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!)
It was in Port Townsend that I first started Ananda Massage Training, a program initially designed to assist transfers to Washington. As the school grew, we decided to relocate to Mountlake Terrace, just north of Seattle, where more students would be able to take advantage of our affordable program.
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.