and MLD educator shares her insights on the value of practitioners’ work changing over time. To learn more about CRSMT, v…
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How can I start my own thing with minimal resources? If you are asking yourself this question, this episode is for you. Rachel Beider shares how she mastered the art of bartering her time, massage skills and resources to create PRESS Modern Massage in New York City. She takes us behind the scenes of her multimillion-dollar business to demystify the…
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Who am I as a massage therapist? It is a common question that bodyworkers ask during their journey in the industry. Allison Denney has amassed more than 54 million YouTube views inspiring fellow professionals to operate in their authenticity, and she joins us for an in-depth discussion about her experiences as a therapist, business owner, wellfluen…
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Ready to travel back in time at Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy? Almost two decades ago, licensed massage therapist Julie Alvarez served as the Kinesiology instructor for the school. She joins us to share her journey to Samara, early experiences there and powerful return to the school as a participant in Shannon Gilmartin’s Modern Cupping Ther…
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Will an ad beckon you to your destiny? When legendary massage educator Ruth Werner happened upon a small ad for a massage school in the back of a newspaper, it set off a chain of events that has resulted in a 35+ year career in the industry and authoring seven editions of the gold standard textbook, “A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology.” She t…
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After a series of life-altering experiences, Julius Arciaga took a career-changing leap that led him to massage school and later to the campus of Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. The medical massage therapist, reiki practitioner and 2022 CRSMT Oncology and Caregiver Retreat participant joins us to share how his journey to becoming a holistic h…
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When ballet dancer Lisa Bardarson made the powerful decision to choose massage as her career dance partner, it transported her to a lifelong journey of helping others and deepening her understanding of her own body. The 2023 CRSMT Zero Balancing guest instructor joins us to share how she uses her massage therapy, yoga, zero balancing and dance skil…
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Is your big idea for massage therapy right around the corner? In celebration of our 50th episode, legendary author Andrew Biel joins us for a rare interview to share the mind-blowing origin story of his textbook, Trail Guide to the Body. Also, Drew will give his take on how publishing has evolved to serve the needs of manual therapists and how thos…
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Do you know the importance of massage research? Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy joins us to share her journey in massage and her involvement with bringing bodywork practitioners and clients into research studies, as researchers, to better understand treatment outcomes and patterns of care. Also, Dr. Kennedy will share her thoughts on how to practice cultural…
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When the pandemic brought Cody Garcia’s touring play to a halt, they were presented with an opportunity to pursue their massage interest. They share their unique path to Samara and experience at CRSMT. Also, Cody will share their encounter with a rare, natural phenomenon in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com…
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In our final episode of 2022, we hear from CRSMT community members Stacy Allen, Kathy Brady, Morgan Cox, Kelly Nichols-Scott and Heidi Roy. They share their first impressions, advice for listeners who desire to join the holistic health community and powerful takeaways from their own personal journeys at the school. To learn more about CRSMT, visit …
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American small business expert Melinda Emerson said, “You never lose in business, either you win or you learn.” In this week’s highlight episode, CRSMT Instructor Victoria Moutahir and CRSMT alum Bomani Clarke talk about their experiences on campus and unique journeys as business owners. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com…
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From her childhood desire to help others using physical touch to her teenage dream of enrolling at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy, Sky Lauher shares how her journey to providing bodywork services for mothers has been filled with memorable moments, gifts and magic. Also, she reveals two of her cherished places in Samara. To learn more abou…
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CRSMT instructor Victoria Moutahir shares how a post workout massage referral transported her to a 25-year career teaching students, mentoring young professionals and educating decisionmakers on the massage business. Also, she reveals her favorite daily routine when she’s in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com…
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CRSMT alum Bomani Clarke shares how he was transported from a decades long federal career to arriving in Samara and the personal revelations that he received during his time there. He’ll also introduce listeners to the exclusive holistic health service that he provides clients in his one-of-a-kind healing space. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www…
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Did you have a childhood aspiration to be of service to others? CRSMT alum Jen Andrews shares how massage and other holistic health modalities supported her early life experiences with physical pain and complex PTSD. She’ll also introduce listeners to her passion for the innovative practice of psychedelic therapy. To learn more about CRSMT, visit w…
