Tina Juliette Garcia has fought a twelve-year battle with chronic Lyme disease, a central nervous system infection that disabled her with excruciating pain, debilitating cognitive dysfunction and crushing chronic fatigue. She has undergone antibiotic treatment for years and now considers herself a Lyme Survivor.
Tina is known within the Lyme disease community for her work as a patient advocate and freelance writer. In 2005, she founded Lyme Education Awareness Program (L.E.A.P. Arizona) and has networked with advocates across the United States and in Europe.
Tina had the opportunity to be a spokesperson on behalf of Lyme disease patients when she was invited to testify before an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) panel of scientists and physicians at a hearing in Washington, DC on July 30, 2009. The hearing and review was the result of an antitrust investigation of the IDSA conducted by then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Tina also testified before the National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine's Lyme Disease Committee via teleconference in June of 2010.
Tina is disappointed that the outcome of the 2009 hearing was not favorable to patients and their treating physicians, but feels she has done everything within her power to try to improve the situation for patients.
Tina has dedicated the past few years to serving patients and will continue to serve various patient communities through providing Life Coaching and Therapeutic Massage.
After suffering from a clogged lymphatic system, due to both the infection and years of treatment, Tina was led to the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, where she enrolled in a 1000-hour Master Massage Therapy Course.
In addition to completing required classes in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Tina has studied various massage modalities such as Lymphatic, Oncology, Elder Touch, Reflexology with Hot and Cold Stones, Castor Oil Cleansing, Myofascial Energetic, Corporate Chair, Rock and Unlock, Face-Lift Acupressure, Swedish and Cranial Unwinding Therapy.
Tina is fascinated with the use of Aromatherapy with natural plant Essential Oils and will be incorporating this into her future massage therapy practice, after she obtains her Arizona State license in 2011.
Each Essential Oil affects the body in different ways and Tina uses inhalation and the olfactory connection to the brain and nervous system in combination with massage and cranial unwinding. The goal is to bring an overly-stimulated nervous system that is in the sympathetic state (due to stress response from various stimuli) back to the parasympathetic state of rest and relaxation.
Tina has designed unique sessions that include Life Coaching, Therapeutic Massage, Cranial Unwinding
Therapy and Aromatherapy for a well-rounded approach in dealing with stress caused by disease or a busy lifestyle.
You can schedule a Complimentary Life Coaching Session with Tina by completing the Contact Form below.
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