Lori Rios is a NY/NJ licensed therapist and a graduate of The Swedish Institute College of Health and Sciences with an Associates degree in Occupational Studies, where she trained in both Eastern and Western bodywork modalities. She is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and Reiki Master from the Yogi Vision Foundation in Pune, India.
My serious interest in alternative health and medicine began while seeking help for sciatica issues due to disc herniations in my lower back. While learning to treat my pain, I became so involved in the healing process that I wanted to deepen my understanding of the healing arts.
I have always considered myself a healthy person, so when pain became a constant part of my life I had questions as to how and why this had happened. Many types of healers helped me while searching for relief: doctors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, energy healers, and, of course, massage therapists. They inspired me to continue my studies in order to help others.
For nearly two years I traveled seeking and learning. In California I was introduced to Eastern methods of healing including Yoga, Ayurveda (traditional Indian Medicine) and Reiki. Mexico offered me the opportunity to work closely with a physical therapist and doctor, restoring my faith and interest in Western medicine. Then I continued to India, which proved to be an inspiring country rich in spirituality and a strong belief in natural medicine. My perspective on massage, a common practice there, was thoroughly enriched. While in India, I began practicing Reiki at The Yogi Vision Foundation in Pune, India.
Finally, I returned to New York and enrolled at the Swedish Institute College of Health and Sciences to study massage therapy. Since then I have become a practitioner of body and energy work, taking inspiration from both East and West.