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Did you miss our captivating conversations with some of our local neighbors? If so, we have you covered. In this week’s highlight episode, CRSMT Community Changemakers Beatriz Jirón (Natour by Bea), Andrea Keith (Asociación CREAR) and Barbara Miller (Costa Rica TEFL) share how they are passionately healing, teaching and bridging connections in Sa…
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How can massage help you connect with modalities that resonate deeply with you? In this week’s highlight episode, CRSMT Educators Thomas Dubois and Shannon Gilmartin join CRSMT alums Kelly Nichols-Scott and Heidi Roy to talk about their experiences on campus and how they were inspired to pursue diverse passions in holistic health. To learn more abo…
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Ready to speak your way into powerful, cross-cultural experiences? Costa Rica TEFL Founding Director Barbara Miller shares how a visit to Colombia led her on a journey to creating immersive language training programs for teachers in Samara. It’s a conversation filled with inspiration and insights that will encourage you to take the leap to speak th…
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What is one place where you have the opportunity to connect with a recent massage therapy graduate, an established professional and award-winning continuing education provider? You can meet them on the CRSMT campus participating in one of our amazing continuing education offerings. In this week’s highlight episode, Morgan Little, Jessica Luhr and A…
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Can a holistic health profession be the perfect complement for your vision as a parent? CRSMT Guest Instructor Kathy Brady shares how her mom goals inspired a career changing leap to massage. It’s a journey filled with practical tips, unique insights and invaluable takeaways that will inspire you to value your one-of-a-kind path. To learn more abou…
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What’s the value of extending your abilities beyond hands-on care? Dr. Steven Capobianco D.C. joins us to talk about his journey growing up on a Canadian farm, embracing the importance of caring for the environment and teaching CRSMT students the power of using kinesiology tape as an intervention for their clients. Dr. Capobianco will also share th…
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Wondering how you can be intentional with your length of service as a holistic health practitioner? We have you covered. In this week’s highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy instructors T.J. Ford, Shannon Gilmartin and Marla Simms share wisdom from their combined 75+ years of experience in the holistic health industry. Also, T.J. …
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Did you know the magical touch of Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is not just reserved for its students? In this unique highlight episode, CRSMT Admissions Team Member Morgan Cox, Director of Education Jan Frus, Director of Marketing Bill Burden and Executive Director Tess McGrath share their own life changing reflections about Costa Rica and …
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Ready to learn about some of our students’ most impactful moments? We have you covered. In this latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Stacy Allen, Heather Klein, Jessica Luhr and Heidi Roy share unforgettable memories from their personal experiences on campus. Also, Stacy, Heather and Jessica reveal the people, places…
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Ready to learn about the powerful energy centers located around Samara? Bea Jiron joins us to talk about her childhood life of healing, transformative experience at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and ability to help others restore their spirit with walks in the jungle. Also, Bea shares her inspiration for organizing one of the premiere lo…
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While working as a member of the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, massage was not on Heidi Roy’s radar. The Rana 2015 alum joins us to share how a universal nudge led her to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and later to the Las Vegas Strip casinos as a poker massage therapist. Heidi will also offer listeners practical tips and insights that th…
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Ready to discover your unlimited possibilities with massage? CRSMT Mariposa 2021 alum, Stacy Allen joins us to share how an acupressure experience led her to Samara and releasing the limitations on what is possible for her holistic health career. Stacy will also tell you about a local business she loves to support not too far from campus. To learn …
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Are you ready for a life-changing experience? Thomas DuBois confides how two transformational experiences put him on a journey to becoming a holistic practitioner and teaching others about the active isolated stretching modality. Thomas also shares his favorite Samara image that he would place on a postcard. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.ato…
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Have a hunch that massage therapy is your calling? Morgan Cox confides how her early life experiences with touch kept calling her to the modality and eventually led to her dream opportunity with the CRSMT Admissions Team. Morgan will also share a transformative experience that she watched CRSMT students perform on their last day of class. To learn …
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Haven’t had time to explore how CRSMT can help you expand your professional skillset? We have you covered. In this guest educator highlight episode, Whitney Lowe, David Archambeau, David Lauterstein and Shannon Gilmartin will inspire you with their world class, continuing education offerings. Also, Shannon Gilmartin and Damien Archambeau reveal the…
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Do you know how to enhance lymph drainage with cups? Shannon Gilmartin confides how a life-changing experience as a young adult catapulted her on a path to becoming a bodyworker and teaching others about the power of modern cupping. Shannon will also share a common misconception about the modality and why returning to CRSMT each year brings her joy…
