A few years out of massage school I had a growing business and was doing well, but 911 changed all that. I knew my passion was helping people who were in pain feel better. I was introduced to a new therapy that combined deep tissue massages and cranial therapy techniques that is still evolving and finding new ways of helping those in severe and chronic pain called Structural Energetic Therapy. A girlfriend was going thru the SET training and kept encouraging me to try a workshop and experience the work. After the first weekend of a 2 weekend workshop I immediately signed up for the 2year training which now is only 1 year. Doing the SET work has completely opened a whole new world to my practice. Before SET, I considered myself a serious therapist I had a neuromuscular and sports massage background. I could help clients with common aliments but the tough cases would come back in pain. After the SET training I felt empowered. I now had a rhyme and a reason for working the tissues in the order that I did. I was now trained to look at the structure as a whole. I have had the luxury of learning for the last 8 years working next to the founder, Don, who has helped me hone and perfect my skills. I continue to educate myself so that I can do the best possible job for my clients. I have even taken a cadaver class to get a better understanding of the body of how the muscle, bones and organs connect. I know strange but really cool and highly beneficial. Who didn’t like the bodies’ exhibit! I take my experience and take the time to try to educate my clients during their session and show them that sometimes where the pain is showing up is not always the source of where the pain is coming from. I have been awed and privileged to get the array of clients that have been referred to me. Many of the clients I see have been in pain for a long time, have been told there was nothing that we can do for you, have been told their test came back fine, and or been told here are some medications to help manage your pain…good luck. If you have been suffering with what seems to be weird aches and pains that seemed strange to others, they are not strange here. With SET’s combination of deep tissue massage and cranial/structural techniques and my vast experience, I have been able to cure a variety of conditions, everything from hiatal hernias, bulging discs, herniated discs, to cluster headaches and nerve entrapment just to name a few. It has been a wonderful journey helping people regain hope and resume their lives pain free!
Peggy Boyd, founder of Surgical Alternative in Tampa, has been a licensed therapist since 1998 and a graduate of the Institute of Structural Energetic Therapy since 2003. Peggy Boyd is a certified SET therapist, trained in Emotional Release Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and is also trained in SET Cranial/Structural Techniques for children 7-13 years of age. Peggy’s experience and mastery of work gives her the confidence and ability to effectively treat conditions such as, herniated discs, bulging discs, peripheral nerve damage and much more! Her passion and dedication to her work led her to become a Structural Energetic Therapy trainer as well. Peggy has her B.S. in Nutrition from Florida State University. Prior to SET, her training as a massage therapist in Tampa, had been in neuromuscular therapy, prenatal and sports massage. She is a member of both the American Massage Therapy Association and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association. Peggy’s passion for her work and clients ensures everyone receives the best possible treatment. Peggy’s continuing education gives her the confidence and ability to help resolve difficult cases. Through an integration of deep tissue massage and cranial structural therapy techniques, Peggy Boyd founder of Surgical Alternative, with a plethora of experience, has been able to help clients with problems they were told they just had to live with.
In this ever evolving world of medicine, it is highly important to continue learning new and improved techniques to help broaden the scope of practice. Recently, Peggy has undertaken two different series, by Dr. Hancock of the Hancock CranioSomatic Institute, of courses to be able to offer her clients more options in their search for relief in pain.
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Pamela Mann received her Massage Therapy Diploma from D.G. Erwin Technical Center in Tampa, Florida. This intensive program, requires 750 hours of classroom and clinical hands-on training. Massage Therapists graduating from this program are qualified and experienced therapists trained to offer a variety of relaxation and therapeutic massage techniques.
Pamela embraced the concept of Structural Energetic Therapy (SET) after seeing first-hand how effective it was in treating a loved one who was experiencing cluster headaches. “He had suffered from these headaches for over 25 years and this was the first year that he’s gone with no headaches since he was 6 years old. I knew right away that SET was the specialty that would allow me to improve the quality of my patients’ lives.”
Pamela’s ability to empathize and her calm energy allow her clients to receive the maximum results possible during each session. She is passionate about educating her clients and empowering them to take control of their own health and well-being. Pamela has a mindful, nurturing touch and a relaxed professional presence that allows her to work well with a variety of clients. “My passion is to provide a service that improves the quality of life for my clients. If they come to me in pain, the end-goal is to find a way to alleviate that pain and make them a happier and healthier person.”
Nationally Certified and Florida State licensed, Pamela is also a member of Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) as well as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).