A Touch of Costa Rica

A Touch of Costa Rica

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 and Yoga, each week’s episode takes listeners on a life changing trip to the Samara Beach community in Costa Rica. To learn more about CRSMT, visit http://www.atouchofcostarica.com

Episodes

December 24, 2023 19 mins

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 massage therapist and inventor offers an inside scoop on how you can have the opportunity...

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October 29, 2023 27 mins

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, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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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 nuts and bolts of growing and operating a successful massage brand. 

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August 27, 2023 29 mins

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, wellfluencer and product creator. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcosta...

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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 Therapy Continuing Education Workshop.  

Also, Julie reminisces on the places and experien...

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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 talks about her journey, standout episodes from her own podcast tackling medical condi...

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May 28, 2023 36 mins

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 health professional and time in Samara has helped him to expand the possibilities of 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 skillset to address the needs of her clients and community. 

Also, Lisa will share her uni...

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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 those who inspire to contribute can get their start.

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February 26, 2023 34 mins

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 humility and safety with your colleagues and clients. 

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January 29, 2023 15 mins

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 www.atouchofcostarica.com

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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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December 11, 2022 19 mins

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 about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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December 4, 2022 21 mins

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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November 27, 2022 34 mins

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.atouchofcostarica.com 

 

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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 www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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November 13, 2022 16 mins

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 Samara.

To discover Bea’s unique tours, go to https://www.instagram.com/natourbybea/
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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 about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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