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Contemplating how to expand your massage therapy offerings? Ariana Vincent offers a behind the scenes look at her longevity strategy as a licensed therapist, educator, CEO and recent participant in CRSMT’s continuing education offering, Essentials of Orthopedic Massage with the renowned Whitney Lowe. Ariana will also share some of the unique Samara…
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How will acceptance assist you on your healing journey? Damien Archambeau details how following life's bigger plan put him on a pathway to tackling his own blockages, teaching Manual Lymphatic Drainage and developing the continuing education course Myokinesio Therapy. Damien will also share some legendary advice imparted to him by his international…
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Does change ever happen in a straight line? Kelly Nichols-Scott confides how following a divine nudge to learn massage at CRSMT led her on a winding path of Thai massage, international retreats and helping others discover the vitality in their own bodies. Kelly will also offer a glimpse into some priceless memories that she and her daughter shared …
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Is there an activity or place that provides you with tranquility? CRSMT Executive Director Tess McGrath shares how an encounter with one holistic health modality has led to a decade long journey of embracing the students and community in Samara. She will also share two off-the-beaten-path places that she likes to take guests when they visit. To lea…
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Need to catch up on some of the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered. In our latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy community members Karen Landrum, Mckenzie Merges and Bill Burden talk about some of their memorable takeaways from the classroom. Also, CRSMT alum Jessica Luhr joins …
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Haven’t had a chance to hear our featured instructors on A Touch of Costa Rica? We have you covered. In this instructor highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Lead Instructor Jan Frus, Kinesiology Instructor T.J. Ford, along with Continuing Education Instructors Vickie Torrey and David Lauterstein, share insights, tips and advice f…
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Do you know how to center the community when using your touch to serve others? Andrea Keith shares how a high school service trip to Guatemala laid the foundation for her community first mindset and life in Samara with Costa Rica School of Massage neighbor, Asociación CREAR. She will also share her go-to restaurant in town and what she likes to ord…
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Haven’t had a chance to hear all the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered. In our premier compilation episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Alison Alvarez, Morgan Little, Sarah Shoen and Jaelyn Winia talk about some of their favorite educational moments. Also, Alison and Jaelyn share one of …
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Are you using detached compassion when working with your massage clients? Marla Simms shares how her passion for kinetic movement introduced her to a thirty-year adventure of teaching bodyworkers their own dance of being a present caregiver versus an in-the-moment caretaker. She will also share the story of one unique “student” who frequently appea…
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How can learning massage enhance your holistic health practice? Skincare coach and Recherche Organics owner, Hillari Ladd discusses how her desire to fully service the needs of her clients inspired her to travel to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. The alum and former instructor will also share some of her fondest memories from her time in Sama…
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When Jessica Luhr began massaging the hand and arm of her grandfather who experienced paralysis, this seven-year-old knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Learn how Jessica’s holistic health origin story inspired her to learn as much as she could about the power of touch and fueled her leap to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. Jessica wi…
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Legendary Deep Massage and Zero Balancing educator, David Lauterstein shares how rolfing, and several other transformative encounters, have shaped his forty-year journey affecting people profoundly with touch therapy. You will also learn a few songs that best reflect some of David’s special moments in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.at…
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Co-Founder of YoMassage, Tiffany Ryan, PhD shares how life on the sea transported her to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and a beautiful landing in the American Northwest championing bodywork. You’ll also learn one experience that she would love to do right now if she was in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com…
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T..J. Ford confides how her willingness to give massage another try catapulted her to serving, for almost thirty years, as a holistic health practitioner. You’ll also learn one activity that T.J. can spend hours doing at Samara Beach. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.comBy Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga
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Is your body holding on to unprocessed emotions? Alison Alvarez shares how the path to discovering the source of her own pain inspired her to passionately facilitate mind body connections for her clients. You’ll also learn about one of Alison’s memorable CRSMT assignments and an unforgettable classmate bonding experience in Samara Beach. To learn m…
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