ANGIE GRAY is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Tennessee, a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, and Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist. She began her massage career in 2010 after graduating from the National Holistic Institute (NHI) in Studio City, California, completing her certification as an Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist and Health Educator.
Angie has been certified as a Posture Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She has also been certified as a Human Movement Specialist through the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science and Movement Specialist through RockTape. Angie provides these important components in her specialized sessions to relieve pain and restore balance to the body.
Angie has training in RockTape kinesio taping techniques, which she uses to enhance her hands-on work. She is certified in ACE Medicupping TM Therapy. Angie has taken courses with Precision Neuromuscular Therapy - specific to Neck and Head, Shoulder, Arm and Hand. She has taken additional classes for specific work related to TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction). Additionally, she has taken classes for Ergonomics specific to work stations.
Angie is certified in NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 2 and in Integrated Kinetic Neurology (IKN). She is also certified in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Technique.
Angie works with all populations. She completed her certification for Massage for People Living with Cancer under Gayle MacDonald and Oncology Massage Therapy with Tracy Walton. She has been certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Cancer Exercise Training Institute. She studied under Tina Allen with the Liddle Kidz Foundation, becoming a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist and Certified Infant Massage Teacher. She traveled to Harare, Zimbabwe, and Shimoga, India in 2014 to provide touch therapy education and treatment to orphan caregivers, teachers, and parents, well as to a recent stroke survivor. She traveled to Mumbai, Varanasi, Jaipur, and New Delhi, India to provide touch therapy education to families and healthcare staff, as well as treatment to children with The Liddle Kidz Foundation in 2017. You can see a documentary of one of her teaching trips here.
Angie holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She stays current with her National Board Certification under the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Angie is involved in the community as a volunteer, teaching infant and pediatric touch therapy to parents. She is a dog mom to Selah, a rescue from Metro Animal Care and Control.
Why I do this work
I first fell in love with massage therapy while I was working in the DC area. I had graduated from college with a degree in Social Work and began working in a daycare with children with different medical needs. My main role was in the infant room, where the children received different types of therapy regularly. As a teacher, I was taught some basic massage techniques to assist the kids with their needs. I saw the incredible effects of the bodywork and decided I wanted to go back to school to learn Massage Therapy. It was a winding road and 6 years later I found myself in Los Angeles living across the street from the National Holistic Institute. I enrolled and graduated in 2010. I decided to further my education by enrolling in Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy and graduated in 2011. A year later my husband was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer which took his life in 2013. During the last few months of his life, he had a number of bodywork sessions to relieve his pain. We were amazed at the results he experienced as his pain decreased and his range of motion increased after each session. After his death, I moved to Nashville, took some time off from massage, nannied, traveled overseas a bit, and eventually decided this truly was the work I wanted to do. I took a number of classes in different modalities in order to narrow in on my focus. I started working full-time at a spa and took additional work doing chair and mobile massage. But, I always longed to be in more of a clinical environment where I could really use the training I had to help people who were in pain. I loved the work NNC was doing and wanted to be a part of it. I decided to reach out to Rebecca Saindon, the owner of NNC at the time. She hired me and I began working at NNC in 2017.
I have seen in all ages how debilitating pain can be - how it can affect your life not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. It can impact your family, friends, and all those who love you. I was determined and still am to learn as much as I can to help people live the lives they desire to live and to be fully present in them, without the constant thought of their pain. For some clients, that's being able to play on the floor with their kids or grandkids, working in the garden again, walk and play with their dog, or being able to hike or run again. For others, it might be as simple as being able to get a good night's sleep or eating and chewing without pain. Whatever my client's goal is, my goal is that each of them are able to live a Pain Free life and enjoy the people and activities they love. That will be my goal for you as well.