Joellie Gonseth


Lecture Topic: Massage and Bodywork for PTSD and Trauma

This course is designed for LMT’s to increase their knowledge when working compassionately and effectively with those suffering from the effects of trauma and post-trauma. Topics include recognizing the psychological and somatic effects of trauma, establishing appropriate boundaries and trust, effective communication skills, and working within your scope of practice. Techniques drawn from Kinesiology and Acupressure will be introduced. Perspectives from the instructor’s work with military veterans and her own personal experiences will be shared as well as input from military veterans.


Short Bio:

Joellie is a former high school teacher in the Exceptional Student Education department teaching students on the Autistic spectrum, grades 9-12, and a former structural Anatomy/Physiology and Kinesiology instructor for the massage therapy program for the same school system. During her time in the massage therapy program she developed the curriculum and exams for neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue massage and oriental theory, among others.  She has been a massage therapist since 1993 and a continuing education provider since 1996.

Her massage therapy background includes medical massage (working with a functional neurologist) and hospice massage. She is a certified Oncology instructor, certified Personal Trainer, and certified in Complete Decongestive Therapy (Manual Lymphatic Drainage).  She received her certification as a Touch for Health instructor in 1996 and has over 4,000 hours of training in Functional Muscle Assessment and Correction.  As an advanced practitioner in the field of Kinesiology (based on Kendall and derivatives of Applied), her classes provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to use functional muscle assessment and correction in their practice.

Her Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, Crisis Counseling, and uses her training and experience to work with veterans diagnosed with PTSD and other trauma-related issues. Together with her husband Bruce (a retired veteran who works with homeless and PTSD-diagnosed veterans for Volunteers of America), they own and operate the Kinesiology Institute of Florida, an organization dedicated to providing alternative healing programs to our nation’s veterans.

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