by Summer J. Robinson
My name is Summer J Robinson. After much thought about how to start my "about the author" page I felt very conflicted. So many of my close collegues and business professionals said to keep it out, so I did some soul searching and this is the conclusion I came to. If this offends you I'm sorry but this is me and I'm just going to say it! I'm a child of God, wonderfully and uniquely made. Wow, that felt good and if you're still reading I'm sure your smiling and wondering why I had to soul search that one!! Yes, He is in all aspects of my life and that directly reflects my work.
I'm also a devoted wife to my husband, Jeff of 10 years. He has encouraged me throughout my career as a massage therapist but is saddened that he isn’t on the receiving end as often as he would like. I’m also grateful to my three beautiful children, ages 11, 8, and 6. They teach me new things about myself on a daily basis and make me see things through their eyes….which are most often simpler than mine. These little blessings are the reason that I want to make our world a more peaceful and loving place. I believe we can do that with massage. We live in Illinois where my husband’s family resides and I’m delighted to work alongside his sister, Dawn Robinson-Murphy. She is a Chiropractic Physician, and we both share the same whole body approach to well being. I’ve been in practice almost 14 years, and plan on several more.
I’m originally from Michigan where my family still resides. I graduated from The Flint School of Therapeutic massage in Flint, MI. (www.fstm.com) My time here was spent divulged in Swedish massage application, polarity, reflexology, sport massage, trigger point therapy, muscle isolation techniques, myofacial release and basic shiatsu. My passion was set afire and I fell in love with this profession. I was hungry for more knowledge and proceeded to enroll in the advanced study course. I received comprehensive training in musculoskeletal anatomy, touch for health techniques, advanced myofacial techniques, craniosacral therapy and business practices and ethics. While going through the advanced study course I stayed on at FSTM as a student teacher helping the new generation of massage therapists gain perspective into their new career choice.
My career had been born and I was excited and nervous to start my practice. My first job was at The Body Therapy Center in Birch Run, Mi. which happened to be owned and operated by my mother, Lana McNiel, CNMT, ND. I also worked at a local herb shop called Healthy Habitz. But then I met my husband, and the whirl wind began. We dated, eventually married, and moved to where we are now where I went into practice with my sister-in-law.
My passion for this career has led me to help many people with chronic pain and encourage them on their journey to wellness. Let your journey begin.