Thom Shenk is a Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement Practitioner having studied Structural Integration and
graduated from the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado in 1999. He is also a graduate of the Baltimore School of Massage
(1988) and is nationally certified through the NCBTMB and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. His combined
knowledge and understanding of bodywork is eclectic in nature as he assists clients in freeing their bodies from pain,
discomfort, tension and the effects of gravity on the body's structure.
Rolfing is an encompassing holistic process that works through the fascia. Fascia wraps through and around all other
structures of the body organizing the movements and shape of the person in gravity. As such Rolfing encompasses all other
types of direct and indirect intervention. If a person is becoming more organized, open and free then they are being Rolfed.
An understanding of interdisciplinary modalities enhances structural integration immensely.
Thom is well grounded in the
scientific aspects of Rolfing with extensive understanding of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. His awareness of the
systems of the body is intentional. The programs he has taken have taught Thom about the muscles through Massage Therapy,
the internal organs through Visceral Manipulation, the nerves through Neurofascial Release, the energy meridians with Jin
Shin Jyutsu (1984) and the auric/energy body as a Reiki Master and Sekhem healing (1997). He has also studied Pilates, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Matrix Energetics. He was an Emergency Medical Technician in the early 1980's.
In his work Thom is compassionate, he combines deep insight with his intuitive abilities, and is supportive of each
client's goals for good health. He guides his clients to increase and expand their flexibility of movement, their vitality
for life, and wholeness of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. He has given 80,000+ bodywork sessions during his twenty-five
plus years in the spiritual/ bio-energetic bodywork field.
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Thom has also extensively studied the metaphysical technologies. He has practiced several forms of meditation since the
early 1980's. Namely Zen, Tibetan and Native American meditations. He practiced Kundalini Yoga every day for five years. He
has familiarity with Yang style Tai Chi and Chi Gung. He began Shamanic studies in 1983 and has had the honor of
participating in more than 150 sweat lodge ceremonies with Yurok, Karuk, Cree, Lakota, Oglala, Apache, Cherokee, and Tewa
medicine men and women. He has also been on five vision quests.
For five summers during the early 1980's Thom was an Initial
attack fire fighter in Northeastern Washington state. For the consecutive seven winters he worked as a Professional Ski
Patroller in various ski areas across the United States. Between Fire and ski seasons Thom worked as an aide in a nursing
home in the town of Colville, Washington St.