CV: Monique Illona, MA, BCTMB, LMT

Work History

2017                           Massage Instructor at Casa Nemo in Pulau Weh, Indonesia. Taught advanced massage skills to four massage therapists in the spa: Jet Lag Massage, Integrated Techniques Massage and Sacred Massage.

2015 – 2016              Art Therapist at Lifebridge, Salem, MA doing group sessions with the homeless.

2014                           Published Author of A Dual Path: Sacred Practices and Bodywork.

2014                           NCBTMB approved to teach 19 courses on Massage and Ethics.

2012 – 2016              Founder & Director of The Dual Path Institute teaching private and group classes, and offering public speaking engagements.

1991 – 2016             Opened current business, Hand in Hand Massage. Full-time Massage. Professional and on-site Corporate Chair Massage. Developed Sacred Bodywork™.

2004                           Purchased Wellness Plus, Massage business in Marblehead, MA. Integrated into Hand in Hand Massage.

2004                           Massage Instructor at CEI, Somerville, MA

2002                           Massage Professional at Yoga Duzit, Boston, MA

1995 – Present         Professional Trainer, Lecturer & Teacher facilitating a wide range of presentations including Stress Management, Relaxation Classes, Personal Safety & Self-Defense, Cross Gender Communication, Diversity Training, Cross-Cultural Communication to over 60 clients, including MIT, Hewlett-Packard, Healthworks, Blue Cross, Boston and Harvard University, Berkely School of Music, Mintz Levin, Plymouth Rock Corp., Alkermes, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Veterans Hospital, Virus Research, and City Year.

1997 – 1999              Registrar and Instructor at the Massage Institute of New England, Cambridge, MA

1999 – 2000              Massage Professional at Wellspace, Cambridge MA.

1994 – 1998             Presenter for Mt. Auburn Hospital Employment Assistance Program

1992 – 1998              Self Defense Instructor, Model Mugging of Boston

1990 – 1992              Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice.

Awards, Certifications & Memberships

Hand in Hand Massage is rated five out of five stars on Tripadvisor and has won the Reader’s Choice Awards every year since 2008.

2014                           Board Certified by the NCBTMB. #290508-00

2014                           CPR and AED Certified

2005 – Present         Member, ABMP. Number 892321

2000 – Present         Nationally Certified by the NCBTMB. #290508-00

1999                           Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Education to teach

1998                           Inducted into World Martial Arts Hall of Fame

1987                           Ray Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Art Therapy

1987                           Rhode Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts

1992 – Present         Lifetime member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation

Citizenship: 

British, Israeli & American

 Education

2000                           Myotherapy Institute, 702 hours in Therapeutic Massage

1989                           M.A. in Expressive Therapies, Lesley University, MA.

1987                           B.F.A. in Sculpture, Art Education, Art Therapy and Special Education, School of Visual Arts, NY

1980 – 1982             Israeli Defense Forces

 Continuing Education:

2008 – Present         Daoist Qigong Training with Dr. Eva Wong

2015                           CPR

2014                           Pregnancy Massage. 6 hours with Carol Osborne.

2013                           EFT Level 1 & 2 with Peter Donn

2012                           Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values and Wellbeing with The Dalai Lama and Brother David Steindl-Rast

2010                           Cranial 3, 32 hours of Visionary Craniosacral at the Milne Institute

2009                           Professional Ethics for the Massage Therapist

2009                           Visceral Manipulation 2. 32 hours with Benjamin Shield

2009                           Cranial 4, 32 hours of Visionary Craniosacral at the Milne Institute

2009                           Breast Massage. 8 hours with Cheryl Chapman

2009                           Cancer, Life Altering Illness & Mastectomy Massage. 24 hours with Cheryl Chapman

2009                           Scar Tissue Release. 6 hours with Marjorie Brook

2008                           Chinese Herbal Plaster & Tuina for Soft Tissue Injuries. 4 hours with Ping Chan

2007                           Cranial 1, 32 hours of Visionary Craniosacral at the Milne Institute

2007                           Cranial 2, 32 hours of Visionary Craniosacral at the Milne Institute

2006                          Mother Massage: Massage During Pregnancy. 24 hours with Elaine Stillerman

2005                           Professional Ethics for the Massage Therapist

2001                           La Stone Therapy. 30 hours with Katherine Willow

2000                           Cadaver Lab Workshop with Dianne Polseno

1998                           Reiki Master Teacher Certification

1998                           Neuromuscular TMJ/TMD Massage with Frank Goodwin

1998                           Sidelying Massage at the Massage Institute of New England

1998                           Sports Massage at the Massage Institute of New England

1998                           Save Your Thumbs at the Massage Institute of New England

1998                           Neck Work at the Massage Institute of New England

1998                           Carpal Tunnel Work at the Massage Institute of New England

1998                           Ethics at the Massage Institute of New England

1996                           Associate Polarity Practitioner, Polarity Institute, Watertown, MA.

 

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