Robin Byler Thomas LMT, BS, MPH, DrPH(c)
established Hands on Health and has over 20 years experience as a massage therapist. Specializing in musculoskeletal pain and stress management, Robin is certified in a variety of techniques which are integrated into each session depending on your health history and current health goals. These techniques include Swedish, Esalen, Trager, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial, Sports Massage, Peri-natal, Manual Lymph Drainage, Russian Massage, and medical modalities.
Robin has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Thai Massage, and Five Element Theory which have helped her refine a holistic approach to client evaluation. The American Indian, African American and Hispanic cultures have influenced her approach to stress and pain management, as well, with their traditional beliefs, and have given her an appreciation for the social context behind every health issue.
Robin earned a bachelor's in health sciences (BS) and a master's in public health (MPH) from The University of Arizona (UA). As an undergrad, her studies had a physiological focus, and as a grad student, ergonomics and occupational health. She was also awarded a NIH fellowship which allowed her to complete an additional year of complementary and alternative medicine research training (through the College of Medicine) while studying medical anthropology and bio-statistics.
Health research Robin has participated in includes Project Reach (a tobacco cessation partnership with local DCs, Acs, and MTs); a study of CAM practitioners' views of lower back pain patient expectations; the effect of massage therapy on brain waves; and a skin cancer investigation with massage therapists and their clients.
Currently a doctoral candidate in The College of Public Health, Robin is finalizing her dissertation study (click here for more details) and employed as an on-line graduate instructor. She also developed and instructs an Integrative Health course for undergrads in the Human Services on-line program at UA South and lectures at Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy.
Licensed by the state of Arizona (MT#-00285P), Robin is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Her experience, over the past twenty years, includes working in St. Mary's Occupational Therapy, Score Physical Therapy, Frederica's Desert Spa, Elkhorn Ranch, and the Arizona Inn. Robin is a current member of Massage Professionals, Linked In, and Face Book, and a past member of Women In Touch, The Business Professionals of Tucson, AMTA, and The National Association of Women Business Owners.
Robin also raised a kind and caring son, has been actively involved as a volunteer in the community for many years, and is a peace time veteran after serving 7 years in the Army National Guard.