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Rachel Fairweather BA (Hons), CQSW LMT AOS is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) and the co-director and founder of the Jing Institute of Advanced Massage Training. She has been teaching and practising massage for over 20 years. She is also a Psychology graduate and has a certificate of qualification in social work (CQSW) with a keen interest in mind body approaches to health.
Rachel has an associate degree in advanced massage from the New York College for Holistic Health and Education, where she gained awards for both academic and clinical excellence [associate in occupational studies (AOS)]. She has trained extensively in Eastern and Western bodywork including medical massage, craniosacral, myofascial, structural integration (KMI) trigger point therapy, Thai massage, Amma therapy, sports massage, visceral manipulation, and neuromuscular techniques.
Rachel writes regularly for several massage and complementary health magazines and is author of an upcoming book on advanced massage approaches to be published next year by Handspring Publishing. She is a sought after guest lecturer for several institutions including McTimoney College of Chiropractic, CPDO (Centre for Professional Development of Osteopaths), and numerous massage schools in the UK and USA. She has also been the recipient for 2 years running of the CAM expo award for outstanding achievement in her field.
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