In 2004, I started Peace & Harmony Center offering massage and reflexology to the public. After learning Thai yoga massage in 2008, the name was changed to YogiCare.
A yogi is defined as someone who practices yoga as a way of life. Deep within every human being exists such a yogi (though not everyone is aware of this). I believe caring for that yogi is vital to our wellness, not only mentally, but physically and spiritually as well. Therefore, the sole purpose of YogiCare is providing Thai yoga massage, reflexology and table massage to those individuals who are in need of achieving a state of peace and harmony within themselves.
The name "YogiCare" was created by Jesse Trelstad (student of photojournalism) for a class assignment. I then designed the YogiCare logo with the incorporation of a lotus flower for the following reason: arising from the mucky waters with its petals remaining untouched and opening to the Sun, the lotus flower is often viewed as a symbol of perfection inspiring many to the highest aspirations.
~ Attended Sister Rosalind Gefre Schools of Massage (Fargo campus) for massage and reflexology (2002-2003).
~ Became state licensed in massage and reflexology in 2003.
~ Received national certification in massage in 2003 from NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork).
~ Received national certification in reflexology in 2005 from ARCB (American Reflexology Certification Board).
~ Attended Yoga North in Duluth, MN for yoga teacher training program (2007-2008).
~ Became Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance in 2008.
~ Completed Level 1-6 in Thai massage from Thai Yoga Bodywork (2008-2011). (http://www.thaiyogabodywork.com)
~ Became Registered Thai Therapist with THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International) in 2009. (http://www.thaihealingalliance.com)
~ Studied Thai massage with master Pichest Boonthume, and master Homprang Chaleekanha in Chang Mai, Thailand in 2010.
~ MonaVie distributor 2011.
~ Certified Nutrition Coach through Venice Nutrition in 2012.
~ Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour (RYT500) through Yoga Alliance in 2012.
Association Memberships ~
~ AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) since 2003.
~ NDRA (North Dakota Reflexology Association) since 2003.
~ THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International) since 2008.