I am grateful for all the gifts and challenges life brings. As an athlete, massage therapist, and naturalist, I strive to help people of all ages and abilities live healthier, fuller lives.
Growing up in the Minnesota countryside, I learned to love local food and plants and really appreciate natural living. I was a three-sport athlete, excelling at cross-country, soccer, and track. My father is a mountaineer and outdoors-man that encouraged me to push my limits in every way. After the school sports, I dove into adventure courses with the National Outdoor Leadership School, the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, and Wilderness Awareness School. I lived on the edge - taking desert survival classes and wilderness vision quests, studying medicinal plants, and becoming a skilled naturalist.
In 2002, I added massage training with Sister Rosalind Schools and Clinics of Massage to my repertoire, later becoming a licensed practitioner. As I began to work with more and more clients, my desire to have a strong impact on the daily lives of those I served grew and grew. I always dreamed of combining sound and voice therapy with massage, so my journey led me to develop the Healing Taj Method.
Then I discovered Active Isolated Stretching!
Stretching first attracted me as a way to enhance my massage therapy. My clients needed massage as well as strengthening and stretching. I first studied with Roger McNear, a Master Teacher of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Then I went on to study, train and teach with the founder and creator of AIS, Aaron L. Mattes RKT, LMT
AIS is transformational bodywork. With the right coaching and assistance, clients relax, strengthen and heal areas they couldn’t before. AIS work helps decrease pain, promote muscle healing, and improve stability. My clients have been able to come off pain killers, avoid surgery, and enjoy life again!
I have cared for a wide variety of patients including children of all ages, the elderly, athletes, dancers and people with injuries. I'm an advanced trained practitioner of Active Isolated Stretching and find it to be the most effective at restoring patient health. I also have extensive experience with Reflexology, Qi Gong, Gua Sha, Swedish, Deep Tissue, pregnancy, pediatric and hospital massage.
I am grateful for Aaron Mattes and his incredible vision to bring forth this healing modality (AIS). I admire his determination, kindness, patience, and knowledge of the human form.
To your health!
Theodore Rick CMT, CPMT, AIS Therapist