Rhianna Sanford

BCTMB, LMT, PYT, C-IAYT

Rhianna began her studies in Massage and Bodywork at Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage where she earned her state license in 2004.  She continued advancing her studies, completing her National Certification in Massage and Bodywork in 2006, and finally receiving her Board Certification in Massage and Bodywork in 2013.  She is nearing completion of an undergraduate degree with Siena Heights University for a BAS in Massage Therapy, the first of its kind to be offered here in the US. 

During her teens she started practicing Yoga as a personal journey to wellness and healing, which has grown into a comprehensive and therapeutic way of life.  She completed her first teacher training in 2003 and began teaching group yoga classes.  Realizing group classes left many individuals without personal guidance and modification for injuries and trauma, lead her in 2012 to began studying Yoga Therapy through Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT).  By 2015 she had completed her Professional Yoga Therapy (PYT) accreditation and is now nearing completion of her 1000 hour Yoga Therapy Internship with IYT.  She is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and continues to advance her studies through the somatics of healing, advanced kinesthetics, and wellness.  Rhianna is a native Texan, raised in the hill country near Garner State Park, transplanting to Austin in 1998.  She is a mother of three and owner of Namaste Therapies.

As an integrative Yoga and Massage Therapist, she strives to bring a functional understanding of bodywork, through a somatic approach,  that fits the needs of the individual.  Based on your unique needs, she works closely with repatterning, or unwinding the fascia and its restrictions.  The fascial system is made up of connective tissue that is part of the soft skeleton and is responsible for holding us together, giving us shape and energetic form.  Opening up on a physical and energetic level can be accomplished when we accept that we have control over how we find our healing, becoming that healer that can perfectly meet our needs. This frees us from unproductive gimmicks that can take the focus off of Self.  She believes that each individual is their best healer and aims to provide the tools one can use to find their one-of-a-kind approach to health and wellness.  This is what inspired her business mantra, “Oneness through Wellness,” giving voice to the inner healer within each of us.

Bio:

 

My journey began when I was introduced to therapeutic bodywork after some chronic health conditions greatly limited my physical abilities making daily life full of health obstacles.  Struggling with asthma from infancy breathing was a challenge with flare ups always around every corner.   I suffered an unfortunate SI Joint tear with consequent chronic low back  and hip pain that helped me understand at a young age that my physical body had it’s limits.  In my mid teens a trip overseas that debilitated my immune system paired with an untimely auto accident left me drowning in my own misery right in the middle of my teenage years.  Although I was very active I often struggled with an outdoor lifestyle from the constant apprehension and fear of asthma attacks or the hip joint locking up and throwing my back out.   Finally I began to empower myself learning about proper nutrition and supporting my body through live foods which thankfully all but eliminated my asthma symptoms.  And its lingering effects – very weak lungs and tight chest, neck and shoulder muscles – led me to discover my own Yoga practice.  I found so much healing relief from a network of therapies including  Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy, Chiropractics, Nutritional Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meditation and Yoga.  I learned to increase awareness around my own sensations and discomforts and discovered my body’s ability to create a new understanding of my Self.

During the pregnancy and birth of my children I relied heavily on massage to ease discomfort and a dedicated yoga practice to alleviate stress, depression, manage pain and prepare for labor.  I used infant massage for my children’s motor development and bonding and fell in love with touch therapy.  Through it all I learned that our wellness is often times a perspective shift, not just a physical condition, and can be corrected in many ways but most importantly through our intention.  This is when I began changing my career from high stress administration management to mother, Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher.

My practice started as a personal journey to find my own understanding of wellness and has grown into a comprehensive and therapeutic way of life for myself and my clients, on the table and on the mat.  Working on my own personal Yoga practice for 20 years has cultivated in me a holistic approach to wellness melding many methods and lineages in a deeply therapeutic process.  I like to offer our bodies a place to learn and listen without a rigid mindset and encourage the development of body awareness through breath awareness, body scanning techniques, meditation, and mudras to calm, center, relieve stress and build strength by feeding our bodies with its vital life source.

 

 

Year Study Hours
2003-2005 Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Clinic – Semesters I, II, & III – Integrative Massage & Somatic Therapies Accreditation Council – Licensed in the State of Texas 800
2004 Yoga Teacher Training and Mentorship with Nicki Hurd of Chodu Yoga
2005 Zero Balancing Level I with David Lauterstein 25
2005 Shoshin Shiatsu Training and Mentorship with Randy Cummins 88
2006, 2013 Nationally/Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork-Exam Completion
2007, 2010 Supreme Science Qigong Center Level 1-2-3 64
2012 Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Genevieve Yellin of Sundara Yoga Therapy 200
2013-2015 PYT 500 -Professional Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with Integrative Yoga Therapy Module I & II 300
2013 Functional Yoga Therapy Training – Advanced Assessment Techniques and Treatment Planning with Maria Kalima 50
2013 1000 hour Professional Yoga Therapy Internship and mentorship through Integrative Yoga Therapy 1000

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