Regina Callahan, LMT (Lic # 14765) has been passionately studying, practicing and teaching massage and bodywork since 1986. She is a Certified Visionary Craniosacral Work® Practitioner, Certified Orthopedic Massage Instructor, and Yoga Instructor. She has over 3000 hours of training in a variety of bodywork techniques. She is currently teaching Visionary Craniosacral Work® with the Milne Institute and is an instructor in the Massage Therapy Degree Program at Central Oregon Community College as well as offering a variety of advanced bodywork seminars for continuing education hours. Regina deeply feels that this work is her spiritual path – her contribution to global well-being – one body at a time.
In Regina’s words:
My journey into healing work began when I was a lifeguard on the Jersey shore when I was 19 years old. This was a dream summer job for me between college semesters that included lots of physical activity, competing in Lifeguard Tournaments and fun. A handful of fellow lifeguards and I bought a book on massage and began to massage each other to try to alleviate our aches and pains from training. I realized that I had a knack for it because my services were always requested.
My studies in college included athletic training, sports massage, exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation. I graduated from East Stroudsburg State University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Physiology.
After my move to California, I pursued a career in massage and bodywork. I received my Therapeutic Massage Practitioner certification from Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto, in 1986 and my learning never stopped.
I am now nationally certified through the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) with over 3000 hours of combined studies of Craniosacral Therapy, Orthopedic Massage, Sports Massage, Swedish Massage, Muscle Energy Technique, Visceral Manipulation, Hanna Somatics, Somatic Re-education ( a Feldenkrais based movement education), Mindfulness Meditation, and Yoga.
Education is a passion for me. And though I have taken many additional classes, these are the studies that form the foundation of my work:
In 1989, I completed a 200 hour Orthopedic Massage Certification with Tom Hendrickson, D.C. which gave me solid foundation in understanding clinical approaches to working with clients with injuries or chronic pain. I continued my studies with Dr. Hendrickson, acquired certification as an instructor with the Institute of Orthopedic Massage (Hendrickson Method), and taught at the Institute in Berkeley for 12 years.
I discovered the Upledger Institute in 1990 and began my studies of Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. I delighted in learning the subtle physiology and energies of the body as well as learning to gently work on the deepest structures of the body.
I complemented my studies with a three year training in Somatic Education with Randy Cherner. Somatic Education is a Feldenkrais based movement modality integrated with intuitive Craniosacral Work. Here I found the tools to help clients release habitual patterns of movement and posture that might lead to chronic pain and tension.
During that time I spent a year reawakening and nurturing my skills of perception with Intuitive Anne Armstrong. I learned to trust my sense of what is troubling a client as well as the appropriate path to healing.
I arrived “home” with my training in Visionary Craniosacral Work® (VCSW®) with the Milne Institute. VCSW® blends traditional Craniosacral Work with meditative use of the inner eye and inner ear. I completed my certification in 2000. I have been an instructor with the Milne Institute for the last 13 years, traveling to Portland, OR, Austin, TX, Arcata, CA, Upper Penisula, MI, the Jersey Shore and teaching classes in my hometown of Bend, OR.
I taught classes at the Arcata School of Massage for 5 years in Orthopedic Massage, Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Craniosacral Therapy.
After years of a personal practice of Yoga and sharing poses with clients, I decided to study more in depth. I completed a 200 hour Anusara Influenced Yoga Teacher Training.
Recognizing the connectivity of all beings and also honoring the uniqueness of each person, I tailor a session to the needs of an individual. I use my gifts of perception to sense deeply into what is needed for a client to heal. I have a diverse background to draw from. My techniques range from very gentle to deep, from profoundly still to dynamic therapeutic deep tissue or movement. Education is an important component to my philosophy. I value helping others to help themselves. I enjoy teaching clients how to bring their body/mind/spirit back to balance. I will often offer a yoga pose, somatic exercise, stillness practice or words of wisdom to enhance their healing process.