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

October 2, 2022 13 min

Wondering how you can be intentional with your length of service as a holistic health practitioner? We have you covered.  

In this week’s highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy instructors T.J. Ford, Shannon Gilmartin and Marla Simms share wisdom from their combined 75+ years of experience in the holistic health industry. 

Also, T.J. and Shannon reveal the why behind their love for the water in Samara. 

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Did you know the magical touch of Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is not just reserved for its students? 

In this unique highlight episode, CRSMT Admissions Team Member Morgan Cox, Director of Education Jan Frus, Director of Marketing Bill Burden and Executive Director Tess McGrath share their own life changing reflections about Costa Rica and CRSMT. 

Also, Morgan, Jan and Tess reveal some of their local faves for listeners to e...

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September 18, 2022 12 min

Ready to learn about some of our students’ most impactful moments? We have you covered.  

In this latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Stacy Allen, Heather Klein, Jessica Luhr and Heidi Roy share unforgettable memories from their personal experiences on campus. 

Also, Stacy, Heather and Jessica reveal the people, places and things in the community that brought them joy.  

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September 11, 2022 33 min

Ready to learn about the powerful energy centers located around Samara? Bea Jiron joins us to talk about her childhood life of healing, transformative experience at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and ability to help others restore their spirit with walks in the jungle. 

Also, Bea shares her inspiration for organizing one of the premiere local attractions, Samara’s Farmers Market. 

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September 4, 2022 26 min

While working as a member of the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, massage was not on Heidi Roy’s radar. The Rana 2015 alum joins us to share how a universal nudge led her to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and later to the Las Vegas Strip casinos as a poker massage therapist. 

Heidi will also offer listeners practical tips and insights that they can use to expand their own businesses.  

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August 28, 2022 16 min

Ready to discover your unlimited possibilities with massage? CRSMT Mariposa 2021 alum, Stacy Allen joins us to share how an acupressure experience led her to Samara and releasing the limitations on what is possible for her holistic health career. 

Stacy will also tell you about a local business she loves to support not too far from campus. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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Are you ready for a life-changing experience? Thomas DuBois confides how two transformational experiences put him on a journey to becoming a holistic practitioner and teaching others about the active isolated stretching modality. 

Thomas also shares his favorite Samara image that he would place on a postcard. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

 

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August 14, 2022 14 min

Have a hunch that massage therapy is your calling? Morgan Cox confides how her early life experiences with touch kept calling her to the modality and eventually led to her dream opportunity with the CRSMT Admissions Team. 

Morgan will also share a transformative experience that she watched CRSMT students perform on their last day of class. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

 

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Haven’t had time to explore how CRSMT can help you expand your professional skillset? We have you covered. 

In this guest educator highlight episode, Whitney Lowe, David Archambeau, David Lauterstein and Shannon Gilmartin will inspire you with their world class, continuing education offerings. 

Also, Shannon Gilmartin and Damien Archambeau reveal the most common misconceptions about Modern Cupping Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage. 

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July 31, 2022 18 min

Do you know how to enhance lymph drainage with cups? Shannon Gilmartin confides how a life-changing experience as a young adult catapulted her on a path to becoming a bodyworker and teaching others about the power of modern cupping. 

Shannon will also share a common misconception about the modality and why returning to CRSMT each year brings her joy. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

 

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Contemplating how to expand your massage therapy offerings? Ariana Vincent offers a behind the scenes look at her longevity strategy as a licensed therapist, educator, CEO and recent participant in CRSMT’s continuing education offering, Essentials of Orthopedic Massage with the renowned Whitney Lowe.

Ariana will also share some of the unique Samara experiences that she had with her husband during their extended stay.

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July 17, 2022 13 min

How will acceptance assist you on your healing journey? Damien Archambeau details how following life's bigger plan put him on a pathway to tackling his own blockages, teaching Manual Lymphatic Drainage and developing the continuing education course Myokinesio Therapy. 

Damien will also share some legendary advice imparted to him by his internationally accomplished grandfather, Masso- therapist, James Dispoto. 

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July 10, 2022 38 min

Does change ever happen in a straight line? Kelly Nichols-Scott confides how following a divine nudge to learn massage at CRSMT led her on a winding path of Thai massage, international retreats and helping others discover the vitality in their own bodies. 

Kelly will also offer a glimpse into some priceless memories that she and her daughter shared during their transformative experience in Samara. 

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July 3, 2022 18 min

Is there an activity or place that provides you with tranquility? CRSMT Executive Director Tess McGrath shares how an encounter with one holistic health modality has led to a decade long journey of embracing the students and community in Samara. 

She will also share two off-the-beaten-path places that she likes to take guests when they visit. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 

 

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June 26, 2022 18 min

Need to catch up on some of the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered.  

In our latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy community members Karen Landrum, Mckenzie Merges and Bill Burden talk about some of their memorable takeaways from the classroom. 

Also, CRSMT alum Jessica Luhr joins the group to share one sweet pastry suggestion that is a community favorite in Samar...

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June 19, 2022 16 min

Haven’t had a chance to hear our featured instructors on A Touch of Costa Rica? We have you covered.  

In this instructor highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Lead Instructor Jan Frus, Kinesiology Instructor T.J. Ford, along with Continuing Education Instructors Vickie Torrey and David Lauterstein, share insights, tips and advice from the classroom.  

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Do you know how to center the community when using your touch to serve others? Andrea Keith shares how a high school service trip to Guatemala laid the foundation for her community first mindset and life in Samara with Costa Rica School of Massage neighbor, Asociación CREAR. 

She will also share her go-to restaurant in town and what she likes to order from the menu. 

To learn more about Asociación CREAR, visit www.asociacioncrear.org...

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Haven’t had a chance to hear all the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered.  

In our premier compilation episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Alison Alvarez, Morgan Little, Sarah Shoen and Jaelyn Winia talk about some of their favorite educational moments.   

Also, Alison and Jaelyn share one of their memorable experiences from their time in Samara. 

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Are you using detached compassion when working with your massage clients? Marla Simms shares how her passion for kinetic movement introduced her to a thirty-year adventure of teaching bodyworkers their own dance of being a present caregiver versus an in-the-moment caretaker.  

She will also share the story of one unique “student” who frequently appeared for her Kinesiology lectures on campus. 

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May 22, 2022 16 min

How can learning massage enhance your holistic health practice? Skincare coach and Recherche Organics owner, Hillari Ladd discusses how her desire to fully service the needs of her clients inspired her to travel to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy.  

The alum and former instructor will also share some of her fondest memories from her time in Samara with her son. 

To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 

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