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A Touch of Costa Rica

A Touch of Costa Rica is a wellness travel podcast that shares inspirational stories, and introduces you to the people, places, and priceless journeys that happen at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. A Touch of Costa Rica highlights the transformational massage therapist training programs as well as Costa Rica travel tips from the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga community. Hosted and produced by Qiana Martin in collaboration with the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Yoga, each week’s episode takes listeners on a life changing trip to the Samara Beach community in Costa Rica. To learn more about CRSMT, visit http://www.atouchofcostarica.com

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We've Been In Your Shoes
Did you know the magical touch of Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is not just reserved for its students? In this unique highlight episode, CRSMT Admissions Team Member Morgan Cox, Director of Education Jan Frus, Director of Marketing Bill Burden and Executive Director Tess McGrath share their own life changing reflections about Costa Rica and CRSMT. Also, Morgan, Jan and Tess reveal some of their local faves for listeners to experience during their time in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
18:56 09/25/2022
Expansion Awaits You in Samara
Ready to learn about some of our students’ most impactful moments? We have you covered.  In this latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Stacy Allen, Heather Klein, Jessica Luhr and Heidi Roy share unforgettable memories from their personal experiences on campus. Also, Stacy, Heather and Jessica reveal the people, places and things in the community that brought them joy.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com  
12:38 09/18/2022
Guiding Your Healing Walk in Samara
Ready to learn about the powerful energy centers located around Samara? Bea Jiron joins us to talk about her childhood life of healing, transformative experience at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and ability to help others restore their spirit with walks in the jungle. Also, Bea shares her inspiration for organizing one of the premiere local attractions, Samara’s Farmers Market. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
33:04 09/11/2022
Winning Hands
While working as a member of the restaurant industry in Las Vegas, massage was not on Heidi Roy’s radar. The Rana 2015 alum joins us to share how a universal nudge led her to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and later to the Las Vegas Strip casinos as a poker massage therapist. Heidi will also offer listeners practical tips and insights that they can use to expand their own businesses.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
26:01 09/04/2022
Living the Dream
Ready to discover your unlimited possibilities with massage? CRSMT Mariposa 2021 alum, Stacy Allen joins us to share how an acupressure experience led her to Samara and releasing the limitations on what is possible for her holistic health career. Stacy will also tell you about a local business she loves to support not too far from campus. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
16:15 08/28/2022
The Accuracy of Active Isolated Stretching
Are you ready for a life-changing experience? Thomas DuBois confides how two transformational experiences put him on a journey to becoming a holistic practitioner and teaching others about the active isolated stretching modality. Thomas also shares his favorite Samara image that he would place on a postcard. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com  
18:06 08/21/2022
The Heart Behind Your Hands
Have a hunch that massage therapy is your calling? Morgan Cox confides how her early life experiences with touch kept calling her to the modality and eventually led to her dream opportunity with the CRSMT Admissions Team. Morgan will also share a transformative experience that she watched CRSMT students perform on their last day of class. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com  
14:55 08/14/2022
Explore Your Passion for Continuing Education
Haven’t had time to explore how CRSMT can help you expand your professional skillset? We have you covered. In this guest educator highlight episode, Whitney Lowe, David Archambeau, David Lauterstein and Shannon Gilmartin will inspire you with their world class, continuing education offerings. Also, Shannon Gilmartin and Damien Archambeau reveal the most common misconceptions about Modern Cupping Therapy and Manual Lymph Drainage.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
16:23 08/07/2022
The Many Levels of Cupping
Do you know how to enhance lymph drainage with cups? Shannon Gilmartin confides how a life-changing experience as a young adult catapulted her on a path to becoming a bodyworker and teaching others about the power of modern cupping. Shannon will also share a common misconception about the modality and why returning to CRSMT each year brings her joy. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com  
18:19 07/31/2022
A Playbook for Your Next Step in Massage
Contemplating how to expand your massage therapy offerings? Ariana Vincent offers a behind the scenes look at her longevity strategy as a licensed therapist, educator, CEO and recent participant in CRSMT’s continuing education offering, Essentials of Orthopedic Massage with the renowned Whitney Lowe.Ariana will also share some of the unique Samara experiences that she had with her husband during their extended stay.To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com
20:33 07/24/2022
The Healing Energy of Acceptance
How will acceptance assist you on your healing journey? Damien Archambeau details how following life's bigger plan put him on a pathway to tackling his own blockages, teaching Manual Lymphatic Drainage and developing the continuing education course Myokinesio Therapy. Damien will also share some legendary advice imparted to him by his internationally accomplished grandfather, Masso- therapist, James Dispoto. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
13:04 07/17/2022
The Meandering Trek Back to Yourself
Does change ever happen in a straight line? Kelly Nichols-Scott confides how following a divine nudge to learn massage at CRSMT led her on a winding path of Thai massage, international retreats and helping others discover the vitality in their own bodies. Kelly will also offer a glimpse into some priceless memories that she and her daughter shared during their transformative experience in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com 
38:26 07/10/2022
Coming Back to Stillness
Is there an activity or place that provides you with tranquility? CRSMT Executive Director Tess McGrath shares how an encounter with one holistic health modality has led to a decade long journey of embracing the students and community in Samara. She will also share two off-the-beaten-path places that she likes to take guests when they visit. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com  
18:02 07/03/2022
A Lesson in Every Experience
Need to catch up on some of the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered.  In our latest highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy community members Karen Landrum, Mckenzie Merges and Bill Burden talk about some of their memorable takeaways from the classroom. Also, CRSMT alum Jessica Luhr joins the group to share one sweet pastry suggestion that is a community favorite in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
