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.
When It All Started
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 then followed 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.
A Passion to Bring 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 with healthcare at the end-of-life. the short answer is very well. Out of the pursuit of this answer, I became a hospice volunteer, completed a 5-day intensive course in San Francisco, CA entitled, “Massage Therapy in Hospice Care”, and earned certification as an a End-of-Life Doula through the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Blushingly and with an eager heart, I am endeavoring to share with others this touch therapy skill so together we can improve the experience of dying within community. Additionally as a result of my learning, I am working with physicians and others in the community to bring peace of mind to families by helping individuals learn about and complete their Advance Care Planning.