In fact, Nancy has been a Traditional Usui Reiki Master and Teacher since 1996.
Through a series of synchronistic occurrences, Nancy met her husband, Barry, on a get away trip to Key West with close friends.
Nancy completed the Swedish massage program and a certification as a Neuromuscular Therapist (works with managing pain as well as faster recovery from injuries) from Sterling Health Center in Addison, TX.
In addition to the deep tissue and neuromuscular training, Nancy has continued in the areas of Pregnancy massage, Cranio-Sacral (Upledgers program), manual lymphatic drainage, and has extensive training in Myofascial Release under John Barnes tutelage.
The exhibition aspect of the Center’s mission is everywhere you look, as the 30,000 square feet of space abound with remarkable pieces created by artists from the Southeast, many of whom call the Blue Ridge Mountains home.
Oil paintings mix comfortably with photography and pottery, the occasional piece of primitive furniture and whimsical pieces like a room-size “tree” composed of discarded clothing.
Check out the “sm ARTspace” loft on the third floor, and try any of many self-directed art activities.
Residencies range from two weeks to one year and afford artists housing, teaching opportunities, unlimited studio access, and the opportunity to sell their art.
The community at large is a huge focal part of the educational component, and an adult education calendar offers a palate-pleasing menu of everything from “Playing in the Clay” to “Highlands Landscape Photography.” In addition to after-school classes during the school year, area children (and visiting grandchildren) are invited to eight different art day camps in the summertime.
She has always aspired to be involved with something that would allow her to connect with people and animals and be more directly involved in that individual's health pursuits, emotional stability, and overall well being.
Specifically, Nancy believes that mind and touch therapy are a necessity, not a luxury.
Cross the covered wooden bridge just off Franklin Road in Highlands, and you will find yourself on the magical campus that is The Bascom.