18:53 06/26/2022
A Life-Changing Learning Adventure
Haven’t had a chance to hear our featured instructors on A Touch of Costa Rica? We have you covered.  In this instructor highlight episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy Lead Instructor Jan Frus, Kinesiology Instructor T.J. Ford, along with Continuing Education Instructors Vickie Torrey and David Lauterstein, share insights, tips and advice from the classroom.  Also, David Lauterstein reveals the soundtracks for some of his memorable moments in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
16:56 06/19/2022
A Community First Approach to Making a Difference
Do you know how to center the community when using your touch to serve others? Andrea Keith shares how a high school service trip to Guatemala laid the foundation for her community first mindset and life in Samara with Costa Rica School of Massage neighbor, Asociación CREAR. She will also share her go-to restaurant in town and what she likes to order from the menu. To learn more about Asociación CREAR, visit www.asociacioncrear.org Take the leap to CRSMT by visiting  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
31:56 06/12/2022
The Transformational Touch of CRSMT
Haven’t had a chance to hear all the life-changing stories from our A Touch of Costa Rica guests? We have you covered.  In our premier compilation episode, Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy alums Alison Alvarez, Morgan Little, Sarah Shoen and Jaelyn Winia talk about some of their favorite educational moments.   Also, Alison and Jaelyn share one of their memorable experiences from their time in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
17:12 06/05/2022
The Dance of Becoming a Competent Bodyworker
Are you using detached compassion when working with your massage clients? Marla Simms shares how her passion for kinetic movement introduced her to a thirty-year adventure of teaching bodyworkers their own dance of being a present caregiver versus an in-the-moment caretaker.  She will also share the story of one unique “student” who frequently appeared for her Kinesiology lectures on campus. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
21:31 05/29/2022
Coaching Others on Their Journey
How can learning massage enhance your holistic health practice? Skincare coach and Recherche Organics owner, Hillari Ladd discusses how her desire to fully service the needs of her clients inspired her to travel to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy.  The alum and former instructor will also share some of her fondest memories from her time in Samara with her son. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
16:58 05/22/2022
What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
When Jessica Luhr began massaging the hand and arm of her grandfather who experienced paralysis, this seven-year-old knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Learn how Jessica’s holistic health origin story inspired her to learn as much as she could about the power of touch and fueled her leap to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. Jessica will also share one pastry that she is looking forward to having when she returns to Samara in November for continuing education. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com
20:10 05/15/2022
Going Deep and Touching Your Bones
Legendary Deep Massage and Zero Balancing educator, David Lauterstein shares how rolfing, and several other transformative encounters, have shaped his forty-year journey affecting people profoundly with touch therapy. You will also learn a few songs that best reflect some of David’s special moments in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
24:43 05/08/2022
Riding the Waves to a Passion for Bodywork
Co-Founder of YoMassage, Tiffany Ryan, PhD shares how life on the sea transported her to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and a beautiful landing in the American Northwest championing bodywork.You’ll also learn one experience that she would love to do right now if she was in Samara. To learn more about CRSMT, visit www.atouchofcostarica.com
17:56 05/01/2022
The Life Altering Power of Second Chances
T..J. Ford confides how her willingness to give massage another try catapulted her to serving, for almost thirty years, as a holistic health practitioner. You’ll also learn one activity that T.J. can spend hours doing at Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com  
20:12 04/24/2022
A Curtain Call for Realizing a Dream
Considering a change in careers? Mckenzie Merges shares how walking away from the stage led her on a journey to realizing one of her holistic health dreams. You’ll also learn about some of Mckenzie’s memorable ecoadventures in and around Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
15:19 04/17/2022
Discovering the Connection
Is your body holding on to unprocessed emotions? Alison Alvarez shares how the path to discovering the source of her own pain inspired her to passionately facilitate mind body connections for her clients. You’ll also learn about one of Alison’s memorable CRSMT assignments and an unforgettable classmate bonding experience in Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
26:23 04/10/2022
A Parent's Touch
Can moms and dads perform miracles with their hands? Heather Klein shares how two lifechanging experiences with a parent’s touch led her on a path to living her passion and bringing a peaceful connection to a beloved client and friend.You’ll also learn about some of her first-time experiences in and around Samara Beach.*We dedicate this episode to Jean Lankford. May her memory and legacy be a blessing to us all. To learn more about ALS, visit www.als.org.Take the leap to CRSMT by visiting www.atouchofcostarica.com
16:53 04/03/2022
Capturing the Journey
Ready for your powerful massage picture? Bill Burden shares how his college experiences, working with massage therapists and studying abroad, prepared him for a life behind the lens shooting beautiful bodywork and the gorgeous Costa Rican ecosystem.  You’ll also learn some of his suggestions for the best photos to take in and around Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
18:56 03/27/2022
Heeding the Call of Positive Childhood Touch
Does a fond childhood memory hold the key to your future? Sarah Shoen shares how her positive experiences with physical touch as a child led her on a journey to using her hands to help others. You’ll also learn about one of Sarah’s memorable experiences in Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
23:37 03/20/2022
A Clinical Passion for Relieving Pain in the World
Are you ready to explore the many possibilities of massage? Whitney Lowe shares how his encounter with the holistic health modality piqued his curiosity and led him on a three-decade journey of bringing clinical approaches to the massage profession. You’ll also learn what he is most looking forward to on his first trip to Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy and Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
21:51 03/13/2022
I Know Your Pain
In need of sports injury treatment? Morgan was a collegiate volleyball player and hammer thrower who experienced pain from years of movement and athletic participation. She shares how this served as a catalyst for the body work and power of the mind techniques that she uses with her clients. You’ll also learn some of Morgan’s go to stress relievers while living in Samara Beach.  To learn more about CRSMT, visit  www.atouchofcostarica.com 
29:35 03/06/2022