Bren Smith, B.S., LMT, CEOLD in OKC
Everybody loves a good massage, and I am no exception. The benefits are numerous and not to mention you feel so much better after one. I love it so much that after working the last 16 years in the corporate business arena, I have established credentials as a licensed massage therapist working in the Oklahoma City area. I know all too well how the demands of life can stress the body and take a toll on health. With every session, it is my intention to help you relax and restore your life balance: spirit, mind, body, and soul.
My Bodywork Backstory
My curiosity about massage therapy began in 1998 when I was in a physiology class studying about the neuromuscular junction (NMJ).
The NMJ is the space that transmits signals from the motor neuron to the skeletal muscle fiber to control contraction and voluntary movement. If the muscle fibers are tense, shorten, damaged, or in spasm, this connection is impaired and reduces the muscle function.
With this understanding of the body, I became fascinated about how the practice of massage could naturally encourage the nervous system and the muscles to best work together. I followed then my interest to know more about how massage therapy could support the health of the body. This desire lead me to begin my training at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA and more recently complete course work at the Integrated Massage Therapy College in Oklahoma City.
Full Body Assisted Stretching a Natural Next Step
Like peanut butter and jelly, massage and stretching go well together. Six months (September 2016) into my new established massage practice, clients presented complaints of tight hamstrings and low back pain. In the pursuit of learning how to provide best effective session results for clients, extended to me was the opportunity to study deeply the art of full-body assisted stretching. Stretching has such noticeable and complementary benefits to massage, it was a natural next step in integrate this service into my wellness practice.
Bringing Peace to People During End-of-Life Care
In August 2018 a friend of mine asked what my thoughts were on death and dying. It was a simple answer for me, “Death and dying are a part of life.” This simple question sparked an unyielding journey to discover how massage therapy works together as healthcare at the end-of-life. In the pursuit of this understanding, I completed hospice volunteer training and completed in June 2019 a 5-day intensive course in San Francisco, CA entitled, “Massage Therapy in Hospice Care”.
Unwinding from the Inside Out: The Study of Somatic Movement
In this season of professional development (Summer 2020), I am studying to teach somatic movement and exercise. What is somatic movement you may wonder. Generally speaking, is movement which is performed consciously with the intention of focusing on the internal experience of the movement rather than the external appearance or result of the movement. Somatic education comes back to how our nervous system learns new things. Practicing somatic movements is not about the quality of movement, not quantity. It is about reawakening and connecting with the sensory motor nervous system and unwinding tension and pain from the inside out. Many people find somatic movement education methods to be highly effective in relieving chronic pain, improving bodily function, and recovering from common musculoskeletal conditions.