Laura Terry is anatomy and physiology teacher at CMI. Laura graduated from UNC–Chapel Hill with a degree in exercise and sport science in 1995. She received her master’s degree in physical therapy at East Carolina University in 1998. Laura studied gross anatomy, functional anatomy and biomechanics, physiology, and pathology for her PT degree.
Laura has been practicing physical therapy for 18 years in many different settings, working with a variety of patients and clients. She currently has a private practice, Yoga and PT, where she uses yoga as a therapeutic exercise along with traditional PT. She uses bodywork techniques as part of her practice and has been specifically trained in a gentle manual treatment called Integrated Positional Therapy.
Her studies and work have led her to be amazed at the human body’s ability to locomote, to allow us to feel, to work, to heal, to learn, to give birth, to grow, to age. She has been witness to and participated in the body’s healing from trauma, disease, overuse, and neglect. The incredible ability of the body to process all of these states of being and work to bring itself to a point of balance is astounding and has fueled Laura to learn more about how the body functions and what we do to make our bodies better and healthier.
Laura will share her enthusiasm for learning about the human body and how it works with the students at CMI. It’s important for you as a massage therapist to know what feels normal under your hands, and which abnormalities are pathological versus normal variations. Clients will come to you with a problem, and you will want to know the anatomy of the area, what types of treatments will make it worse or better, when to refer a client to another medical professional, and the general pathology of the diagnosis with expected outcomes. This knowledge will make you a better massage therapist and holistic practitioner, and it will help your clients feel truly cared for.
Anatomy and physiology can be dry and require time and memorization, but Laura will help you feel awe for and be inspired to learn about the body and its amazing ability to function. We will use several different techniques for learning, including written, visual, experiential movement, and palpation, so that every type of learner can master the information.