Jodi Romaker's Background
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...Jodi followed the dance company to New York City in 1989 where her massage therapy practice focused on performing artists such as professional actors, professional musicians, and professional dancers. She left New York City in 1990 to work on a five-star cruise ship as Managing Massage Therapist and Spa Manager. While aboard ship, she had the opportunity to work with professional basketball players and sponsors of the Barcelona Olympics. After almost 2 years aboard ship, in 1992 Jodi backpacked around the world for 6 months whilst exploring various body/mind therapies and philosophies in other countries.

Since 1992, Jodi began to focus more on sports and accident-related injuries and physical rehabilitation through the referrals of physicians in the USA. She also performed on-site chair massages for corporations, including Jeep/Daimler Chrysler. Her massage therapy included working with psychologists on patients recovering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, addictions, and grief/loss. In 1992 she co-founded a company called Back to Back, which employed and managed several massage therapists.

In 1997, Jodi independently founded Orion Institute, (formerly known as Healing Arts Institute) a successful USA nationally accredited Title IV school for allied healthcare such as and Medical Assisting, Advanced Massage Therapy and sports massage.

Jodi's continued professional development is vast and has included a certification in aromatherapy, studies in La Stone Therapy, Dr. Vodder's Lymphatic Drainage, advanced sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, positional release, postural assessment, reflexology, Indian Head Massage, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and Kinesio Taping® (rehabilitative sports taping technique), to name a few. Over the years, she has had the opportunities to learn from respected leaders in the massage therapy industry such as Dr. Ben Benjamin, David Lauterstein, Dr. John Upledger and Paul St. John.

Her experience has included providing massage therapy to many types of individuals, including cancer patients, elderly persons, children, physically challenged individuals, athletes, people with emotional disorders, recovering addicts, patients recovering from accidents and/or traumas and working with dogs recovering from (IVDD) intervertebral disc disease.

In 1993, Jodi received her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and became licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio. After studying at Wittenberg University and the Ohio State University, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Supervision from the University of Toledo. Jodi also has several years of teaching experience in the field of massage therapy and curriculum development.