Trainings & Certifications

Massage Therapy (672 hrs) The Sherer Institute for Natural Healing, Santa Fe, NM in 1992. The Institute is cited as one of the top ten massage schools in the U.S. Angela is a licensed massage therapist in the State of Maryland since 2005, License number M00929, and a Board Certified Massage Therapist with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1993, certification number 032529-00.

Therapeutic Herbalist (500 hrs) Dreamtime Center for Herbal Studies, Washington, Virginia, 2000, 2001. Her primary teachers are Kathleen Maier, Teresa Boardwine, Claudia Joy Wingo, Rosemary Gladstar, and Stephen Harrod Buhner. She has a deep affinity with the Sacred Plant Medicine teachings of Stephen H. Buhner.

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® (325 hours), Colrain, MA and San Ignacio, Belize, 2000-2006. The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy* combine non-invasive manual therapy, use of herbs and traditional therapies, integrated with emotional and spiritual support to facilitate healing of many types of male and female reproductive and digestive system issues. My work with clients since 2001 has organically lead me to integrate deep, slow listening of Craniosacral Therapy into my work, as well as seeing the imprints of developmental trauma on the neuroendocrine system and genetic expression as revealed through the Polyvagal Theory and Bonding & Attachment Theory.

As an instructor of ATMAT from 2006-2010, Angela assisted Dr. Arvigo with professional level classes in Belize, and presented “Counter-transference within a Therapeutic Relationship” as it relates to Maya Abdominal Therapy, at the 2007 Maya Abdominal Therapy Convention in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy® (700 hours + 60 hours in advanced courses), with Roger Gilchrist of The Wellness Institute, Brooklyn, NY, in Greenbelt, Maryland, 2009 – 2012. CST is a modality practiced by thousands of massage therapists like myself around the world. It accepted and insured by AMTA. Other practitioners practice this modality as well, including chiropractors, nurses, occupational therapists. The lineage of this modality comes through Doctors of Osteopathy, W.G. Sutherland and A.T. Still. Consumers should look for someone with certification from an accredited school that offers trainings that range from 500–1000 hrs.

Advanced Perinatal Education (343 hours), The Kutenai Institute, Cognitive and experiential training in Preconception, Prenatal, Birth and Attachment Periods with Myrna Martin, MN, RCC, RCST®. Charlottesville, Virginia, 2013 -2016. Included didactic training as well as in-depth experiential opportunities. Developed for Craniosacral Therapists and anyone who works with families in the child bearing or early years, or who works with adults therapeutically. Integrates the fields of bodywork, attachment therapies, neuroscience, trauma resolution, interpersonal neurobiology, psychology and yoga. The lineage of this modality has evolved from the work of Wilhelm Reich, Frank Lake, William Emerson and Ray Castellino.

I have many required hours of supervision and case review.

Member of the American Massage Therapy Association, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, the Maya Abdominal Therapy Association, and the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health.

Other bodywork courses include:

  • Insults to the Body/Mind/Spirit: Surviving Sexual Abuse, with Suzanne Torrenzano (36 hours)

  • Building Inner Structures (23 hours)

  • Rosen Method Bodywork (41 hours)

  • Formation of the Family with Ray Castellino (12.5 hours)

  • Finding Resiliency in Early Trauma, with Patti Elledge (22 hours)

  • Supporting the Newborn Family: Healing Approaches with Parents and their Newborn Babies, (6 hours), with Mary Jackson, CPM

  • Supporting Babies and Mothers, with John Chitty (23 hours)

  • Biodynamics of Shock Resolution, with Scott Zamarut ( 24 hours)

  • Cook for Balance, with Magdalena Wszelaki

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