Hello, I’m Dara, a licensed massage therapist and founder of Earth and Stone Massage Spa in Cañon City, Colorado. I'm proud to be a Colorado native, having been born and raised on a ranch and farm in Southeast Colorado. For 23 years, I served as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger and Alaska State Trooper, dedicated to safeguarding people and resources.
Before my journey into massage therapy, my professional roles spanned various medical capacities. I served as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Phlebotomist, and as a Registered Nurse (RN).
I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008. With a solid foundation in nursing, I further broadened my expertise by securing my Massage Therapy License in 2022.
My family and I relocated to Cañon City in 2015. It's been an incredible community in which to live and serve both as a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage Therapist. My diverse medical background reinforces my professionalism in massage therapy.
1000+ Hours of Medical Massage Training
In October of 2021, I completed my initial 1,000-hour medical massage training at the Colorado-based Academy of Massage Essentials. Shortly after, I passed the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) and earned my certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) through the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
In 2022, I launched Integrated Healing Massage as a private practice, focusing on the therapeutic benefits of massage. My approach emphasizes addressing medical aspects of clients’ concerns, ranging from pain to difficulty sleeping and restricted flexibility due to injuries or overuse.
I'm passionate about educating clients on improving health through stretches and providing insights into their bodily functions to address core issues. Additionally, I address emotional well-being, highlighting the efficacy of massage therapy in alleviating anxiety and depression, and promoting a robust immune system. The space I've created encapsulates relaxation and serenity.
Natural Healing Methods
My journey towards believing in natural healing methods is personal. While working as a Registered Nurse, a patient incident resulted in a severe back injury for me. Keen on finding a non-pharmaceutical solution, I was fortunate to meet a Medical Massage Therapist who significantly impacted my healing process.
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I specialize in:
- Swedish Massage
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Trigger Point Massage
- Myofascial Release
- Lymphatic Massage
- Hot and Cold Stone Therapy
- Full Body Stretch
- Essential Oils / Aromatherapy
- Energy Work
Supplementing my therapy with regular chiropractic visits and occasional Acupuncture treatments ensured my recovery. Today, I consider Massage and Chiropractic care integral to my routine health maintenance and well-being. Presently, I am affiliated with a busy Chiropractic Office in Cañon City, Colorado as a Licensed Massage Therapist.
I eagerly anticipate assisting you with your health requirements. Meeting you will be a pleasure.