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Michael Carnes

Owner Northwest Medical Massage

I earned my degree from the U of A in the mid 90's and worked in the technology field for a few years. During that time, a friend recommended I get a massage to help deal with stress and tension. I took them up on the advice, and scheduled my first massage with a local therapist in Gilbert.

I was amazed how much better I felt! Mental stresses melted away with 60 minutes of letting the therapist work out tension I did not even know I had been holding for years. I was hooked!

I wanted to leave technology and start massage school as soon as possible. I was attracted to a field where the entire focus is on making people feel better, improving the quality of their lives and sense of well being.

My wife was pregnant at the time and we felt, as a family, retooling and starting a new career and new family at the same time was not the most responsible choice. It would be best pursue a new career at a time in the future when we did not have a small child.

The choice proved prophetic! My daughter was born with a life threatening heart condition that required open heart surgery when she was nine days old and a month in the hospital. Had I left my full time job with benefits, we would have been left without the insurance needed to treat my daughter's condition.

With my daughter recently graduated from high school and beginning her career as an EMT, my wife and I felt NOW is the time to pursue my vocation in bodywork! I enrolled in Cortiva and started a journey in a new career unlike anything I had done before!

I graduated from Cortiva Tucson and have completed training in Tempe for a Medical Massage Practitioner certificate.

I completed my certification in SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Relaxation Technique) in late 2018.

In 2019, I added SMRT Mat Massage to my practice. The Mat Massage is done on a mat and involves compressions, joint mobilization and SMRT work when needed.

In 2022, I completed Yoga Instructor Training to add yoga to my practice to help clients continue to improve after bodywork sessions.

Michael Carnes
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