Robin Byler Thomas LMT, DrPH
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 massage modalities.
Robin has studied many other health care approaches. These other health care approaches include (but are not limited to) 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 degree in health science and a master's and doctorate of public health from The University of Arizona (UA). As an undergrad, her studies had a physiological focus, and as a grad student, ergonomics and occupational health, health behavior, health promotion, maternal and child health, and massage therapy research methods.
Health research Robin has participated in includes Project Reach (a tobacco cessation partnership with local complementary health practitioners); a study of complementary practitioners' views of lower back pain patient expectations; the effect of massage therapy on brain waves; a skin cancer investigation with massage therapists and their clients, and a chair-massage study for expecting parents (click here for more details).
Robin is employed part-time as an adjunct instructor for UA students. She created and instructs an Integrative Health course for undergrads in the Human Services on-line program, which focuses on complementary health approaches and health advocacy. She also teaches grad students sociocultural and behavioral aspects of public health online in the College of Public Health.
Licensed by the state of Arizona (MT#-00285P), Robin is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Her experience 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 volunteers for the Massage Therapy Foundation, having served on various committees, and is a peer reviewer for two massage therapy related science journals.
Robin is in a long-term committed relationship, raised a kind and caring son, and has been actively involved as a volunteer in the community for many years. She is also a peace time veteran after serving seven years in the Army National Guard.