Dari Lewis, LMT (License #MA 007303)
I have been a Licensed Massage Practitioner in Washington State since 1994. My former career was in administration and sales, which gave me a solid foundation for building successful massage practices in a hair salon and chiropractic clinic.
In 1996, I joined forces with two partners to create an on-site massage company with an ongoing contract to provide seated massage for Boeing's plants in Auburn, Renton, Bellevue and Everett. Our company also managed a dozen other corporate accounts and two independent massage clinics. In addition to recruiting and personnel, I was responsible for the continuing education program we offered at our staff meetings. That's when I discovered that I love to teach!
After two years and feeling bogged down by "administrivia," I left the company to return to private practice and begin teaching.
In 2000, I accepted a position as a full-time massage instructor at Renton Technical College near Seattle. As the sole instructor for a 1,080 hour, 9-month program for four years, I taught the basics, as well as a variety of modalities and treatment methods.
While at RTC, I received training in Universal Design for Learning, a framework for education that employs multiple means of presentation and engagement based on learning styles and varying student abilities.
I left RTC in 2004 to marry the man of my dreams, David Michael, and moved to Port Townsend, a charming Victorian seaport on the Olympic Penninsula and the Salish Sea. (David is a Celtic harpist who creates music for the healing arts, so don't be surprised if your massage training is sometimes accompanied by live music!)
I enjoy inspiring my students to learn. The structure and function of the human body is a fascinating subject to study in and of itself, however it's exploration becomes even more fascinating when the focus for learning is massage-based. I consider it an honor to be passing knowledge of the healing arts hand to hand. It is a source of "big joy" in my life.